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ASCAP Presents “Adventurous Programming” Awards To Orchestras

June 14, 2011

ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) joined the League of American Orchestras in presenting 26 awards to orchestras who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to contemporary composers at a special Awards Presentation held today during the League’s 66th National Conference in Minneapolis.

AFM, AFL-CIO Taking Aim at Employer Bankruptcy Tactics

June 14, 2011

In light of the recent wave of orchestra bankruptcies, the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) has obtained a grant from the AFL-CIO to engage legal counsel to assist and represent locals in bankruptcy matters.

Rock Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Kris Bell Secures Licensing Deal With Fox and Discovery Networks

June 14, 2011

Rock guitarist/singer/songwriter Kris Bell has secured licensing of his album, “Turn it On, Turn it Up” on Fox and Discovery networks in addition to his previous licensing with MTV.

Film Music Magazine Invites Submissions For New ComposerStudios.com Website

May 29, 2011

Film Music Magazine has announced the upcoming launch of ComposerStudios.com, a new website highlighting the technology and tools used by composers, and is inviting submissions by composers of their studios. The new website will feature photos and descriptions of the technology, hardware and software used in the studios of film, television and video game composers.

William Morris Endeavor Hires GSA’s Newman and Launches Composer Division; Signs Hans Zimmer, David Newman and Paul Williams

May 23, 2011

William Morris Endeavor (WME), one of the top talent agencies in Hollywood, has hired Amos Newman from the Gorfaine-Schwartz agency (GSA) and launched a composer division, taking Hans Zimmer from GSA and David Newman in the first weeks of operation. WME has also reportedly signed ASCAP president Paul Williams.

GameSoundCon 2011 LA To Be Presented June 6

May 23, 2011

GameSoundCon 2011 LA is a full day symposium for composers, sound designers, recording professionals and others who want to learn what it takes to be successful in the growing video game industry. Learn the technical and creative challenges of music and sound for games that they don’t teach in music school from the leaders and shapers of game audio.

EMI Pulls Digital Rights From ASCAP In Radical Plan To Streamline Licensing

May 23, 2011

In a radical shift, EMI Music Publishing has announced that it is taking back the responsibility for licensing digital rights in North American from ASCAP. The performance rights society will continue to license EMI’s performance rights for traditional media services, including television and radio stations.

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