April 12, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, April 12

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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.

[Worth watching video to the end.]
You Hold the Power of Music
By Steve Grossman -- I hope you know the power you hold in your ability to create music. It changes lives. It enriches. Encourages. It awakens, as this video shows...Use your gift well.

Major Music Industry Groups Reach Historic Agreement on Royalty Rates and Standards
Press release -- Organizations representing the music publishers and songwriters, major record labels, digital music services and cellular phone companies today announced an agreement setting mechanical royalty rates and standards that supports a slate of new cutting-edge business models to help consumers access and enjoy music.

Other Ways to Think About the Copyright Debate
By Simon Tam -- I recently started a discussion on TED.com discussing Rob Reid's presentation, The$8 billion iPod, and a response that was posted by Ken Sanney. While my original intent was discuss the simplification of complex issues, people began some passionate arguments about piracy and copyrights.

YouTube Adds Pay-Per-View Option for Live Video Producers
By Adario Strange -- The low cost of equipment and relatively simple technology solutions available today allow almost anyone to set up their own mini video broadcast studio. But the missing piece for many video producers has been finding a way to monetize their efforts. Now YouTube has announced a few new features that will not only make live event streaming easier, but potentially more profitable...

TastemakerX: Faux Stock Exchange Game for Music Fans
By David Pescovitz

Webby Awards 2012 Music Nominees Are...
By Bruce Houghton

Ignoring Digital Copyright, Vietnamese Openly Use Stolen Products
By Vuong Long -- Providing digital content through technological devices is now in the heyday. However, copyright infringement remains a stinging issue...90 percent of digital content products provided on Internet are reportedly pirated, which is believed to cause the loss of billions of dong a day.

MUMBAI: Indian Music Industry Wins Battle Against Digital Piracy
By R. M. Vijayakar -- The Indian Music Industry, the umbrella organization of the music industry that is responsible for combating piracy in India, obtained mandatory injunction orders from the Calcutta High Court Mar. 15 directing 387 Internet service providers to block 104 music copyright-infringing Web sites within 36 hours.

Is That An Anti-Facebook Groundswell Out There?
By Haydn Shaughnessy -- The Facebook Instagram purchase has caused disquiet, no question. Does it signal a full-scale reaction that will diminish Facebook's valuation? Judging by some commentary, Facebook has now accumulated an irreversibly negative image.

Spotify's Play Button: Digital Music's Largest Marketing Funnel Just Got Bigger
By Mark Mulligan -- Spotify today announced its new ‘Spotify Play Button' feature. As Giga Om Pro's David Card Tweeted, it is "Spotify's 1st baby step towards 2-way platform syndication." In a nutshell the feature enables publishers to post embedded song stream links on their sites, thus adding music context to their stories.

8 Indicators That Your Mix Is Finished
By Bobby Owsinski -- So when is a mix considered finished? Here are some guidelines, courtesy of The Mixing Engineer's Handbook...

This Week's iTunes and App Charts
By Bruce Houghton

April 11, 1888: Concertgebouw, Home of Nearly Perfect Acoustics, Opens
By Tony Long -- The Concertgebouw, designed by Adolf Leonard van Gendt, is renowned above all else for its superb acoustics...

Eric Whitacre Premieres 'Virtual Choir' For Decca Execs at Lincoln Center
By Kerri Mason -- Choral music rock star Eric Whitacre premiered the third installment of his Virtual Choir project at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium on Monday night to a small but rapt group of industry professionals, fellow composers, and self-professed "Choir Geeks" - Whitacre's dedicated fans, many of whom had participated in the group-sing project.

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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