March 02, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, March 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 and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.

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

VIDEO: Cary Sherman: The RIAA Needs To Give Music Consumers What They Want
By Andrew Keen -- So has the Internet been the best or the worst of things for the music industry? And this all important question - the real impact of the Internet economy on both musicians and music consumers - is one that I asked Cary Sherman, the Washington DC based CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)....Sherman, of course, isn't the most popular fellow on the Internet. But, as is so often the case with controversial public figures, the actual guy turns out to be more interesting than the way he is often parodied.

So Apparently, We Are Generation C
By Jason Oberholtzer -- According to Nielsen and NM Incite's U.S. Digital Consumer Report, my generation has picked up a new name, Generation C. Hooray. Born "sometime between the launch of the VCR and the commercialization of the Internet," the generation (which now comprises 18-34 year olds) makes up 23 percent of the U.S. population...

MusicTank Streaming Music Debate: Many Supporters, Some Detractors, and an Awful Lot of Unrealised Potential.

If There Was Ever a Reason to Question Your Facebook Dependency...
By Paul Resnikoff -- Facebook can - and will - change the rules on you overnight, often with little or no advance warning. These could be annoying alterations, excellent enhancements, or dramatic shifts that could utterly shock your business model.

Forget $3B In Revenue: Things "Don't Look Good" For Facebook
By Dave Copeland -- Evidence is quickly mounting that Facebook's initial public offering will not be the big boost the social media sector needs as Silicon Valley companies try to prove to Wall Street they can grow revenues.

What Happens Next If Spotify Goes Public?
By Robert Andrews -- Record labels' equity in Spotify has allowed the music subscription service to start and to flourish. But, if the company decides to file for IPO, their ownership could also be an added source of tension between labels and artists who already feel underpaid by the company.

Study: Consumers Overwhelmingly Prefer Ownership Because of the 'Security'
By Paul Resnikoff -- According to a UK-based study just presented by eMusic and the Association of Independent Music (AIM), a massive 80 percent of British consumers still buy physical stuff like CDs and vinyl. And, one of the top reasons is the security that ownership offers.

Fans identify DJs as One of AM/FM's "Big Advantages" Over Web Radio
By Michael Schmitt -- What keeps Country radio fans listening to AM/FM stations? "Live, local DJs are one of the big advantages that radio has over Internet and satellite outlets...

360 Deals and the Talent Agencies Act
By Chris Castle -- We've been banging the table about the changing scope of the term recording artist agreement and the various state laws that regulate talent agents for about 10 years now. Erin Jacobson's excellent article "360 Deals and the California Talent Agencies Act: Are Record Labels Procuring Employment" published in the ABA Entertainment & Sports Lawyer is a must-read for anyone who practices in this area.

PARIS: Interpol Says Suspected Anonymous Hackers Arrested
By Greg Keller

Google Music Not Living Up To Expectations
By Greg Sandoval -- Google Music was supposed to have an inside track marketing music to the 200 million Android users, but performance so far is not what was expected.

INFOGRAPHIC: Are You Contributing To Internet Addiction?
By Bruce Houghton -- If you check your social stats more than a couple of times a day, you might be addicted to the internet. In fact, as music marketers some of you are contributing to the addiciton of others.

Cameo: Your Life As A Real-Time Music Video
By Jessica Amason -- Ever had a transcendent show experience? You know the kind. That moment when your favorite band is playing your favorite song, your friends and the entire venue are singing along and suddenly it's like you're watching a movie of your life. Most of us save a stub or snap a few blurry pics as a reminder of these scenes. But what if we could share the actual moment as we experienced it? This is the inspiration behind the new video app, Cameo.

Wired World to Be Boon, Bane for Generation Y: Survey
By Ian Simpson -- There is a good chance young people growing up in today's always-wired world will eventually become bright, nimble decision makers - if they don't wind up intellectual lightweights unable to concentrate long enough to chew over a good book.

The Evolution of the Single, 1977-2012...
By Paul Resnikoff

Monkees' Heartthrob Davy Jones Dies in Fla.
By John Rogers -- Before there was MTV, before "American Idol" made overnight stars of people you never heard of, there was "The Monkees," a band fronted by a diminutive singer named Davy Jones who was so boyishly good looking that teenage girls swooned the first time they ever saw him.

Steve Purdham: 'Music Is So Powerful a Song Can Chemically Change People'
By Josh Halliday -- "Music is so powerful that just taking an individual song does chemically change people," he says. "That's what DJing showed me: if you listen to the emotion of the audience, you can change their state. What I do now is let people listen to music in a way that can affect their lives."

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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