Author: Mark Northam

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The ASCAP Board Election: Less Selection, More Election Please

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

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Realistic Music Through Realistic Playing

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

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

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.

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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.

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Film Composing: Crafting an Artist Product

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

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DMX Wins Major Direct Licensing Royalties Case; May Fundamentally Change Performance Royalty Landscape

A court decision this week may fundamentally change how composers, songwriters and publishers are paid royalties for public performances of their music, as the precedent created has laid the groundwork to shift many more music performances out of the hands of ASCAP, BMI and SESAC and into direct license deals with publishers and writers

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The Myth of the “Working Composer”

Mark Northam explores the evolution of the “working composer” today and how some in Hollywood just can’t accept the new reality

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ASCAP’s New Online Cue Sheet Access Is A Winner

In a very positive move for composers, ASCAP rolled out their online cue sheet sheet access program this week and it’s a winner

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FMM Survey Results: Strong Support For Unionization, Benefits and Workplace Improvements, Questions About Teamsters

An industry survey conducted by Film Music Magazine from May 24 through June 10 shows strong industry support for forming a composers union that provides benefits and workplace condition improvements, but raises significant questions about whether composers believe they should affiliate with the Teamsters as the AMCL unionizing group is attempting

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The AMCL: Our Way Or The Highway?

Mark Northam explores more issues concerning the AMCL group attempting to form a composers union

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The Composers Union: Time For Transparency

Mark Northam talks about why the composers union must be transparent and representative of composers at different levels of the industry

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AFTRA and AFM Unions Endorse New Teamsters Composers Union Efforts

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists [AFTRA] which represents vocalists and the American Federation of Musicians [AFM] which represents musicians have jointly endorsed the new composers union being organized with the Teamsters

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Italian Publishing Group Launches Have A Sync Music Licensing Service

Italian music publisher Bixio Publishing Group has launched HaveASync (http://www.haveasync.com), a new online music licensing service

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Lennie Moore Launches SkyPrep Music Prep Company

Veteran film, television and videogame composer Lennie Moore has announced the launch of SkyPrep Music Services, a Bay area music prep company

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What Does the WGA’s Support Really Mean For The Composers Union?

Mark Northam explores the questions and opportunities raised by the WGA’s support for the AMCL composers union

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

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

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

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

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Ten Ways The iPad Could Enhance The Film Scoring Process

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

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

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

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

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

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Be The Solution, Not The Problem!

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

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BMI Sues T-Mobile For Copyright Infringement Over Ringback Tones

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

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Ghostwriting and The Composers Union

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

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Industry Spotlight: Composer and SCOREcastOnline Founder DEANE OGDEN

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

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