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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.
[A serious post from a serious musician. It ain't easy being talented! Even harder if what you create for a living is distributed by others without paying you.]
My Ever-Changing Career as a Musician
By Cameron Mizell -- Over the last 10 years the way I make a living has changed dramatically. I've never made a lot of money, but I've been able to make more each year despite the changes in the music industry and economy in general. Here's my method and what I've learned along the way.
[This is an interesting and valuable piece of work.]
Pro-Music's Global Guide To Music Services
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- After experiencing some confusion surrounding exactly which unlimited music services are available in Canada - in part because we don't live there - we decided to look for an authoritative resource that details which music services are available in the various regions of the world.
The Best And Brightest Music Industry Minds On Twitter [LIST]
By Hisham Dahud -- [All distilled to their essence for your reading and dancing pleasure by "The Dean's List" and the "ASCAP Daily Brief (powered by The Dean's List.)" DK]
Spaghetti Monster: The Plight Of Instant Playlists
By Kyle Bylin -- Listening to an instant playlist on Spotify is like eating spaghetti off the floor, because a majority of the songs it throws at you don't stick. What you're left with is a sloppily compiled playlist that tastes like linoleum...
Samsung Found to Infringe Most Apple Mobile Patents
By Joel Rosenblatt -- Apple Inc. won a jury verdict of more than $1.05 billion against Samsung Electronics Co. after a finding that Samsung infringed six of seven patents for mobile devices in the first lawsuit to go before a U.S. jury in a fight for dominance of the global smartphone market.
The Showdown for Your Car's Dash
By Peter Suciu -- Suddenly satellite radio is in a fierce fight with terrestrial radio for control of automakers' and consumers' attention. Question is, who can really win?
Apple Sets Its Sights On Radio With New Patent
By Jennifer Lane -- This week Apple was awarded a patent that appears to be a shot across the bow to streaming broadcasters.
Spotify Losses Up, Canadian and Asian Expansion Planned
App.net Tries to Be Alternative Network
By Benny Evangelista -- Twitter and Facebook, the two giants of social networking, have stepped up efforts to generate more advertising revenue to prove to investors that they can be profitable. But what if there was an alternative, ad-free social network that relied on other revenue streams, such as charging access to app developers or becoming a for-pay service?
How to Become an App Store Millionaire
By Peter Kafka
Feds Expand Domain Seizures to Mobile-App Pirate Sites
By David Kravets -- The U.S. government for the first time has seized internet domains of online sites accused of selling pirated mobile applications, in this instance, Android apps.
8 Reasons For A Bad Band Picture
By Bobby Owsinski -- [Don't miss the bad picture site at rockandrollconfidential link at the bottom of this article.]
How One Man Connects iPhones to Drumkits
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Most music apps are a matter of code, but every once in a while, someone tries to do something that only hardware can handle.
[There wasn't a time I DIDN'T stop by Colony Records when in New York - Greatest sheet music collection in the world.]
Music Shop Recognizes Somber Tune: Its Final Coda
By Aaron Edwards -- It is a given among regulars at Colony Records that a customer need only whistle, hum, or "la, la, la" a few bars of a tune for an employee to recognize it. Through the narrow corridors and battered shelves of the cozy store in the storied Brill Building in Times Square, a knowing worker will then peruse and (more often than not) find the sheet music, vinyl record or CD the person is looking for...
[Algorithms, machines and, now, minkeys (here and here) are sapping our humanity.]
Helium-Breathing Gibbons Sing Like Human Sopranos
By Tanya Lewis
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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