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Steinberg Announces Major Price Drop for Cubase 4

Steinberg has announced a price cut for its acclaimed Cubase 4 software

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ASCAP Board Refers 1,331 Signature Ballot Petition Rule to Committee

At their most recent board meeting in June, the ASCAP Board of Directors referred the controversial 1,331 signature requirement for members who wish to petition to appear on the Board of Directors ballot to the ASCAP Board Governance Committee for further review

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Local 47 Wins NLRB Fi-Core Rehearsal Room Decision

The US Government National Labor Relations Board has decided in favor of Los Angeles AFM Local 47 as regards their policy of denying access to Local 47 rehearsal rooms for Local 47 “non-members” who have chosen financial core status, also known as “Beck objector” status

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$15,219 May AFM Dues Withheld By Local 47 Pending Recording Musicians Lawsuit

$15,219.45 of dues that would have been paid by Local 47 to the AFM, generated from $761,941.45 of local scale wages, were instead withheld and deposited with a federal court pending the outcome of lawsuit launched against the AFM and Local 47 by Los Angeles recording musicians.

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Local 47 “Committee” Launches Responsible47.com Online Blog

The Committee for a More Responsible Local 47, a watchdog group of AFM Local 47 members who for three years have anonymously published an industry newsletter containing a mix of news, concert announcements, and criticism of some business practices of AFM Local 47 in Los Angeles has launched www.responsible47.com, an online blog.

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Alberto Inglesias To Receive Ubeda Career Award

Two-time Oscar nominated and seven-times Goya winner composer Alberto Inglesias will receive an award at the upcoming Ubeda Fourth International Film Music Conference in July, it was announced by the conference. The award is in recognition of his career, and will be presented by the mayor of Ubeda, Mr. D. Marcelino Sanchez Ruiz. Iglesias was […]

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Recording Musicians Federal Lawsuit Targets Work Dues From 13 AFM Contracts

US Federal Court documents recently filed indicate that the Los Angeles recording musicians are targeting work dues from at least 13 types of AFM contracts in their suit against the AFM, and that Los Angeles AFM Local 47 has agreed to stop sending the AFM’s share of these work dues to the AFM until the […]

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American Mechanical Rights Agency (AMRA) To Represent Israeli Creators

American Mechanical Rights Agency, Inc. (AMRA) has announced an agreement to collect mechanical royalties on behalf of ACUM, the official organization representing Israeli creators and publishers of music and literature. The new agreement with ACUM is significant in that AMRA will collect income generated by all mechanical rights including synchronization and digital usages. “For artists […]

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Ableton Releases Live 7 LE

German software company Ableton has announced the release of Live 7 LE. Built on the same fundamental concepts as Ableton Live, the package offers most of Ableton Live 7’s new features including studio-quality recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz, 64 audio tracks and unlimited MIDI tracks per project, MIDI sequencing for software instruments, built-in audio effects, […]

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Ableton Releases Orchestral Instruments Sample Library

Ableton has announced the release of The Orchestral Instruments which includes four sampled instrument collections representing the four sections of an orchestra. The Orchestral Instruments were produced in partnership with SONiVOX. The instrument collections are available individually or as a bundle. The strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion have been recorded in a number of velocities […]

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EASTWEST Announces Urban Ammunition Sound Library

EASTWEST, exclusive U.S. distributor of Zero-G products, has announced Urban Ammunition, a collection of hip-hop and R&B samples. Urban Ammunition features beats, keys, basses, guitars, synths, strings, licks, fills, percussion, scratches and other R&B and Hip Hop samples. The sample collection features 128 full construction kits with loops and single hits, plus 400 individual drum […]

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Harry Fox Agency Signs Agreement With RightsFlow

Music licensing organization The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA) and RightsFlow, a provider of licensing and royalty services, announced that they have entered a licensing arrangement for full-length, permanent digital downloads for music. “We are very excited to begin this relationship with HFA,” stated Patrick Sullivan, President and CEO of RightsFlow. “Our clients look to […]

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Garritan Announces Steinway Sampled Piano Release

Garritan has announced that the Authorized Steinway Virtual Concert Grand Piano, Professional Edition, a software instrument developed in collaboration with Steinway & Sons, has started shipping and is available now. The sample library utilized Steinway Model D Concert Grand Piano hand-picked by Steinway and recorded at The Troy Music Hall. The library is available in […]

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SONiVOX Announces “Anatomy” Sound Library

Boston based soundware developer SONiVOX has announced the immediate availability of their latest offering, “Anatomy.” The company describes Anatomy as a re-imagination of the human form as an infinite template of sound, offering over eight-hundred playable instruments that transform the human body into a collection of physiological melody and rhythm. The instruments in the Anatomy […]

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Vienna Symphonic Library Announces Price Increases

Vienna Symphonic Library has announced that it will raise U.S. Dollar prices to customers in North America by approximately 10% on May 15, 2008. The company attributes the price increase to the falling US dollar and efforts by the company to restore equilibrium to international pricing for Vienna products. The list of new U.S. dollar […]

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PRS Announces Largest Ever £110m (US$216.7m) UK Royalty Distribution

