Apr 15, 2018, 23:45

We have over 50,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com). This week’s featured track is “Cha Cha” by Salieri Music. This is a fun, comedy, Latin track that is perfect for advertising, TV/sitcoms, and film.

Cha Cha” (#00000338)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/00000338/cha-cha

Track Description

Cha Cha” is a fun Latin track that is perfect for advertising, TV/sitcoms, film or other media projects where you need a little comedy.

Track Metadata

Moods— Comedy, fun

Instruments—Horn section, piano, steel drums, world percussion

Genres—Comedy, jazz, Latin, world

Applications—Advertising, presentation, product for sale, special events

Length– 3:49

About Salieri Music–

SalieriMusicAlex Khaskin of Salieri Music is based on Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. With over 800 tracks on MusicRevolution.com, Salieri Music produces music in a range of genres. Click here to listen to more of Salieri Music’s tracks.

With over 50,000 tracks online in our production music library, MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has some of the best royalty-free music available anywhere.

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Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom background music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library, which includes an extensive selection of “Non-PRO” royalty-free music, is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music / in-store music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications.

Mar 29, 2018, 12:31

Our Clash of The Music Titans series has been documenting the ongoing drama between ASCAP, BMI, SoundExchange, record labels and the U.S. Government; in their efforts to pay fair royalty rates to musicians. In today’s installment, we’ll answer the question: “How exactly do I get paid if my music is streamed on Pandora?”

The short answer is…SoundExchange, a non-profit organization formed in 2000 who was virtually knighted by the U.S. Library of Congress in 2003 to be the sole administrator of royalties due whenever your music is used in a “non-interactive” * fashion. As you can imagine, this is a huge new market. SoundExchange has so far paid $5 billion in royalties to musicians and record labels.

The deftness with which SoundExchange’s executive team maneuvered themselves into the flow of money should be a case-study for all MBA students.

“Non-interactive” means your song was included in a Pandora station or Spotify playlist wherein the end-user did NOT specifically go in and select your song.

 

As publishers, we’ve worked closely with both SoundExchange and the traditional PROs (ASCAP, PRS, BMI, etc.). The differences are interesting. Here’s what we’ve noticed so far:

 

1) The Government Hasn’t Handcuffed SoundExchange for Being a Monopoly…Yet

 

In the 1940’s, the U.S. Government brought an anti-trust suit against ASCAP because it looked too much like a monopoly. As a result, ASCAP and BMI must allow the music they control to be used at whatever terms Pandora offers. It’s hard to understate how much this has constricted these organizations from getting more money from Spotify, etc.

 

SoundExchange, on the other hand, has no such restrictions. Perhaps in time, monopoly concerns will arise. But for the immediate future, SoundExchange appears to have the blessing of Congress to sue Pandora for whatever share of Pandora’s revenue it wants. To us, this feels reminiscent of Fannie Mae; a publicly traded company who – prior to the Great Recession – had Congress’ blessing to exert huge control over the consumer loan market.

 

2) SoundExchange and ASCAP/BMI Collect Different Types of Royalties

 

If you’re an independent artist recording an album in your home studio, the following distinction is just academic, but it’s worth understanding.

Traditional PROs (Performing Rights Organizations) consider themselves the protector of a song’s fundamental compositional elements. That is, the melody as it would appear on a score or the lyrics as they would appear in a notebook. In 1938, that made complete sense. On any given night, George Gershwin’s “Summertime” was being interpreted hundreds of different ways on hundreds of different stages. Nothing was being recorded. It was all about the song’s underlying structure.

But in 2018, anyone who’s built a track in Logic or ProTools can attest that written notes on a page aren’t really a thing anymore (in a future blog, we’ll talk about how much that sucks).

SoundExchange had the good fortune of writing their constitution post-Napster. Therefore, their jurisdiction is not the underlying composition, but the sound recording of that composition – the actual recording that has been mixed, mastered, published, and financed by the record label.

 

From an intellectual property standpoint, SoundExchange is the hip mega-church poking fun at Catholics.

 

3) The Writer/Publisher Split Is Basically the Same…But With Some Twists

Whereas BMI and ASCAP consider song ownership an even split between “author” and “publisher”, SoundExchange considers it a split between a “featured artist” and a “rights holder”.

