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Music Biz 101

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What are Print Rights?

Why We Wrote This Guide This guide serves as a resource to grant interested parties a better understanding of print rights and how they function within

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What is Music Distribution?

Why We Wrote This Guide In 2017, paid audio-streaming subscriptions increased by 45.5% worldwide. Additionally, digital revenues accounted for over half of all revenue from recorded

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What is The Harry Fox Agency?

Why We Wrote This Guide The Harry Fox Agency administers mechanical royalties from digital service providers (see our guides for On-Demand Music Streaming and Digital Downloads) to songwriters and music publishers. When a listener

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What is Music Reports?

Why We Wrote This Guide Music Reports administers mechanical royalties from digital service providers (see our guides for On-Demand Music Streaming and Digital Downloads) to songwriters and music publishers. When a listener plays a

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What Is SoundExchange?

Why We Wrote This Guide This guide serves as a comprehensive resource to grant interested parties a better understanding of SoundExchange and its unique function within

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What is a Songwriter?

Why we wrote this guide While there has never truly been a standardized or traditional approach to becoming a songwriter and making a living as one,

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Major vs. Indie

Why We Wrote This Guide The terms “major” and “indie” (independent) can be applied to many different entities in the music business. While we most often

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Copyright Registration

Why We Wrote This Guide The American government and others offer legal protections to those who create intellectual property. This guide has been written to explain

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The Team

Why We Wrote This Guide Successful and well-known artists function like businesses. As with any business, there is a team of people working together toward a

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What is a Master-Use License?

Who This Guide Is For Producers that want to sample copyrighted sound recordings in their work. Recording Artists that want to explore licensing options for their recorded projects.

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What are Neighboring Rights?

Why We Wrote This Guide Music Business World reported in 2016 that neighboring rights account for over $2 billion in revenue per year. In today’s music industry,

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What are Lyric Rights?

Why We Wrote This Guide Lyrics are integral to modern music. Many of the most compelling songs in the world use lyrics to tell a story

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What is a Record Label?

Why We Wrote This Guide Record labels have been around nearly as long as recorded sound. For years, being signed to a label was thought to

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What is a Recording Artist?

Why We Wrote This Guide Recording artists and composers create the foundations of the music industry: compositions and recordings. An understanding of their fundamental positions in the music

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Types of Music Releases

Why We Wrote This Guide Albums, singles, LPs, EPs, mixtapes, compilations — the music industry uses a whole host of classifications for commercial releases. As technology

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What is a Composition?

Why we wrote this guide The purpose of this guide is to provide a detailed account of what a composition is and to further elucidate the

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What is a Sound Recording?

Why We Wrote This Guide Any time someone listens to a recorded song, they are listening to a sound recording. Sound recordings themselves are copyrightable. However,

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What is an ISRC?

Why we wrote this guide As consumers take advantage of technology to stream and download music across a growing assortment of applications, it has become harder

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What is an ISWC?

Why we wrote this guide With thousands of songs being downloaded and streamed across physical and digital mediums, it’s a daunting task to get accurate statistics on music usage. All

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What is Work for Hire?

Why We Wrote This Guide Work for Hire agreements are a popular mode of contractual interaction between various people and entities in the music business. Due

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What is a Digital Download?

Why We Wrote This Guide Over the last decade, the digital music industry has gained significant momentum. Many digital platforms—streaming services, downloads, digital media players, webcasters,

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Music Industry Contracts

Why We Wrote This Guide Contracts are the primary tools that entities in the music industry use to enter into business relationships with one another. This

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What is a Catalog Audit?

Welcome! We’re glad you’re here. Read more below on what an audit is and how to get one for free from our team at Exploration. Contents What

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