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This week, we’re continuing down the path of royalty collections, looking at how the recording artist gets paid when their songs are played. I had the pleasure of speaking with Martin Gangnier from Re:Sound, Matt Craig from MROC, and Andrew Karis from ACTRA-RACS to learn about royalty collections on the master side. We discussed Canada’s royalty collections system, how usage data is collected, and how tariff rates are determined. I hope you enjoy our conversations and that this episode is helpful to any music creators out there looking to make money from their music!

The Recording Artist’s Royalty Collections

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This week on OffKey, we’re turning to a big topic for any songwriter looking to build and sustain a career in music: royalty collections. I had the pleasure of speaking with Mike McCarty and Holly Fagan-Lacoste from SOCAN and Rebecca Webster from CMRRA to learn how the songwriter gets paid when their songs are played. We discussed how royalty rates are determined, how usage data is collected, and why these organizations are so important to songwriters. …


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This week on OffKey, we’re looking at the various players on the Recording Artist’s team. Our guests this week include: Brian Hetherman, founder of Curve Music and Cerberus Artist Management; Byron Pascoe, an entertainment lawyer at Edwards Creative Law; Jonathan Simkin, founder of 604 Records; Savannah Wellman from Tiny Kingdom Music; and Jeff Wolpert, an engineer and producer at Desert Fish Studios and educator at the University of Toronto. We discussed when to assemble a team, the role of the personal manager, what to be aware of in recording agreements, and 360 deals.

The Recording Artist’s Team

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This week on OffKey, we’re looking at a key player on the Songwriter’s Team: the Music Publisher. Featured in this episode are the insights and expertise of: Norman Arnold, a composer and producer based in LA with experience working for Warner Bros., Disney, NBC, CNN, and more; Mark Jowett, the co-founder of Nettwerk Music Group and head of A&R and Publishing; Karen Kosowski, songwriter and producer based in Nashville; and Byron Pascoe, an entertainment lawyer at Edwards Creative Law. We discussed the role of music publishers, opportunities for songwriters in sync, and what to look out for in publishing deals.


This week on OffKey, we’re looking at our next character in the storyline of the creation of music: the Recording Artist. In this episode, we learned from the expertise of: Andrew Karis from ACTRA-RACS; Byron Pascoe, an entertainment lawyer at Edwards Law; Jeff Wolpert, an engineer and producer at Desert Fish Studios and educator at the University of Toronto; Mateo Palmisano, composer and producer at Xitmuse; and Matt Craig from MROC. …


This week on OffKey, we’re looking at our first character in the storyline of the creation of music: the Songwriter. Featured in this episode are the insights of: Kathryn Calder, of The New Pornographers, Frontperson, and Oscar St. Records; Karen Kosowski, songwriter and producer based in Nashville; Mateo Palmisano, composer and producer of Xitmuse; Jonathan Simkin, founder of 604 Records; and Mike McCarty & Holly Fagan from SOCAN. We discussed how the Songwriter starts building a career, connecting with collaborators, sorting out composition credits, and making money.

The Songwriter

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OffKey’s third season will be turning down a new path, moving on from the “who” question towards the “how-to,” with the goal of creating an educational resource for industry newcomers like myself. Join me as I explore the ins-and-outs of the music industry from the perspective of two key players in the creation of music: the Songwriter & Recording Artist. This week, I had the privilege of speaking with and learning from: Götz Bühler, Senior Label and Product Manager at Membran Entertainment Group; Kathryn Calder, member of the Canadian band The New Pornographers and owner of Oscar St Records; and…

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