SMALL WEBCASTERS, ARTISTS, & INDIE LABELS
The expiration of the Webcaster Settlement Act has left many small webcasters facing a steep increase in royalty rates and unsure of their future survival.
We support fair and transparent payment to artists and rightsholders when their work is used. We also recognize that small broadcasters are vitally important to musical culture, whether it’s small community FM stations or online webcasters who program niche music and artists you might not hear elsewhere. Commercial FM radio is increasingly focused on narrow repetitive playlists due to consolidation in station ownership.Since the 1996 Telecommunications Act, massive companies like Clear Channel (now called ‘I Heart Radio’) have bought up hundreds of local radio stations, fired local DJs and programmers, and replaced them with robots playing nearly identical narrow playlists in every city. By contrast, webcasting reflects far greater diversity—from cutting edge releases by contemporary artists to America’s rich and varied musical traditions. And unlike commercial FM, internet radio pays musicians and labels.
We believe artists and small webcasters are on the same team. Let’s keep it that way!
We’re optimistic that a solution can be found to allow many small commercial webcasters to continue to operate, and ensure that great music continues to get played and artists continue to get paid—directly, transparently and fairly
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Stand together -SMALL WEBCASTERS, ARTISTS, & INDIE LABELS was originally published on RJB Networks
January is the month of loss, We have lost 2 greats of the music industry. The world has lost both the Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016. and David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer on January 10 2016. Also this january we have lost live365.com due to the royalty increase and their loss of a sponsor as well. Sad month indeed for the music industry and all the music lovers out there.
R.I.P Glen Frey & David Bowie
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A sad month for Music lovers and the Music Industry as well. was originally published on RJB Networks
In life there will always be conflicts of interest, differences of opinion and clashes of cultural ideologies. To put it bluntly, we will always have to deal with the fact we all think and feel differently than one another. The key is to embrace the fact we are different, enjoy the diversity within the human race. If we all had similar thoughts and carbon copy emotions , then this would be a very boring robotic life.
It’s best to avoid conflict by being understanding of the differences between us, but sometimes I is unavoidable. When you unable to avoid the conflict, you should always remain respectful and embrace the differences between you and your adversary. No reason to take anything personal, even if it is directed at you personally. If you take everything personally, you only give the other person power over your emotions and you diminish your ability to reason. It best to take what is aimed at you objectively, keep your emotions and your ego out of the equation. Emotions will come in to play later after you have had plenty of time to process the conflict in whole.
Be positive, be yourself without regret, fear of rejection and expectation of acceptance. The only reward one should seek is the satisfaction of being true to yourself and to your nature. Plus by being true to who you are, you can see yourself more clearly. The more you accept the good and bad within who you are, the easier it is to improve the amazing and complex person you have become.
Mind Exposure 1-17-16 was originally published on Mind Exposure
Once again I watch big business and greed close another great resource for music artists is closing its doors. Seems Live365 which has been around for a long time giving us the working class a chance to play dj and radio producer is closing its doors or at least it is on the verge of doing so. The Licensing organizations are mostly the blame with the rate hikes and the removal of small webcaster rates. The majority f those running radio stations on live365 were hobbyists who made little or no kind of profit at broadcasting. Most of them broadcasted music all out of the love they had for the artists and the music. Not only has live365 taken a hit from the licensing cost increase but so has streamlicensing.com , though at the moment they are in negotiations trying to find a decent rate between them, there is always the possibility there will be no agreement. This will be another blow to the hobbyist and small broadcasters out there. The thing is most broadcasters want to pay their royalties and be legal, most of us want the artists and song writers etc. to receive their fair share. But what makes it hard is many of us are non profit, we don’t charge for the services, don’t promote any products and have no kind of monetary gain. We pay for our servers, the music to play and all other fees out of our pocket. Stations that are like that will probably suffer the most if not close down. Of course there is the creative commons licensed music option, which is one I myself will take if it comes down to it. Many great musicians release creative commons licensed music and its legal to broadcast most as long as you don’t do any paid advertisements on the station of the page. Can not make money in any way that is connected to the station if you do the CC licensed route. Well you can if you get a license from the artists or places such as Jamendo.com. Which is always an alternative if you make money via your station but can not afford the new rates.
I wish the Licensing organizations would see how much money they will lose if they force all of us small and hobbyist radio stations off line or to play CC licensed. Small Fries always have the hardest road to follow in the world of business and entertainment.
Radio licensing price hikes and the negative impact. was originally published on RJB Networks
Jamendo , a large Creative Commons Licensed Music warehouse. a Great resource for internet radio broadcasters / D.J.s , they have a multitude of genres to choose from and all of the music is released under one of the creative commons licensing. They also offer commercial licensing for those big companies out there. Most internet radio stations are hobby level and do not generate revenue so they can utilize the music for free as long as they go by the licensing terms. Now for those who just love music and want the mp3s for personal listening Jamendo and the creative commons licensing scheme is just right for you. Most of the music is free to download, burn to cd, load on your mp3 player and give to friends as well. Now I will tell you the Artists on Jamendo may be unsigned and less known but that does not take away from their talent or quality of their music. The nice thing about unsigned and indie bands is they are not influenced by a label / record company. So you get some really unique and awesome music from such bands.
Another Website I shall mention in this post is streamlicensing.com, This site is for those wishing to be a legally ran radio station on line and play Signed artists. This is a affordable alternative to negotiating contracts with such companies as A.S.C.A.P. etc. Pricing is based on 3 factors, 1. the amount of hours your station is listened to, 2. the amount of Revenue your station generates and 3. the amount of money you spend on the station. So the bigger you get the more you pay, but most never leave the first level in the pricing scheme. Well until the next time may the music fill your heart and mind.
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Radio Resources and Licensing was originally published on RJB Networks