Michael Nickolas

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  • in reply to: Digital Distribution advice #33231

    Michael Nickolas
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    Do you recommend any digital platform where I can upload track by track that are of different genres?

    Look into DistroKid.

    in reply to: Stock Music Database #32895

    Michael Nickolas
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    I would think those keeping track of those things have a spreadsheet already and simply back it up to a cloud service…

    in reply to: Horror movie underscore instrument #32894

    Michael Nickolas
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    Love it, that’s taking it to a whole ‘nother level

    in reply to: International Royalties #32839

    Michael Nickolas
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    Good to hear! I did okay, even took in a fair amount on the publishing side.

    in reply to: Collabs – worth it? #32768

    Michael Nickolas
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    I do collaborate, but one consideration is their understanding of the business and their ability to respond quickly. When I hear of an opportunity or have a contract presented that needs the attention of a co-writer I want to be able to pursue it quickly!

    in reply to: PRO placement on SKY and FOX #32751

    Michael Nickolas
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    Sync fees are drying up and it’s quite possible none was charged by the library. Is it ok? Well, I doubt your paperwork says they are required to charge a sync fee for every placement, so in that sense it’s up to them…

    in reply to: Production Music with Jazz Elements? #32714

    Michael Nickolas
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    So did I (14 song album), because I heard it was popular. Had a few P5 sales. Here’s an example:

    Jazz infused tracks, and more complexed chordings/arrangements don’t do well in “TV Libraries” BUT they do really well for Movies,

    True. And if it helps anyone almost half of my tracks accepted by Crucial have jazz elements.

    in reply to: Production Music with Jazz Elements? #32710

    Michael Nickolas
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    This one has done really well for me, and it’s only 37 seconds long!

    in reply to: YouTube Content ID, AdRev and Copyright Infringment #32701

    Michael Nickolas
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    You’re 100% correct Michael. These companies need to pay attention to what they’re doing, follow YouTube guidelines and act responsibly with our assets. Instead of telling us “oh, that wasn’t supposed to happen” they need to get their act together and not let it happen in the first place. Composesr do not need to waste their time fixing libraries mistakes.

    in reply to: YouTube Content ID, AdRev and Copyright Infringment #32685

    Michael Nickolas
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    I posted recently in another thread about having this exact same problem. I started a YouTube channel to promote some RF tracks and link to my P5 page. Eight out of the first ten I uploaded came back being monetized by two different NE libraries. And like Mark says, multiple offenders. I had been told by both in the past my tracks had been removed. I’m sure, like Art has found, that many others of mine are still improperly (illegally?) in the system. I mentioned in my previous post that what bothers me is the companies doing this are putting me in breach of contracts I’ve signed with NE libraries stating I would not have my music in the content ID system. I agree it is very much so getting out of hand.

    By the way, during all this I learned from adrev that there is no way for them to remove tracks from YouTube’s content ID. They have a process in place of deactivating reference files so content ID won’t be able to make any matches but tracks are not technically removed from content ID by adrev.

    in reply to: Niche or jack of all trades? #32655

    Michael Nickolas
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    The hard part is sounding authentic next to the writers who are the masters of one genre. The good news is that very often the mainstream market prefers a neutral, some would say watered down, version of authentic.

    Good point Michael. I asked a contact at a top library once if they needed any world/ethnic albums. He said no, and when we do we just go to a writer from that country! Duh.. On the other hand my biggest seller is a South African style piece so I keep trying different things.

    I made a list recently of my top tracks being used in TV shows and my top RF sellers, hoping the information would guide me towards what to create next. Everything from country music to Bollywood was on the list and nearly every track on the list was in a unique style. So my vote is to branch out and create in many genres.

    in reply to: Netflix appears! #32456

    Michael Nickolas
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    For what it’s worth it’s not any better at ASCAP. Our next statement isn’t until July, but from a past statement:
    Amazon,16,890 streams, 0:17 – $0.20
    Hulu, 123,612 streams, 0:08 – $0.41
    Netflix, streams not reported, 0:15 – $0.68
    Libraries need to collect decent sync fees for tracks placed into shows that will only be streamed and not broadcast. Back-end is an insult.

    in reply to: Music package. #32442

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    in reply to: Finding PRO tracks in non-PRO music libraries #32416

    Michael Nickolas
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    many composers stay away from ContentID as it might impact their sales

    Right! I’ve stayed away from it and even that doesn’t keep problems away.

    I started a youtube channel recently as a way to promote my RF music. To start, I uploaded simple videos featuring ten of my ten best selling music tracks and included a link to where they could be licensed. Eight out of the ten videos I uploaded triggered a copyright claim and were being monetized by two non-exclusive companies I work with.

    No matter if this was an inadvertent action on their part. Like Art says, it affects sales. It also puts me in breach of other agreements I’ve signed stating my music will not be in content ID. Non-exclusive companies need to wake up to this issue. They need to audit their content ID catalogs more frequently and work harder to respect the rights of their composers.

    in reply to: Music Libraries for songs #32333

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