About the Author

Name: Mark Northam

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Bio: Mark Northam is a journalist, classically trained jazz pianist and film composer and writes for Film Music Magazine and RoyaltyWeek Magazine. He also manages the Film Music Network professional trade organization and teaches courses about the music business in Los Angeles and New York. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Taxation from The University of Houston.

Articles written by Mark Northam

FMM Exclusive Audio Interview: Bruce Broughton of the AMCL Talks About What Happened With the Teamsters and the Future of Composer Unionization

August 16, 2011

Film Music Magazine presents an exclusive audio interview featuring composer Bruce Broughton, chairperson of the Association of Media Composers and Lyricists, talking with Film Music Magazine publisher Mark Northam about what happened with composer unionization and the Teamsters, why the current unionization effort with the Teamsters was abandoned, and much more.

College Film Scoring Programs: Selling The Dream vs. Disclosing Reality

July 9, 2011

Mark Northam looks at college film scoring programs and how realistic they are about the business

A Composers Union? Let’s Walk Before We Run.

March 22, 2011

Mark Northam looks at what it will take to create a successful, effective composers union and some important first steps

Composers Guild of America Launched; Partners with WGA to Educate Writers about Hiring Composers

February 24, 2011

The launch of the Composers Guild of America (CGA), a new nonprofit music advocacy group, has been announced by the group’s founder, composer Alan Elliott. The group announced a successful presentation to the Writers Guild of America Show Runners Training program on February 5 to help educate television writers about how the composer hiring process works, how live musicians can be used in television productions, and how to successfully and cost effectively work with composers

The ASCAP Board Election: Less Selection, More Election Please

February 5, 2011

Mark Northam talks about ASCAP’s shameful election policies featuring handpicked “opponents” and incumbents who somehow always manage to win

Realistic Music Through Realistic Playing

January 13, 2011

Mark Northam looks at common orchestration traps that can pianists and keyboard players can find themselves in

ASCAP Creates New Petition Signature Policy; Still 1,000% Increase From Signature Requirement in 2002

October 28, 2010

After years of criticism, the ASCAP Board announced yesterday a new policy that “requests” the ASCAP Nominating Committee “give serious consideration” for inclusion on the Board of Election ballot to members who are able to gather the signatures of 250 voting members. However, the new policy represents a 1,000% increase from policy 8 years ago where only 25 signatures were required for a guaranteed spot on the ballot.

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ASCAP Election Petition Signature Requirement Jumps To 1,587 From Only 25 in 2002

ASCAP has announced that the number of signatures of voting ASCAP members necessary for independent candidates who wish to petition to be placed on the ballot for the upcoming Board of Directors election is 1,587, a huge increase from the 25 signatures necessary as recently at 2002.

ASCAP Loses Major Music Download Appeal Case; Blanket License Fee Calculation Remanded to District Court

The US Second District Court of Appeals has ruled against ASCAP in a landmark case involving internet companies RealNetworks and Yahoo that attempted to establish that music downloads constitute a public performance.

Film Composing: Crafting an Artist Product

Mark Northam talks about custom film scores as an artistic product and following our clients’ creative vision