ROYALTIES 101

Do you find royalties mightily confusing? You’re not alone! To make a living as a recording artist, it’s essential to be properly registered to receive royalties generated by the performance, purchase, and broadcast of your music. Join Olivia Street, A&R Associate with Bent River Records, for a one hour lunch-time Zoom session on Wednesday, April 22, hosted by Alberta Music. She’ll give a guided tour through the SOCAN platform, as well as talk about the many other royalty streams that can generate income for artists, songwriters, composers, session musicians, and more. 

Music royalties are a complex bundle. As Vel Omazic of Canada’s Music Incubator has often explained, you have to think of a musical creation as being made up of two distinct parts: “The first is the sound recording of a musical work, which is performed by musicians. The second is the underlying musical work (or song) created by songwriters. There are four major groups of people involved in the making of recorded music. These groups are technically referred to as “rights holders” and they are each entitled to earn royalties for their role in the making of recorded music. In the case of an independent songwriter who performs on and funds his/her own recordings, they hold the rights of all four groups.”

These rights-holding groups are:
1. The performer. This could be a recording artist, band members, session players, someone who played the tambourine in the background… anyone who performs on a sound recording of a musical work.
2. The maker. This means the record label, or if you are self-released, it means you. You own your masters, so you’re the owner.
3. The songwriter/composer. The person or people who wrote the tune. Music, or lyrics, or both.
4. The music publisher. Don’t have a publisher? Then, you’re considered self-published, and you own this chunk.

There are royalty collection streams associated with all of these rights-holding groups. Learn more from 12 pm to 1 pm on April 22nd!  Click here to sign up for this free seminar.

2020 Artist Spotlight Postponement

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that due to the COVID-19 crisis, our 2020 Spotlight has been postponed. Along with our 2020 Spotlight, we will also be postponing the releases of Allan Gilliland’s Dreaming: The Prague Sessions and Nisto’s Little People EP until further notice. We are incredibly proud of what these artists have created and have decided to delay the releases until a time when we can celebrate them properly. While we are disappointed that we cannot continue with the event and releases as planned, Bent River Records is still actively working to promote our artists and to contribute to Alberta’s vibrant music scene. 

Despite the current situation, we will be celebrating the release of:

Mike Rud’s Salome’s Dance: The Mike Rud Trio Invites Peter Bernstein  
Single release of “Salome’s Dance” available on streaming services April 28th, 2020
Album available to stream or purchase May 12th, 2020

Contact us at BentRiverRecords@MacEwan.ca if you would like to purchase a physical copy of the album on vinyl or CD.

Many of our artists are continuing to celebrate music from the safety of their own homes by sharing their new work through social media and live-streaming, often using Instagram and Facebook Live. Be sure to check out their social media pages and websites, where you can support them by buying merchandise and listening to their music!

Take care and stay safe,
The Bent River Records Team

Huge Thank you to Dr. Craig Monk!

“Listening to vinyl is a very physical experience… It’s about actively participating in
your music experience.” These are Dr. Craig Monk’s words, MacEwan’s provost and vice-president Academic. They reflect his deep passion for music and particularly of vinyl records that was sparked while he was working in a record store in the late 1980s. That passion hasn’t waned since those early days and he makes a point of visiting a used record store in whatever city he finds himself in.

Earlier this year, Bent River Records held a contest for design students to submit their ideas for the new albums being released in 2020. After Dr. Monk saw these designs, he was inspired. “I hadn’t realized Bent River produced vinyl, and it got me interested in the ways that album production could involve different program areas across campus.” This realization led to Dr. Monk making a generous major gift of $50,000 to fund Bent River’s production of vinyl and to ultimately encourage a cross-disciplinary engagement amongst students to create these albums, like the previous design contest.

This gift enables Bent River Records to engage with students across MacEwan and offer them opportunities to contribute to the many releases the label is working on. Dr. Monk’s gift will have a huge positive impact on Bent River. All the associates, interns and artists at Bent River would like to extend our deepest thanks, for it is donors like Dr. Monk that keep local artists and arts organizations like Bent River Records alive and well.

If you’re interested in hearing what inspires Craig Monk on a daily basis, listen to his Top 50 Vinyl Listen’s on Spotify!

Josh Sahunta – “Be Alone” (Live Version) Recording Session

Last Thursday, we had a recording session in the studio with Josh Sahunta, Canadian songwriter based here in Edmonton, AB. The song  that was recorded is called “Be Alone” (Live Version). Josh describes his music as R&B/Pop: “kind of like if Ed Sheeran was in a band with Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids.” His Influences are John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Drake, Daniel Caesar and Anderson Paak.

Josh answered some questions for us:

What is your musical background and how long you have been playing music for? 

I’ve been into music since I was very young and always had a natural aptitude for it. I played drums and piano growing up but didn’t really start taking it seriously until later in my life. I picked up the guitar to impress a girl in high school, and that became my main instrument from that point on. While I was studying psychology in University, I was practicing and playing some small gigs here and there, but it wasn’t until I graduated in 2017 that I really started putting my all into it. 

Can you tell us more about the song you recorded? 

It is a live version of a previously released single. “Be Alone” is a song I wrote as I reflected on being away from home a lot last year because of touring. It’s a song about trying to hold a relationship together while you’re on the other side of the world and kind of just the realities I faced last year of being absent from so many of my loved ones lives for such a long period of time. 

I wanted to record a live version because the song has done so well on Spotify and has gotten over 100,000 streams, so I wanted to give my listeners a little treat as a thank you for their support on the song. 

Could you tell us about your experience in the recording studio during the session?

I’ve worked in this studio before and it was great as always. It’s truly something to be able to work in a room that has the equipment that the MacEwan studio has. It’s a gear nerd’s dream. I’ve only ever used software versions of all the equipment MacEwan has and so seeing and using the real deal was special. I’ve always had a great time working with Paul Johnston and he’s always been so supportive and accommodating to my goals and vision. I’m very appreciative of him and I look forward to working with him more in the future.

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The recording session took place in MacEwan University Recording Studio A. The instrumentation is composed by vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric bass, and drums. The tracking in Studio A was all done through the studio on-board hardware, taking the signal through the pre-amps and equalizers built in the console and taking them out from a direct output into the software. Students from MUSC 467 in the Music Department assisted with the session as a way to learn more about the recording process.

MacEwan Live Broadcast

The winner of our 2019 ATB Financial Recording Competition, Nisto, has just released his new single entitled “Folk Song.” This past Monday, Macewan University unveiled their newly built TV studio. As part of the the celebrations and to mark the release of his new single, Nisto performed “Folk Song” live from the new studio and audiences loved his unique voice and songwriting.

Bent River Records would like to extend our deep thanks to ATB Financial for their support for Nisto and the recording competition. During the recording process, Nisto mentioned that in Fort Vermillion (his home town) there is only one bank for miles and miles, and that bank is an ATB branch. ATB has been important for the whole process and to Nisto for years!

You can find “Folk Song” by Nisto on CD Baby, and you can listen to his other single “Los Sin Dios” on Spotify. If you’d like to hear him live along with other wonderful Bent River Records musicians, be sure to come to the 2020 Artist Spotlight on April 28 at The Aviary!

Check the coverage of this event from Global News:
https://globalnews.ca/news/6533959/global-news-journalism-scholarship-edmonton-macewan-university/