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Full of tips and insights from leading music practitioners, including some of the world’s most successful and entrepreneurial music managers, this Essentials Guide offers the perfect grounding for building a sustainable business that will help you and your artist, songwriter and producer clients succeed.Buy the book
A series of reports, guides and tools from the Music Managers Forum designed to help artists and managers better understand the streaming business, and the impact the shift to digital has had on the wider music industry.Find out more
In December 2021, the MMF published the second part of their Managing Expectations series, focussing this time on producer and songwriter management. The new edition comes at a time of intense focus around this specific sector of the business – including ongoing debates around streaming revenue splits for songwriters, the rise of new-generation publishing companies, the investment boom in audio-visual content, or the growing recognition by financial markets of song catalogues as an “asset class”.Find out more
‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar Part Two’ was published in October 2016 and was based on a series of roundtable discussions involving over 200 music professionals in four countries, including artists, songwriters, labels, publishers, accountants, lawyers and managers. The discussions considered seven key issues with the current streaming business model and the resulting report proposed a series of solutions.Download
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The first Digital Dollar report was published in October 2015 and the second in October 2016. You can still download these guides as PDFs for free. ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar Part One’ was published in October 2015 and explains in one place how audio streaming services are licensed. It also includes a beginner’s guide to music copyright, recording and publishing contracts, and collective licensing, all of which impact on how the music industry’s digital deals are structured.Download
To accompany ‘The Transparency Guide’ we also developed the MMF Transparency Index that allows managers to compare just how transparent different business partners really are, and to share that information with the rest of the management community.TRANSPARENCY INDEX
‘The Transparency Guide’ identifies all the information and data artists and managers require from their business partners to fully understand and succeed in the streaming business. [Published Nov 2017]Download
‘The Deals Guide’ explains the workings, legalities and pros and cons of the various different kinds of label and distribution deals available to artists today. [Published Nov 2017]Download
To accompany the ‘Fan Data Guide’ we have also put together a ‘Fan Data Directory’ that lists some key services and platforms.Fan Data Directory
Music Managers Forum (MMF) has proposed a three-step plan for managing song rights data that aims to address failing music industry systems and practices that are resulting in songwriters and composers losing out on hundreds of millions of pounds in streaming revenues.Download
This guide explores how artificial intelligence is impacting on the music industry, helping managers navigate and understand the opportunities and challenges posed by AI, and offering guidance on how they might advise their clients. It looks at how the music community is using, and will use, AI tools, and also considers some of the potential threats alongside how music-makers can safeguard their rights as ever more sophisticated AI models are developed.Download
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