Dean Kay
The Dean's List
 Music, Copyright and New Technology in the News
From a Creator's Perspective
Thursday 5/05/2016

Tech companies and criminals have made billions
supporting the illegal exploitation of our cultural past
while ruthlessly pursuing the dismantling of incentives creators need
to fashion our cultural future

NMPA President David Israelite Discusses The Latest Issues In The Battle For Songwriters & Publishers To Be Paid Higher Royalties
By Dale Kawashima -- In this new interview, Israelite discusses the latest developments with mechanical licensing and performance licensing. He explains how the music publishing industry is still awaiting a crucial decision by the Department of Justice on the status of consent decrees, which have restricted ASCAP and BMI from negotiating higher, free-market rates with streaming companies such as Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Google, Amazon and Tidal.

Surviving As A Songwriter In Trying Times: Inside the 2016 ASCAP Expo
By Paul Zollo -- At the annual ASCAP Expo, held in the heart of Hollywood, several panels of industry experts, artists and songwriters shared their wisdom about surviving as a songwriter in modern times.

The Future of What: Revisiting the Digital Millennium Copyright Act with A2IM, RIAA, Perry Resnick and John Strohm
By Anna McClain -- The Future of What tackles important topics in the business with host Portia Sabin, president of Kill Rock Stars, and guests. This week we discuss the issues surrounding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, which many artists are hoping to reform.

Big Changes Are Coming to Apple Music
By Victor Luckerson – (The launch of) Apple Music … was met with mixed reviews … Apple’s streaming music service is set for a big refresh next month.

Carl Icahn Dumps All His Apple Shares And Makes $2 Billion
By Paresh Dave

Back To The Future: Old Music Is Selling More Than New Music
By Bobby Owsinski -- Out with the new in with the old! According to recent study, 2015 saw catalog sales edging out new releases, in spite of the release of commercial heavy hitters like Adele's 25.

The Great Music Biz Money Pit: How Streaming Services Have Lost $1bn
By Tim Ingham -- As the years roll by, the stakes (and flames) of the streaming music market will get higher, and the expense will become increasingly intolerable. Rdio’s death was a shock to the music business. It won’t be the last.

The Lonely Pirate MEP's Holocaust Copyright Stunt Backfires
By Andrew Orlowski -- A tasteless attempt to recruit Holocaust victim Anne Frank to the case of weakening European copyright protection has backfired on the EU's only Pirate Party MP, Julia Reda. …

Pirate Bay Receives $9 In Donations In Bitcoin Every Day
By Sarmistha Acharya

Is President Obama Too Googley-Eyed?
By David Newhoff -- Although I still admire and commend this president for many things well outside the editorial scope of this blog, I am admittedly dismayed by the remarkable degree of influence that Google seems to have on his administration.

6 Social Media Tools For Musicians
By Ta'Rikah Jones -- You’re an emerging artist on the go and you want your fans to keep up with what you’re doing, but you just don’t have the time. Social media management tools give musicians that chance to be successful. Scheduling Tweets about upcoming concert dates or meet-and-greets can make all the difference in your career. We have put together six of the best social media tools for musicians. 

"The heart of Music City beats on Music Row”
Effort To Preserve Music Row Moves Forward
By Jesse Knutson -- In a victory for a group hoping to preserve historic buildings along Music Row, a proposal to add more than 60 properties to the National Register of Historic Places unanimously passed a Tennessee state review board. "This is a one-of-a-kind place that has a remarkable story that has national and international significance," said Carolyn Brackett, senior field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

$3,000 Guitar Made of ‘Solid Linen’ Looks and Plays Like Wood
By Liz Stinson 

Lola Astanova Plays Transcendental etude No. 10 in F-minor by Liszt
I love great piano pickers.

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