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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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Music Mixing Tips

Mixing is where it all comes together whether you are a band or electronic musician – it is an important stage. As a band, you might mix during a separate session with some other band members or as an electronic musician you may well mix as you produce a track. In any event, some useful tips follow for getting an improved mix down. Read More

How To Add A Subwoofer To Your Monitor Setup

So you want to add a subwoofer to your monitor setup? Studio subwoofers can be tricky things that require a little bit of audio soul searching, auditioning, and planning to pull off well. But, a well integrated sub can make a world of difference in the right circumstances. Read More

The Making Of Waka Flocka’s – Power Of My Pen – Prod By Arkatech Beatz

The Making Of “Power Of My Pen” Prod By Arkatech Beatz from Urban Format Films on Vimeo.

Platinum Producers Arkatech Beatz give you a behind the scenes look of the making of the beat for Waka Flocka’s “Power Of My Pen” Prod By Arkatech Beatz. For more beats like this one go to http://www.arkatechbeatz.com and follow us on twitter @arkatechbeatz

Waka Flocka Flame’s # 1 Rap album “Triple F Life” is in stores and available at iTunes

 

Lease Beats vs Exclusive Beats

Lease Beats Vs Exclusive BeatsA lot of folks have been hitting me up about leasing and purchasing exclusive beats, trying to figure out what would be best for them, I always answer, well of course it depends on your current situation and what you are trying to do. Now before I get into it, let me give you a quick and very basic definition of both so you can have a general understanding. Read More

The Mixtape Game

As of late there has been an increase of mixtapes being put out by artist. It seems like everyone and their grandmother is dropping one every other week. But you know what? It has become a necessary promotional tool to create, maintain or increase ones buzz. Not only are local unsigned artist doing it, but more major platinum selling artist are jumping on board utilizing this tool.  Read More

Protect Your Music – Copyright Basics

When you’re in the music industry grind like we are, you have to be on top of your business.  When you hear people complaining about bad deals, not being paid or even music being stolen, the primary culprit is simply bad business.  Either people are ignorant to the process or they simply didn’t take the right steps to protect themselves from the people who prey on ignorance in the music business.

Copyrighting your music can be one of the easiest ways to make sure your music is protected. It helps provide leverage if there is a dispute over ownership. Read More

Someone Else Is Getting Your Royalties

Someone Else Is Getting Your Royalties ArticleIt’s hard being a music producer these days, everyone knows that record sales are way down.With that said, it’s increasingly difficult to get paid for your work as a producer. If you’re one of the lucky few who have been blessed to get some music out listen up, there’s money out there that belongs to you!! The only problem is they (The Sound Exchange) won’t give it to you. Let me explain.. Read More

Do I Need A Manager?

Do I Need A Manager ContractDo I need a manager?  I’ve been getting hit up from various artist and producers asking me if a manager is needed. I usually respond with…it depends. Before I go on, let me quickly run down the definition of a music manager…and please note there are different kinds of managers.

Now a traditional music manager is a business professional who helps guide the career of a musician. They work on the best interest of the musician and are involved with ensuring that the musician is being paid, promoted properly, performing at venues, receiving endorsements, feature appearances, shopping music, etc. They usually do this for about 10% – 25% of the musicians ‘advance’ from deal. For example if your manager gets you a show, song deal, record deal or publishing deal they are entitled usually up to 25% of the ‘advance’ money received… not money generated after….unless you negotiated something special for them to continue going in your pockets. Read More

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