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Can Indie Artists Get on Spotify?

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

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This article originally appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of Canadian Musician.

By Michael Raine

Attend a music industry conference this year and you’re bound hear that “streaming is the new radio” – maybe even a few times. Radio used to be an indie artist’s ticket to fame and fortune, or at least a decent SOCAN cheque and a noticeable boost in ticket sales. While Nielsen surveys show radio’s influence is still significant, streaming playlists, especially on Spotify, are having a huge impact on artists’ earnings and popularity. The importance of these playlists has become obvious, but what is still less clear is how songs get added to them. Like radio, is it largely the domain of the signed artists with the backing of label-employed pluggers, or can indie label and self-releasing artists get their songs on these playlists? The answer to both is “yes.”

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SOCAN Is Begging You: Please Collect Your Live Performance Royalties

Monday, May 8th, 2017

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This article originally appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Canadian Musician.

By Michael Raine

It seems like a source of great frustration at SOCAN that many songwriters are not bothering to collect their live performance royalties. While most songwriters know SOCAN collects and distributes their performance royalties for radio, TV/film, and online use, many seem to be ignoring their most likely source of SOCAN royalties: concerts. Maybe they don’t know this revenue stream is available to them, or maybe they don’t think it’s worth the hassle. Either way, money is being left on the table.

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Catapult Your Career: Capitalizing on Education Opportunities at Music Conferences & Festivals

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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This article originally appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of Canadian Musician

By Samantha Everts

When it comes to the music industry, one of the best across-the-board crash courses is to attend a music conference or festival with an educational component. These typically include a mix of panels on a variety of topics, workshops, networking events, and live music showcases ranging from one to multiple days.

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