Touring the USA: What Canadian Musicians Need to Know

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Since 9/11, touring the USA as a Canadian musician has never been more difficult. Things have gotten worse since Trump took office. Horror stories abound of bands being held at the border in interrogation rooms for hours/days on end, all because they lacked proper documentation. What Constitutes Touring the USA? Whether you are showcasing for free, playing a private unpaid event, … Read More

When Should Musicians Incorporate? The Benefits of Incorporation for Musicians

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All successful musicians incorporate. It is really a question of “when” rather than “if”. The benefits of incorporation are huge, and the risks of not incorporating are bigger. Let’s examine why. Why Should Musicians Incorporate? The Benefits i) Tax Benefits If you have not incorporated and are playing music as an individual or group, you are a operating as a sole … Read More

Second Interview on Turkish National News!!

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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 4 hours on December 4th, and be seen by several million viewers. I’m getting quite the following in Istanbul…

How to Legally Post Cover Songs to YouTube

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YouTube is full of cover songs. From indie artists to toddlers to superstars, some of the most viewed videos on the Internet happen to be of cover songs. In the past week, I’ve been listening to and watching a ton of cover songs of the man himself, Leonard Cohen. [Fun fact: both Cohen’s and Jeff Buckley’s recordings of ‘Hallelujah’ were flops upon … Read More

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

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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, everyone from Shakespeare to the Beatles to Sam Smith has been accused of stealing ideas from those that came before … Read More