Performing rights agencies make sure songwriters get paid when people use their work. Learn about the different groups out there and find out who should sign up.
Profile of one of the most important events on the music industry calendar, Midem.
Glastonbury is one of the largest and oldest outdoor music festivals in the world. Every year, up to 900 acts entertain crowds of 100,000 music lovers in the English countryside. Find out more about the history of Glastonbury and how you could get a chance to play.
North Carolina based independent hip hop label Othaz Records has sales figures that would make many major labels jealous, and they're just getting started. Learn more about Waleed Coyote's Othaz Records including the label's artists and how they managed to find success so quickly. Info about their demo policy is also included.
Some people think that MySpace Music has turned the music biz on its head while others think it is one more nail in the coffin of good music. Love it or hate it, you can't ignore it, so find out if MySpace might be able to help you.
Record labels are all frantically trying to find a way to work in the new music business created by the internet, but Nettwerk Music Group is trying to lead the way. Get the story behind this record label and music management company that was called the "next-gen music company" by Wired Magazine.
The Future of Music Coalition has worked hard to give the independent music industry a place at the table in discussions about issues that affect the music business. They also offer plenty of support for musicians trying to make it outside of the major label structure. Learn more about what the Future of Music Coalition is and what the Future of Music Coalition does.
Record producers can be as important (and let's be honest - more important in some cases) that the musicians in the studio. Music producers can have a very active role in shaping the sound of an album, although some producers take more of a backseat role. Learn more about work as a record producer, how to become a record producer, music producing jobs and more.
Belmont Univesity's Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business program is world renowned, especially for its music internship programs. Get information about Belmont University Music Degree program and find out if the school is right for you.
Amalgam Digital is an online music distribution site that specializes in hip hop music. Learn more about Amalgam Digital and how their service works in this Amalgam Digital profile.
Factory Records managed to have a tremendous impact on the music industry in spite of bankruptcy and questionable business plans like losing money on every copy they sold of their most popular release. Factory Records might not have had the world's best business plan, but the label certainly knew good music when they heard it and they certainly knew how to get people excited about it.
Cherry Red Records is best known for their reissues these days, but in its earlier days, the label was a major player in the UK indie music scene. Learn more about the history of the label in this Cherry Red Records profile.
The Center for Music and Arts Entrepreneurship provides both Loyola Univesity music students and the community at a large a chance to learn how to be self sufficient in all fields in the music industry. Get more information about the Center for Music and Arts Entrepreneurship at Loyola University in New Orleans.
New Jersey based underground hip hop label Smacks Records started changing the way labels work with their artists way before everyone else was talking about it. Run by Mr. Len of Company Flow fame, Smacks is all about making sure the artists get a fair deal and the support they need. Find out more about how Smacks has made it work and what artists are in their catalogue.
Full of indie fervor and mixing politics with their music, Sarah Records was a bit of a one-off among labels. Their ethos was as popular to them as their music, and they have perhaps the best label demise story ever. Find out how they managed to stay fiercely independent and still sell loads and loads of records.
Profile of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, one of the so called "Big Four" music companies.
Full Sail University music business program offers students a chance to learn all aspects of the industry while earning a bachelor's degree in 2 years or less. Is Full Sail University music business program a good investment? Learn more.
Postcard Records was short lived, but extremely influential. It helped cement Glasgow's reputation as a music city, and the bands on Postcard Records paved the wave and inspired the sounds of succesful acts that thrived long after Postcard Records had closed up shop. Get the story behind the music.
A look at the history and the future of EMI, one of the world's largest record labels. Trace the label from its early days to its glory days to its complicated future.
Serchlite Music has had a hand in everything from the production of Nas' groundbreaking Illmatic album to compiling CD comps for ESPN magazine readers, and many things in between. Get the story about this music production/promotion powerhouse company headed by MC Serch and CC Smooth.
The Creation Records story is a good contrast in indie music and major label music, and the difficulties many small labels face when their bands become bigger than the label. Success was both saved and destroyed Creation in equal measures, and there's a lot to learn from how their story. Find out more.
If you love hip hop, you owe Russell Simmons a thank you. In the early days of rap, Simmons fought like no one else to take hip hop out of the underground and to the mainstream audience. He's had a hand in too many of rap's biggest moments to count, and he's still hip hop royalty today. Learn more about how he pulled it off.
Columbia College Chicago offers hands out experience for budding music industry pros. Their faculty is award winning and the location offers tons of opportunities for students to get their hands dirty in the real world. Find out if this could be the school for you.
A brief history and profile of the world's best selling major record label, Universal Music Group. This mega label plays hosts to many of the biggest names in music, but their past is not without controversy.
The C/O Pop Music Convention and Festival in Cologne, Germany, is a meeting place for the new music industry. Members of the all types of creative industries meet up at this event for debate and good music. Learn more about the C/O Pop Music Convention and Festival.