To visualize the difference, imagine Mozart’s agent anxiously standing by while the maestro finishes his Requiem. In ASCAP’s eyes, Mozart is the “author” (50%), his agent is the “publisher” (50%). As soon as Amadeus hands over the score (and dies per the movie Amadeus), the publisher runs off to the opera house to negotiate a deal and earn his half.  That’s the ASCAP model.

Now for the SoundExchange model. Let’s say that same Mozart symphony – now in the public domain – is being recorded by the Foo Fighters (as if). In SoundExchange’s eyes, the Foo Fighters are the “featured artist” (45%). As soon as the track is finished, a rep from RCA Records will upload the track to Apple Music and spend a bunch of marketing dollars around it. The label, RCA Records, is the “rights holder” (50%).

Where does that other 5% from the featured artist half go, you ask? That sliver of the pie goes to a general fund for the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and AFM (American Federation of Musicians).

You heard us correctly. A portion of the Foo Fighter’s royalties will go to Carrot Top.

 

4) ASCAP/BMI Carry Decades of Baggage. SoundExchange Does Not

 

We’ve heard horrors stories about ASCAP representatives wandering into bars in the middle of nowhere and shutting down the jukebox until a payment is made. Legally, they’re justified in doing that. And surely, performing rights publishers are grateful for the check. But Karma can be a bitch.

Working with ASCAP often feels like visiting the DMV. Their web interface for filing direct source licenses is clunky. They don’t answer the phone. And their mafioso bullying tactics have now been adopted by foreign subsidiaries.

Alternatively, SoundExchange is the new kid on the block. When we called to do research for this blog, a cheerful service rep answered the phone. Their website is modern. Their collection efforts are focused on giant streaming services rather than mom n’ pop shops.

 

5) SoundExchange Makes It Easier for Musicians to Share a Piece of Their Pie

 

This is so cool. SoundExchange recently introduced a feature to their members called a Letter of Direction.

Say you’re a Featured Artist on a recording. By that we mean, you’re not the label. Rather, you’re a key member of the band who recorded the song. While you were laying down that incredible bass line, your best friend and fellow bass player happened to be in the room. You feel their presence “inspired” you.

With a Letter of Direction, you can easily cut your friend in on 2% of your royalties…just as a gesture. With ASCAP, the red tape on something like that would be virtually impossible.

 

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In conclusion, if there’s any possibility at all that your music will be included in a Pandora stream or Spotify stream, register yourself and your music with SoundExchange. It’s sure to be the fastest-growing source of music royalties and you’ll want to get on this train now…while SoundExchange is still willing to take your call.

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, businesses  and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of musicians. mbielenberg@musicrevolution.com.

Mar 24, 2018, 13:01

We have over 50,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com). This week’s featured track is “Guitar Landscape” by KBH Production. This is a dreamy New Age track that is perfect for any kind of background music for advertising, corporate use and retail environments.

Guitar Landscape” (#04730510)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/04730510/guitar-landscape

Track Description

Guitar Landscape” is a perfect audio background for any multi-media project including corporate, commercials, advertising, slideshows, promotional video, YouTube projects, websites, time lapse or for music on-hold.

Track Metadata

Moods— Corporate, dreamy, inspiring

Instruments—Bass, electric guitar, electric piano, piano, synth pad

Genres—Corporate, documentary, new age

Applications—Advertising, Internet, on hold, presentation

Length– 3:09

About KBH Production–

KBHProductionKBH Production is a musician, pianist and composer based in Toulouse, South of France. KBH Production produces a range of Non-PRO music in genres including corporate, epic/cinematic, acoustic/folk, instrumental pop, electro/lounge, and orchestral. Click here to listen to more of KBH Production’s tracks.

With over 50,000 tracks online in our production music library, MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has some of the best royalty-free music available anywhere.

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Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom background music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library, which includes an extensive selection of “Non-PRO” royalty-free music, is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music / in-store music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications.

Mar 15, 2018, 17:46

This week, we continue our feature of music created by musicians who are NOT members of Performing Rights Organizations such as ASCAP & PRS. You can subscribe to any of these streams here.

