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This daily email, compiled by ASCAP Board member, music publisher and songwriter Dean Kay, cuts through the media clutter to bring you links to the most relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your future livelihood. Now the ASCAP Daily Brief can be accessed on the Headlines page of ASCAP.com and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.
When CONSUMERS and CREATORS are happy
everyone in the middle will have gotten digital distribution right
I'm an "Unsuccessful" Artist. And Here's Why Things Have Never Been Better
By Mike Errico -- I was inspired to add a different perspective to David Lowery's SF MusicTech Summit talk I read on Digital Music News ("I'm a Successful Artist. And Here's Why Things Have Never Been Worse") ... (I) felt the need to add my voice to a debate that, in my opinion, needs to be reframed in order to be understood.
Downloads, Spotify and Napster Help Offset UK CD Sales Slide
By Mark Sweney -- BPI says music industry revenue fell just 3.4% last year to £795m as digital income increased by nearly a quarter to £282m.
75 Percent of Topspin's Sales Are Physical...
By Paul Resnikoff
Dis-covered: Why Can't Original Music Break Out Of The YouTube Ghetto?
By Aaron Franco -- Very few people use YouTube to discover new music the way they would use Pandora or Spotify, clicking around until something catches their ear; they need the hook of either a familiar song or a flashy visual gimmick to draw people in. Covering familiar songs is relatively easy; creating flashy visuals, less so.
Onslaught Guitarist: 'Theft From Artists Cannot Be Tolerated And Cannot Be Taken For Granted'
By Blabbermouth.net -- In a recent interview with Metal Storm, guitarist Nige Rockett of British thrashers ONSLAUGHT was asked if he — as an artist — thinks that potentially harsh action, such as the controversial anti-piracy bills SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act), should be taken to reduce online piracy...
Respect for Art Helps Avoid SOPA and PIPA
By Sinjin Hilaski
Does Facebook Have a BIG Problem?
By Robin Davey -- A definite shift has happened to Facebook in the last few months. It appears the introduction of the new "Timeline" has bought in a new set of algorithms that control the content that we each see..
YouTube Music Lessons Are Popular, But Won't Get You To Carnegie Hall
By Derek Reed -- More and more, aspiring musicians are turning to YouTube for free music lessons. But are they effective at moving you from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky?
42 Different Ways Artists Can Earn Money...
By Paul Resnikoff
Flow Chart: Should You Quit Your Band?
By The Guitar Squid
Beam Is a Smartphone Compatible...Toothbrush?
By Deborah Netburn -- What exactly is the world coming to when someone decides that your toothbrush needs to connect with your smartphone?
As the "Simpsons" whizzes past its 500th episode ...
"Simpsons" Maestro Alf Clausen Shares Stories Behind Some of Springfield's Greatest Hits
By Stacey Harrison -- [Congrats to our good friend, Alf.]
Dean Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected and forward thinking music publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the Welk Music Group, then as President/ CEO of the US division of the PolyGram International Publishing Group, and now as President/CEO of his own precedent setting venture, Lichelle Music Company. Prior to his involvement in publishing, he was a successful songwriter, having had hundreds of his compositions recorded - including "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra. Mr. Kay has been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP since 1989 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).
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