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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!
Why Can't We Be Friends?
By Sandra Aistars -- I am committed to working towards an internet ecosystem that is sustainable for both culture and technology. One feeds the other, and they both rise and fall together...if we become entrenched in tech vs. culture camps we ultimately harm all of our causes.
How Can We Get Artists Paid On The Internet? A Chat With David Lowery
By Maria Bustillos -- Perhaps you've seen David Lowery's letter to Emily White, which lit up the internet last week. (My favorite headline in a response: Our Digital Innocence Just Died. And David Lowery Killed It...) Maria Bustillos of The Awl talked with Lowery about the piece and other issues relating to building a sustainable creative ecosystem in a digital age. [Intro by Terry Hart]
YouTube Piracy: Sponsored by Target, Netflix, Samsung, & Southwest Airlines...
By Paul Resnikoff
YouTube: How the New Boss Treats Indie Audit Rights
By Chris Castle -- "I looked, and looked, and looked and looked at your indie deal for an audit clause and I didn't find it. Is that because it's not there, or because I missed it?" Nope, it's not there.
YouTube: Indie Publishers Can Deal With YouTube Via The Harry Fox Agency. Audit Clause Included...
By Dean Kay --The National Music Publishers' Association ("NMPA"), The Harry Fox Agency ("HFA") and YouTube offer all independent music publishers (regardless of affiliation with NMPA or HFA) the opportunity to opt in to a direct license agreement with YouTube.
Verizon Wants Your Car on a Data Plan
By Bradley Berman -- You might see your car as a means of transportation or a reflection of your lifestyle. But Verizon views the automobile as a giant mobile data device on wheels.
[Very cool tool.]
The Future of Sheet Music Is an iPhone App
By Chuck Lawton -- TabToolkit, with its recent 2.0 release in the App store, is your one-stop shop for sheet music for popular music...Each song comes with the full complement of charts for the entire arrangement of a song, from guitar to piano, bass, strings, drums, vocals, harmonies, everything.
Hypebot Interviews Spotify's "Secret Weapon" - Artist In Residence, D.A. Wallach
By Hisham Dahud -- D.A. Wallach holds an undeniably unique position within the music business, being deeply involved on both ends of the spectrum. On one side, D.A. is an accomplished recording and performing musician as one half of the dynamic progressive rock group Chester French, while also being knee-deep in the digital side of things as an Artist in Residence at Spotify (or as Forbes calls him, Spotify's "secret weapon").
Interview: How ‘Band of the Day' Became Apple's Favorite Music App
By Denise Lu -- Many successful apps tend to encourage little bursts of activity, for when you're waiting for the bus, the doctor, the coffee, whatever. Maybe that's why Apple chose Band of the Day, a free iOS app that brings you one undiscovered, up-and-coming band each day, as its iPhone App of the Year Runner-Up of 2011, behind Instagram.
Facebook Shells Out $10m for Using Users Faces in Adverts (...but Not To Users)
By Anna Leach -- Facebook has settled a suit that could have seen it compensating 150 million people in the United States. Facebook will pay out $10m to charity to settle a class action lawsuit that challenged the social network for using punters' mugshots in adverts. [The attorneys also get $10m. Those whose mugs were used and whose rights were violated get nothing! DK]
3 Noise-Canceling Headphones Tested and Rated
By Wired Video
Five Not So Obvious Ways to Extend the Battery Life on Your Smartphone
By Marty Gabel
BUDAPEST: Conductor Adam Fischer: Wagner's Music like "Opium"
By Michael Roddy -- Trust a Hungarian Jewish conductor to look beyond Richard Wagner's notorious anti-semitism and infamous personal life to mount a Wagner festival on a tight budget that has become a magnet for Wagner lovers the world over.
The Most Popular Keys And Chords
By Bobby Owsinski -- I just read a most fascinating study of 1300 popular songs on the Hooktheory site that attempts to determine the most popular song keys and chords. This is what they found...
The Making Of Sgt. Pepper - Part 2
By Bobby Owsinski -- Here's part 2 of The Making of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper album, but this one has a lot more about the making of "Strawberry Fields," including some rarely heard demos. Listen to how fast it started out, as well as hidden rhythm section tracks, as well as the reason why the song didn't appear on the album.
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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