ASCAP launches podcast focusing on music creators
US collecting society ASCAP is getting into the podcasts game. Its first show is called ‘Versed: The ASCAP Podcast’ and will focus on interviews with musicians. Its own chairman and president Paul Williams (who helpfully...
December 6, 2019
Patreon has now paid out more than $1bn to its creators
Crowdfunding platform Patreon has published some new stats, including a pair of significant milestones. First, that creators have earned more than $1bn from Patreon since its launch, and second, that there are now more than...
November 20, 2019
Google tests Fundo, a new take on fan-funding for YouTube stars
Fundo is a new project in beta from Google’s experimental division Area 120, although its bare-bones website doesn’t divulge much information about it. “If you’re a creator on YouTube or other platforms and you’re...
August 19, 2019
YouTube manual-claiming copyright tool gets more changes
The news that YouTube is making changes to the way its copyright-claims process works for music used in videos sounds like big news, but the caveat in this case is that the changes apply to ‘manual’ claims. That’s as...
August 16, 2019
Facebook to launch more money-making features for creators
Facebook has announced a range of new ways for ‘creators’ to make money from their activity on the social network. While aimed mainly at YouTubers and other social stars, some of them may well be useful for musicians...
July 10, 2019
Facebook boosts original content in its rankings
For a number of years, in part to try and steal a march on YouTube, Facebook has been encouraging native uploads from creators (i.e. posting videos straight to Facebook rather than linking to external sites). Now it is courting...
May 8, 2019
Terms revealed for Facebook’s fan-subscriptions feature
Facebook is launching a ‘Fan Subscription’ feature where creators (including, potentially, musicians) will be able to charge fans for access to some of their content. Now the terms of the deals that creators will be expected...
February 27, 2019
Report claims indie US creators earned $6.8bn online in 2018
A year ago, Music Ally reported on a study calculating the value of the ‘independent creator economy’ in the US, from an organisation called the Re:Create Coalition. It claimed that musicians, filmmakers, artists and...
February 19, 2019
Inside Vessel and why short-form video could dominate
Fast Company has a brief, but interesting, look inside Vessel, the subscription-based video company that is trying to persuade creators, including musicians and labels, to give it a 72-hour exclusive window on new videos...
July 31, 2015
Twitter buys ‘Niche’ agency to connect brands and creators
Have you heard of Niche? Twitter certainly has: it’s bought the company for a reported $30m. But what is it? Twitter describes it as “a provider of software, community and monetisation services for the growing creative...
February 12, 2015
Patreon now paying out $1m a month to creators
Continuous crowdfunding service Patreon just hit a new milestone: $1m of payouts every month to the musicians, YouTubers and other creators raising money from their fans using its site. “It confirms a massive cultural shift...
November 21, 2014
What should creators do when a Kickstarter-funded project collapses?
September 23, 2014