February 16, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, February 16

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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.

When CONSUMERS and CREATORS are happy
everyone in the middle will have gotten digital distribution right

Protecting Content and Promoting Innovation in the Digital World
By William Ruiz -- The Paley Center for Media hosted a discussion on Protecting Content and Promoting Innovation in the Digital World. Guest speakers included Richard Cotton, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of NBCUniversal, and Fred Wilson, venture capitalist and principal at Union Square Ventures.

I'm a Successful Artist. And Here's Why Things Have Never Been Worse...
By Paul Resnikoff -- In a talk at SF MusicTech Summit, Cracker and Camper van Beethoven founder David Lowery argued that near-zero investment and greediness from companies like Apple are making artists worse off than ever before, not better. The well-articulated argument, dubbed "Meet the New Boss, Worse Than the Old Boss," was also outlined on Facebook ahead of the talk. Here it is, in Lowery's words...

How Developers Are Shaping the Future of Music
By John Paul Titlow -- That the music industry has radically changed in the last decade is a serious understatement. Technology has altered everything from the creation of music to its distribution, upending retailers, studios and business models across the industry. But it's not all bad news. Music isn't dying so much as evolving, and the landscape is already beginning to look quite different.

Dear Tech Industry, It's Not Nice to Sell Your Customers (Or Their Kids)
By editoralpha

EMI's Neil Tinegate Details OpenEMI's Support for Indie Developers
By Clyde Smith -- I recently spoke with Neil Tinegate, EMI Music VP of Digital Projects about OpenEMI. OpenEMI is one of the best examples I've seen of a well-established corporate entity finding a direct connection to the innovative energy of startups.

Amazon's Digital Dilemma
By Eric Bleeker and Jeremy Phillips -- Eric and Jeremy look at why its in Amazon's best interest to keep building out its streaming service. Amazon has bet the house on a digital strategy, but the future of digital is highly uncertain. Consider that digital music grew just 8% last year while streaming music subscriptions grew 65%. Likewise, the future of other digital mediums like video are already showing signs of spending moving toward streaming services.

Here's a Breakdown of Every Dollar That Warner Music Group Makes...
By Paul Resnikoff

The Social Media Value of a Grammy
By Corey Zaloom -- Being data nerds, we realized that we couldn't just watch the Grammys without digging a little deeper into the question on FanBridge's mind...We looked at [the] biggest categories to figure out who showed the greatest lift in Facebook Likes, Twitter followers, and YouTube views (for song-oriented awards).

Bob Weir: Why MP3 Music Is An Assault On Your Nervous System
By Andrew Keen -- Bob Weir talked to me about why information doesn't really want to be free and how even musicians need to make a living. Most of all, though, Weir talked to me about the decline of quality standards in the digital music industry. MP3 music, he explained, is an "assault on our nervous system." While even CDs sound dreadful, he insisted...

Three Steps on How to Become a Record Producer
By Emerson Maningo

AutoMello Turns Random Audio Files into a Musical Instrument
By Connor McKnight -- Every sound you hear, from chirping birds to that horrible jackhammer, has a pitch. Wouldn't it be great if someone made software that could take all that stuff and let you play it like an instrument?

UK: Megastar Personalities Are Intellectual Property in Draft Law
By Out-Law.com -- The Guernsey Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has opened a public consultation on draft laws that would for the first time anywhere in the world allow celebrities to register their personality rights as a form of intellectual property.

If Your Music Career Was Like a Food Cart
By Simon Tam -- Picture yourself as a chef who wants to make a living doing what they love for a living: cooking. Not much unlike the music industry isn't it? Musicians who want to take some of the initial steps of their career should go through many of the same steps: they have to think about funding, locations (venues, tour locations), how to get exposure, etc. However, there are some basic business principles that we can see about other industries that we're sometimes completely blind to in our own.

Shakira Attacked by Seal Who Mistook Blackberry for a 'Fish'
By Anna Leach

Van Gogh's Starry Night Modded into Beautiful Interactive Light and Sound Show (Video)
By Daniel Cooper -- [Video is second visual in this article.]

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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