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Songwriters struggle to get paid while the copyright system designed to protect their rights is partially to blame, but why? In this episode of Musonomics, Larry Miller takes a look at how the copyright and royalty payment system is failing a new generation of songwriters.

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From Adele to the streaming wars to a call for revision of arcane music licensing laws from the U.S. Copyright Office — in our final episode of the year Larry Miller talks with Neil Shah of the Wall Street Journal about the three most important music industry stories of 2015.

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Recording studios used to be the place where music was written and produced, but since the ’90s their role in music production has undergone a dramatic change. This week’s episode examines the plight of the modern recording studio.
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Season 2 of The Musonomics podcast kicks off today with the release of episode 8, “YouTube’s Big Red Elephant is Loose in the Music Industry’s Room.” We’ve talked a lot on previous shows about the streaming wars; Spotify vs Tidal vs Apple Music vs Deezer vs an ever-growing list of new faces — but there’s one streaming service whose user numbers dwarf the competition, and that streaming service is YouTube. In just 10 years, YouTube has become the biggest streaming service in the world.

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Today we released the second installment of our two-part series on the state of the summer music festival, “Summer Festival Fever Spreads From Newport to Tennessee — The Summer Music Festival Part 2”
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In the first half of a two episode series on the business evolution of summer music festivals, Larry Miller interviews George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals. On the 50th anniversary of when Bob Dylan “went electric” and the 60th anniversary of Miles Davis’ debut, 90-year old impresario George Wein shares vivid memories and insights on Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan — along with musical moments and a discussion on the business influence of his summer music festivals.  The Newport Folk Festival is this weekend, July 24-26.  The Newport Jazz Festival is the weekend of July 31-August 2.

It’s a truly special interview with one of the most influential music programmers of the 20th century, and we hope you enjoy it.

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Episode four is here, and it’s just in time for the launch of Apple’s new music streaming service, Apple Music.

Apple Music launches Tuesday, and we’re taking a deep dive into what the app will mean for the industry. We look back at Apple’s prosperous relationship with music, from the first iPod ad through to last month’s WWDC keynote and launch announcement. We’ve got a ton of great guests.  Josh Friedlander of the RIAA chats with us about the emergence of the streaming industry, and artist manager Emily White gives us a view into Apple’s relationship with artists. Dick Huey of  the Toolshed marketing agency sheds light on what stats to watch in the wake of Apple Music’s launch, and David Pakman sits down for an insightful chat about what success will look like for Apple Music.

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