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Thefuture.fm Helps DJs Monetize Their Mixes…

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Thefuture.fm is similar to Mixcloud and SoundCloud. Artists and DJs can upload their mixes to the service and embed them on Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere else on the web.

What sets Thefuture.fm apart is that they’ve made paying artists a priority. SoundCloud has started to pay artists, but their royalty program is only open to a select group of popular artists. Any DJ can sign up for Thefuture.fm’s royalty program by emailing DJs@dubsetmedia.com.

Thefuture.fm doesnt just pay DJs who upload mixes, the artists whose music is in the mix are paid as well. Dubset‘s MixSCAN rights management technology detects songs in the mix and reports use to ASCAP, SESAC, BMI, and SoundExchange.

When fans hit play on a mix a video ad will play, generating revenue. DJs like Steve Aoki and Afrojack have recently embedded Thefuture.fm mixes on social media. Fans can sign up for a paid account to avoid seeing ads.

Dubset’s CEO, Bob Barbiere, says:

“Prior to the release of MixSCAN™ and these players, there was a broken ecosystem. DJs had been utilizing platforms and players to share mixes without receiving any compensation and underlying rights holders and publishers have been bypassed. Now, not only is the DJ able to generate revenue from their performances, mixtapes, podcasts, or studio sets, all artists whose music they are mixing will be paid royalties.”

 

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more. Follow her on Twitter: @nine_u

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Comments (6)
  1. Truth

    This would be a great article if thefuture actually DID make paying artists a priority or if MixScan actually worked. One day I guess maybe.


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  2. hippydog

    Quote “DJs had been utilizing platforms and players to share mixes without receiving any compensation ”

    We really need to start differentiating between “DJ’s” and “producers”..

    If the person is an actual DJ (makes a mix using OTHER PEOPLES MUSIC), why should they be receiving ANY compensation..?????


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    1. GGG

      The same reason a band covering a song gets paid?


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    2. GGG

      EDIT to add: This is assuming they are doing some actual remixing, as opposed to just putting together some wedding DJ mix.


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      1. hippydog

        Quote “This is assuming they are doing some actual remixing”

        agreed.. though the definition of “actual remixing” is the part that probably we have different views on..

        If the DJ is just overlaying a different beat, or “mashing up” different songs, and changing the tempo, throwing in some “wiki wiki’s”.. That is not enough (in my opinion) to be considered a derivative.
        and what makes it worse (again in my opinion) is that it most cases the DJ is not doing this with an older song or unknown song (not on the charts) but with music that is currently hot..
        so they are basically riding the coat-tails of the artist..

        Whereas if they take an unknown or older song and make wholesale changes where it is clearly a derivative, and that derivative becomes popular in its own right, then YES they should be compensated..

        .
        I guess my issue is my first description is mainly what I see on places like soundcloud..
        DJ’s slightly reworking the song, but it gets lots of hits NOT because of the “added artistry” but because the ORIGINAL version is popular..

        IE: Aoki & Afrojack I would define as producers, not DJ’s..

        but then, this is just me ranting, I dont expect most others to understand the subtleties ..


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  3. Xe

    Love Thefuture.fm, some really good mixes on there. Was never the biggest fan of EDM, but glad other genre mixes like jazz, ambient, and rock are represented.


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