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The Music Fund Has Money for Musicians Who Can’t Tour, But Still Have Streaming Income

Spotify for Artists: just one touchpoint used by The Music Fund to assess upfront cash offers. With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continuing to wreak havoc on live touring, artists are having a particularly difficult time making ends meet. But that’s sparking more innovation from non-touring areas, with players like The Music Fund focusing on ways […]

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Jamendo Spins Subscription-Based Sync Licensing for Video Producers & Podcasters

If the world has arrived at all-you-can eat subscription, why hasn’t sync music licensing? Now, leading indie licensing platform Jamendo has launched a sync-subscription service that aims to benefit indie creators and artists alike. Jamendo’s concept is designed to reduce the hassle and costs associated with sync licensing, which can be considerable for independent content […]

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IRS Issues Rules for Americans Receiving a Second Stimulus Check

photo: David Boeke (CC by SA 2.0) It now appears that a small percentage of the nearly 160 million Americans receiving a federal stimulus check have been issued a second stimulus check.  Here’s the guidance on the extra distributions from the Internal Revenue Service. After distributing nearly 160 million stimulus checks to Americans, with potentially […]

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12 Million Stimulus Checks Remain Unclaimed by Americans Because They Don’t Know the Rules

photo: Daria Nepriakhina An estimated 12 million stimulus checks haven’t been claimed by Americans owed the money, according to an estimate released this week. Here’s why. Most Americans have already received a stimulus check from U.S. Government, often for the amount of $1,200. That includes everyone making under $75,000, as well as couples making less […]

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AFM & SAG-AFTRA Owes Session Musicians and Background Vocalists $46 Million — Here’s How Eligible Performers Can Get Paid

As part of a proposed settlement with the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) & SAG-AFTRA, certain session musicians and background vocalists will receive a total of nearly $46 million in owed, previously unpaid royalties. Each year, AFM & SAG-AFTRA collects and distributes millions of dollars in royalties to session musicians and background vocalists via the […]

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Latest $1,200 Stimulus Checks Look Exactly Like Junk Mail — Don’t Throw Them Out

If you see an envelope like this — open it! The latest batch of $1,200 stimulus checks look a lot like junk mail (hint: they aren’t). Already, several incidents of Americans tossing out their $1,200 stimulus checks have been reported. That includes one Atlanta-based musician who almost threw his money into the trash before deciding […]