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CMU TRENDS: GUIDES

CMU TRENDS GUIDE TO MUSIC RIGHTS
Based on the CMU Insights seminar series ‘Making Money From Music Copyright’, this is the CMU Trends Guide To Music Rights, providing a concise overview of music copyright and the music rights business | CLICK HERE

COMING SOON: CMU TRENDS GUIDE TO MUSIC MARKETING
Based on the CMU Insights seminar series ‘Building A Fanbase And Fan Business’, this is the CMU Trends Guide To Music Marketing, providing an overview of how new artists go about building a fanbase and the basics of label-led album marketing campaigns.



CMU TRENDS: BRIEFINGS

PRESS RELEASES IN TEN STEPS
This ten step briefing explains how to write better press releases as part of a music PR campaign. It considers where press releases fit in and what elements make for more effective media communications. | CLICK HERE

MUSIC PIRACY IN TEN STEPS
This ten step briefing is focused on the music industry’s battle with online piracy, explaining what copyright law says about infringement, and how music rights owners have dealt with the challenge of widespread non-commercial infringement online | CLICK HERE

COPYRIGHT BASICS IN TEN STEPS
This ten step briefing explains the basics of copyright law, music rights and music licensing. It explains how songs and recordings are protected by copyright, and the ways the music industry exploits those rights for profit |  CLICK HERE

DIGITAL DOLLARS IN TEN STEPS
Based on the ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’ research CMU Insights has undertaken for the Music Managers Forum, this ten step briefing explains how streaming services are licensed by the music industry and how digital royalties are calculated each month | CLICK HERE



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