August 06, 2015

The ASCAP Daily Brief for August 6, 2015

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.

Making Copyright Work for Creative Upstarts
“Creative upstarts...” include “independent creators and producers who (a) are commercially-motivated; (b) operate largely outside the rubric of the mainstream commercial content industries; and (c) therefore lack the kind of copyright-related knowledge, resources, and capabilities that mainstream players take for granted.” [Thanks to the Copyright Alliance for the link.]

Rise of SoundExchange Shows the Growth of Digital Radio Royalties
By Ben Sisario -- For a sense of how quickly digital radio outlets like Pandora and SiriusXM have become a major source of revenue for the music industry (excluding songwriters), look no further than their royalty payments. [Antiquated consent decrees and a provision in the Copyright Law that prevents songwriters from presenting crucial evidence in court are used against songwriters to prevent them from fairly participating in the fruits of their labor. SoundExchange members, as it should be, have no such restrictions. SoundExchange members need songwriters and songwriters need SoundExchange members. We all deserve the right to be treated fairly! DK]

“Professor Whiteboard” Explains What’s Wrong With @BerkleeCollege Of Music Report

Beastie Boys’ Attorney’s Fee Award Will Likely Prompt Copyright Owners to Bring Their Copyright Claims to Court
By Justin Aida -- On June 15, 2015, a New York federal court ordered Monster Energy to pay the Beastie Boys $667,849.14 in attorney’s fees. This award comes after the Beastie Boys obtained a $1.7 million damages award in 2014 after Monster Energy ran a promotional video on its website that incorporated portions of five Beastie Boys songs without the Beastie Boys’ permission.

A Tribute To Another Unsung Hero Of The Music Business - The Artist Bio Writer - Fact Or Fiction?
By Larry Butler -- During my 20-year stint at Warner Bros. Records, I provided the extra set of eyes to many of the artist bio’s before they were unleashed on an unsuspecting industry and public. Usually I would get a chortle from reading them because I would already be privy to the real story and would be impressed with the ways in which the writers in the Publicity Department had reconstructed those facts into flowery prose.

Sync Licensing Explained: Read This Before Signing With A Music Library
By Jennifer Newman Sharpe, Esq. -- If you’re an independent artist, it’s very likely that you have been approached to sign a licensing agreement with a music library…Before signing with any kind of music library, here are 6 big points you should consider:

Native Instruments Launches DJ-Friendly Audio Format, Stems
By Si Truss -- New open, multi-channel audio files aim to make creative mixing easier

Music Business: The New Rules, But The Old Rules Still Apply
By Mike Vial -- musicians in their late teens and early 20s need advice about starting out, not only big picture ideas for those established. Here are 11 thoughts for the newbies:

7 Networking Tips for Introverted Musicians
By Jhoni Jackson

Music Blogs That Want Your Music
By Ditto -- Looking for ways to get your music heard by the right people? Included is a list of music blogs that actually want to hear from you!

Billy Sherrill, Country Producer Behind George Jones, Tammy Wynette & More, Dies at 78
By Chuck Dauphin -- Billy Sherrill -- the iconic Nashville record producer and executive whose style of production ushered in a sound described as "Countrypolitan" -- has died following a short illness. … Sherrill's production credits read like a "who's who" of music …

And, always to be remembered: Cilla Black and Lynn Anderson

Video: Here’s How That Nut Surfed on a Motorcycle
By Alex Davies

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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