1) Retail Dreams

When you wander into a trendy clothing store, you don’t recognize every song lulling you to the cash register. That’s because, with the advent of consumer streaming services, tastes are more splintered than ever. This works to the advantage of you, dear business owner. If your store is hip to all the hot new bands, you must be hip to all the hot new fashion. Right?

When you utilize our nonPRO music, this same psychology is in full force. These non-conformist, NonPRO musicians are as indie as it gets. The fact that they’re not afraid to blaze a trail shines through in their music; and will give your retail location a super cool aesthetic.

 

 

 

 

2) Relaxing Classical

When a Mozart symphony is wafting in the air, any price is justified. After all, your customers are the chosen few with educated tastes that require sanctuary. Only in a sophisticated, peaceful bubble will they fully comprehend why the China should only come as a set.

 

Sadly, it’s a matter of security. How else are you, dear store manager supposed to keep the proletariat away from your luxurious merchandise? Let the tire kickers go elsewhere. Let them eat cake.

 

 

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, businesses  and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of musicians. mbielenberg@musicrevolution.com.

Mar 10, 2018, 17:21

We have over 50,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com). This week’s featured track is “Chillout Lounge Nirvana” by ColourTunes. This is a relaxing chill out track that is perfect for any kind of background music in advertising, presentations, spas and retail environments.

Chillout Lounge Nirvana” (#04827974)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/04827974/chillout-lounge-nirvana

Track Description

Chillout Lounge Nirvana” — Relaxing, chill out ambient background music track which is well suited for background music in videos, slide shows, relaxation, memories videos, spa music, podcasts, lounge, and also for general listening.

Track Metadata

Moods— Dreamy, hi-tech, inspiring

Instruments—Electric guitar, flute, pluck synth, strings, synth pad, vocals

Genres—Drama, electronica, new age, specialty

Applications—Advertising, broadcast programming, Internet, presentation

Length– 2:26

About ColourTunes–

ColourTunesFrom Moscow, Russia, ColourTunes produces a range of Non-PRO music including chill out, ambient, orchestral, cinematic, country, emotional and funk. Click here to listen to more of ColourTunes’ tracks.

With over 50,000 tracks online in our production music library, MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has some of the best royalty-free music available anywhere.

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Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom background music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library, which includes an extensive selection of “Non-PRO” royalty-free music, is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music / in-store music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications.

Mar 1, 2018, 13:06

A push back we sometimes get from business owners when discussing NonPRO music for their retail locations is their concern about quality. “If these musicians don’t belong to a union, are they any good?” they say.

Background music is a business market like any other. And currently it’s over regulated; which creates opportunities. Like the mid-1800’s California Gold Rush, there are always an enterprising few who get in early and get in first. These musicians are innovators in every way. So we’ll just let this music speak for itself.

 

1) Martini Bar

A well staged martini bar is a place where all who enter feel both prosperous and indifferent. Beautiful people casually congregate to solve the world’s problems while glancing at a city skyline.

James Bond meets his nemesis here for the first time, early in the story when they’re both well-dressed and well-behaved. The key ingredients to a good martini bar are contemporary decor, dim lighting and soft electronic music that simmers with sexuality.

Every track in this collection is NonPRO.

 

 

 

2) Coffee Conversations

Meeting for coffee is different than meeting for drinks. Because at the end of coffee, someone is accountable for something. All parties have agreed to be sober and alert during their exchange of thoughts. And that’s good for all of us. The restaurant owner is expected to facilitate these

Cups of drip coffee on bar of coffee shop

conversations with human busy-ness behind the counter, the smell of coffee beans to remind us all we must get through one more day together, and music that is un-intrusive yet inquisitive; inoffensive yet vulnerable.

Every track in this collection is NonPRO.

 

 

If you’re a musician interested in contributing your music to this collection, and your tracks are attributed to an author who is NOT a member of any performing rights organization; then please upload your tracks to MusicRevolution. Our upload interface is easy to use, and your tracks will usually be reviewed and approved by our music team within two business days.

Join us!

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, businesses  and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of musicians. mbielenberg@musicrevolution.com.

Feb 23, 2018, 13:06

We have over 50,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com). This week’s featured track is “Time To Rebuild” by T. Brown. This is an uplifting, energetic pop track that is perfect for any kind of advertising, broadcast programming and film.

