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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: Fight For Your Right to Make The World A Better Place!
Musicians POV: 1,000 True Fans (An Answer)
By Robert Rich -- I agree wholeheartedly that new technologies have opened the door for artists like me to survive. But it's a constant struggle. The sort of artist who survives at the long tail is the sort who would be happy doing nothing else, who willingly sacrifices security and comfort for the chance to communicate something meaningful, hoping to catch the attention of those few in the world who seek what they also find meaningful.
I Run An Indie Music Site. And Yes, I'm Totally Disillusioned With Digital...
By Paul Resnikoff -- If there was ever someone who wanted the internet and digital music to be a gold rush for good bands and good music it was me...But the success stories are few and far between. And it gets tough trying to defend stories that show 99.9 percent of independent bands aren't making minimum wage...
How I Earned My Place in the Music Business: 6 Insights For Breaking In
By Hisham Dahud -- For you aspiring industry professionals, I hope that my story and insights can help you get a clearer sense of where you are in your pursuits, as well as provide you with motivation and inspiration to help you advance your own career.
The Struggles of Self-Managed Artists
By Christine Infanger -- Artists are realizing now, more than ever before, that they must be aware of the business side of their careers in order to sustain the creative side.
Musicians: Learn The Power Of The Pivot
By Hisham Dahud -- As a musician, it is vital that you listen to your audience as much as you'd like them to listen to you.
Taking It To The Streets - Busking Tips From Veteran Street Performers
By Michael Gallant -- Busking - a.k.a. street performing - an be a great way to hone your performance skills, bring your music to fresh ears, promote your shows and CDs, and earn some cash at the same time. But there are barriers to overcome, including knowing the law and overcoming the fear of performing in such an intimate and unfamiliar setting.
The Internet Underground Music Archive (IUMA) Is Back
By Janko Roettgers -- IUMA was the Internet's original hosting service for licensed music downloads. Launched in 1993, it not only predated MP3.com as a service where musicians could upload their own songs, but actually came before the MP3 format and most of the web itself. But the site also struggled to pioneer a business model for online music, and eventually shut down in 2006, with hundreds of thoudsands of songs going offline - until now.
Yandex Bets on iPhone to Get Russia Paying for Music
By Bobbie Johnson
Samsung's Premium Music Hub Takes on Spotify, Pandora, iTunes/iCloud
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- One year ago this week, we wrote about a company called mSpot and its quest to dethrone music service titans like Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes/iCloud by combining everything they all do into one unique package. Samsung acquired mSpot earlier this month, and already, we're seeing what the electronics giant has planned for its acquisition.
How the Weinsteins Beat 'Soul Man' Singer Sam Moore in an Important Lawsuit
By Eriq Gardner -- Publicity rights, trademarks, libel, unfair competition...a suit over the 2008 film Soul Men had it all. Ultimately, the film studio beat the musician in a nasty fight with big implications for Hollywood...
Rock Yourself To Sleep With Bedphones
By Mike Tuttle -- ...everything has gotten complicated. The spouse doesn't want to go to sleep listening to "Shine On You Crazy Diamond." That means headphones. But ‘phones are too bulky, even the ear buds. What's a committed audiophile to do?
Minting Music: How to Setup a DIY Recording Studio on Your Computer
By Louie Herr
Folk Musician Doc Watson Dies in NC Hospital at 89
By AP -- Doc Watson, the blind Grammy-award winning folk musician whose mountain-rooted sound was embraced by generations and whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world, died Tuesday at a North Carolina hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman and his manager. He was 89.
VIDEO: Synths Versus Real Primates: So Easy, a Monkey Can Play Them? A Zoo Finds Out.
By Peter Kirn -- Composer and Swedish dance music maestro Håkan Libdo has been a constant source of experimentation. But his latest project yields zoo-like new adventurousness. Six species of monkeys are equipped with synthesizers to test the question of whether playing a synth is really playing music - or if it's so simple, a monkey can do it.
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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