Category: Opinion (Archive)

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Bennett Lincoff’s Comments on Music Licensing

Bennett Lincoff’s comments to the US Copyright office on a new system of music licensing

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Music Libraries: From Last Resort to Power Players

Black Toast Music’s Bob Mair looks at the business and artistic evolution of music libraries and their role in the music business today

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There is More to Music Than Music

Guest writer, Piet De Ridder shares his thoughts on the differences between film music lovers and classical music enthusiasts

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Why The Music Community Needs the CGA

Alan Elliott talks about recent AMCL unionization efforts and why the community needs the Composers Guild of America

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Chris Stone’s 70 DVZ Strings – A Long Time Comin’

Peter Alexander talks about his view of the new DVZ Strings virtual instrument

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Guest Editorial: Is Film Music Great?

Composer John Graham explores where great music comes from, and asks the question, “Is Film Music Great?”

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Diversify Your Composer Career: Create a TV Show!

Composer Kid Surf tells the story of taking charge of and diversifying his career in an interesting and unique way

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A Voice From the “Dark Side”: Confessions of a Retitler

Vaughn Johnson of ScoreKeepers Music discusses the benefits of retitling libraries

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Ron Mendelsohn on Signing With a Non-Exclusive Retitling Library

Megatrax President and CEO Ron Mendelsohn discusses issues with retitling libraries

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AMCL Founder Alan Elliott on Unionizing, the WGA and More

AMCL founder Alan Elliott talks about why the WGA letter is important, and how a composers union can succeed

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What I Hope, Want and Expect From a Composers Union

Composer Chris Alpiar shares his open letter to the AMCL about unionizing and what’s best for composers

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Whither Thou Goest, AFM?

Ron Hess, FMM’s “The Chart Doctor”, talks about the future of musicians and the AFM

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Composers Are Not Recession Proof

Sample Developers, DAW makers and others beware – even composers pull back.

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Ebony and Ivory: The Door Only Swings One Way

Composer and producer Samm Brown III talks about the challenges of African-American film composers in Hollywood today.

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Keeping Score at ASCAP

Eighty-four years ago a group of composers joined together to form an organization to protect their rights in the music they created. It was a good idea then, and it’s still a good idea today. But ASCAP is facing some difficult times, with government regulators on one side, agitated users on another, and its own […]

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Straight Payment: Pro vs. Con

It is difficult to imagine an issue in the performing rights world that has generated more controversy and confusion than the idea of “Straight Payment.” Under this concept, all genres and forms of music are valued the same: songs, theme, score, promos/logos, and music for advertising are all paid at the same rate. Straight Payment […]

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