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MUSIC INDUSTRY TRADE ASSOCIATIONS

A trade association, also known as an industry trade group, is an organization founded and funded by businesses that operate in a specific industry. An industry trade association participates in public relations activities such as advertising, education, political donations, lobbying and publishing. Associations may offer other services, such as producing conferences, networking, charitable events, offering classes or educational materials and in the case of the music industry producing award shows. Many associations are non-profit organizations governed by bylaws and directed by officers who are also members.

TRADE PUBLICATIONS

A trade magazine, also called a trade journal or professional magazine (and colloquially or disparagingly a trade rag), is a magazine whose target audience is people who work in a particular trade or industry. Its main goals are to keep members of the industry updated on new developments.

VIDEO OUTLETS

Music channels who play country music videos and special programs. Check each channel’s website for their respective submission policies.

PERFORMING RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS

Performing rights organizations (there are three in the US) are businesses designed to represent songwriters and publishers and their right to be compensated for having their music performed in public. Songwriters and publishers are paid royalties based on many factors, including state-of-the-art monitoring and computer database information.  PRO’s support their songwriters, composers and publisher members by taking care of an important aspect of their careers – getting paid. They support businesses and organizations that play music publicly by offering blanket music licenses that permit them to play musical works.

DISTRIBUTION OUTLETS

An online business which sells audio files, usually music, on a per-song and/or subscription basis. It may be differentiated from music streaming services in that the music store offers the actual music file, while streaming services offer partial or full listening without actually owning the source file. However, music stores generally offer partial streaming previews, some even with full length.

 

INDUSTRY BLOGS

A blog is a shortened version of “Web log”. Blogs are essentially sites on the Web that may cover news and events, the interests, hobbies or business of the person writing the blog or virtually any subject. It may help to understand what a blog is by thinking of a blog as an online journal.