Category: Final Note (Archive)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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10 Important Questions For The New Composers Union

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

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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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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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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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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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Composer Royalties on DVDs and Downloads: Why Not?

Mark Northam talks about why there are no composer royalties on DVDs and film/TV downloads and what might be done about it.

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The New Editors: When Composers Stop Composing

It started in television music about ten years ago by my recollection, and has picked up steam every year. The birth of the editor, the death of the composer. When composers stop writing notes and start stringing together loops, atmospheres and hits, I’m not so sure that is still composing. To me, it’s a lot […]

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