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

Mass. AFM Local Pres Says AFM Visa Approval Fees Should Be Used To Rescue Music Performance Trust Fund

March 3, 2010

AFM Local 143 (Worcester, Mass.) President Ed Shamgochian has proposed that fees collected by the AFM to process visa approval letters for visiting foreign orchestras be used to rescue the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) which the fund trustee says may fail in a matter of months without additional funding

To ASCAP’s Paul Williams: We’re Not All Songwriters

February 18, 2010

Mark Northam wonders why score composers got overlooked by ASCAP’s Paul Williams in a recent national editorial

Ten Ways The iPad Could Enhance The Film Scoring Process

January 29, 2010

Mark Northam explores how the new Apple iPad could enhance the creative process of film scoring

Broadcasters Sue BMI For Expanded Direct Licensing, Lower License Fees and Access to Cue Sheets

January 27, 2010

The owners of approximately 1,200 local television stations, citing a “massive reduction” in audience size, have sued performing rights society BMI in rate court, asking the Court to set “reasonable fees and terms” for the use of BMI music in television programming, grant broadcasters access to cue sheets, and add a provision to the blanket license that could greatly expand the practice of direct licensing music from copyright owners, avoiding performing rights societies

The New Film Music Paradigm: Free Composers, Free Orchestras, What’s Next?

January 20, 2010

Mark Northam talks about scarcity, oversupply, the new film music paradigm, and handling evolution.

Be The Solution, Not The Problem!

January 14, 2010

Mark Northam talks about how we each can address the challenges of the composing industry today

BMI Sues T-Mobile For Copyright Infringement Over Ringback Tones

January 14, 2010

Performing rights society BMI has accused wireless carrier T-Mobile of copyright infringement and encouraging its subscribers to commit copyright infringement in a federal lawsuit regarding ringback tones, the music that is heard by callers while a call to a T-mobile subscriber is being connected

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Thanks ASCAP, But Do We Really Need More Concert Composers Competing For Films?

Mark Northam wonders why ASCAP urges more concert composers to compete with film composers

Ghostwriting and The Composers Union

Mark Northam looks at ghostwriting and how a composers union could reform this abusive practice

Industry Spotlight: Composer and SCOREcastOnline Founder DEANE OGDEN

Film Music Magazine interviews Deane Ogden, composer and founder of the SCOREcastOnline interactive community