CMU's team training is a great way to get everyone on the same page - and to bring teams together to learn, share, engage and connect with each other, and with current topics of interest across the industry.

We have a wide range of "off-the-shelf" training sessions to choose from, making it easy for music companies to create their own tailor-made training programme.

All of our sessions can be delivered in one hour or less, maximising impact for busy teams. However, if you want more time - for break-outs, Q&A or other activity - we can accommodate this. In fact, where timings allow we strongly recommend it as most teams have a lot of questions!

We can deliver our training sessions in-person or as online sessions. Our online sessions are delivered live, rather than using pre-recorded content, meaning there's plenty of scope for making tweaks to content to ensure it meets your needs.

More and more we are being asked to deliver hybrid sessions, where we will deliver to a group in person while another group (often in another country, or another office) joins via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet or similar video-conferencing platform.

We've happy to deliver using our own Zoom account, either as a Zoom Meeting (where all participants can see each other - recommended for smaller sessions, or where team interaction is important) or, for larger "all-hands" sessions as a Zoom Webinar, where participants can't see or interact with each other, but can watch the content and ask questions in the live stream.

We can also create entirely bespoke training for your team or whole company.

We've delivered bespoke training sessions for numerous music companies and organisations, including Sony Music, Warner Music, SoundCloud, Emubands, ie:music, ATC Management, BPI, MMF, IMRO, the Musicians’ Union, the British Council, Promus, Music Norway, Music Estonia and the Association Of Caribbean Copyright Societies.

Current "off-the-shelf" training:

Making Money From Music Copyright

The music rights business makes money by exploiting the controls that come with the copyrights in songs and recordings. Get to grips with all the basic principles of copyright law and how music copyright makes money in this user-friendly easy-to-follow seminar.

See the session outline for Making Money From Music Copyright

  • What enjoys copyright protection.
  • The distinct copyright controls.
  • Who owns copyright – by default and by convention.
  • How music copyright makes money.
  • Direct exploitation and licensing.

Collective Licensing Explained

Sometimes the music industry licenses through direct deals, other times it employs the collective licensing approach. Fully understand how collective licensing works – in the UK and around the world – in this user-friendly easy-to-follow webinar.

See the session outline for Collective Licensing Explained

  • Why the music industry uses collective licensing.
  • When collective licensing applies.
  • What collective licensing means for rights owner and licensee.
  • How collective licensing works around the world.
  • How collective licensing is regulated.

Music Rights Data Made Simple

Getting songwriters and artists paid when their songs and recordings are played often comes down to whether or not the right data is in the system. But what data? This webinar runs through all the key data points and explains how to get information into the system.

See the session outline for Music Rights Data Made Simple

  • All the important music copyright data points.
  • Who manages each data point.
  • How you get your data into the system.
  • How bad data stops payment.
  • Why the music industry still has a copyright data problem.

Getting songwriters and artists paid when their songs and recordings are played often comes down to whether or not the right data is in the system. But what data? This webinar runs through all the key data points and explains how to get information into the system.

See the session outline for The Rights of Songwriters and Performers

  • How copyright assignment works.
  • Common contractual rights in record and publishing contracts.
  • Moral rights.
  • Performer rights and equitable remuneration.
  • Termination rights in the US.

As the legitimate digital music market has evolved so has online music piracy. This webinar looks at the piracy challenge over the last 20 years, how the music industry has sought to tackle the problem, and which anti-piracy tactics actually work today.

See the session outline for The Evolution of Music Piracy

  • What the law says about copyright infringement.
  • The rise of online piracy in the 2000s and the industry’s initial response.
  • The rise of stream-ripping and today’s piracy challenges.
  • What the industry at large can do about music piracy today.
  • What individual rights-holders can do about music piracy today.

While there are some basic principles that join up all the copyright systems around the world, there are also some key differences from country to country. And with American copyright law, some things are just plain weird. This webinar gives you a guide to five significant ways in which copyright in the US is different to the UK and Continental Europe.

See the session outline for Distinctive Features of US Copyright Law

  • Copyright registration and statutory damages.
  • Why American AM/FM radio pays no recording royalties at all.
  • The impact of the BMI/ASCAP consent decrees.
  • The mechanical rights mess and the Music Modernization Act.
  • The challenge of fair use.

Streaming accounted for 62.1% of recorded music revenues in 2020 and the market continues to grow – but it is also evolving as new services and kinds of services becoming increasingly important revenue generators. Find out more about the digital music market today and in the future.

See the session outline for The Digital Market in 2023

  • The different kinds of digital music services – and the role they play.
  • Which platforms dominate in which markets.
  • The evolution of subscription streaming.
  • The evolution of user-generated content and video-sharing platforms.
  • New digital revenue streams: apps, direct-to-fan, NFTs, metaverse.

The streaming business is complex in terms of how services are licensed, and how artists and songwriters get paid. Get to grips with it all via our concise user-friendly guide to digital licensing and streaming royalties – explained in full in just ten steps.

See the session outline for How Digital Licensing Works

  • Why copyright rules and industry conventions complicate streaming.
  • How the record industry licenses through direct deals.
  • How the publishing sector licenses through direct and society deals.
  • How streaming royalties are calculated each month.
  • How UGC platform deals differ from subscription streaming deals.

Streaming is a revenue share game, with digital dollars shared out each month between artists, songwriters, labels and publishers. We explain how the money is currently split up and talk through why some people in the industry believe a different approach is needed.

See the session outline for How Digital Money Gets Shared

  • How streaming monies are shared out each month.
  • The track allocation debate: user-centric, artist growth and push/pull models.
  • The revenue share debate: should the song rights get more?
  • The artist royalty debate: should artists get more?
  • Methods for re-slicing the digital pie.

The global record industry continues to grow on the back of the streaming boom, though challenges remain in the streaming business. We outline and explain all the key challenges, and suggest what solutions may be employed by the services and the music industry.

See the session outline for The Key Streaming Challenges in 2023

  • Why so many streaming services are still loss making.
  • What ARPU means and why some people are obsessed by it.
  • The digital pie debate.
  • The conversation about increasing subscription prices.
  • How bad data can stop people getting paid.

Markets like China, India, Russia, South Korea and Brazil have played a key role in the revival of the record industry’s fortunes, while markets in Africa are set to become increasingly important in the years ahead. Which services and what models dominate in these countries?

See the session outline for Digital Music In Emerging Markets

  • Recent revenue trends in key emerging markets.
  • The regional streaming services.
  • Streaming in China, India, Russia, South Korea and Brazil.
  • Why everyone is excited about the potential of Africa.
  • How rights and royalties flow around the global streaming business.

The music industry went to war with YouTube over safe harbour and the value gap. What does that even mean? And who is winning the battle? We look at 2019’s controversial European Copyright Directive and what impact it will – or will not – have, and whether those reforms can – or will – be adopted by the US. Plot twist: maybe YouTube wasn’t even the real problem.

See the session outline for Safe Harbour And The Value Gap

  • The origins of the copyright safe harbour.
  • How the safe harbour affects the music industry’s negotiating power.
  • The value gap campaign.
  • What the EU Copyright Directive does to the European safe harbour.
  • The current status of the safe harbour debate in the US.
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