New York, New York, October 15, 2014 - NYC-based CMJ, a 34-year industry leader in emerging independent artists, announces today that it is launching a YouTube Multichannel Network powered by New York-based Fresh Rights LLC. CMJ looks to capitalize on the rapid growth in YouTube Multichannel Networks and to use YouTube as a way to refresh their digital brand offering and increase year round coverage of the best new independent artists. With CMJ Music Marathon 2014 just around the corner, Fresh Rights will help its partnering artists collect on any uses of their content uploaded to YouTube during Music Marathon. In particular, Fresh Rights will help artists claim cellphone recordings of their performances, which for emerging artists can be a major source of revenue not typically monetized. CMJ also looks to create a recurring CMJ session series which will feature live performances of the best artists to come out of this year's Music Marathon.
CMJ Looks to YouTube to Help CMJ Artists Make Money - With a new direction and a new team, CMJ is eager to amplify and channel the magic that helped it launch the careers of bands like Eminem, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Green Day, and countless others. "There is a legacy of greatness with CMJ performers. Fresh Rights looks to help CMJ take advantage of that in a way not done before and help the artists make serious money while getting them exposure through YouTube," said Michael Galluppo, CEO of Fresh Rights. "Artists' live performances and recorded content are constantly being uploaded to YouTube with no money getting back to them for its use. By claiming that content on behalf of the artists and getting them paid for its use, Fresh Rights makes sure that artists are in a place to continue making music while allowing users to share and distribute their music for free. That's just where it starts, as there is so much more you can do with a network of this much talent. We couldn't be more excited to be connected with CMJ," says Galluppo.