2 – How do I get on iTunes?

Question – Why? Do you sell lots of CD’s already? Then it might be right for you, but only if all your fans tend to buy music online.

So, if you want to sell stuff online you need the e-equivalent of the traditional record distribution deal. Online distribution is done by aggregators.  There is no overall great aggregator, the only thing they have in common is that they are all different.  Try to avoid those that require an up-front fee or an ongoing monthly subscription.  Go for those that would get your tracks in as many territories and online stores as possible to maximise your chances with as many different fans.

You might want to consider looking at distribution via sms download at live gigs.


1 – How does copyright work?

There are 3 kinds of copyright in a piece of recorded music.

1 – The author/composer/songwriter copyright

2 – The recording copyright

3 – The performer copyright

1a – If you write a song, then the copyright lasts for 70 years after your death.  You can loan it to someone (assigning) via a publishing agreement or similar.

2a – If you own the recording copyright, it lasts for 50 years after the year of production.

3a – If you perform on a recording as either a featured or unfeatured performer, it lasts for 50 years after the of production.

Your music activity can earn you money called royalties when someone uses it.

1b – MCPS/PRS collect royalties for the first copyright when a piece of music is sold, covered, performed or otherwise used in public.

 2b – PPL – collect royalties for record companies when a recording is publicly used.

3b – PPL collect royalties for performers when a recording is publicly used.

MCPS/PRS – www.mcps-prs-alliance.co.uk

PPL – www.ppluk.com