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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.
Tech companies have made billions supporting the illegal exploitation of our cultural past
while ruthlessly pursuing the dismantling of incentives creators need to fashion our cultural future.
Dear Kim Dotcom
By Copyright Alliance -- The following guest post from independent filmmaker Ellen Seidler is a rebuttal to Kim Dotcom's letter to Hollywood that appeared in The Hollywood Reporter..."With all due respect, you [Kim Dotcom] just don't get it. Creators are not frightened by the Internet, far from it...We wholeheartedly embrace it."
Uh-Oh: Music Financing Is Down 37 Percent On the Year...
By Paul Resnikoff
Viacom Top Lawyer Michael Fricklas on Piracy, YouTube and His Toughest Decisions (Q&A)
By Eriq Gardner -- The recipient of THR's Raising the Bar award talks about the big decision in the YouTube case, his "friend" running Google's legal department and what Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have in common with one "Jack Ass."
Thousands of YouTube Partners Now Make Six Figures a Year
By Janko Roettgers -- Google has been increasingly investing into programming on YouTube. The site unveiled a premium channel initiative late last year that included a reported $100 million in advances both for YouTube stars and traditional media brands who took their assets to YouTube as a result.
The Fan Haystack: New Technologies Sift For Needles
By Alex Hoffman -- Considering the data overload facing today's listening platforms (i.e. Pandora streaming 1.6 billion hours of music during Q1 this year), it's no surprise that even top fans are often resigned to feeling like the proverbial needle in a haystack.
We Are Hunted Founder On Spotify App & Music Discovery [INTERVIEW]
By Tyler Hayes with Stephen Phillips
Radio.SC Turns SoundCloud Users into Radio Stations
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- SoundCloud was originally designed to help musicians send songs (or bits of songs) to each other and their "people" within the industry. Maybe that's why it still has so many users who seem to be either professionally, semi-professionally, or just obsessively involved with music...
How Kickstarter Could Disrupt Public Radio
By Janko Roettgers -- This week, public radio's Blank on Blank successfully raised more than $11,000 in funding on Kickstarter. It's not the only radio show looking to crowdfunding as a new way to connect to its audience, and it could foreshadow huge disruptions for public radio.
Flood of Online Media Leads to Niche ‘Listening Platforms'
By Jeff John Roberts -- To keep tabs on clients and competitors, many businesses rely on a handful of Google alerts and Twitter feeds. But this is becoming harder as the digital din - in the form of social media, blogs and news sites - grows ever louder. This has led to the emergence of "listening platforms" such as Radian6...
Brain Shift Radio Controls Mood with Music - Is It Awesome or Creepy?
By Benjamin Naddaff-Hafrey
Tales Of A Hitless Wonder: A Band, A Van & 20 Years In Music's Minor League
By Clyde Smith
Training Musical Athletes How to Stay Healthy
By Laura Pedrick -- Like a coach teaching a gymnast how to land gracefully, the pianist Edna Golandsky leaned over the piano during a recent seminar at Princeton University to adjust hand positions and to tweak fingerings, enabling her students to navigate an obstacle course of trills, broken octaves, awkward leaps and rapid-fire passages safely.
Stephen Covey's 7 Habits & Your Music Career
By Clyde Smith -- Stephen Covey passed away earlier this week. For me, like countless others in this world, his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People had a profound affect on my development as an individual, success in business, and also in creating lasting personal relationships.
Music Lovers Get Their Groove Back at Little Big Store in Miss.
By Jimmie E. Gates -- In an age of digital downloads, there is a place that celebrates the older grooves of our lives. Entering the Little Big Store on Main Street in Raymond is like going back in history to find the music and memorabilia of yesteryear.
Internet Votes to Send Rapper Pitbull to Alaska Walmart
By Suzan Clarke -- The rapper was part of a promotion with the retail giant in which he would visit the Walmart with the most "likes" on its Facebook page, but when a writer for The Boston Phoenix newspaper suggested it would be funny to send Pitbull to the most remote Walmart possible, people rallied to the cause.
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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