Tag Archive: British Recording Industry

  1. An Introduction to the Music Industry – Part 1

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    The music industry can be a mysterious place. It’s important to what what each area of the industry does and how you can earn a living.

    An Introduction to the Music Industry - Part 1

    Intellectual Property

    Intellectual property is based around Copyright. Copyright is present in all forms of intellectual property, from film to music to journalism. Although the specifics can vary from country to country,  usually the creator owns all the rights. Unless the creator is employed to create something, in which, the employing company would own the rights. In each creative industry, especially the music industry, there are many rights that can be owned by different parties (the artist, songwriter, record label etc.).

    There are several rights involved in a singular release (single, E.P., Album). Here is an explanation to what they grant the rights to and who would own these rights:

    • Song Rights: Covers Musical Composition, Lyrics, Performance rights and Publishing Rights (mechanical rights, print rights, synchronisation rights).

    Often owned by the artist or the band. These rights can often be split amongst band music partners, i.e. Elton John (composer) and Bernie Taupin (lyricist), or have joint owners amongst a band, i.e. John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

    • Recording Rights: Covers Recorded Rights, Mastering Rights and Music Videos.

    Often owned by whoever pays for these services, i.e. the record label.

    • Artistic Rights: Covers Artwork and Photography.

    Often owned by the artist or photographer who creates/takes these.

    Making Money and Licensing

    If you own all the rights on a song (excluding artistic rights), you can control:

    • Re-production = re-recording your music.
    • Distribution = distributing your music to stores and streaming platforms.
    • Public Performance = your music being played publicly.
    • Adaption
    • Communication/Broadcasting = your music being played on radio
    • Synchronisation = your music being in film, TV, video games, advertisements and other forms of visual media.

    As the rights holder, you make money by Licensing these. Licensing means giving permission to others to use your property, and so as an artist, songwriter, record label etc. you can sell licenses (permission) for the above actions to other artists and industry members.

    NOTE: Copyright does not last forever i.e. in the UK copyright for recording rights last 70 years, becoming public domain afterwards. However, owners of these rights have found ways to renew these rights. For instance, as the recording rights for specific songs have started to run out, record labels have begun re-releasing music to renew the recording rights (which will last for another 70 years in the UK).


    People often get Trademark and Copyright mixed up, however unlike Copyright (which is automatically in place), to trademark something registration is required.

    There is no copyright in the name of an artist or band, however artists and bands can register their names for trademark (requesting which sector you are protected, i.e. Oasis – Band, Oasis – drink and Oasis – clothes retailer). Artists who trademark their name in entertainment can license their name to fashion, perfume, beer etc. For artists that reach a certain level of ‘success’, a lot of money can be made from trademark licensing.

    Artists and Bands may look to have the following trademarked:

    • Names
    • Logos
    • Slogans

    NOTE: Certain words cannot be trademarked, for example: swear words, key religious figures, city names.

  2. Horus Music welcomes PPL and PRS for Music move

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    PRS and PPL Leicester move

    Earlier this week it was announced that Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) and PRS for Music will be moving their national headquarters from London to Leicester city centre.

    Their new joint venture will begin around July 2017 and will be based in Mercury Place.

    Here at Horus Music we are very excited about this move to join us in Leicester. This has been our home for almost 10 years now and amongst the vibrant music that is played here we enjoy the Midland Mainline service meaning it takes us less than an hour to get into London city centre; less time than many those that are based around London itself.

    We have been partners with both PRS for Music and PPL for many years, and we have seen the benefits that their service provides to our many independent artists and record label clients, which includes the licensing of musical composition and lyrics on behalf of songwriters, composers and publishers as well as the licensing of recorded music for record companies and performers which is played in public or in digital media.

    CEO and Managing Director of Horus Music, Nick Dunn, adds: We’re very happy to see that more and more companies are realising that there are opportunities for business, especially in the music industry, that are available outside of London and have the additional benefit of being both financially and environmentally friendly. We welcome PPL and PRS for Music to such a diverse and growing city.”

    Everyone at Horus Music looks forward to many more years of a successful partnership with both of these companies and hope that our relationship with grow even further as we work together in the city of Leicester to help the musicians, songwriters and record labels of Leicestershire and beyond.

  3. 3 Strategies For Growing Your Music Creativity

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    An insiders Guide to creating better ideas. Faster.

    The average hit song in 2016 is just over three minutes long. Only three minutes to fill with hit material! Easy right? But we all know that making tracks takes hours. Weeks. Months….Years.

    Sure there’s a few exceptions. Like Max Martin’s mind melting pace of #1 hits. Or Jamie Jones’ biggest hit that was made in just 45 minutes. But are these just exceptions? Is brilliance fleeting?

    3 Strategies For Growing Your Music Creativity

    Put your creativity to the test

    Does Creativity Have To Take A Lot Of Time?

    Maybe. But finding that one magic idea means diving deep. David Lynch put it best when he said: “Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”

    Being creative can sometimes mean your track gets delayed. Delayed again. And all of a sudden your idea is drowning and the roadblocks start taking over:

    • Doubt: When you open up an old project, you might start doubting your initial idea. And after you open it for the sixth time, the idea might be completely lost on you… Even though the initial idea was brilliant.
    • Confusion: Sometimes, a great idea needs to be wrapped up in the moment to capture the spirit behind it. Think of photography. Can you imagine composing a picture for days? You’d go crazy. The longer it takes, the harder it is to understand.
    • Weak results: When you spend months toiling over one song, you are literally ignoring hundreds of potential songs. Think of how many other songs you could have done in that span of time?

    Don’t get bit by the perfectionism bug. Being prolific is a skill. And you only get skilled through practice. Here’s how to counter the fear of creating:

    • Start TONS of projects: Don’t think about it. Don’t tweak things. Just freakin’ do it. You have an idea for a melody? Open a project, write it down and save it. Give yourself an objective to do three projects minimum in an evening instead of finishing one average song. Use the Pommodoro Technique to get a drive.
    • Record live: Perhaps you’re not the best performer just yet. So start by recording live takes into your DAW. This will give you spontaneous and fresh ideas that you can edit later. Plus it makes you practice. Start new projects, save them.
    • Harvest: This is where fun begins. Put all of those unfinished songs in a folder. Now you can combine that melody you made one night—at 4 AM—with the percussion idea you had one Sunday afternoon with your brother in law.

    So there you go, have lots of ideas, combine and harvest ideas, you’ll get to a level you never thought you’d get.