12 Reasons to Let Your Kid Major In Music

1. They won’t spend four years trying to decide what to major in. Most students float through four-year overpriced universities wondering, ‘what should I major in?’ This is a lot money we’re talking about.  So ask yourself: which is the better investment?  Something focused, directed and passionate?  Or four years …

Kickstarter Wants to Destroy Patreon — Starting With 'Drip'

To fight Patreon, Kickstarter has re-launched Drip, a subscription-based patronage platform for artists. Several years ago, rising YouTube musician Jack Conte became frustrated.  While millions watched his videos on the platform, he only received checks for hundreds dollars. So, Conte decided to create a new crowdfunding platform to help struggling …

In LA? Strike a Licensing Deal at Songtradr's Synch Showcase

Synch licensing is lonely.  So Songtradr is throwing an fline synch licensing party. When it comes to synch licensing, most the action is either online or behind-the-scenes.  If you’re an artist, you rarely meet the people licensing your music.  Either a synch agent is doing the handshake, or you’re licensing …

Now You Can Buy Concert Tickets Directly from YouTube

What will the YouTube / Ticketmaster deal mean for major labels and the touring industry in the long-run? How much does YouTube truly pay artists when fans stream their music? According to top YouTube executive and former Warner Music Group CEO Lyor Cohen, $3 per 1,000 streams.  Yet, per the …

Jay-Z's TIDAL Accused of Falsifying Documents to Cheat Prince's Estate

An ugly battle between Jay-Z’s TIDAL and the Prince Estate just got uglier. Prince was notoriously protective his copyright before he died.  Now, his estate is picking up the slack — and doggedly pursuing anyone who violates Prince’s IP.  That includes TIDAL, who is now accused falsifying documents and knowingly cheating …

Should a Remastered Oldies Song Receive a Brand-New Copyright?

According to CBS, sound engineers have created entirely new works from pre-1972 recordings.  But does that deserve an entirely new copyright? Should pre-1972 ‘oldies’ recordings enjoy copyright protection?  According to Florida’s Supreme Court, absolutely not.  The recent state ruling was a huge win for internet radio platforms like Pandora and …

A Hacker Breaks Into a North Korean Radio Station — Then Starts Trolling

A sleuthing hacker just cracked into a North Korean radio tower.  Not everyone is laughing. He’s hacked into numerous jihadist websites. He’s even defaced the ficial website the Russian Ministry Foreign Affairs with the message, “Stop attacking Americans.” Now, the shadowy hacker known as ‘The Jester’ has broken into North …

Spotify Stands by Louis C.K. as Comedian Admits Everything

Spotify is not pulling Louis C.K.’s material, despite major pullouts from other streaming platforms and media companies. Louis C.K.’s catalog is still available on Spotify, even after the comedian admits to a range sexual abuse allegations.  On Friday afternoon (November 10th), the comedian’s catalog remained available on the streaming music platform, …