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Saturday
Jan212017

MusicThinkTankWeekly Recap: McCartney's Sony/ATV Lawsuit

Friday
Jan202017

McCartney's Sony/ATV Lawsuit More Of The Ripple Effect Of The Issue Of Copyright Terminations Under U.S. Copyright Law

Just as the music business has been staggering back to its feet after the digital assault started by Napster over a decade ago, another hard blow to the industry business model is starting to have ripple effects. Recording artists and songwriters from 1978 and after are now entitled to start terminating their contractual transfers and demanding back their copyrights. The 1976 Copyright Act, in a provision that has generally been overlooked until now, provides for the termination of copyright transfers. Even if an artist or songwriter signed a contract that purports to transfer all rights in a work in perpetuity, the Copyright Act provides that the author can terminate that grant and demand that the rights revert to the author in a shorter period of time. This is a great opportunity for artists and songwriters to get a second bite at the apple, so to speak, and get a better share of the income earned from their creative works.

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Thursday
Jan192017

UPDATE: Jennifer Holliday Cancels Performance Trump Inauguration, Addresses The Backlash

UPDATE: January 14th, 1:16 P.M. EST…

Jennifer Holliday has ultimately decided to cancel her involvement in the Trump inauguration. In an open letter published by The Wrap, Holliday apologized to the LGBT community, to whom she credits the birth her career, for her “lapse judgement” and explained the initial reasons why she wanted to perform. The singer added that a widely-shared article published in The Daily Beast inspired her to pull out the performance.

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Yesterday, an ficial announcement was made that Jennifer Holliday would be performing at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration next week. The Grammy- and Tony-winning singer said she doesn’t understand the negative feedback she’s been bombarded with since the news came about.

“I was like, nobody knows that I’m alive and then I decide to sing a song and I wake up and they all hate me,” the Broadway singer and actress told Billboard. “I haven’t even endorsed anything,” she says, “I’m not singing for Donald Trump; I’m singing to welcome the people America. He cannot be the only face that’s gonna represent us. And just to have all white people up there singing is not going to be a fair representation either. So you’re just saying don’t go? Really? I’m just very disheartened by it that it would be so much hate.”

She goes on to insist that her decision was not a political one (in fact, she voted for Clinton), but rather she was inspired by what she thought President Obama wanted us to do. “I didn’t hear any that hate] spewed from the Obamas,” she says. “I thought that they told us to move on and try to be hopeful and make this a smooth transition. I didn’t understand that the orders were a wink and a nod to make sure that America doesn’t succeed or that Trump doesn’t succeed. … I thought we were just trying to pull together.”

Ms. Holliday is the latest performer to be announced in the inauguration line up alongside 3 Doors Down and Toby Keith. She remains the only black performer on the bill after acts like Celine Dion, Kiss, and Kanye West declined to hit the stage. Members the African-American and Broadway community, who have been at odds with Trump’s positions on social issues involving minorities, immigrants and women, have denounced Holliday’s decision to participate.

Still, she insists she’s not worried about the impact this will have on her career. “If everyone’s trying to say that’s the end my career, then I guess that will have to be, but I’m going to believe that that won’t be and that maybe other people will try to also see what we can do to unite the country on what little hope togetherness we have left.”

SOURCE: Billboard | IMAGE CREDIT: Getty

UPDATE: Jennifer Holliday Cancels Performance Trump Inauguration, Addresses The Backlash

Thursday
Jan192017

4 Ways Music Is Used To Soothe And Improve Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is so prevalent today that many have referred to the time we are living in as the ‘age of anxiety.’ Even a brief look at the frantic pace and chaotic nature of modern life leaves little doubt as to why so many people are struggling with anxiety related problems. Amidst the chaos of modern life, many have taken solace from the detrimental effects of stress and anxiety in the arts, particularly through the use of music as a therapeutic tool.

