‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’ explains how the streaming business works, how the music industry has licensed the digital platforms and how digital royalties flow through the system.

When first published as a report by the UK’s Music Managers Forum in 2015, ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’ also raised a number of issues which were subsequently discussed at a series of roundtables in 2016 involving artists, songwriters, labels, publishers, lawyers, accountants and managers.

The Third Edition of the book, published in July 2020, includes an updated version of the original report – covering recent market trends and copyright reforms – as well as a summary of the roundtable discussions, and four Digital Dollar guides providing further insight on label deals, transparency, fan data and song royalty chains.

‘Music Copyright Explained’ is a free user-friendly guide to how music copyright works in the UK, produced by CMU Insights for the UK’s Intellectual Property Office and published in March 2021.

Available online or to download as a PDF, the guide explains how copyright gives music-makers control over the songs and recordings they create.

It also talks through how music-makers and the music industry generate income out of their music rights, and outlines all the key things music-makers and other creators need to know about music copyright and licensing.

The CMU:DIY Guides provide a basic overview of various different aspects of the music business, explaining each of those aspects in five easy steps.

They are available to read in the CMU Library. I also regularly present lecture versions of these guides to music and music business students around the UK and beyond, at music industry conferences and events, and in partnership with industry trade bodies and talent development organisations.

Making Money From Music

Music Copyright Explained

Music Streaming Explained

The Streaming Debate Explained

Record Deals Explained

Making Money From Live Music

Building A Fanbase

Music Data Explained