January 09, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, January 9

The ASCAP Daily Brief

Cutting through the media clutter to bring you relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your livelihood.

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 Better Look at the Digital Pie
By Glenn Peoples -- Digital download sales were up in 2012 in the United States. Track sales set a record. Digital album sales set a record. In fact, sales were so healthy the gains nearly offset the decline in physical sales...So what does the U.S. digital market look like when subscription and performance revenues are added?

Facebook's Ime Archibong On 2013's Music Strategy, Timeline Grumbling
By Alex Pham -- It's been a hectic year for Facebook, which spent $1 billion buying Instagram in April, then raised $16 billion from its initial public offering a month later...Facebook manager of strategic partnerships Ime Archibong is the person most responsible for the social network's music and video strategy...Here then are his six answers to our commensurate questions.

Reading Between The Lines Google Tells The Truth On Ad Supported Piracy, Now Let Markets Do Their Work.
By The Trichordist -- The four read-between-the-lines admissions are as follows...

Indie Music Grabs 32.6% Of U.S. Album Sales In 2012
By Bruce Houghton

[Good article about the trials and tribulations of starting a small indie label. Word of caution: don't forget to pay the songwriters!]
UK: Simon Dunmore: Defected Founder On Surviving The Digital Music Revolution And His Guilty Pleasures
By Charlie Thomas -- Simon Dunmore founded Defected records, one of the UK's best known dance labels, with Ministry of Sound in 1999. Nearly 14 years on, he's seen off two recessions, the digital revolution and the threat of file sharing, and he shows no sign of stopping.

[I love the vinyl cartel.]
It's Official: Vinyl Sets Another Sales Record In 2012...
By Paul Resnikoff

Global Gadget Spending Projected to Hit $1.1 Trillion in 2013
By Chris O'Brien

Forget the Internet: Americans Still Glued to TV sets in 2012
By Neil McAllister -- Wasting time on the internet has become a popular concept in recent years, but even in 2012 nothing wasted time like the idiot box.

Hulu Achieved What the Networks Wanted. The Problem Was the Unlikely Success it Found Along the Way
By Sarah Lacy -- What a five-plus years it's been for a venture that never should have even been remotely interesting to begin with.

How MP3.com's Artist-Friendly IPO Apparently Changed the SEC
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- This is not earth-shattering news, but it's an interesting footnote to digital music history: An attempt to make the internet pay musicians apparently caused the Security and Exchange Commission to alter its rules for how many people can join an initial public offering.

The Tyranny of Choice
By Suzanne Spector -- So many choices amongst tech devices, and yet so few - once you choose your ecosystem...Mobile is now the tipping point for the rest of what you will buy. Or at least that's the picture that Apple, Google and Microsoft want to paint.

Creating Great Music on a Budget
By Jenny Beswick

How to Get Rejected in the Music Business
By Music Marketing [dot] com -- There are some things about the music business, or any creative profession, that are accepted by pros, but scare the hell out of amateurs. In fact, these things are so terrifying that they actually keep people from attaining "amateur" status.

Tom Kelly, Acclaimed Songwriter, Speaks on Writing "Like a Virgin" for Madonna
By Steve Rennie -- Back in the 1980s, Tom Kelly formed one half of a formidable songwriting tandem with Billy Steinberg. For several years running, they wrote #1 hit songs for artists like Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston, Heart, and Madonna.

All Robot Band Plays Motorhead
By Bobby Owsinski

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. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), the Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), the Country Music Association (CMA), the Academy of County Music (ACM), the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), and the California Copyright Conference (CCC). Click here to read his full bio

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