Performance royalties paid by a Performance Rights Organization to creators as a result of a piece of their music being broadcast or otherwise played.
Sync Fees are paid upfront to license music for TV or film.
Performance Royalty is paid on a quarterly basis after the music has been publicly performed.
This is an electronic cable that uses twin signal cables, both isolated from the earth, that are of opposite polarity but equal potential. This kind of cabling is often used for microphone connections. A Balanced Line is commonly used to reduce noise picked up by the cabling. As the polarity of each of the signal cables is opposite, this means that they are 180 degrees out of phase. Any noise introduced to the signal during transmission is picked up equally by both wires and can then be eliminated during the re-combination of the signal using Phase Cancellation.
A contract that specifies the rights of individual band members, within a band partnership. It also specifies how the members will get paid. Without a band contract, if it is not owned by individual band members, equal shares are assumed. Anything other than equal shares must be specified in the form of a contract.
2. The amount of information throughput in a system.
A barre chord is a type of chord played on a guitar, or other stringed instrument. The performer uses one or more fingers to hold down two or more strings (at a single fret on a fretted instrument) on the instrument fingerboard. Imagine a bar being used to press down on the strings. The barre may make up all or part of the chord. The strings being barred do not need to be next to each other.
2)Name used for the largest (normally) instrument in a family of instruments. For example Bass Guitar.
Beats are the regular variations in amplitude caused when two similar sounds that are close in frequency are played simultaneously. The resulting addition of the sound waves causes a periodic pulsing in the overall sound. This is something regularly witnessed by string instrument players during the tuning process.
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This is caused when spill from audio or control circuitry, or an external source, spills onto the audio signal. The additional signal may be at a high frequency (HF Bias), or a DC offset (DC Bias).
- Univeersal Music Group
- Sony Music Entertainment
- Warner Music Group
These there labels control 88% of the music market place.
This is how sounds are perceived and the placement of the source is determined when a sound wave arrives at both ears. In Binaural Recording, this effect is captured by placing a microphone at each ear or using a simulated head that contains microphones in the position of the ears.
In the digital domain Digital Signal Processing (DSP) has been used to simulate the binaural effect by treating a mono source signal with a Head Related Transform Function (HRTF).
Royalty collection societies can’t always find all the people that they have collected royalties for. This includes members they might have lost contact with and non-members. Any collected royalties falling into these categories are held by the society as “black box” income.
Black box income is dealt with in different ways in different countries and organisations.
Publishers and record labels might also hold black box income for both untraced writers and artists or writers they have lost contact with.
In each case, the society, publisher or Label establishes a pool of licensing income. This pool is the so called “black box”.
Blank Media Levy
Some countries levy a tax on blank recording media, such as cassettes and CD-Rs, and media recorders. The tax is supposed to be a way to compensate for illegal copying, which is made possible by media recorders and blank media.
A license where the terms of the license are the same for everyone. Rights-owners who sign a blanket license agreement get a collection of terms that fit most cases. If you don’t want companies of a particular kind (say alcohol, or tobacco) to use your music in their advertising, a blanket license that specifies that condition, or provides you the possibility to opt out of that license (it may not always be possible), is required.
Blanket Licenses are often issued by Performing Rights Societies, where the Licensee is entitled to publicly perform any songs under the control of the Performing Rights Society, not just individually licensed songs.
When recording several instruments at once, if there is not enough isolation you can hear a little of another instrument on a track, this is called bleed.
Broadcast Music, Inc. is a PRO. BMI supports its songwriters, composers and publishers by helping them to get paid. BMI supports businesses and organisations that play music publicly by offering blanket music licenses that permit them to play nearly 12 million musical works. Both relationships save each time and money.
Booking Agents have the authority to secure employment and other engagements, entering into a limited set of contracts, on behalf of an artist/band.
In some territories, you need a special license in order to legally act as a Booking Agent.
A Booking Agent is hired by a band manager to book gigs and set up tours on behalf of a band. They receive approximately 15% of the gross take, each night, for gigs they have arranged. The gross take is normally a set fee, paid by each venue to the band, and commonly an additional amount that is a negotiated “share of the door”, i.e. a percentage of the ticket sales. As it is paid from the gross figure, this is before the deduction of any tour costs such as transportation or accommodation.
Booking Agents also plan the route of any tour they arrange and they assess the suitability of venues, including if each gig is profitable enough. Profitability takes into account transport costs and all other tour expenditure should that gig be included in the itinerary.
Booking Agents book gigs using local music promoters.
On a stringed instrument, the bridge is mounted on the instrument body. The strings, held by the tail piece, pass over the bridge and are suspended over the neck until they pass over the nut.
2. Musical Section
Connecting passage of contrasting music between two important themes in a composition and commonly in popular music, a musical bridge is used to prepare for the return of the original theme.
In thirty-two bar form (AABA) the bridge (B) is also known as the middle-eight or release. In verse-chorus form the bridge is less constrained.
Music contrast in the bridge is achieved by rhythm and / or tempo change, and often by a change in the key of music.
Bridge is sometimes used to describe a section between a verse and chorus, commonly called a pre-chorus. In the classical music sonata form the transition between the two themes is also called a bridge, although it is more formally called a “transition theme”.
Regarding lyrics, the bridge is often used as a mechanism to reflect on the previous lyrics and to set up the listener for the pay off or climax of the song.
Broadcast Quality is a term used to refer to recordings where the overall sound is a suitable quality for broadcast, as distinguished from a demo recording where the quality of the recording as a whole is not quite there. It is a purely subjective measure of recording or audio quality, but more than that, it includes the quality of the song and even the musical performance. Exactly what makes the cut as broadcast quality, is dependent on the music genre.
This is a common phrase for mixing a number of tracks together, and recording the result onto a new track, as a means of freeing up tracks on a multi-track recorder. For example mixing 5 tracks together into a stereo pair. The original 5 tracks can then be wiped clean. This also sometimes called ‘jumping’ or ‘bouncing’.
Business managers are often an accountant, who deals with the artist’s finances. This includes managing both business and personal bills, investing, overseeing investments, and preparing tax returns. Typically, a business manager charges artists in the region of 2% to 5% of their income.
An audio signal path that a number of inputs may be connected. The Buss signal can then be used to feed one or more outputs. In a Mixing Desk the Buss is essentially a wire to which individual channels can be connected, using a switch. The wire is normally fed into a combining or summing amplifier to allow the signal to be mixed with others.
Low-cost, viral marketing technique, relying on word-of-mouth. It relies upon taste makers, trend setters and group leaders to spread information to a selected individuals. Rumour, innuendo and leaks are used within an informal or social group setting. It is very effective with a target audience who do not trust advertising messages.