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VIDEO: An Important Message from ASCAP President and Chairman, Paul Williams
By ASCAP -- ASCAP President and Chairman, Paul Williams was the first to speak at this year's Annual ASCAP Membership Meeting held April 19...Paul summarizes ASCAP's advocacy efforts for the past year and discusses what needs to be done now and in the future...with a special emphasis on the relationship between the creator and technology.
Jimmy Wales's Latest Speech Is 'Nonsense on Stilts'
By Andrew Keen -- My old sparring partner Jimmy Wales has been busy predicting the future again. This time, in a speech last month at the Global INET conference in Geneva, Switzerland, he said that Hollywood is doomed. But rather than skewered on the sword of piracy, Wales forecasts, it will be killed by its own irrelevance...
Robb McDaniels of INgrooves Dishes on the State of Digital Music
By Alex Pham -- San Francisco-based INgrooves has been in business for 10 years, but few people have heard of it or its chief executive, Robb McDaniels...We spoke with McDaniels, a former financial analyst for Marsh & McLennan Securities, about the next wave of technology to hit the mainstream music industry in the solar plexus...Now instead of getting pennies per download, artists are having to wrap their heads around building their careers on fractions of pennies per play. Here's an edited version of the interview...
SF Gate Blunders Facts About Recording Industry and Piracy
By The Trichordist
Why No Web Blackout For CISPA? Google It
By Robert Levine -- To understand why "the Internet community" isn't up in arms over the new cyber security bill, you have to follow the money...Google spends so much on lobbying that it's hard to celebrate with a straight face the people-power that supposedly slayed SOPA.
FanBridge: ‘Cause It's Not Easy Being Popular
By Mike Tuttle -- In a world where everyone has fans now, whether you're a bona fide celebrity, musician or artist - or even a business or corporation - fan management is a buzzword well worth learning. How do you keep up with fans? How do you engage them socially without leaving them hanging on stale Twitter feeds? And how do you convert a great fan base to actual album, book and product sales when the time is right?
Facebook IPO: The Mobile Problem
By Hayley Tsukayama -- The company has identified mobile as a concern in its initial public offer filings, saying that it would have to adjust its plans for generating revenue.
The Evolving Definition of Television
By John Paul Titlow -- Over time, the models, sizes and features evolved, but the basic meaning of the word "television" remained unchanged. That is, until recently.
Nielsen: Who's Still Using Dumbphones?
By Hayley Tsukayama -- The smartphone revolution is definitely here, but it's leaving some users behind. According to a Monday report from Nielsen that asked whether users were carrying smartphones or feature phones, minorities are more likely to adopt smartphones than whites, and women are slightly more likely to carry a smartphone than men.
Smartphones, Not Computers, Drive the Most Facebook Use: Report
By Alexandra Chang
Q&A: Getting Music Placed in Advertising
By James Aviaz -- After our recent post about getting music placed in video games, we had a bunch of requests to find out also about the same process for advertising. We spoke with James Alvich from MAS (Music and Strategy) who provides a full range of solutions for brands and advertising agencies including original composition, music supervision, licensing, talent procurement, and sponsorship packages.
Is Your Live Show Any Good? - Two Performance Tune-Ups with Tom Jackson
By Chris Robley
"Mad Men" Paid Record Price for Possible First Ever of Beatles Song for TV
By Roger Friedman -- It doesn't seem like a lot, but the producers of Mad Men may have paid a record price for a single master recording for a TV show...In order even to get the song, Sony/ATV Publishing had to get Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono to sign off on it. Unless some TV addict can challenge it, this is considered the first time a Beatles master recording has been approved for use on a regular TV series.
Jim McCrary Dies at 72; Photographer Shot Carole King 'Tapestry' Cover
By Valerie J. Nelson -- Jim McCrary was staff photographer for A&M Records, shooting more than 300 covers for groups including the Carpenters and the Flying Burrito Brothers...McCrary was on the verge of shooting one of his most famous images when he stopped to ask singer Carole King if the cat sleeping across the room could be part of the tableau...
Spotify Crop Circle Appears Near Stonehenge, Really
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- This is a new one.
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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