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Composers Could Learn A Lot From The Writers Guild

I have a lot of respect for the Writers Guild of America writers who went out on strike last week. While the strike has already shut down many shows and delayed the planned midseason start of others, composers could learn a lot from the writers. Form a union, or the next best thing. Composers, saddled […]

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The Business of Buyouts

August 29, 2007

The 2007 AFM Convention is over and the musicians’ union has re-elected the current President (Tom Lee). But the AFM President has a long way to go to heal the gaping chasm that has developed within the AFM between recording musicians, especially those in LA, and the rest of the union. There are major differences […]

Yes, We Can Talk

July 15, 2007

Last month’s historic meeting of the AFM President Tom Lee, AFM Local 47’s John Acosta and the New Era Scoring buyout reps in Los Angeles proved a very important point: once all the heated rhetoric, anonymous blog sniping and election fodder is removed from the AFM situation, there definitely is room for professionals to talk. […]

No More Free Music For U.S. Movie Theatres

May 30, 2007

The latest discussion by record industry about seeking performer’s royalties (royalties paid to labels and artists) from radio stations brings to mind a similar situation that composers in this country have to deal with – the blatant public for-profit use of film music while a legal “exception” prevents our collectives – ASCAP and BMI, specifically, […]

Film vs TV 2.0 and What It Means for Composers

May 21, 2007

We’re now fully into the season of the sequels, otherwise known as the summer movie season. And that’s got me thinking about film vs. television. Sequels of films are not all that unlike episodes of a hit television series, where the audience gets to know an ensemble of actors and looks forward to their next […]

Why So Few Agents?

May 7, 2007

I’ve been thinking this week about the severe shortage of film and television music agents. With so many composers in the business, admittedly an oversupply, and an expanding amount of programming that needs both licensed and original music and scoring, it seems to me that the professions of “composer agent” or “song licensing rep” would […]

The Real Victims of the AFM Civil War

April 24, 2007

This week’s actions at Local 47 are only the latest in a long-running battle between LA recording musicians and the AFM national administration. While the battle of whether the AFM should offer a buyout contract for recording work has raged on, the industry has chosen to move a large amount of recording work for low […]

To Buyout or Not To Buyout?

April 11, 2007

For years, LA recording musicians have been losing a major amount of film & TV recording work to other locales including Seattle and Europe for one primary reason: the AFM has refused to provide a buyout scale for companies that have chosen to record their music on a buyout (pay once, no future payments) basis. […]

Who’s Looking Out After Your Financial Interests?

March 26, 2007

As a good friend at one of the performing rights organizations (PROs – ASCAP, BMI and SESAC) mentioned this week, there is a great deal at stake over the next 18 months when it comes to music royalties. I believe that now, more than ever, as composers and songwriters it is incumbent upon all of […]

Why Does the ASCAP Board Not Want You To See Their Attendance Records?

October 15, 2006

That’s a very good question. As you can read in today’s Film Music Magazine news story, it has now been confirmed that the ASCAP Board of Directors voted down a proposal that would have let ASCAP members know the board meeting attendance records of the incumbent Board members at election time, so ASCAP members can […]