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Performing Rights Organizations (PRO)

I meet a lot of artists/producers these days, and everyone is putting out music. People are always saying that they’re the next – fill in the blank ______.  But when I ask, “Are you handling your business with regard to your publishing?” all I get is silence and blank stares. For those that know us, and our contribution to the culture is this – We’re dedicated to helping artists obtain their dreams.  We drop a ton of information on artists/producers, and most times we do it on the strength. 

It’s our way of giving back and protecting the business/culture that changed our lives.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to drop more info online than we have in a while.  The reason being is that we are seeing too many artist being led down a wrong path. Time and time again artists are being conned out of their money to invest their money in so call “professionals” or “gurus”.

The truth of the matter is that most folks haven’t accomplished enough in the industry to add value to your journey.  So buyer beware.

Back to the music publishing – If you are an artist releasing your music online, its extremely important that you have a  basic understanding of this part of the business. With so many artists streaming, income is being generated at a rate we’ve never seen. You want to make sure you’re in a position to collect what you’re due.

Step number 1 – Make sure you are affiliated with a Performing Right Organization or PRO.

A PRO is a company/organization that is responsible for collecting money/revenue for songwriters and music publishers for songs that are performed publicly.  Music that is performed publicly, (i.e., radio, restaurants, concerts, streaming, etc) generate a royalty. Once you become affiliated with a PRO, and register your works (songs), it is their job to collect the earned revenue on your behalf.

The main PRO’s in the United States are  ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. PRO’s essentially offer the same services with different fees for registration, and payout schedules.

Registering with a PRO is necessary to ensure that you can get the earnings that are generated for your songs, so make it your business to get registered today.

Jugrnaut is part of production duo Arkatech Beatz (formerly known as The Infinite Arkatechz). Arkatech Beatz are a platinum hip-hop production team from New York now based in Atlanta. They were affiliated with Loud Records/Sony Music Entertainment as A&R’s and have produced for artists such as Big Pun, Nas, Raekwon, Jadakiss, The Game, Waka Flocka Flame, Lil Scrappy, Killer Mike, Shawty Lo, Mýa, Alley Boy, Trouble,  Max B and others. Arkatech Beatz consists of members Jugrnaut & Mike “Trauma” D.

4 Tips For Choosing An Entertainment Attorney

You worked really hard to secure the deal, and they finally sent over the contract.  Congratulations! As you looked over the contract, you might have thought to yourself, “I can negotiate this without an attorney!”  After all, I perpetuated the deal, and did all the legwork, why should I pay the additional cost?

Attorneys, (especially with regards to the entertainment business) are responsible for a lot more than just looking over contracts and giving their clients insight on the law.  In my 20-plus years of experience, our entertainment attorney has always been very much involved in shaping our deals in a way which moved our careers forward. A lot of our successes could not have been achieved without the help of our attorney. Let me be clear, if you do decide to do your deal without consulting an attorney, you’re asking for a world of trouble. With that in mind, it only makes the best sense to really take the time to find an attorney that you’re comfortable with.

Here are 4 tips for choosing an entertainment attorney.

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Why I Almost Quit The Music Business

Common said it best, “I used to love her”  Her being hip-hop. My her was the music business overall.  You see, when I started my journey into the music business, I thought I wanted to be a rap star, nah fuck that, I wanted to be a mogul!  But as I grew into the business, I quickly realized that wasn’t what I truly wanted at all.

My love for music started extremely young. Maybe that’s why my parents made my brothers and I take piano lessons.  As I started to dive deep into the exploration of hip hop, my world changed. I wanted to rap ever so badly. I used to move from my friends cribs, who were DJ’s and had instrumentals and microphones. We used to make these tapes (remember those?) back in the day.   

As an artist I felt I couldn’t be touched. I was from the Bronx, the birthplace of hip hop. I felt that nothing could stop me. That was until I realized that producers wouldn’t give me any beats. Guys who had equipment, wouldn’t part with their beloved beats. So I needed a plan .  Fuck it, I dropped some money into some equipment and learned how to make beats with the help of an OG from my block.  (Shout out to Infinity Phree!) 

I would literally spend hours upon hours working on music.  It was like the air I needed to become alive. Soon after I found out my cousin was also into music and we immediately started to share ideas.  Fast forward, we started to achieve; scoring platinum and gold records from the most legendary artist hip hop has to offer. We had gotten a large production deal and we were working the best of the best in the business. When we were flying at our highest, I literally felt my lowest.  

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If You Want To Use Music, You’ve Got To Pay For It”: Music’s Crisis, and How To Fix It

Jeff Price slaps his hands on his desk. As he details the flaws he’s found in the music industry since the early 2000s, his words fly out faster and faster until he has to stop to breathe in the middle of a sentence.

“Music is important,” says Price, the former owner of the indie record label Spin. “Music has inherent value. And if you want to use music, you’ve got to fucking pay for it.” Read More

How to Turn Your Worthless College Degree Into A Job In The Music Industry

Congratulations, graduates! You’ve earned your degree, stepped out for one last wistful toss of the frisbee, and completed your final celebratory keg stand. The future is yours. You’ve made it. You’re ready for the real world—or at least ready to stare into the abyss of post-graduation ennui. Maybe you have a job all lined up. Good for you, you go-getter! Maybe you’ve realized, with increasing dread, that none of the jobs you bulk applied to on Gorkana.com are going to get back to you. Maybe you still have no idea what you want to do with yourself because the only thing you like is music. But don’t start panicking; stay calm. There’s hope.

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Selling Out – How Much Do Music Artists Earn Online?

It’s a new day, with plenty of different ways for artists and producers to earn online.  Take a look at the breakdown, and make sure you’re getting what you deserve for your music.

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What YouTube, Apple, Spotify, and TIDAL Are Paying Artists… – The Sad Truth

 

These days we are working with more independent artists than ever.  Artist have big dreams, but the reality is, the new business can be a nightmare.  Our goal at www.arkatechbeatz.com is to empower artists and producers about the music business, and support them on their journey.  We came across some info in regard to what the major streaming companies are paying artist.  It isn’t pretty.  Shout out to www.tidal.com for trying to do the right thing when it comes to streaming and artist royalties. Read More

Do Music Streaming Services Devalue Music?

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Music Streaming Services Devalue Music

Since the Internet boom, record labels have been trying to find a way to keep a handle on music illegally being available for free downloads. For years they have been losing the battle. Is the music industry doomed to failure?  Read More

Do Music Email Blasts Work?

email-listI have a lot of associates that offer email blasts services. For the most part it is a good way to get your music out as long as the ones blasting it have relationships with who they are blasting it to or it can end up being as useful as a drop in a bucket. To be totally honest, I hate being added to an MP3 email blast list from some random person I don’t know. I usually delete it right away without listening to the record (I don’t like my inbox cluttered). The worst part about some of those emails are the generic lines like “the biggest record in the city” or “has a huge buzz”. 9 out of 10 times if you check it out it’s false. Besides, the hottest record usually doesn’t have to be announced. So refrain from using the generic wording when using email blasts or have some sort of proof. Read More

The Rise And Fall Of Major Record Labels

So we’re now down to 3 major record labels. What am I talking about you ask? Well if you haven’t been paying attention let me bring you up to speed. EMI, the fourth-largest business group and family of record labels has been absorbed by Univeral Music Group. Now if you’re still unmoved by this piece of news then you fail to realize what’s been happening in the music business for the last couple of decades. Let me explain….let’s take it from the top….the tippy. Read More