Traditional Irish Music
I feel compelled, after this issue has come up in recent discussions, to share a warning re: the tempting draw of uploading one's music to an internet platform....And there are hundreds of them, all promising exposure for the artist's music.
I touched on this subject delicately in a response/article to the question which was posed here on Tradconncect re: selling your music on and off line, where I expound on the state of selling one's music....And generating income with your craft/musical talents.
Working for the last 2-3 years as musician, artist, and manager for Smitty's Kitchen (http://smittyskitchenmusic.com/ ) I have been winding my way through the music industry, with some help from my son, who works in it.
My exerience has been that the internet is a useful tool, but a dangerous one, as well. I have also watched the music industry change drastically in the last 2 yrs.
It is almost impossible for an independent artist to depend on cd sales since one can now download music for pennies, or free. An artist can livestream their music once they have built up a fan base and have a "name"....And that takes time. Music liscensing is the best way to make money with music....And the music industry has been quick to recognize and pounce on this fact.
There are a few very nice platforms such as this one, Tradconnect, where one can safely upload their music and share information with fellow musicians, but note the word "few".
Smitty's Kitchen, http://smittyskitchenmusic.com/
Hello Cynthia and all,
I am by no means anyone qualified to speak to the legalities of copyrights in any of the creative mediums. I would like to provide some helpful links for here in the USA, while other countries may have their own methods for copyrights. One suggestion is to utilize your local library (or nearest), especially the librarian with lots of copyright experience. I have found the local library and even the local university libraries very helpful. Here are a few basic links:
Once you go thru the copyright process yourself the process should get easier. About the music licensing, I would suggest searching for a lawyer or creative organization that offers some help. Just discussing the topic and making people aware that creative efforts are not "free" and that it is one's "livelihood" helps.
Just my thoughts, and be well,
I have used the US copyright office. I probably would not do that again. I would continue to use the method described above....But that is my experience and not advice.
We do have a lawyer, as well. He has assisted us in the past re: a music licensing agent with whom we considered signing on, which was opted against for a number of reasons.
The best experience is experience. One has to wiggle one's way through the industry, but as I stated before, "Artist, beware of the internet platform".
Thanks very much for understanding that an artist's creations are not "free". One just needs to be aware of the traps. Read the fine print....All of it!
OK....A fan of Smitty's Kitchen has an account with Spotify. (I refuse to open such for reasons stated before.) He informs me that Smitty's Kitchen's music is on Spotify for streaming, not downloading as was supposed. He says that he pays a US penny for each "stream". After checking my CDBaby account, I see that Spotify only pays .01 (sometimes nothing at all) of that US penny, via CDBaby, for each stream.
Smitty's Kitchen http://smittyskitchenmusic.com/