Sunday, September 29, 2019

Monday, September 24, 2018

Life Hack An Independent Record Label - OU Podcast #7/7

Honey for the Independent Musician- Cracking the code on independently assuming and establishing music publishing rights. 

Accompanied by Life Hack Blog Post - A written guide outlining basic steps to hack an independent record label.


Sunday, September 23, 2018

OU Podcast #6/7

Sponsored by, Beady Beats Music presents an informal discussion on artist rights, the independent music business and publishing rights administration.
In this discussion, Imiuswi Aborigine reviews previous OU discussion points and highlights the DIY label and publisher starter guide, by Dae Bogan.  This talk also examines independent artist sales potential in a changing industry.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

10 signs you're an indie artist - Live reading

OU Podcast #5/7

Underground Artist Advocacy! This was an interesting discussion with Imiuswi Aborigine joined by Ras J, at 39:00- an amazing international artist with a gorgeous singing voice and M. Tanner, photographer and design consultant. Topics include PRO's performing rights organizations, Youtube music licensing and more independent musician redundancy- Lest you forget! We discuss the interesting path of making records, performing live and selling units on the street. We lament the sorry state of hip hop and the potential for digital streaming data to be manipulated. 

                                                                          Ras J

Listen to the podcast in iTunes

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Life Hack an Independent Record Label

You dont need a white knight to create an independent record label. You need music recordings and the desire to share it with the world. Business aptitude helps.

Here's an easy rundown that helps guide the process of being an independent record label- Dig deeper, Learn more.

Stream the podcast here

Join Ascap or another PROPerforming Rights Organization.
pay $50 as a writer
pay $50 as a publisher
one time fee. Lifetime membership and affiliation

1 song is split in 50/50 writer and publisher share for 100% of a song.
When a person writes a song, these rights are created.

2 writers?
25/25 writers ownership percentage and 25/25 publisher ownership percentage.

Sometimes a song is quantified as either 100% or 200% to reference the halving of a song for writer and publisher ownership of this asset.
You will probably see this.

Register each song title that you own. This is the base of your music catalog.

Acknowledge ownership by registration with ASCAP and poise these songs for tracking of play and performance protection.
Share and assign rights percentages accordingly with people who made contributions to music and lyrics.

This step establishes a Music Publishing company to accompany song writer membership with the Performing Rights Organization, PRO.

International Standard Recording Code - ISRC  $95
The ISRC is basically a unique serial number for each individual sound recording.

This is a third right/asset/commodity alongside writer and publisher ownership.

ISRC is encoded on the master recording of a song.The record label is the normal owner of the sound recording.

This is where the executive in charge of administration, whether artist or musician, steps up as administrator and label.

Get some bar codes
The upc is not encoded on the file but rather it is used in most title registrations to track and report the song/commodity in all commercial transactions- such as streaming and download.

Those basics, the isrc and the upc, prepare the song for proper tracking 

Encode Your Audio Files 

Mastering and encoding can cost anywhere from $50 to $500 per song, easy. -Look Around-

This is a secret weapon!

Sonoris editor is a genius program.

It encodes the isrc on to the .wav file which is retained on the audio in later conversions to other file types such as .mp3 and .aiff

Get this software and keep it, share it, save a copy somewhere.

Join Sound Exchange 

Soundexchange collects and distributes royalties from internet radio play to sound recording owners.

Register all titles, including isrc codes, writer, performer and publisher info, percentages of ownership of all parties, release date, song length, etc.

Requires filling out a spreadsheet document, populating requested fields with applicapable data.

These become payable tracks in your catalog. 

Online Upload and printing

Many resources for printing and pressing CD's and Vinyl records are out there. Here is a budget solution-

Your isrc and upc codes will be in play at this point, almost always requested and associated with your song/sound recording when administering-

Now seek out an online music distributer that is right for you-

Distribution is in your hands, along will full ownership and rights of administration. 

Other useful links

Ninja photo courtesy of Steven Depolo

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

10 Questions Dialog Project

10 Ouestions Answered

This project is a weeklong experiment Beady Beats is doing with dialog- Im calling on some folks in my sphere and asking permission to share and speak about themselves and their interests- With live dialogs, call-in and listening- the first run was a bust but I am back on it later today with more scheduled interviews. Hopefully more than less will be successful. Syncing platforms will become easier as time goes on. I love the connectivity of it all- Just let it be used for good!- Well, I will see how it goes and post recordings of the interviews in the coming days- Looking forward

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