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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.
Artists/Songwriters: Be The Change, Send A Comment!
By Chris Castle...the White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel has issued a call to the public to file comments with her office about the US intellectual property laws. If you care about artist rights, this is a good time to tell Victoria Espinel what you think...[Deadline: August 10th. Access to web form for your comments included with article.]
Web Giants Bag Former US Gov Advisor to Head up Lobbying Group
The Web Will Be WHATEVER WE WANT IT TO BE
By Brid-Aine Parnell -- Tech heavyweights have clubbed together to fight Washington policies they don't like with the launch of a new lobbying group called the Internet Association, which is calling itself the "unified voice of the internet economy".
Eyesight to the Willfully Blind: Five Things ISPs Can Do Today to Stop Ripping Off Artists
By The Trichordist -- Here's a few ideas for ISPs-but it starts with a basic suggestion. Go to the mirror. However you want to try to slither out of responsibility...take a good look at your lying face and ask yourself if you are proud of what you are doing.
How Technology Is Totally Amplifying Fame...
By Paul Resnikoff -- ...the "off switch" on fame has been ripped out of its socket, and it's a serious problem for some musicians.
The Young And The Digitally Restless
By Michael San Pascual -- ...the young and the digital are a tough crowd to please, but the music industry has finally put its thinking cap on. The complexities of modern music listeners are becoming clear, and many efforts have been made to accommodate them.
Digital Notes: Spotify Reveals Some Numbers, But Hides Much More
By Ben Sisario -- Spotify arrived in the United States a year ago this month, and to note the occasion it sent subscribers an infographic with some intriguing numbers. But the most important figures are the ones it doesn't release.
[A billion is the new million! DK]
We're an Indie Band. And This Is What Spotify, Deezer, & Grooveshark Are Paying Us...
By Paul Resnikoff
7 Essential Apps for Entrepreneurs
By Rieva Lesonsky
Five Kickstarter Projects Slammed With Success
By David Downs -- Kickstarter can be a blessing to artists and entrepreneurs - sometimes too much of a blessing. Earlier this year, a slew of crowd-funded projects received money that was an order of magnitude more than requested. Such windfalls can turn a dream into a nightmare...
How Crucial Is the Celebrity Effect for Start-Ups?
By Jenna Wortham -- These days, if you want to stand out among the hundreds of mobile-social-local-global applications and services competing for users' attention, it is no longer enough to get tech types to champion your service. You need someone with star power.
Popkomm Convention Calls It Quits After 23 Years
By Bruce Houghton -- Popkomm, the annual music convention held in Germany for 23 years, will not be making a return...as the music industry underwent retrenchment in the face of technology, Popkomm had trouble maintaining revenue. [Oh, it's that money thingy again...why can't the music business get over it's dependence on a positive cash flow?]
The Music Has Died On 48th Street
By Bobby Owsinski -- Any musician from the 60s through the 90s knew of 48th street between 6th and 7th Avenue (NYC) was a mecca for music stores...If you had gear lust, like every musician has, this was the place to either go to or stay away from.
Online Street Teams: How to Motivate Fans To Spread The Word For You
By Moses Soyoola -- In the digital age, artists fight an uphill battle against obscurity as they attempt to cut through the noise and be heard.
Critical Tech for Musicians to Take on the Road
By Cameron Tyler -- Traveling typically leads to great observations, ideas and encounters, and with today's technology, they can be recorded and shared with those far away.
In Sweden, Taking File Sharing to Heart. And to Church
By John Tagliabue -- A Swedish government agency has registered as a bona fide religion a church whose central dogma is that file sharing is sacred.
[This is seriously cool. Hope it isn't overrun by terabytes of twaddle.]
Fandalism: Finally A Social Network That Works For Musicians
By Hisham Dahud -- Anyone who has ever been in a band knows exactly how frustrating it can be to find the right band mates...San Francisco-based serial entrepreneur, computer programmer and drummer Philip Kaplan, or "Pud" as he goes by, has a storied history of developing creative and useful web products...[He] recognized the fallacies of searching for a band mate using Craigslist and decided to build a database and community where musicians can find their creative soul mates, or maybe just find a local jam buddy. The end result is what he feels to be his most passionate web creation yet - Fandalism.
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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