April 03, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, April 3

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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.

Protecting Livelihood of Artists and Creators Fuels Local Economy
By Sandra Aistars -- There are 11 million artists and creators living and working across the U.S. They expand our horizons, help us understand ourselves and our communities, and entertain and enrich our lives. They also fuel local economies as taxpayers, small businesses and innovators...

Lets Play a Word Game
By Dominic Young -- Those who create and share should be able to expect a reward just as those who seek to protect their privacy expect to be able to prevent it being invaded. [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]

Yes, Google, You Have To Delist Rogue Sites
By Devlin Hartline -- Apparently, Google thinks it should be above the law. It hasn't explicitly said so, of course, but that's my takeaway from its protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act this past January. Specifically, Google thinks that it should be allowed to list rogue sites in its search results without any court having the power to order it to stop. Google's position strikes me as self-contradictory.

I'm an Artist Manager. And SoundExchange Definitely Isn't Screwing Me...
By Paul Resnikoff -- As for the Mafia-like tendencies alleged (against SoundExchange by SiriusXM)? That's pretty funny coming from Sirius since the license they've offered to indies includes a threat that anyone who doesn't sign up may not get played on Sirius in the future.

SiriusXM's Winning Niche Playlists
By Alex Pham -- The satellite service, which beat FM with its eclectic mix, aims to do the same with digital competitors (such as Pandora, Spotify, Slacker and Rhapsody). It all starts with cool programming and hot personalities.

Pandora Warns: We Will Not Be Profitable In 2012...
By Paul Resnikoff -- Is internet radio completely broken? It's getting harder not to ask that question: Pandora is one of the biggest streaming radio services on the planet, yet it's struggling to pay its royalty bills, it can't even enter the UK, and it can't convince Wall Street to take it seriously. And now, the company is telling Wall Street that it's unlikely to be profitable until at least early 2013 - that is, best case scenario.

Disruptions: Top 10 Lists Lead to Less Choice on the Web
By Nick Bilton -- "In some ways, the growth of the Internet has forced companies to create filters that help you locate and correlate things you need; lists are the perfect filter for that," said Matthew O. Jackson, an economist at Stanford who studies social networks and game theory. "But, being 11th on a top 10 list on the app store is a lot different than being 10th on that list."

British Gang Nets £500,000 in iTunes Royalties Scam
By Jane McEntegart -- Several members of a cyber crime ring that scammed iTunes out of hundreds of thousands of pounds have been jailed. The BBC reports that the 11-strong gang earned over £500,000 (more than $800,000) by purchasing their own music from iTunes with stolen credit cards.

What Wins in the New Radio Dashboard
By Mark Ramsey -- A huge proportion of radio listening happens on the mobile devices known as automobiles, especially during the aptly-titled "drive times." And there's considerable concern regarding the impact technology and new listening options will have on that listening as those new choices steadily make their way into cars.

Spotify Extends Free Unlimited Music. But Why?
By Alex Pham -- So the "honeymoon," as the company calls it, continues. That could mean one of two things...

10 Cool Things on Spotify's 'History of Music' Timeline
By Billboard Staff

New Ways to Think About Facebook Timeline for Bands
By Simon Tam -- The Facebook timeline requirement for pages has been looming for a while and now that it is a requirement, many artists have been wondering how to take advantage of the new features. Creating a niche marketing approach through a unique experience for your fans is the best way to grow your audience organically. Here are some of my tips...

The Song Machine
By John Seabrook -- The hitmakers behind Rihanna. [Thanks to Don Stewart for the link...and, no Don, we did not work together in a club in 1955...I was still in swaddling clothes at the time, which, I must admit, made getting a date for my first high school dance rather difficult. DK]

Program Your 808
By Rob Ricketts -- A series of informative posters detailing how some of the most notable drum sequences were programmed using the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine. [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]

Grammy Museum Show Reflects L.A. Music's Darker Side
The Associated Press -- "A lot of people, especially folks not from Los Angeles, might come in (to The Grammy Museum) thinking, 'OK, I'll learn about the Doors and I'm going to learn about the Beach Boys. Which you will," says Josh Kun, who curated the exhibit running through June 3. But there's also a much richer, more diverse and sometimes much darker view of Los Angeles that is reflected in its music during those years, and that is what Kun really set out to show.

The Craziest New Cutting-Edge Musical Tech Instruments
By Tom Davenport -- Musikmesse is Europe's premier annual music trade show, and tech companies were there in force last week to debut their latest kit...So what (music) gear was turning heads at Musikmesse this year?

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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