There are 12 submission-based spots are available as part of the three sessions of the CCMA Songwriters’ Series listed below:
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The 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.
CBCMusic.ca’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 www.cbcmusic.ca/searchlight. All applicants must submit a video of themselves performing one original song, as well as one high-quality MP3, before Wednesday, March 23.
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 www.nwcwebinars.com/promo.
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.
Alan 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.
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You can now enter to win a prize pack from Juno Award Winning- Monster Truck and Canadian Musician. Just head to www.canadianmusician.com/monster/ 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
FYI 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!
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.
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.