You’ve written and recorded a song, now you want people to listen to it. What’s next? We start off the year with our first Music 101 episode, where we talk about the songwriting, publishing and master rights related to self-releasing music. ASCAP’s Marc Emert-Hutner helps us decipher some of the acronyms every musician should know in order to understand their rights. Then, Kevin Breuner of CD Baby returns to the show to talk about how to distribute music yourself. SoundExchange’s Michael Darpino wraps up by telling us how musicians can collect royalties.
Episode #2 of the Future of What focuses on sync licensing, which is the process by which music is sync’d to picture, as is the case in advertising, movie trailers, etc. Justin Ringle of the band Horse Feathers sits in the studio with Portia this time around, and they talk about his recent tour(s) and the series of sync/placements that he had with the California Dairy Board. Rounding out the hour, Portia speaks with Matt FX about what its like to secure music for an of-the-moment show like “Broad City”, and Carianne Marshall (of SONGS Music Publishing) explains the importance of sync licenses to an artists’ career. Sohrab Nafici (Director, Music/legal at Warner Bros.) caps the episode off with his insight into the historical and current trends within the sync business.