Music industry

Kickstarter vs. The NEA: Which Provides More Arts Funding?

A talk last week at the Aspen Institute reignited a debate that has been circulating in the arts world over the past year: does the website Kickstarter raise more money for the arts than the federal government?


Why Japan’s Music Industry Is Booming… For Now

After the IFPI dropped the bombshell (.pdf report) that Japan is catching up to the United States and could surpass it as the world's most valuable music market, people have been trying to figure out why that might be.


Don't Sideline Jazz Music

One of Ghana's upcoming jazz musicians, Erastus Kwabena Asomani, known in the music scene as Owura K yesterday declared that the music industry in Ghana is finding it difficult to move forward due to lack of good structures to protect the interest of musicians.

Modern Ghana

My Song Was Played 3.1 Million Times on Pandora. My Check Was $39...

The following comment, posted on our site Tuesday, comes from Grammy-nominated, hit songwriter Ellen Shipley. One of her top tracks, "Heaven Is a Place On Earth," got played more than 3.1 million times on Pandora, in the last three months alone. Here's the rest...

Digital Music News

YouTube Confirms Vevo Deal

Google Inc.'s YouTube on Tuesday confirmed that it has a renewed its agreement with Vevo, a music video and content distributor owned by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Abu Dhabi Media Group.


Performing Artists Compete, Move, Adapt in Tough Economy

A new report shows 45 percent of young adults who recently got a college degree are underemployed, and the next generation of classical performers are no exception. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on how artists are adapting to hard economic times and an incredibly competitive job market.


What iTunes Radio Will Actually Pay

A close look at the iTunes licensing agreement for indie labels shows iTunes Radio royalties have limited downside and strong upside.


Singers and their Finances, Part One: The Challenges

This will be the first of two pieces on the subject because, sad to say, it is challenging and complex. I have discovered that most people don't understand how difficult it is for singers to manage financially unless they are superstars.


Bengali music companies seek legal protection

The Bengali music industry wants the West Bengal government to introduce the Goonda Act and include music piracy as a major offence.

The Times of India

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