Should You Sign a Music Publishing Deal?

If you write your own songs, at some point in your career you will want to consider whether signing with a music publishing company makes sense. Music publishers are sort of like record labels, but for your compositions rather than … Continue reading

16 Things Every Touring Musician Should Ask Before Going on Tour

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Whether you’re a seasoned touring musician or about to embark on your first tour, there are many things to take into consideration before hitting the highway. Here are the 16 questions a touring musician should ask before loading up the van: 1) … Continue reading

What Rights Do You Have in a Sound Recording You Play On?

I get many emails every week from musicians around the world asking me questions about the music business. One of the most common questions is: what rights do I have in a recording that I performed on? Whether it’s a … Continue reading

Second Interview on Turkish National News!!

Sometimes life is gloriously random. Turkish National News has chosen the Led Zeppelin plagiarism case as one of the top entertainment stories of 2016, and just interviewed me as part of their year-in-review program!! The year-end special will air every … Continue reading

The Song Remains Similar – Led Zeppelin and the Stairway to Heaven Plagiarism Trial

What constitutes music plagiarism? The line between inspiration and plagiarism is a fine one, and is the crucial distinction when it comes to music plagiarism. As I examined in my article here on the Robin Thicke vs. Marvin Gaye trial, … Continue reading

What is an Artist Development Deal, and Should You Sign One?

In the “glory days” of the recording industry (i.e. after Elvis, before the Internet), there was a very common type of deal offered by record labels called the Artist Development Deal, sometimes known as a “Demo Deal”. The idea was … Continue reading