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ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and Free Music

While the old Napster involved lots of kids and students getting music without compensation paid to the writers and publishers, it’s quite a different situation when highly profitable companies such as television networks and radio stations are allowed to use huge amounts music legally and the writers and publishers of this music receive no share […]

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The Beginning of the End of Performance Royalties for Film & TV Music?

September 8, 2006

While the move to on-demand, downloadable film and television shows is great news for consumers, I’m afraid it may be the beginning of the end of the performing right for audiovisual works (that is, films and television shows) in favor of a mechanical-rights-dominated on-demand system as the world moves towards on-demand delivery of audiovisual products […]

We Need Some New (Independent) Faces on the ASCAP Board

September 4, 2006

I’ve come to the conclusion that instrumental composers need more and better representation on the ASCAP Board of Directors. The substandard royalty rates for instrumental and CPA music, the choice to not implement effective technology for tracking instrumental music on television, and the cowardly act by the ASCAP Board in drafting language that has virtually […]

Cinescore: The Director-Composer, Score Generating Software, and What it Means for Film & TV Composers

June 8, 2006

Is Sony’s new Cinescore software, marketed as being able to generate “fully composed music” for film and television, the beginning of the end for film and TV composers? No. But it should serve as a huge wake-up call about the importance of composers doing more than just “keeping up” with technology, and the fact that […]

ASCAP’s “I Create Music EXPO” – Avoiding the "hard" Questions?

June 4, 2006

While I was unable to attend ASCAP’s recent “I Create Music” expo held in Los Angeles recently due to my teaching schedule in NY and Boston, the glowing press releases from ASCAP certainly told the tale of an information-filled expo experience. Kudos to ASCAP for putting some of our royalty money into what appears to […]