Time To Rebuild” (#00541133)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/00541133/time-to-rebuild

Track Description

Time To Rebuild” — Driving, determined, pulsating, purposeful, upbeat, uplifting, positive, energetic pop rock.

Track Metadata

Moods— Corporate, inspiring, sentimental

Instruments—Bass, electric guitar

Genres—Corporate, drama, pop, rock, sports

Applications—Advertising, broadcast programming, film, Internet

Length– 2:08

About T. Brown–

TBrownTim Brown is an award winning producer in Nashville, TN. Tim brings us driving and soulful instrumental music that has been featured in the productions of a number of his high profile clients, including Monday Night Football, The Olympics, ABC Sports, The Rush Limbaugh Show, McDonalds, Valvoline, A&E Biography, Maury Povich, Fazolis, and Chevron, to name a few. Tim’s tracks tend to have an upbeat vibe perfect for big commercials, TV, Film, Documentary, and a variety of new media productions. He is also an accomplished film composer and has a large collection of film cues available as well. Click here to listen to more of T. Brown’s tracks.

With over 50,000 tracks online in our production music library, MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has some of the best royalty-free music available anywhere.

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Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom background music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library, which includes an extensive selection of “Non-PRO” royalty-free music, is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music / in-store music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications.

Feb 9, 2018, 02:31

1) Monster, Inc – “Getting Started”

What’s most remarkable about the first three spots on our list is that they were created by NBC’s in-house agency. That’s crazy because a TV network’s role is normally just to host the game and collect the checks. But at a time when NBC shareholders demand revenue growth in spite of unprecedented competition for eyeballs, NBC has revamped how early and how deeply they engage brands whose world could be changed by a single TV commercial; such as this one which tells a modernized version of Monster Cable CEO Noel Lee’s life story.

Agency: Content Innovation Agency (NBC’s in-house agency)
Music: “Savior (ft. Quavo)” by Iggy Azalea

2) NBC Sports – “Best of U.S. (Nathan Chen)”

Nathan Chen will be the first Olympic figure skater to include five (count them…five) types of quadruple jumps in a routine. CIA’s choice to use James Brown’s “The Boss” is cultural genius.

Agency: Content Innovation Agency (NBC’s in-house agency)
Music: ”The Boss” by James Brown

3) NBC Sports – “Best of U.S. (Shaun White)”

Like the Nathan Chen spot, CIA chose a song that charted well before the subject of our spot was even born. Whatever. It gives the spot a timeless, cross-generational feel.

Agency: Content Innovation Agency (NBC’s in-house agency)
Music: “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath
4) PepsiCo – “Doritos Blaze vs. Mtn Dew Ice”

Morgan Freeman in a rap lip-sync battle with Peter Dinklage. That pretty much says it all.

Every spot that made our list this year uses source music instead of original music. We harbor an admitted bias towards original music, but the customer music we heard was pretty pedestrian. No blazed trails of which to speak.

Agency: Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
Music: “Look At Me Now (ft. Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes)” by Chris Brown
“Get Ur Freak On” by Missy Elliot

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, businesses  and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of musicians. mbielenberg@musicrevolution.com.

Feb 4, 2018, 19:06

We have over 50,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com). This week’s featured track is “Driving Indie Rock” by anonangelx. This is a powerful and inspirational anthemic indie rock track that is perfect for any kind of broadcast programming, film and corporate presentations.

Driving Indie Rock” (#02829307)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/02829307/driving-indie-rock

Track Description

Driving Indie Rock” — Powerful and inspirational anthemic indie rock tune with soaring guitars. A cool sounding theme suitable for your media projects including sizzle reels, corporate presentations, TV and movies.

Track Metadata

Moods— Energetic, fun, inspiring

Instruments—Electric guitar, synth

Genres—Corporate, rock, sports

Applications—Advertising, broadcast programming, presentation, product for sale

Length– 3:06

About anonangelx–

anonangelxBased in London, England, Tenzi Shiran of anonangelx is a Japanese born composer who specializes in Dramatic music with epic scope and style. From full orchestra with choir, to dynamic Electronic/Orchestral hybrids, his music has a contemporary sound that calls to mind the work of Hollywood film composers like Hans Zimmer, James Horner, and Harry Gregson-Williams. Tenzi is comfortable writing in a wide range of styles, including drama, action, horror, romantic, and sci-fi, and his tracks are perfectly suited for high-impact film trailers and movie scores. Click here to listen to more of anonangelx’s tracks.

