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10 Important Questions For The New Composers Union

Mark Northam poses 10 questions of critical importance for composers regarding unionizing

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Composers Union Group Seeks Volunteers For Organizing Efforts

On the heels of a highly successful first organizing meeting attended by over 400 composers in Los Angeles on November 16, The Association of Media Composers and Lyricists (http://www.theamcl.org) is seeking volunteers to help with early administrative and other organizing efforts in their work to create the industry’s first composers union

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A Composers’ Union: The Time Is Now

Mark Northam discusses why composers should support the current unionization efforts with the Teamsters

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If Radio Can Pay Royalties, Movie Theaters Can Pay Too!

Mark Northam explores why performance royalties aren’t collected from U.S. movie theaters for score and songs in films

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Remembering Don Ray (1925 – 2005)

Mark Northam remembers Don B. Ray, one of film music’s greatest educators.

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Tracking and Getting Paid For Your Music Performances

Mark Northam talks about how Tunesat can help maximize income from performance societies and music libraries

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Taking Control of Your Composing Career: The Creative

Mark Northam talks about taking positive control of the creative aspects of your composing career.

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The Bank of ASCAP: Interest-Free Loans, But Not Just for the Rich

Mark Northam says it’s time for ASCAP to open up it’s secret “advance” program to provide interest-free loans to regular members, not just the rich and most successful

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Recording Musicians Sue To Stop AFM Special Payments Work Dues

Three Los Angeles recording musicians have filed a federal lawsuit against the American Federation of Musicians alleging that the AFM has no right to impose a 2% work dues tax on approximately 1,000 musicians who earn more than $2,500 annually in special payments

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Online Cue Sheet Access: Why We Need It Now

Mark Northam talks about why composers need and deserve online access to their cue sheets at ASCAP, BMI and SESAC.

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My ASCAP Election Wish: Stop Enabling Cue Sheet Kickbacks

It’s time that the ASCAP Board stop facilitating one of the biggest composer rip-offs we face today: cue sheet kickbacks

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ASCAP’s Troubling “Friends and Family” Board Election Policy

Mark Northam takes a closer look at how ASCAP chooses replacement board members

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Audiofile Engineering Lowers Prices, Announces StudioLife Bundle

Mac audio software developer Audiofile Engineering has announced new lower pricing of their Wave Editor, Rax, Sample Manager, and Spectre products.

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Immediate Music Launches New Libraries Aimed at Ad and Game Industries

Music library Immediate Music is making its music available now to the advertising and video game industries.

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ASCAP Film & TV Scoring Workshop Honors Participants

ASCAP has announced recipients of three ASCAP Foundation Scholarships/Awards from participants of this year’s ASCAP Film & TV Scoring Workshop.

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MakeMusic Releases Finale Reader and Finale Notepad

MakeMusic, Inc. has announced the release of Finale NotePad 2009 and the introduction of the Finale Reader. Finale Reader, a free product, allows anyone to open, view, print and play any Finale file. Finale Notepaid, priced at $9.95, is a beginning notation program.

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JECO Music Announces Commercial/TV Promo Library

JECO Music has announced The Spot, an online premium music library featuring over 600 tracks of music in commercial-length formats specifically designed for advertising and TV promos

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615 Music Names Shelly Walker Director of Licensing, TV Network Division

Music library 615 Music has named Shelly Walker to the new position of Director of Licensing, Television Network Division

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Immediate Music Announces New Staff, In-House Composers and Production Studio Facility

Immediate Music, a supplier of original music for studio feature film trailers, has expanded its company headquarters, built 2 production studios, and has added several new personnel.

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ASCAP Removes Original Release, Honors Fred Karlin

After publishing a historical retrospective of its film scoring workshop that contained no reference or credit for workshop founder Fred Karlin, ASCAP has deleted the original release from its news page and replaced it with coverage of the scoring workshop that includes a glowing tribute to Karlin.

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Immediate Music’s Goren Launches New Music Label

Immedaite Music’s Yoav Goren has announced the formation of a new record label, Imperativa Records

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Ten Questions for Composers Investing in Technology

Mark Northam lists 10 questions every composer should ask manufacturers of technology they’re considering investing in for their studios.

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Discovery and APM Release Score Library; No Sync Fees for Composers

Media giant Discovery Communications and leading music library APM Music have released “Discovery Studios Tracks,” a 5-CD set including over 200 tracks of score music selected from shows on Discovery’s cable channels, however Discovery has confirmed that composers who wrote the music on the CDs will not be sharing in the sync and license fees generated from the release

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Karlin Tribute Gains Support at ASCAP

Veteran ASCAP Board member Doug Wood has indicated he “completely supports” adding Fred Karlin’s name to the title of the ASCAP film scoring workshop to honor Karlin, the legendary composer who created the workshop in 1988

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Local 47 Withholds $10K AFM National Dues

Pursuant to a court order in the lawsuit brought by Los Angeles recording musicians against Local 47 and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 47 has withheld $10,094.71 of dues payable to the AFM national office for June union musician wages pending a resolution of the lawsuit

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ASCAP Celebrates 20 Years of Film Scoring Workshops; Founder Fred Karlin Ignored

ASCAP has announced the names of 12 composers that the organization has selected to participate in its film and television scoring workshop for 2008 in a historical retrospective press release that discussed many details of the 20 year history of the workshop but did not include any mention of the workshop’s founder, creator, and leader for many years, the late veteran composer and film music educator Fred Karlin.

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ASCAP’s Shameful Treatment of Fred Karlin’s Legacy

ASCAP celebrates its film scoring workshop by avoiding any mention of its founder, Fred Karlin.

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Committee: RMA Considering Targeting Orchestral Tenure Clauses

The Committee for a More Responsible Local 47, an anonymous industry watchdog group based in Los Angeles, has reported that the Recording Musicians Association (RMA) is considering targeting tenure clauses of AFM local orchestra collective bargaining agreements.

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Report: AFM May De-Conference RMA

A music industry newsletter is reporting that according to multiple reports it has received, the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) may be considering “de-conferencing” the Recording Musicians Association (RMA), a player-conference within the AFM.

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PreSonus Opens Online Store

PreSonus Audio Electronics has announced the opening of the PreSonus Online Store

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