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Tuesday
Jan172017

5 Step YouTube Converting Done Right

YouTube is a platform for social chance. It runs on the concept of free speech, constructive conversation, rainbows, and unicorns. All jokes aside, the atmosphere promoted on this social platform is that of unity and creativity. It is an ideal way for anyone to get out there and fully express their views in a safe environment where like-minded people will engage in interesting, valuable and useful means of expression.

 It is only natural that the many opportunities YouTube offers come with extra features and also a ton of controversy based on these additional characteristics. For instance, YouTube to mp3 file conversion. As widely used at it is, people seem to have variations of opinion regarding its functionality.

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Sunday
Jan152017

Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Listen To Music Every Single Day

Music is an important part of people’s life and it will stay like that. Well, after reading this article it will probably become an even more important part of your life. Music has many benefits it provides on the human health and mood, and all benefits are useful. As the answer to all of that, you should listen to music daily, rather than occasionally. In addition, the type of music you listen may have specific advantages.

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Saturday
Jan142017

MusicThinkTankWeekly Recap: Music In World Cultures

Wednesday
Jan112017

7 Reasons Why Music Is Important To World Cultures 

Every culture in the world has its own form of music that is enjoyed by all ages on every continent. Although each culture is different, music unifies all races and has been used throughout history for different occasions and for enjoyment purposes. To learn why music is important to world cultures and continues to be created over the decades, there are a few important facts to understand.

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Tuesday
Jan102017

5 Suggestions For Decking Out Your Car's Audio System

Cars have come a long way from cassette players and out-of-tune radios. But there are always ways to deck out the audio system in your car. Here are just five ways to enrich your audio system and improve the sounds that you hear during your morning commute.

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Tuesday
Jan102017

Why Musicians SHOULD Want To Earn As Much Money As Possible

By Tom Hess

Do you believe that when you finally make money with music you’ll be all set? Wrong! Making some money through music is nice, but you won’t be able to really fulfill your potential until you make a lot of money in this business.

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Tuesday
Jan102017

How To Get Songs Placed In Film And TV (8 Rules You Need To Know)

This post was written by Ari Herstand and originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog. It is an excerpt from his new book How To Make It in the New Music Business

If pursuing licensing is your main focus, you need to plan this out long before you write your first song, let alone record it. The fact of the matter is, not every song or every genre works for licensing.

If your chorus is all about Sarah, but the main character of the show is named Amy, they aren’t going to use your song, no matter how perfect it may be musically. And because TV moves so quickly, they aren’t going to ask you to go replace “Sarah” with “Amy.” It either works or it doesn’t. For the most part.

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Monday
Jan092017

15 Mistakes Your Function Band Should Avoid

Over the past ten years or so, the wedding and function band industry has become highly competitive, attracting some of the most accomplished musicians and singers in the industry, many with previous and ongoing record deals.

As the music industry evolved into the digital age, recording new music and engaging with fans became cheaper and easier, creating an abundance of upcoming artists, each looking for new ways to break through. Another side-effect was a change-up in the traditional business model and that’s meant more initial legwork and smaller advances for independent artists. As a result, the private event sector has become a much needed side line for many performers in order to pay the bills and continue with their originals projects.

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Saturday
Jan072017

MusicThinkTankWeekly Recap: Legal Basics

Wednesday
Jan042017

Legal Basics For Artists, Authors, Creators, And Musicians

Four Essentials:

1) Copyright Protection

Under US copyright law, copyright (literally, the right to make and sell copies) automatically vests in the creator the moment the expression of an idea is “fixed in a tangible medium” (in other words, the moment you write it down, type it or record it on tape). With respect to music specifically, there are really two copyrights: a copyright in the musical composition owned by the songwriter and a sound recording copyright in the sound of the recording owned by the recording artist (but usually transferred to the record company when a record deal is signed). It is important to remember that you own the copyright in your work the moment you write it down or record it, and you can only transfer those rights by signing a written agreement to transfer them. Therefore, you must be wary of any agreement you are asked to sign. 

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