While everyone in music is excited about the US government’s stimulus bill with the long-needed extra COVID-19 assistance, there may be a major drawback for artists. Even though the guts of the Save our Stages act is in the new bill, another act the CASE Act, amending copyright laws. According to a report from the Hollywood Report, the law would make illegal streaming for commercial profit could become a felony. Now, this is already illegal, but largely only results in copyright strikes for cover songs or game music played on streams from Twitch, YouTube, Tik Tok, and other social networks. Sen. Thom Tillis released his proposal to increase the penalties for those who would dare stream unlicensed works over two weeks ago. In doing so, the North Carolina Republican flirted with danger. If passed, illegal streaming of works including movies and music tracks could carry a penalty of up to 10 years in jail.
A latecomer to the ’80s thrash scene, Californian act Evildead still managed to turn out two fine examples of speed metal riffery before disbanding, another victim of the burgeoning grunge movement. Aside from a single released in 2011, a first reunion proved fruitless, but this time the band includes most of the personnel from their 1989 debut, Annihilation of Civilization (SPV/Steamhammer), with bassist Karlos Medina (who played on the follow-up) completing the new and improved line-up.
Yesterday we reported on Facebook’s update to the Music policy, regarding livestreaming. This policy has been in place since 2018 (and they have not acted on banning any pages since this time) and updated on Friday, September 11th. Being that we have some experience with social media (our owner is a digital marketing expert for brands), we tried to shed a light on these changes and what they mean for bands. A representative of Facebook saw our post and reached out to us to clarify Facebook’s policy. Since we want to enlighten bands and fans on what is possible and what is prohibited, here is a synopsis of what the new rules really mean.
Facebook has revealed new plans to limit streamed events, according to the terms of their Facebook Music rules for the platform. Although like most changes with the monolithic social platform, it is designed to prevent abuse and litigation from record labels, DJ’s and cover song artists, it seems like a terrible misjudgment against artists and creators who utilize the platform. Effective October 1st Facebook announced that musicians will not be allowed to “use videos on our Products to create a music listening experience.” The rule change comes with the threat that bands will have their account banned or deleted for failure to comply. Especially following the pandemic, bands and artists have taken to streaming for a variety of purposes for promotion and profit, and Facebook even instituted a tip jar type payment platform, in an attempt to compete with Twitch and YouTube Live videos. Facebook has turned around on this idea and now states they want their technology to be used to connect family and friends to one another, not to connect musicians to their fans. Read Facebook’s full statement.Continue reading →
For the first time in 34 years, there will be no SXSW Festival. After an order by the city of Austin Texas, the festival announced its cancellation over fears from the growing outbreak of the Coronavirus. Many key sponsors and artists had already pulled out. As reported by AdWeek, the event typically draws more than 400,000 attendees and in 2019 brought and added $350M to Austin’s economy. Attendance last year topped 417,400 across all events.Continue reading →
Are other social networks outside of The Big Four potentially worthwhile for your band or brand like Snapchat or Tik-Tok? Dumb and Dumbest Podcast number #147 is streaming now and it’s all about The Great Snapchat Experiment with guest co-host Keefy from Ghost Cult Magazine. Hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), they also offer The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below. Continue reading →
Are you worried about how to navigate social media for your band in a sea of trolls, haters, creeps, and assholes? Episode 80 of the Dumb and Dumbest Podcast is streaming right now, and it’s about The 7 Types Of Toxic People To Avoid On Social Media. Dumb and Dumbest is a music industry podcast hosted by music executive Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).
Episode 78 of the Dumb and Dumbest Podcast is streaming right now, and it’s an Interview with Billy Myers III on Graphic Design, DIY Music And Hustle. Billy has the band Glorious Rebellion but also makes his bones as a graphic designer with Von Skull Media social media pro and more. Dumb and Dumbest is a music industry podcast hosted by music executive Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).
Episode 78 of the Dumb and Dumbest Podcast is streaming right now, and it’s an Interview with Seth Werkheiser of Close Mondays. Seth was one of the original Metal music bloggers on the net, worked for AOL Noisecreep, Buzzgrinder, helped found the amazingly influential #metalbandcampgiftclub, and the recently defunct but rad Skulltoaster. Seth runs Close Mondays and has a plethora of advice to share about the music industry, marketing, metrics and more. Dumb and Dumbest is a music industry podcast hosted by music executive Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).