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Maybe change the name of this website to “Music Money Report”.
That works for me. Hey Art – do I still get my lifetime subscription?? 🙂
Seriously – everybody has to eat Johnnyboy. And other than the EXTREME difficulty of “making it”, I see no downside to making a living writing music. If you want to be a “soul surfer”, great – but don’t blame the uber-talented professional athletes who get sponsored and become celebrities in their own right in that sport. Being a composer is not really much different. Being a professional by definition means making a living at it – and that requires the ever evil $$$ that you seem to believe corrupts art. Sorry if it sounds harsh, but from my experience, it’s usually sour grapes that bring on that reaction from those who can’t compete…
The most artistic and gifted folks I have ever met have been extremely business savvy, and DO in fact focus on making a living with their art. And the folks I’ve met who despise the corruption of art for the sake of art….eh…they are generally either educators or not that great at the art part of things.
I’m proud to have earned the right to call myself a professional. It was difficult, and yeah, I’m focused on money when I create. But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about the music. And BTW, I earned the right to be called a professional the old fashioned way. If you want to be a hobbyist I say go for it!! Maybe lobby for “Music Hobby Report”.
Oh, and a 100 tracks a day? LOL Exaggerate much?
And yeah, I’d still make music if I had another job that paid my bills. There are occasional days when I do regret taking a music career over another path. With the same skills I’ve put into my art, if I put them into virtually any other “real” business I’d be living on an island in the pacific by now. Only a fool goes into music for the money.
Rident is in the US (where I’m located), I had other composers recommend them, they were very responsive. That did it.
Of course, you are dead on correct.
You’ve got people / organizations who push and push and push to try to keep things “like they used to be”. Then you’ve got others who push towards the future – people / organizations who “get it”. The PMA and PRO’s are in the first camp. Aaaannnnnnd….there’s pretty much no one in the second camp – at least no one who can effectuate change. Until the powers that be fall into the second camp (most likely kicking and screaming) the big money will not be flowing to composers.
I DO get BMI payments from Youtube (millions of streams a year), but as you well know, ANY digital streaming performance royalties are incredibly low and obviously far out of balance to even the most casual observer. Coincidence? Everyone can decide for themselves.
IMO, the whole paradigm of performance royalties as anything other than pennies that might pay for lunch is slipping quickly into the morass as media moves AWAY from traditional broadcasting and towards youtube, Spotify, etc.. All of which employ business models that they claim are not sustainable for themselves, much less for composers. Haha! Right!
Until the PRO’s get better contracts with the new tech companies, we will be getting less and less and less. I can absolutely quantify it as more and more of my shows move out of cable/network over to streaming. Ridiculous. And BMI? They won’t even return a phone call right now.
Glad you got a nice payment from Germany!! Maybe overseas will be the piece of the puzzle that holds us together and allows us to live at poverty level instead of going completely bankrupt. 🙂
I recently signed with Rident as well. Too early to tell anything. And yeah, 15% is their take. I believe NRG is 15% as well.
Congrats m1234!! But if I had 1000 episodes on line and got paid $330, I’d STILL be screaming. That’s insane…. Hope it continues for you and wasn’t just a “please shut up now” payment.
Be glad that ASCAP is hearing you. I can’t even get BMI to acknowledge I exist or return a phone call after 4 months now….
I always check their IMDb listings to see what they are REALLY all about. He’s not even listed. Not any credits. Unless he writes under another name.
You can get free info from others around here who have hundreds of series airing, and thousands of actual placements – or you can pay someone with zero IMDb presence. Your choice. Best of luck.April 6, 2020 at 1:33 pm in reply to: What are your predictions for the impact on library music? #34574
5. For those of us who work at ASCAP, our duty is to ensure that ASCAP survives to EXPLOIT the next generation of creators and publishers.
Fixed that for you…. 🙂 🙂April 4, 2020 at 9:58 am in reply to: What are your predictions for the impact on library music? #34556
I basically agree with music1234 – people watching TV and the revenue from that specific music use will / should be up.
BUT – I have no doubts that our PRO’s will use the situation to “spin” the numbers to their particular view of who should get paid what. Make no mistake, a good portion of the TV broadcast royalties will be headed towards indie hipster songwriters who have been decimated.March 27, 2020 at 11:41 am in reply to: What are your predictions for the impact on library music? #34527
I’m much more worried about other aspects of the business as opposed to a virus based impact. As mentioned, viewership of shows is UP!! As for streaming royalties, PRO moving funds where they like, PRO NON transparency in accounting, subscription models gaining traction, networks feeling that they want to go direct license, production companies trying to take all the publishing of music they didn’t even commission, etc…..that’s what I’m concerned with.