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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!
Music: Quality Is A Moving Target
By Bobby Owsinski -- Music is something that you can't touch, but it can touch you. It's all about how it speaks to you and makes you feel. It might be a hook, an arrangement, a melody or lyric that has that special spark that only you hear, even if the rest of the world doesn't. It's your special connection that takes you to another dimension that maybe only you can get to...
The Bad Science And Greed Behind The "Intellectual Property Inhibits Innovation" Argument. Part 2.
By David Lowery -- For some time now the web/technology lobby has been arguing that copyright and other forms of intellectual property rights are stifling innovation. And if you don't actually think about it you might agree...But is this really true?
[Go here if you missed part 1.]
[If Bad Science and Greed have their way with ACTA as they did with SOPA and PIPA...Creators and consumers will have lost...again.]
Unprecedented Vote: EU Parliament Trade Committee Rejects ACTA
By Monika Ermert
[After trampling the human rights of creators...]
Pirate Bay Founders Appeal to EC to Save Them from Swedish Justice
By Kelly Fiveash -- Two founders of notorious BitTorrent search website, The Pirate Bay, are bidding to get an earlier Swedish court verdict overturned at the European Court of Human Rights.(!)
Selling More Than 100 Downloads a Year? Then Consider Yourself Very Lucky...
By Paul Resnikoff -- Did you sell more than 100 downloads last year? How about more than 1? We spent the morning compiling some statistics related to paid downloads, specifically from 2011, and found some stunningly-lopsided figures.
Old Media Keeps Seducing Startup Kids
By Ryan Tate -- What ever happened to the idea that the web was going to leave old media in the dust?
Pandora Faces Rivals for Ears and Ads
By Ben Sisario -- Pandora Media, with more than 150 million users, is perhaps the biggest name in digital music, apart from Apple's iTunes. The question, as a clutch of new competitors arrives, is whether it can hold on to that dominance.
Asia's Digital Divide Poses Challenge for Music Industry
By David Watkins -- Technology is the new rock 'n' roll as smartphones and digital services transform the music industry. But for those companies helping change the way music is consumed, Asia presents big hurdles.
How to Write a Hit Song
By Professor Jimmy Kachulis -- [Well, there you have it...you now have no excuse if every one of the songs you write isn't a smash. - DK]
[So much to do and so little time.]
Learn to Play the Ocarina on Your iPhone
By Brenna Ehrlich
June 21, 1948: Columbia's Microgroove LP Makes Albums Sound Good
By Scott Thill -- 1948: Columbia Records puts the needle down on history's first successful microgroove plastic, 12-inch, 33-1/3 LPs in New York, sparking a music-industry standard so strong that the digital age has yet to kill it.
Interviews with Icons Donated to Library of Congress
By Sandra Aistars -- This week, the Library of Congress announced that retired music industry executive Joe Smith has donated over 200 hours of candid interviews with music's biggest names...To hear more about the collection from the curator himself, watch this clip from CBS Evening News.
[There would be no music without pizza!]
VIDEO: America Revealed: Pizza Delivery
The Making Of Sgt. Pepper's - Part 1
By Bobby Owsinski -- Here's a great excerpt from the British South Bank Show on the making of The Beatles seminal Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album. I don't know if there's anything new here but there's a lot of vintage 60s footage that's pretty cool. The best part for me is their description of touring and why they stopped.
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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