Helping fellow artists without a label since 2006.
I like Ari Herstand (@ariherstand). He goes out of his way to advocate for independent artist with deep research, a quest for facts, and real talk. Then he distills down some often complex concepts into a few paragraphs of useful, actionable information.
And he’s done it once again! His new article on aristake.com entitled, Songwriters! Registering with ASCAP or BMI is Not Enough to Get Paid breaks down the often elusive and misconception-riddled world of royalties specifically for songwriters in the U.S.
Take a few minutes to read Ari’s article. If you want to be a career musician, you have to make money…and this article identifies some of the potential income streams you can’t ignore. Think this stuff takes care of itself? Nope! Gotta learn it, or you’ll be scratchin’ your head, clueless as to why music didn’t work for you.
Go to Ari’s article on songwriter royalties.
Michael J. Filson is the President & Founder of ArtiSans Label, and the Head of A&R Partnerships for BandLab. He's also a longtime songwriter, guitarist, audio engineer, producer, graphic/video/web designer, project manager, certified Excel expert, and hopeless coffee junkie. He has a degree in music, is a voting member for the Orange County Music Awards and the Grammys, and would happily give up his NAMM badge for you. Filson loves the cold, the Funk, the baseball, the scotch, the nighttime, New York City, playing cards, and any type of mental puzzle or cheese. Most importantly, making music has been his #1 passion & priority since 1991, and he started ArtiSans Label in 2006 to share what he's learned with the musician community he loves. If you're an independent artist, Filson has spent 15+ hours a day working for you for over a decade.