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How Much Should You Charge for Your Gigs? Ask Yourself These 4 Questions

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To hear most of my musician and artist friends talk, money is the “not fun” part of the creative process. It's awkward to some, and to others it feels like it totally demeans the work itself.

While this is a noble and high-minded point of view, the reality is that your unique voice is worth something to the world. You need to pay your rent to be able to make more art, after all. To help you come up with an appropriate fee, ask yourself these four questions.

Stop Believing Music Piracy Will Save (Or Help) Your Career

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This article originally appeared on Haulix.

 

Did you write “Pour Some Sugar On Me” or perhaps a similarly iconic rock hit that has dominated radio rotation for several decades? If the answer is no, then you should probably think twice before following the career advice of those who did.

An Updated Look at Neighboring Rights: What They Are and Why They Matter

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This article originally appeared on TuneCore.

 

Featured artists, session musicians, and master-sound-recording owners, typically record labels, are entitled to an additional royalty stream that artists and sound recording owners within the United States are currently not receiving. This additional revenue stream is referred to as “neighboring rights” royalties. In recent years, this revenue stream has become a valuable source of additional income for non-U.S. citizen performers. It is reported that neighboring rights generates over $2 billion per year.

How to Save Yourself from Music Industry Scammers (Like Annie Lennox Did)

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

 

On June 29, prolific singer and frontwoman of the Eurythmics Annie Lennox posted on Facebook about receiving an email from a music promotion company. That letter, like thousands of others sent every day to musicians all around the world, was a cold-call blast that, more than likely, was a scam.

Just How Prevalent Is Music Piracy in the Age of Streaming?

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A version of this article originally appeared on Haulix.

 

Haulix is in the business of fighting piracy. The company was founded to reduce promotional costs for labels and artists while also ensuring unreleased music does not leak online. This was long before streaming came into existence (2008), but with each passing year since streaming came of age with services like Spotify and Apple Music, people continue to ask if piracy is really still an issue.