By Matthew Perpetua -- Jerry Ragovoy, the songwriter behind Sixties soul hits such as "Time Is on My Side," "Piece of My Heart" and "Cry Baby," has died at the age of 80. In 1969, Ragovoy founded the Hit Factory recording studio in New York City, which he later sold in 1975. In that time, he worked as a producer and arranger for a roster of artists including Dionne Warwick and Bonnie Raitt.
SoundCtrl -- Crowdfunding site, Kickstarter, is used by everyone from musicians to social energy technologists. Here's some stats that give a pretty solid snapshot of where they're at... [Reprise: Is Kickstarter Money Taxable? by Chris Castle]
By Rick Goetz -- Part of being a DIY artist is marketing yourself like an entrepreneur or small business owner: You're presenting the brand of "You, Inc.," comprised of all the unique things about your music and you as an artist. And while putting some tracks up on social media platforms like Facebook and Myspace or on your own website is an important part of your larger portfolio of marketing tactics, you can't just leave it at that and hope that someone will eventually stumble across you.
By Harrison J. Reynolds -- The cover (recording) is an interesting creature. ... a recorded song has two copyrightable components - the recorded performance, and the composition itself (the music and lyrics). ... When someone wants to cover a song that was written by someone else, current copyright law calls for a small payment to be made to whoever owns the composition copyright each time a new copy of the song recording is (distributed.) ... You'll notice that the rule "don't do a bad job" isn't included among the list (of things cover artists must do) ... much to my lament ... [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]
By Scott Steinberg -- New free iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app iSheetMusic hopes to revolutionize the way artists access and view sheet music by optimizing it for on-demand purchase and portable screening via mobile devices. Now available for download via Apple's App Store, over 10,000 songs can presently be accessed virtually anytime, anywhere, with 30-40,000 total compositions expected to be available by year-end. [Thanks to Lauren Iossa for the link.]
By Chris Bracco -- Despite what some industry folks may tell you, there are still tons of music fans out there that prefer the experience that a physical music item can provide. I am one of them. Believe it or not, there are ways that artists can bring some of the physical album experience to digital music. Some of it is common sense, and some of it takes a little "out of the box" thinking, but it is indeed possible.
By Clyde Smith -- If you've been wishing you could get your Bjork on, now you can with a Songpier mobile web app for every song on your next album.
By Connor McKnight -- Understanding what your beneficiaries can lawfully do with your digital assets after you make your final upload might make you appreciate even "obsolete" CDs for advantages beyond audio quality.
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