With over 50,000 tracks online in our production music library, MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has some of the best royalty-free music available anywhere.

________________________________________________________________________

Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom background music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library, which includes an extensive selection of “Non-PRO” royalty-free music, is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music / in-store music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications.

Jan 25, 2018, 15:39
As music publishers, our job is to help musicians make money. As such, we’ve never steered musicians one way or another in terms of which performing rights organization is best for them to join. When we launched years ago, our assumption was that ASCAP and BMI were basically equal; in terms of responsiveness and in terms of acting in the best interest of their members. But after years of interacting with both organizations, we’ve got some things to get off our chest about ASCAP.

 

If you’re a major label artist represented by a major publisher, read no further.  This blog is not for you. We’ve heard the stories about cash advanced to you by ASCAP to entice you to leave BMI. If your name is Duke Ellington, Henry Mancini or George Gershwin, ASCAP’s management is taking very good care of you. You’re also dead.

 

Our gripes only apply to the musicians who are emerging creatively now; at a time when – in the face of non-existent CD sales – musicians must carve their own way. If you’re that person, here’s why we think you should go with BMI; or maybe no PRO at all:

 

1) ASCAP Makes It Impossible to Do Your Own Deals

 

Both BMI and ASCAP publicly state that their members should feel free to strike any “direct license” deal with whomever they want. That means if your manager’s cousin owns a chain of restaurants and thinks your music would provide the perfect ambience; as long as your manager tells ASCAP about it in writing, their cousin will be left alone.

 

For BMI, that’s absolutely been the case. We’ve negotiated deals with retail stores who need musical ambience and are willing to pay for it. The music in our library is exactly what they need and the store would prefer to keep the paperwork simple by paying just us. In cases like this, we compensate the musician directly and thereby do ASCAP/BMI’s job for them. We’re happy to do it. BMI’s help is not needed.

 

In these situations, we’ve found that BMI sticks to their word about getting out of the way as long as we notify them. They understand that musicians need all the help they can get.

 

ASCAP, on the other hand, imposes so much red tape on the let-us-know-in-writing process that it’s become insidious. The form they require you to complete isn’t available on their website (so we uploaded it here). It requires more arcane details than a tax return. The musician isn’t allowed to authorize outside publishers to fill it out on their behalf. Each usage must be individually authorized. It’s the worst. Everything about the process screams, “We didn’t want you to actually do this.”

 

ASCAP, if you’re going to strangle a musician’s ability to pave their own way, at least allow outside publishers to bear that strangling for the musician. Your direct source process has become so restrictive, we’ve actually had to exclude ASCAP musicians from opportunities. Your musicians are losing money because of you.

 

2) Membership Fee  

 

A $50 membership fee, ASCAP? Really?

 

BMI charges nothing to become a member. That’s because they realize a person who created an actual fixed piece of music worth registering with an organization busted their butt to accomplish that. And if they’re just starting out, that person certainly bore some financial costs.
That list of costs shouldn’t include a membership fee to an organization who uses price discrimination to avoid dealing with rookie questions from new members. I’m sure Pink, Taylor Swift & Adam Levine all had dumb questions when they joined BMI.

 

 

We are not the first music publishers to imagine a marketplace without ASCAP. In 2008, Getty Images introduced a stock music product called iStockMusic. Shockingly, their website terms and conditions required participating musicians to NOT be a member of any performing rights organization. I thought this was insane.

 

In hindsight, it was kind of genius. Even then, Getty’s legal team knew that the mass volume of frictionless transactions upon which the internet (and now the modern economy) function on a day-to-day basis would be choked out of existence if they tried to adhere to ASCAP’s policies.

 

If you’re a musician who can more easily conquer your niche by making your own deals, think hard about whether you want to join a PRO. And if you decide to join one, we think BMI will make it easier for you.

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, businesses  and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of musicians. mbielenberg@musicrevolution.com.