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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.
Creators are the messengers of humanity. Don't kill the messengers.
Supporting Copyright Is Not the Same as Opposing Freedom of Speech
By Helienne Lindvall -- Opponents of copyright protection mislead the public with claims about what it means...what is perhaps most disappointing in all of this for me, as an artist, is how my ambitions, desires and needs are being used as a political football to drive other people's political (and economic) ambitions.
No Sympathy for the Creative Class
By Scott Timberg -- ...these are times when we most need the arts but seem the most resistant to culture and the people who produce it. [Thanks to Lisa Thomas for the link.]
Blood, Sweat and Tape: How Music Gets Made
By Louie Herr -- Buying music is easy but there's a lot of work that goes into creating it and we take a moment a to explore the process.
[Songwriters suffer the same fate.]
I'm a Producer & Engineer. And I'm Invisible on Digital Music Services...
By Paul Resnikoff -- Sure, you probably skip the credits at the end of a movie...But the credits - for every last contributor - scroll after every film, without exception...So why is it that this level of crediting is almost always missing from iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Amazon, Rdio, and almost every other music service, with little exception?
RapidShare, MediaFire Distance Themselves from MegaUpload
By Greg Sandoval -- RapidShare and MediaFire are defending themselves against accusations that their cyberlocker services violate copyright, but copyright owners say they're largely unimpressed.
Apple Souring? Shares Down Amid Legal Troubles, More
By Levi Sumagaysay -- CEO Tim Cook may have made it on the list of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World, but that's about where the good news ends for Apple, at least lately.
YouTube Wants More Videos to Have Background Music, Adds Audio Editor
By Sean Buckley
The Fundamentals of Digital Music
By Robert Archer -- Jack Shafton of GoldenEar Technology explains digital audio formats and how consumer electronics pros can educate clients who are becoming more interested in digital audio technologies.
Classical Musicians As 21st Century Entrepreneurs
By Clyde Smith -- Though classical music departments in colleges and conservatories have long avoided the concept of entrepreneurship, that avoidance factor is gradually diminishing. However, classical musicians in the world beyond training centers have long explored their options with a special focus on developing new audiences.
The Blurry Line Between Composing and Mixing
By Samuel Mindlin -- Outside conservatory walls, the age of scoring for orchestra or ensemble is decidedly over, and technology now reigns in the realm of composition...These days, any observer with a hint of tech-savvy would be hard pressed to find a contemporary composition fitted for new media that lacks a digital or technological component.
Turn Your CD Into a Kick-Ass Marketing Tool
By James Hill -- If you believe in the marketing power of the CD and you want to exhaust its marketing potential, here are the things you should include in your packaging to enhance its marketing power...
Infographic: Music Festival Tech Drastically Changes Since Woodstock
By Jakomi Mathews -- A great infographic detailing concert goers activities at festivals and how technology has changed the way we interact and use new technology to enhance our festival experience.
Jon Stewart Weighs In on Google
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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