On the heels of a new distribution deal with The Orchard (a subsidiary of Sony Music), platinum producers Arkatech Beatz (Mike”Trauma Dewar & Collin “Jugrnaut” Dewar) just dropped their first single off their Arkatech Beatz Ent (ABE) label, titled “On Fire” featuring Bria Lee, which already is getting grand reviews.
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.
Global Royalty Collection Service Songtrust, Partners With Platinum Producers Arkatech Beatz To Bring Awareness To The Business Of Music Publishing
Atlanta, GA/New York, NY – As the music industry evolves and more independent musicians enter the business, the revenue that songs are generating are at an all time high. Creatives are releasing music at a stunning pace, but few really know how to collect the revenue that their work earns. Music publishing has become a complex space for many musicians/creators, but Songtrust is seeking to shed light on this side of the business. Songtrust is the world’s largest global royalty collection service, streamlining the process of music publishing administration of more than 2,000,000+ songs.
Songtrust works with songwriters/musicians/producers to save time and earn more by automatically collecting the royalties they’re owed. Songwriters, artists, managers, labels, and publishers use the platform to simplify the administration of music publishing assets, performing rights, and digital licensing. To bring awareness to more artist/producers, Songtrust partnered with platinum producers Arkatech Beatz (Big Pun, Nas, Waka Flocka Flame,Raekwon, Lil Keed, etc) to assist with their campaign of educating creatives on music publishing, and ensuring that they are able to collect what their owed. “Songtrust is a great option for today’s music industry, as it’s built to match the changes in technology, and evolve with music streaming platforms.” say’s Collin “Jugrnaut” Dewar of Arkatech Beatz. “Songtrust truly simplifies the music registration process, and makes it much easier to collect royalties across the globe”.
Songtrust and Arkatech Beatz will be seeking to break down the many parts of music publishing, from copyrights, to PRO’s (performance rights organizations) to mechanical royalties, etc. The goal is fully educate creators and ensure that they are able to access what they are due.
For more information on signing up and accessing what your due, visit Songtrust
By using the above link you get a special offer via Songtrust and Arkatech Beatz to get 20% off of the one time registration fee.
Follow Arkatech Beatz: @arkatechbeatz
Follow Songtrust: @songtrust
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.
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.
Platinum Producers Arkatech Beatz (Nas, Big Pun, Jadakiss, Raekwon, Waka Flocka Flame, Killer Mike, Freddie Gibbs, Curren$y, Alley Boy, Lil Scrappy, etc) release their latest Instrumental Album “Arkatech Beatz Presents Drill Muzik Instrumentals Volume 1”.
The mixtape is packed with 12 banging tracks produced by Arkatech Beatz, just waiting for your vocals.
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Arkatech Beatz Theatre Of War Mixtape Trailer
Platinum Producers Arkatech Beatz (Nas, Big Pun, Jadakiss, Raekwon, Waka Flocka Flame, Alley Boy, Lil Scrappy, etc) release the trailer to their upcoming Instrumental Mixtape “Theatre Of War” .
The mixtape is packed with 17 can’t miss tracks produced by Arkatech Beatz, just waiting for your vocals.
Rapper Jadakiss Top 5 Dead Or Alive — his first studio album in more that six years – enters at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap Albums Charts.
Check out Chicago’s I.L Will & Mikey Dollaz “Stolen Connect” (Prod by Arkatech Beatz) from I.L Will’s upcoming project I.L The Mixtape. Video shot by @DollarSignDZ
Jadakiss drops a visual to the street anthem “Realest In The Game” off his Top 5, Dead or Alive album. Producers Arkatech Beatz laced him with a hard street banger that will have your face mean muggin. We do wish Young Buck and Sheek Louch were on this video version because they delivered some of the hardest featured bars on the album. But we’ll take this for now. Maybe something will be in the works for later.