Composers and songwriters around the world are receiving their biggest ever quarterly payment of royalties for the performances of their music in the UK. PRS, the Performing Right Society, collects and pays royalties to songwriters, composers and music publishers is this week making its first quarter royalty distribution for 2008 totaling £110m (US$216.7m)- the largest […]

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David Fleming Named Recipient of BMI Film Composing Fellowship

Composer David Fleming, along with previously touted honoree Bryan Senti, was selected as the 2007 recipient of the 19th Annual BMI Foundation Pete Carpenter Fellowship. BMI Foundation President Ralph N. Jackson originally announced the winners in May 2007, but due to the recent writers’ strike, Fleming’s visit and award presentation was postponed until this year. […]

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Varese Sarabande 30th Anniversary Event Features Top Composers

Robert Townson’s Varese Sarabande Records will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a composer signing at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California on Saturday, May 10th at 2 PM. The event represents the largest gathering in memory of film composers assembled for a signature event. Scheduled so far are Varese artists Michael Giacchino (Speed Racer), Lalo […]

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ASCAP Honors Bergmans at Film & TV Music Awards May 6

ASCAP has announced it will bestow its President and Chairman and her husband with the ASCAP Founders Award at the invitation-only ASCAP Film & TV Music Awards dinner on May 6. The event, open only to selected composers and others, celebrates ASCAP’s most-performed film and television music. At the event to pay tribute to the […]

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ASCAP Announces Bill of Rights for Songwriters and Composers

ASCAP has announced the creation of its “Bill of Rights for Songwriters and Composers” in an effort to “remind the public, members of the music industry and U.S. legislators of the central role and rights of those who conceive and create music,” according to the performing rights organization. The ten-item list includes items such as […]

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APM Music Launches New Film Trailer Library with Cirque du Soleil Composers

APM Music today has announced its new film trailer music library, “Sonic Elixir,” with two CDs of new compositions from composer/songwriters Ella Louise Allaire and Martin Lord Ferguson, who were part of the creative team behind the original score for KÀ by Cirque du Soleil as well as the Fina open water championship opening ceremonies […]

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Tadlow Music Quotes London Film/TV Buyout Rate of US$105 Per Hour

Orchestra contractor Tadlow Music in London has announced buyout rates for recording with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. The company specializes in orchestral recording packages including contracting, music preparation and related services. For film and television work, the session buyout rate is £160 (200 Euros) for a three-hour session, which at current rates translates […]

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AFM: Music Library Buyout Contract Details Confidential

Representatives from the American Federation of Musicians have declined a request from Film Music Magazine to provide details about the new buyout contracts for music library recording sessions including what type(s) of music and music usages qualify to be recorded under the new agreements. As previously reported in Film Music Magazine, the AFM is now […]

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Christopher Young to Receive Richard Kirk Award from BMI

Prolific composer Christopher Young will receive the Richard Kirk Award for outstanding career achievement at the BMI’s annual Film & Television Awards on Wednesday, May 21 in Los Angeles. Staged at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the event will also honor the composers of the past year’s top-grossing films, top-rated prime-time network television series and highest-ranking […]

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Manhattan Producers Alliance Announces Spring Pro Seminars

The Manhattan Producers Alliance, a membership collective of composers, producers and engineers in New York City, has announced an exclusive series of seminars designed to deliver intensive, in-depth knowledge about specific areas of the industry. The seminars are held each Fall and Spring, and are taught by leading industry pros on subjects ranging from composing […]

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New Stargate CD by Joel Goldsmith Released

BuySoundtrax.com has announced the release of “Stargate: The Ark of Truth” with music by Joel Goldsmith

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Ableton Releases Session Drums Update

Ableton has released a new update to its Session Drums sample package containing new presets and interchangeability, new tutorials, enhanced MIDI capabilities, and more. Additionally, the company has released the Session Drums Expansion Pack which adds 13 new multi-microphone kit presets, 37 new stereo kit presets in a variety of musical styles, new audio effects […]

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More than 6,000 Artists from 15 Countries Rally for Radio Royalties

More than 6,000 international artists from more than 15 countries have delivered a petition to Congress urging the prompt enactment of legislation to close a loophole in U.S. law and grant artists, musicians and record labels in the United States a right to be compensated when their music is played on FM and AM radio. […]

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audioMIDI.com Announces DAW Conference

audioMIDI.com has announced a special event focusing on Digital Audio Workstations scheduled for April 26, 2008 in Los Angeles. “DAWg Day Afternoon 2” will feature industry experts from Ableton, Apple, Antares, Cakewalk, Celemony, Digidesign, IK Multimedia, MOTU,McDSP, Open Labs, PianoTeq, Propellerhead, Steinberg, Universal Audio and Waves discussing the latest in digital audio workstation technology. The […]

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LicenseQuote Releases Free Music Licensing Calculator

LicenseQuote.com has released an online music licensing calculator aimed at labels, producers, composers, publishers and others who offer their own music from websites, online stores and other online locations. The current beta version of LicenseQuote uses a pricing table based on data from current online licensing sites, and the company plans on introducing Pro and […]

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