How Your Music Makes Money (Part Two) – The Songwriting Copyright

How does your music make money in the modern world? While record sales are becoming less and less relevant, revenue streams generated from the Songwriting Copyright have greatly increased. This is because music is being used more now than ever before. This use generates money for the writers of the music. The revenue streams flowing from […]

How Your Music Makes Money (Part One) – The Sound Recording Copyright

The Sound Recording Copyright ain’t what it used to be. Record sales are seriously down, and that’s an understatement. But there are numerous revenue streams that still flow from the Sound Recording Copyright. Are you making the most of your sound recordings? Major transformations in the music industry have occurred in the last decade that have […]

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 fairly simple: if a label liked you but didn’t want to commit fully with a […]

Should Your Band Trademark Your Band Name?

    Is it worthwhile for musicians to obtain a band trademark? When you think of bands like The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Metallica, the Ramones, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Aerosmith, KISS, and Iron Maiden, their logos and brands are immediately identifiable and familiar. These brands also happen to be worth millions. The trademark of a band […]

My First Gold Record!!

I arrived home from Mexico to my first gold record!!!! I always thought it would come from rocking. Turns out it’s from my other passion: being an entertainment lawyer. Huge congrats to my friends in July Talk and at Sleepless Records!! Honoured.

Should Musicians Give Their Producer Songwriting Credit?

A very common question I get asked by my musician friends and clients is whether they should give their producer songwriting credit on songs they’ve produced. This question brings up a key distinction to be drawn between the Songwriting Copyright and the Sound Recording Copyright. Record Points vs. Songwriting Points Rather than give their producer songwriting points, recording artists […]

Cross-Canada tour our best yet!

What a way to finish a tour!!! In front of 1001 of our closest friends in Saskatoon!! Honestly, that was the loudest! And the Craziest crowd we’ve played to. We had to stop a few songs and let the crowd sing along. Amazing. Thank you to our Australian brothers The Lazys for joining us throughout […]

Arena Shows with Judas Priest!!

Judas Priest We just got off stage at the Brandt Centre in Regina opening for Judas Priest, and it was one of the best shows of our career!! Rob Halford came to our dressing room before the set and introduced himself, and knew our names (!) and a bit about the band. What an honor, […]