#148: Rob Filomena – Professionalizing your music rights

Rob FilomenaMeet Rob Filomena, CD Baby’s Director of Music Publishing. In this episode we’ll discuss the growing opportunities for indie artists through music publishing, and why professionalizing all you music rights isso  important. Also, CD Baby announces it’s first ever DIY Musician conference happening this coming Fall of 2015. All the details can bet found HERE.
DIY Musician Conference tickets are just $49 and are available HERE.
  • StevenCravisMusic

    What is the biggest amount any one CDbaby artist has recovered through CD Baby PRO internationally so far? Thank you for the great Podcast Kevin and Rob!

  • I understand that PRO will collect international mechanicals, which is great, but what you don’t mention is that they will also take 15% of your performance royalties which were going all to me before. Is it really worth it to bank on some international mechanicals and then give up 15% of performance royalties in perpetuity? Please advise.

  • I have enjoyed the podcast since it started and think it is a good place for info. Just wondering about this performance aspect but found some info in the discussion on Ari’s Take (per usual, haha) at http://aristake.com/?post=76. Cheers y’all.

  • kbreuner

    So far, we’ve had artists reclaim up to several thousand dollars on foreign mechanicals. The thing to remember, it’s not just about those foreign mechanicals. All streaming companies (in the US and abroad) generate mechanicals that you need a publishing admin working on your behalf to capture. It’s your money. It should go to you know matter how much it is.

  • Eric John Kaiser

    Great Podcast and great insight. I’ve signed up my albums on CD Baby Pro. It’s good to hear a voice and to see a face behind the company. Rob sure knows his stuff. So well that sometimes I found he explained it, super fast! 😉 I had to rewind the podcast a few times. I need an upgrade in my “publishing” brain. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nick Kizirnis

    Terrific interview! I have some of my recordings handled by BMI through an admin, which has been great, now I need to see how I can take it to the next level. I would love to hear Rob on again to discussing composing for commercials, etc. … cheers on the conference, I hope to see you there!

  • For me, the answer was no, and that’s why I terminated my admin after two years, who happened to be Tunesat, who was taking 10%.

  • kbreuner

    Spotify generates mechanical royalties (plus all the other streaming services). This no doubt surpass any performance royalties and more than make up for the percentage difference.