YouTube Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Facebook, SiriusXM and Tidal donate to the Recording Academy’s COVID-19 fund to help music professionals

MusiCares Foundation, the non-profit charity from The Recording Academy, has received “millions” of dollars from music services to help artists and other music professionals affected by COVID-19. The fund provides up to $1000 each to…

Advice and guidance for UK musicians during the Coronavirus pandemic

This is going to be a very difficult period for a great many people, especially those who rely on performing and the gig industry for their income. There are lots of performers, artists, songwriters and…

Up to $43m emergency fund for songwriters launched by GEMA in Germany

Performing rights organisation GEMA have launched an emergency aid fund for songwriters left in the dark by Coronavirus. As performers, musicians and songwriters around the world face potential months out of pocket it is up…

Spotify now credits songwriters with their very own page

Spotify have launched a brand new page for songwriters where all their music contributions can be found. Spotify have launched a new page to bring together all the listed work of the sometimes under represented…

Pandora adds full song credits

The people that make music matter and to ensure no one is left without recognition Pandora have added full song credits on web and their desktop app. Sometimes it can be easy to be left…

One simple trick to understand Chord Music Theory

Playing music and understanding the science behind what you play are 2 different ball parks. Whilst theory isn’t essential to play, even the basics will expand your playing by miles. Music theory is a big…

Tidal have introduced credits for the behind the scenes crew in music

So many people are involved in making music and so few people know who is behind the magic – but don’t worry, Tidal are on the case. Producers, session musicians, guest vocalists, and more. The…

How to get over lyrical writer’s block

We’ve all been there before: You’re feeling inspired, you sit down ready to write a new song and when you pick up the pen… nothing comes. Writer’s block isn’t just for authors, it happens to…

Spotify want songwriters to be paid more but they’re appealing against royalty increases

Spotify have appealed against the Copyright Royalty Boards new rates but they say they support the increased streaming rates. The US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) have defined the new royalty rate that services will legally…

How to write a hit – 10 top songwriting tips from famous musicians

Even if you’ve written one hundred songs before, sitting down to write a song can be one of the hardest things to do as a musician. Whether it be finding inspiration, finding the right key,…