Blog Post – Selling Your Music Online.

Phil Little has written another very informative and interesting blog post for Pierless Music, this time all about selling your music online.

It’s one of those topics that has raised its head for most original bands and musicians over the past few years. But, as with anything like this, it can be a bit of a minefield out there with many different companies offering you their services. So, which is the best one to go with?

Hopefully, Phil will give you at least some of the answers in his post.

Find it here:

The Richest Songs In The World

Recently we featured a blog post, written for Pierless Music by Phil Little, called ‘Copyright Issues For Musicians’. You can find it here:

In that post Phil talks about, amongst other things, songwriting and the royalties that can be earned by the writers of songs.

Well, over the Christmas period BBC4, where else, broadcast a programme all about the richest songs in the world. In the programme they counted down the Top 10 biggest earning songs of all time. You can watch that programme here:

The programme is well worth watching for a number of reasons. Partly to see if you can guess what those Top 10 songs are and i guarantee that at least some of the lower ranked songs will surprise you. I guessed the top two correctly, but was way out with many of the others.

But, also because they explain the copyright process for the writers and musicians involved as they go along. They also talk about the legal side of songwriting and how things can go wrong.

So, all in all, it’s a show worth seeking out, especially if you’re a songwriter yourself.

Just remember to write a decent Christmas song and you’ll be ok, probably.

Blog Post – Copyright Issues For Musicians

As a musician you may well have seen, or heard the initials PRS,PPL or even MCPS, but do you know what they are and how they might benefit you financially?

I’m sure most musicians know that they should get paid if their song is played on the radio, but did you know that you should be receiving money for playing your own songs at a gig?

Well, Phil Little has written a blog post for Pierless Music all about potential Copyright issues for musicians who write their own songs. Find it here:

Many local musicians, who write and record their own material, are missing out on royalty payments. Read Phil’s blog post and make sure that you don’t remain one of them.

Blog Post – You Can’t Always Play An Encore.

Phil Little has written a new blog post, about an issue that affects even the biggest bands in the world. namely, curfews on live gigs. These curfews might be in place for noise reasons, because of complaining neighbours, or for other easons. But, they affect just about any gig that takes place these days.

Read Phil’s post here:

As a postscript to this. Apparently the Rolling Stones were fined £200,000 for breaking the curfew on their gig at the O2. Sure, they can afford it, but that’s still a huge amount of money.

I was at a local gig the other night and the 3 piece band were asked to turn the volume down as soon as they started playing. It was only 9pm and they weren’t very loud at all. This just goes to prove that this affects all bands, pubs, clubs and venues.

Feel free to add your own comments to those already attached to Phil’s blog post. Or, maybe you’d like to write your own piece about this issue? Maybe you have personal experience of an aspect of these issues, either as a musician, or as a gig goer?

If so, please get in touch with us here at Pierless Music. We’d love to hear from you.

Blog Post – ‘Music Files’ Magazine.

Does anyone out there remember a free local magazine called ‘Music Files’?

If you do, i’m sure you’ll want to read this new article/blog post by Phil Little.

Here’s a link:

‘Music Files’ was published from 1993 until 1998, which is when the now sadly departed ‘Ultimate Alternative’ appeared on the local scene.

Phil Little was one of the people behind ‘Music Files’ and explains in his post the history of the magazine, how it all came about in the first place and what it was like to put together a monthly gig guide/magazine in a pre Internet and early home computing age. Things have certainly changed a lot since then.

Apart from that aspect of the magazine, Phil also talks about an organisation, he helped to found, called the ‘Hastings Live Music Forum’. This was a collection of local musicians trying to help promote and secure the local live music scene.

Maybe we could do with something like that in 2012?

Thanks to Phil for his article and we hope to be featuring some more posts from him in the future. Give his article aread, it’s like stepping back in time.

For the uninitiated, Phil Little has been a drummer and campaigner on the national live music scene for a number of years now and even found time to start ‘Sambalanco’, that wonderful Samba band that you see at all those local events.