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Blockchain Tech: A Solution For Music At Political Events?

Blockchain Tech: A Solution For Music At Political Events?

As inevitable controversy continues to erupt between artists and politicians regarding the use of music at political events, George Howard takes a closer look at exactly what rights these artists have, and how Blockchain Technology might be used prevent such tension in the future. Guest Post by George Howard on Forbes Every election cycle since Reagan’s ...

Content ID Still Just Piracy [Maria Schneider]

Content ID Still Just Piracy [Maria Schneider]

In this open letter to righsholders, Maria Schneider examines how Content ID, originally billed as a means of protecting copyright holders, has since transformed into way to make money off of ads placed on pirated content. Guest Post by Maria Schneider on Music Technology Policy Content ID, YouTube’s digital fingerprinting technology, is under fire lately for ...

The Museum Perspective

The Museum Perspective

For the past month this blog has reprinted articles from the thirtieth anniversary issue of Jam magazine. I’ve done that because long after the printed copies – available free all over town – are filed in closets and trash cans, these stories will show up in Google searches, something less likely to happen to the PDF ...

$27.6 Million Proposed for 18th and Vine in Kansas City

$27.6 Million Proposed for 18th and Vine in Kansas City

Probably the earliest efforts to build a jazz hall of fame in Kansas City date to 1969. That group envisioned it near 12th and The Paseo. In 1997, following decades of fits and starts, feints and fights, the jazz museum opened, along with the Negro Leagues museum, the Black Archives and a rebuilt Gem Theater, at ...

5X Grammy Winner Calls YouTube "Criminal Racketeers" In Open Letter To "Pushers Of Piracy"

5X Grammy Winner Calls YouTube "Criminal Racketeers" In Open Letter To "Pushers Of Piracy"

In an “Open Letter to YouTube, 'Pushers' of Piracy" composer, bandleader and five-time Grammy winner Maria Schneider leaves no stone unthrown as she goes after Google and its YouTube subsidiary:  "...for the vast majority of the artistic community, including me, and every musician I know (and I know thousands), YouTube is a resounding disaster." Here is ...

A Primer On Moral Rights For Musicians

A Primer On Moral Rights For Musicians

Though commonplace in much or the rest of the world, laws regarding moral rights have never been properly implemented in the U.S., thereby limiting artists' control over their work, something Congress has a chance to fix in this latest copyright review. Guest Post by Jonathan Bailey on the Future Of Music Coalition In the United States, ...

Jazz Appreciation Month is here

Jazz Appreciation Month is here

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, by proclamation of the Smithsonian, and that's no joke. For the next 30 days, a lot of things will be happening across the US and around the world to celebrate this great art form that continues to thrive and grow—despite the sometimes overpowering hype and celebrity spotlight enjoyed by other forms ...

6 Organizations That Give Indie Musicians Grants, Crash Pads, More

6 Organizations That Give Indie Musicians Grants, Crash Pads, More

Even the most independent of indie musicians can use a little help every now and again and, fortunately for them, there are organizations with precisely this purpose, whether you're looking for some financial help, or simply a place to crash. Guest Post by Jonathan Hack on the Sonicbids Blog One of the most important things that I ...

I Give You Give - Using Music To Fundraise For A Charity

I Give You Give - Using Music To Fundraise For A Charity

I Give You Give is a new website designed by musicians for musicians. It has been developed by drum and bass artist Foreign Concept to make it as easy as possible for artists to gift a track to a charity or a cause and ask fans to donate to download. I Give You Give do not ...

Patreon Raises Additional $30M "To Fund the Emerging Creative Class"

Patreon Raises Additional $30M "To Fund the Emerging Creative Class"

Kickstarter virtually created mainstream crowdfunding and PledgeMusic refined it for musicians. But Patreon has taken a decidedly different approach to helping fans fund undervalued musicians and other creators by championing and facilitating ongoing patronage. Patreon, the Jack Conte cofounded fan patronage platform for musicians, YouTubers, podactsers and other creators today announced an additional $30 million in ...


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