I am the author of the music business blog titled, Sounding Right.
As soon as friends (mostly musicians) caught wind of my area of focus, the questions came flooding in:
Is it OK to cover a song on YouTube? What happens if the cover gets a lot of hits? What is interpolation? What is fair use and can I use it? How do I copyright my song and what are my rights? Are there any limitations? Is it ever a good idea to sale your rights? What is a PRO and what does it stand for? What’s a synch, mechanical, or compulsory license? Is there a difference between an agent and an artist manager? What should I look for in a contract? What’s the difference between a “work for hire” and a “transfer of rights”? Is one better than the other? Do we have to pay to sing the Happy Birthday song? etc. etc. etc….
The list goes on…
My blog will cover questions like these and those related to music publishing, licensing, rights, and royalties. I write this blog for my own sake, as well as those of colleagues, friends, and yours alike. My hope with Sounding Right is not only to aid, but to arm those of us in the business with knowledge enough to make well-informed decisions in our musical/entrepreneurial endeavors.
This is our place to feel safe, ask our “stupid” questions, and be all the better for it.
I will be open to questions and suggestions for research. The more questions the better. I will supply the best information to the best of my ability. Please, feel free to have discussions in the comment threads, and contribute to the conversation. Our field constantly changes and remakes itself. The more we question, the more we learn.
As we venture forth in our musical careers,
may this blog be ever helpful to your cause,
P.S. Yes, I am named after John Coltrane’s ballad... <<this is a link, just in case you didn’t notice… Go ahead, click it and enjoy! =]