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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.

Not All Advances Are Created Equal, and Here’s Why

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5 Ways to Finance Your Music Career Through Grants and Funding Opportunities

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Beefing up your band fund should be a multi-faceted effort, not a single-strategy one. When you include a variety of sources – door money at shows, merch profits, crowdfunding – you're sure to reach your goals faster. One path of opportunity often overlooked, however, is grant funding.

Competition for many of these awards is incredibly stiff, of course, but the rewards can be undeniably game-changing. Learn more about five current grant opportunities for independent musicians below. Do the research, send a compelling application, and continue honing your craft. Whether you snatch the grant or not, the process of applying is, at the very least, fortifying. Good luck!