April 02, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, April 2

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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 are the messengers of humanity. Don't kill the messengers.

The Musician's POV: Occupy Artist Rights, Part 1
By Chris Whitten -- I'm an independent, self-employed musician...Yes, it's largely a labour of love, with some degree of personal satisfaction, and if you're one of the lucky ones, some financial reward. To co-opt the slogan of the recent Occupy movement, we are the 99%. The 99% of professional musicians who have more in common with ordinary workers than the rock stars portrayed by the media, frittering away their millions like 24-hour party people...

[Similar dynamics apply to music as well.]
Online Publishers Need an Edge
By Sweeting -- A key nugget from the Pew Center's annual State of the News Media report neatly captures a critical dynamic of the online content economy that makes it so confounding to content owners.

How Digital Technology Is Impacting Classical Music: Three Voices
By Richard Scheinin -- Slowly but surely, digital technology is leaving its mark on the world of classical music...We spoke with two well-known musicians and a production specialist about this digital sea change. Here, some artists discuss the digital evolution...

Google's Rapidly Spreading Dominance
By Chris Castle

Spotify Puts Over 1,000 Years of Music on Facebook Timeline
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Spotify's Facebook Timeline now includes over a thousand years of music, which you can listen to at your leisure, assuming you have the time.

Is Spotify the New Music Platform? Songkick Thinks So.
By Alex Pham -- Last year, when Spotify announced it would welcome music applications on its digital music streaming service, Songkick was among the first to sign on. The Songkick app clues Spotify listeners when their favorite bands will be in town and hooks them up with ticket vendors.

Timeline Remove: Disable Facebook Timeline, Restore Old Facebook Profiles
By Jared Moya -- Extension for the Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer Internet browsers does the unthinkable: removes the clunky Facebook Timeline feature and brings back the old classic Facebook profiles that many sorely miss...

Internet Radio Is Broken If It Needs To Charge Bands To Make Money
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Internet radio services are competing with every other ad-supported thing on the internet - in other words, practically every commercial service you encounter on the web or the app stores. Earbits thinks it has the answer: charging bands for the honor of having their music played on its stations...

VIDEO: Is the Digital Music Industry Getting Too Crowded?
Fox Business -- Jeff Hughes (CEO, Omnifone) discusses the future of the digital music industry.

Music Supervisor Profile: Michelle Kuznetsky
By Rollo & Grady -- We recently interviewed the extremely talented Michelle Kuznetsky. Over the past fifteen years, Michelle has handled music supervision responsibilities for both television and film.

VIDEO App Lets You Pay Pals by Bumping iPhones
By Michelle Maltais

Sales of Vinyl 45s Grew 99.6 Percent In 2011...
By Paul Resnikoff -- But wait, there's more! Because there also seems to be a resurgence in 78s, or 10" wax.

iPhone vs Burrito. Guess Who Wins?
By Om Malik -- Chipotle stock is up more than 470 percent over the past three years - a run that beats out even the impressive one Apple's stock has been on.

Start-up Prints Your Twitter Feed on Toilet Paper
By Salvador Rodriguez -- The next time you want to check Twitter when you're in the bathroom, you might not even need to bring your smartphone with you.

Dean Kay


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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