March 15, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, March 15

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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.

Try making a record - or expanding the Internet - without a song!

If You Only Added Value: More Self-Serving From Apologists for Tech Oligarchs
By Chris Castle -- We have heard this trope before. "If only the artist provided something of value-besides the music." Because the music is of no value because it is "free" - that is, it has no value because it is widely stolen and has become devalued, so the artist now has to "add value" to the music...such as by offering a T-shirt. [Maybe we should charge for the medical benefits music provides: "How Music Affects Us and Promotes Health." - DK]

UK Kids' Art Project Is 'Biggest Copyright Blag Ever' - Photographer
By Andrew Orlowski -- Face Britain, a world-record breaking attempt supported by the Prince Charles's Foundation for Children and the Arts, has gathered some 70,000 self portraits from youngsters since it was launched. But the children are required to surrender "all intellectual property rights" when they upload their handmade images.

Billboard Hot 100 Now Counts On-Demand Streams
By Alex Pham

ASCAP Distributes $2.2 Million in ASCAP Plus Cash Awards
Press Release -- For over 50 years, the ASCAP Plus Awards program has recognized writer members each year for substantial performance activity in media and venues that are not included in performance surveys, or whose works have unique prestige value...More than 4,200 songwriter and composer members of ASCAP received Plus Awards in their January 2012 disbursement.

Spotify Royalty Payouts Near $250 Million, Launches In Germany
By Bruce Houghton

Google's Entertainment Strategy Is in Disarray
By Greg Sandoval -- Google Music no longer exists as a standalone service. Google TV was an embarrassment. YouTube may lose music videos next year. Sources say not everybody at YouTube and Android is pulling in the same direction. Google can't seem to get the hang of selling music and movies over the Internet - a goal that has similarly befuddled Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo, and others.

SXSW's Plunge Towards Total Industry Uselessness...
By Paul Resnikoff -- Outside of some serious high-fliers and well-known artists, SXSW has longsince jumped some overcrowded shark of uselessness. And even worse, devolved into this expensive party with mixed business results, at best. Because this is more a vacation than anything else, and for many, a horrible place to get stuff done. Or, get noticed at all.

First Impressions Count. The Importance Of Brand For Your Band
By Mark Knight -- Without doubt, the biggest challenge any new band or artist faces is getting their music heard. So it's important you give yourself the very best chance of cutting through. Sadly, just having great music is not enough. Bands frequently spend months writing and recording new material and then rush it out before considering the importance of presentation or brand.

10 Top Tips For Contacting Music Websites
By Andy Parker -- Music websites and magazines receive ridiculous amounts of emails from bands looking to get journalists to write about their band! Therefore, if you are unable to afford big money bribes, then you need to follow these simple guidelines for contacting music websites to improve your chances of being featured.

How P.R. Pros Keep Their High-Profile Clients Out Of Trouble On Twitter
By Dave Copeland.

This Is What the Music Section Now Looks Like at Walmart...
By Paul Resnikoff

VIDEOS: Top 15 Covers of James Brown's, "It's A Man's Man's Man's World"
By Julia

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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