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Digital Music News: How To Get All of the Royalties You Never Knew Existed

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

PROsThe following is from Ari Herstand at Digital Music News. All information is based on U.S. figures: 

A 2015 Berklee College of Music report found that anywhere from 20-50% of music payments do not make it to their rightful owners.  The indie publishing powerhouse Kobalt calculated that there are “over 900,000 distinct royalty payments for artists and songwriters.”  What are these royalties?  Where do they come from?  And most importantly, how do you get them?

I’m not gonna lie, it’s complicated, but I’m going to attempt to lay all of this out as simply as possible.  In plain English.  I’m here for you.  We’ll get through this together.  Bookmark this page and take a deep breath.

(more…) Searchlight Contest Back & Bigger for 2016

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

2015 Searchlight winners Orange O’Clock

2015 Searchlight winners Orange O’Clock’s annual Searchlight contest is back, and this year it’s even bigger. Beginning Monday, Feb. 29, musicians of all types – including solo artists, duos, and groups from all genres – are encouraged to enter via All applicants must submit a video of themselves performing one original song, as well as one high-quality MP3, before Wednesday, March 23.


Register Now for NWC’s Free ‘Be Impossible To Ignore – Self Promotion 101’ Webinar

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
Presenters Andrew King (left) & Jim Norris

Presenters Andrew King (left) & Jim Norris

Jim Norris, who has over four decades’ experience in the music, entertainment, and marketing industries, will be offering a free ‘Be Impossible To Ignore – Self Promotion 101’ webinar on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. To register, just go to

This free webinar will show you how to promote your band, your business, or your career. Learn insider, no B.S. tips that you can put into practice right away.


Will SoundCloud’s Finances Force It To Shut Down?

Friday, February 12th, 2016

SoundCloudAlan Cross points us to this article from FactMag stating the SoundCloud, one of the most popular online services for music creators, may be in a lot of financial trouble:

A report casts “significant doubt on the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.”

SoundCloud struck a landmark deal with Universal Music Group last month, but its latest financial filings suggest the company is in dire financial straits.


Fest300 Releases Annual List of the World’s Top 300 Fesitvals

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Osheaga Music & Arts Festival [Photo: velkr0/Wikimedia Commons]

Osheaga Music & Arts Festival [Photo: velkr0/Wikimedia Commons]

Fest300, a comprehensive online guide to the world’s best festivals, announced today its annual list of the 300 most highly regarded festivals from around the globe. Making this year’s list were returning favorites Glastonbury (Pilton, UK), Diwali (India), and Envision (Costa Rica), as well as list newcomers Electric Zoo (New York, USA) and Cape Town International Jazz Fest (South Africa).

Fest300’s complete list can be found here:


Enter the #SittinHeavey Sweepstakes to Win a Monster Truck Prize Pack

Friday, February 5th, 2016

sweeps BG1You can now enter to win a prize pack from Juno Award Winning- Monster Truck and Canadian Musician. Just head to to enter the #SittinHeavy Sweepstakes.

It’s your chance to win  a Monster Truck Prize pack including:

– Monster Truck T-shirt

– Latest Album, Sittin’ Heavy

– Monster Truck Hockey Puck

– “Don’t Tell Me How to Live” Download Card

– Jan/Feb 2016 edition of Canadian Musician magazine featuring Monster Truck

Rare 1973 Documentary About Canadian Music Scene Unearthed

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

rOCK-A-BYEFYI Music News and Eric Alper have shared a rarely seen documentary about the Canadian music scene made in 1973. David Farrell at FYI Music News writes:

Rock-A-Bye is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the Canadian music industry and youth-culture scene of 1973. Things you’ll see include: Outside the Montréal Forum at a Rolling Stones concert kids try to score hash. Cool on-stage footage of the Stones performing, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Close-up of Jack Daniels bottles sitting on guitar amps. Mick tosses buckets of water into the audience. Concert tickets cost $7.00!


Unsigned Only Competition Now Accepting Entries

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
2015 Unsigned Grand Prize winners Jared Porter And Kaylee Bell (PRNewsFoto/Unsigned Only Music Competition)

2015 Unsigned Grand Prize winners Jared Porter And Kaylee Bell (PRNewsFoto/Unsigned Only Music Competition)

Musicians are invited to apply now for the 2016 edition of Unsigned Only, a worldwide music competition produced by the same people that produce the International Songwriting Competition (ISC). Unsigned Only is designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. It’s a music competition with the stated goal of finding an outstanding, talented performer that needs to be discovered.

The Grand Prize winner will be awarded $20,000 USD in cash (plus additional prizes, to a total value of more than $100,000 USD) and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives. First Place winners in each category will receive $1,000 USD in addition to other prizes. Second Place winners will also receive prizes. Winners for the competition will be announced in early September 2016.


Flix Canada Agency Launches To Takes Canadian Punk Rockers to Europe

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
Eamon McGrath in the video for "Running From The Cops"

Eamon McGrath in the video for “Running From The Cops”

The following is from FYI Music News

Europe has long been a happy hunting ground for Canadian artists in all genres, and Flix Canada aims to increase our export of punk-inflected rockers considerably. This is a brand new Toronto-based booking agency whose primary focus is on Europe.

The company is headed by Eamon McGrath, a prolific singer/songwriter and author of some renown. To get the Flix facts, FYI recently interviewed McGrath.


Music NS Accepting Submissions for Gordie Sampson Songcamp

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Gordie Sampson [Photo: DrFel/Wikimedia]

Gordie Sampson [Photo: DrFel/Wikimedia]

Music Nova Scotia is accepting submissions for songwriters to attend the Gordie Sampson Songcamp, which takes place in Ingonish, Cape Breton on July 10 – 15, 2016.

At the Gordie Sampson Songcamp, emerging writers come from all over Nova Scotia to collaborate and co-write songs with their peers, mentor with award-winning artists, and learn from music industry leaders.

To be eligible to apply, songwriters must: currently live in Nova Scotia; be between the ages of 18-24; have links online to where Music NS can listen to three songs written by the applicant (on their artist website, YouTube, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, are most common) OR email MP3 recordings/demos.


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