Category: Industry News (Archive)

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The Bank of ASCAP: ASCAP Authorizes $25 Million in Personal Loan Guarantees

In its 2009 Annual Report, ASCAP’s auditors have disclosed that the performing rights society has authorized $25 million in personal loan guarantees for members. ASCAP’s press department did not respond to emails asking how members can apply for the guarantees or how the society determines which members are eligible for the guarantees.

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DMX Defeats ASCAP in Major Music Licensing Proceeding

Background music company DMX has defeated ASCAP in a critical music licensing proceeding that saw a federal judge end more than four years of litigation by adopting DMX’s fee proposal in its entirety. The decision may fuel expanded direct licensing efforts by background music companies and other music users.

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PigFactory Music Promotes Adam Wolf to Vice President, Creative

Independent publishing and licensing company pigFACTORY Music has promoted Adam Wolf to the position of Vice President, Creative

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BMI Announces Sundance Composer/Director Roundtable and Snowball Concert

BMI and the Sundance Film Festival will present the thirteenth annual composer/director roundtable and ninth annual Snowball concert at this year’s festival. The roundtable, entitled “Music & Film: The Creative Process,” will take place on Wednesday, January 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sundance House at the Kimball Art Center

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NARIP Announces Music in Games Event January 20 in Los Angeles

The National Association of Recording Industry Professionals (NARIP) has announced “Music in Games” which will be held in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 7pm at the SAE Institute.

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New Composer Census Shows Profession Expanding To Over 25,000 Composers With Music On The Air on Film/TV

The Composer Census Group has released The 2011 Film & Television Composer Census, highlighting music on the air today in film and TV in the United States. The census lists over 54,000 film and television titles including the music of 25,723 composers and songwriters represented by 55 performing rights organizations worldwide.

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Mel Bay Introduces New Licensing Division

Mel Bay Publications, Inc. has launched a new division dedicated to licensing its catalog that features thousands of songs and recordings in a range of genres for film, television and other productions.

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Garritan World Instruments Sample Library Released

Garritan has announced the release of their new World Instruments library, a comprehensive collection of over 350 expressive and exotic instruments from around the world. The library is available immediately as a direct download for $149.99

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38th Annual Annie Awards Music Nominations Announced

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominations for the 38th Annual Annie Awards. The winners will be announced at the 38th Annual Annie Awards scheduled for Saturday, February 5, 2011 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles.

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Gersh and The Agency Group Announce Industry Alliance

Talent and literary agency the Gersh agency and worldwide entertainment booking agency The Agency Group are announcing a strategic alliance that significantly expands both agencies’ scope and capabilities to offer a full spectrum of entertainment opportunities to their respective clients and generate additional revenues in the areas of television, motion picture, literary, theatre, and personal appearances.

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Mark Hardy Named Marketing Director Syco Music

Syco Entertainment, the joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music, today announced the appointment of Mark Hardy to the role of Marketing Director Syco Music.

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Black Toast Music Library Adds 200 New Titles, New Genres

Marking its 20th anniversary year, independent music publisher/production music library Black Toast Music and its CEO/owner/founder Bob Mair have announced the release of 200 new songs and instrumentals (Release BTM-006), which are now available to search, audition, and download on the Black Toast Music website

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ASCAP and RightsFlow Partner To Offer Limelight Licensing Service to Members

ASCAP and RightsFlow, the leading licensing and royalty service provider, have entered into a partnership to offer mechanical licensing services to ASCAP’s nearly 400,000 songwriter, composer and publisher members through RightsFlow’s Limelight online utility

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ASCAP Provides Members Free Copyright Protection with MyWerx

MyWerx and ASCAP have teamed up to provide ASCAP members with 600 MB of free copyright protection through its WerxProof service.

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ASCAP and Music Unites Present Workshops in NYC

ASCAP and Music Unites, a non-profit organization supporting musical artists and professionals through performance and education opportunities, have teamed up to present four workshops to offer insight on integral aspects of the music business.

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Ravel Study Group Announces December 17 Session

The Ravel Orchestral Study Group in Los Angeles has announced the next open study session to be held on December 17 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Vitellos’ Restaurant, 4349 Tujunga Avenue in Studio City.
The session will be followed by lunch, is open to anyone and has no requirements. The study is led and organized by veteran film/TV composer Ron Jones.

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Anastasia Brown Joins Music Supervision and Production Co. Format Entertainment

Anastasia Brown has announced joined LA & NYC based Format Entertainment, a music company specializing in music supervision (Iron Man 1 & 2, Sex and the City 1 &2, The Blindside, Alvin and The Chipmunks 1 & 2, and Swingers), music production and soundtracks for film.

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Warner/Chappell Music Appoints Ron Broitman to Senior Vice President, Head of Synchronization

Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corp., has announced the appointment of Ron Broitman to Senior Vice President, Head of Synchronization.

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Top Film Music Publicist Ronni Chasen Shot to Death in Beverly Hills

The Hollywood film music community was in shock Tuesday after news of the murder of highly regarded publicist Ronni Chasen, 64, who was found in her car in Beverly Hills early Tuesday morning with multiple gunshot wounds. Chasen’s publicity clients included many top Hollywood figures, and her extensive work with composers and soundtracks made her one of the top film music publicists in the industry. Her clients included Hans Zimmer, Diane Warren, Richard and Lili Zanuck, and many others.

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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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AIMP NY Presents Subpublishing Panel Nov 10

The Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) will present “Pounds, Euros, Yen and Shekels: Unraveling the fact, myth and mystery of subpublishing” on November 10, 2010 from 5:30 – 7:00pm in New York

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Joe Falkner Joins Megatrax As New Division Manager, Aircast Production

Megatrax Production Music has announced that Joe Falkner has joined the company to serve as Division Manager for the company’s new custom music venture, Aircast Production

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AIMP Presents “Hitchin’ Yer Music To A Trailer” in LA Nov 18

The Association of Independent Music Publishers will present “Hitchin’ Yer Music To A Trailer” in LA November 18, 2010 from 11:00am-1:45pm at the House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. The panelists include Noah Gallico of Universal Pictures Creative Operations and Music Supervisor Nick Martin. The event will be moderated by Emily Weber […]

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AFM Electronic Media Services Oversight Committee Announced

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) has announced the appointment of veteran musicians Phil Ayling, Bruce Bouton, Neil Stubenhaus, and Bill Foster to the Electronic Media Services Division (EMSD) Oversight Committee

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ASCAP Cuts ASCAPlus Payments To Members Despite "Stunning Revenue and Distribution Growth"

ASCAP has cut ASCAPlus performance royalty award payments only months after claiming “stunning revenue and distribution growth.”

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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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ReverbNation Partners With APM Music For Film, TV, And Video Game Licensing

ReverbNation and APM Music have partnered to launch an exclusive “ReverbNation Music” library that APM Music will license into film, television, trailers, video games and other types of productions

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California Copyright Conference Presents "The Music Industry: A Survival Guide for the Future" Oct 12

The California Copyright Conference will present a panel which will discuss the evolving business landscape of the music industry

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AIMP Present NY Music Licensing Event Featuring Jeff & Todd Brabec

The Association of Independent Music Publishers will present “New Music Licensing Deals” on October18, 2010 from 5:30pm-7:00pm at The Jolly Hotel, 22 East 38th St. (at Madison Ave), New York City

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