Why MusicTeam®?

From the beginning of the creative process to distribution.

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Written by Fiona Ham
Updated over a week ago

MusicTeam® is committed to facilitating metadata management by providing artists with a proactive, simple and efficient tool. It is by providing tools to independent and emerging artists that we succeed in showcasing their talent.

MusicTeam®'s Commitment

  • We are developing a digital infrastructure that takes into account the current reality of the music industry, while keeping an eye on the music industry of the future.

  • We optimize the entry of metadata and the splits of musical works and sound recordings during the creative process and protect the integrity of the metadata.

  • We facilitate the various information transfer processes between independent and emerging creators and artists and all stakeholders involved.

  • We promote creators and independent and emerging artists on digital platforms.

It is by offering a standardized solution that we are working to eliminate fragmentation in the transmission of music metadata. By preserving the integrity and consistency of metadata, we enable artists to receive recognition and compensation for the use of their works across all digital platforms.

The Technological Revolution

The technological revolution and the Internet have not only changed the way we consume music, but also the commercial aspect of music. Today, musicians can have a small studio at home, collaborate online with other musicians, and then publish and promote their own music on dedicated online platforms.

Although the creation and distribution of music has become more accessible, the understanding of royalty optimization has not. Since many artists do not work with the Recording Majors, musicians and creators now need to have an area of expertise to be able to navigate the increasingly complex ecosystem and understand the royalties owed to them.

Royalties are paid to rights holders for the right to remuneration. Artists have access to their royalties as long as the process of joining each of the collective management societies is completed.

The Entrepreneur Skills

One of the responsibilities taken on by independent songwriters includes the maintenance of their repertoire; a collection of all their compositions. Each composition, as well as the division of shares, must be registered with collecting societies to obtain the royalties generated on the public performance and mechanical reproduction of not only streaming music but live performances (livestream), broadcast, digital radios and so on.

On the Recording side, the performer who submits his or her music to the distributor must ensure that the metadata of the composition is included if he or she, as a songwriter, wants to collect his or her royalties on public performance and mechanical reproduction.

This new digital era demands more entrepreneurial instincts than ever before. They need to be involved in activities traditionally undertaken by publishing houses and record companies. It is important for songwriters and artists to have individualized tools at their disposal so that they can lay the necessary foundations to optimize their sources of income.

Metadata and Ownership

When talking about royalties, we need to consider descriptive metadata and music rights ownership metadata. They include all the basic information that the various digital platforms and collecting societies use to communicate with each other and to promote the remuneration of their right holders. Metadata plays a crucial role in maximizing the remuneration of artists in all copyright-related niches.

The lack of uniformity in the structure of metadata, as well as the retranscription of metadata on different platforms, is a weakness in the music industry that contributes to the fragmentation of information.

Music creation is a gradual process and the documentation of both types of metadata should be as well. Why is this? Postponing this (necessary) task will seem even more daunting at the end of the process, because there is a lot of metadata to be appended to compositions as well as master tapes. For artists, optimized management of their metadata is a way to save time when it comes to describing and classifying a work.

The best way to preserve the uniformity and integrity of metadata is by centralizing where it is created. When it comes to registering copyright or marketing master tapes, this avoids retranscription of metadata, a method that is prone to error, omission or worse, oblivion. Complete and organized rights ownership metadata allows for faster identification of rights holders and thus contributes to the royalty ecosystem.

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