Berklee Popular Music Institute Releases New Student Music Compilation Through Stem
March 21, 2017 at 1:53 PM (PT)
BERKLEE POPULAR MUSIC INITIATIVE and its student-run label HEAVY ROTATION RECORDS, has released its latest compilation, "Dorm Sessions 12," through STEM, a financial platform that simplifies payments for musicians and content creators. BPMI is an experience-based program enabling students to go from the classroom to the stage in every facet of artist development and touring in preparation for a performance career.
"Dorm Sessions 12" — a mix of rock, pop, singer-songwriter, metal, soul, hip-hop and electronic music by BERKLEE students and alumni — features LADY PILLS, FLAKES, JACK MARTINI, AVERSED, OLIVIA SWANN, D-WILL and MAYAH DYSON.
STEM provides the industry’s first and, so far, only consensus-based payment model, making it easier than ever for creators to get paid. "Dorm Sessions 12" was distributed by STEM to PANDORA, SPOTIFY, APPLE MUSIC iTUNES and SOUNDCLOUD. STEM handles tracking and organizing revenue streams, collecting payments and administrating earnings to all collaborators on a recurring basis, giving all parties a clear understanding of where their money is coming from. For the compilation, sound recording will be split 60% to HRR and 40% to the artists, while 100% of the publishing revenue will go to the artists. "Dorm Sessions 12," HRR’s 18th release since 1995, marks the first time there will be no physical product for one of the label’s recordings.
STEM co-founder/President TIM LUCKOW is a BERKLEE alumnus who worked at HRR when he was a student. “HRR was an important place for me to recognize and exercise my passion for all angles of the music industry. Throughout my career, I’ve experienced real issues that many musicians have to constantly deal with first-hand, and that struggle is what laid the groundwork for STEM. I’m honored to be working with my alma mater to support current BERKLEE musicians, and I’ll continue advocating for artists everywhere to promote and inspire creativity.”
BPMI Managing Dir. JEFF DORENFELD added, “Students and artists can see how their music is distributed and how royalties are earned and split amongst writers, publishers and the record label. I founded BPMI to offer students an experiential education into live music; with STEM we can now offer the same regarding our recordings in an easy, online and transparent platform.”