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Music: Music Industry


Copyright Reources

Research Databases

The Music Business Journal is an open-source magazine about current trends in the music industry, published by students at Berklee College of Music. 

Music News and Newspapers

See our Guide to News and Newspapers for more complete information about newspapers.

Also see our tutorial, How Do I Find Historical Newspapers?

Music Industry Organizations


American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)

An association of composers, lyricists, publishers, and others involved in the creation of music. ASCAP is the leading performing rights organization, representing over 540,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.

Future of Music Coalition
A Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization which works with musicians, composers and industry stakeholders to  provide solutions to shared challenges.

International Federation of the Phonograph Industry (IFPI)

"The voice of the recording industry worldwide.We represent the interests of 1,300 record companies across the globe." 

Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC)

A nonprofit organization designated by the U.S. Copyright Office pursuant to the historic Music Modernization Act of 2018.

Starting in January 2021, The MLC began to issue and administer blanket mechanical licenses to eligible streaming and download services (digital service providers or DSPs) in the United States. The MLC will then collect the royalties due under those licenses from the DSPs and pay songwriters, composers, lyricists, and music publishers. 

National Independent Talent Organization (NITO)

NITO is a "non-profit group initially formed by like-minded independent talent agencies (and soon thereafter expanded to encompass independent management companies) for the purpose of promoting the welfare and prosperity of its members and their represented artists, as well as for the indirect benefit of those associated with them. NITO welcomes a broad coalition of the live music ecosystem.

National Independent Venue Association (NIVA)

"NIVA's mission is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live music venues and promoters throughout the United States."              

Next Big Sound

Provides online music analytics and insights. As part of Pandora, they deliver analytics tools used by music makers, labels and marketers looking for data and insights about artists and their fans. 

Recording Industry Association of America

The trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry. Provides the industry perspective on intellectual property rights, current lawsuits, and more. Links to most of the major labels.


A performing rights organization which represents songwriters and publishers, and their right to be compensated for having their music performed in public. 

Water and Music

"The fine print of big ideas in music and technology, hosted by journalist Cherie Hu and featuring a curated selection of leaders, innovators, artists and thinkers from across the music business."

Wintel Worldwide Independent Network

 The coordinating body for national independent trade associations representing the recorded music industry around the planet. Publishes annual reports.

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