The music business is guilty. Guilty of sexism, guilty of shielding harassment, guilty of an old-(white) boy network that has deep and seemingly intractable roots. It would be pointless to pretend otherwise. The behavior and attitudes represented by this fraternity aren’t all-encompassing; plenty of people in the business have long fought against them. Still, these […]
This is a must read interview with Bruce Allen, one of the great managers in the history of the music business. Read the post on Music Business Worldwide
[Editor Charlie sez: Let’s not forget–if it weren’t for The Turtles stepping up with Henry Gradstein’s team and suing Sirius and Pandora in a class action to close the nasty loophole leveraged by their legal teams, none of this would be happening. Artist class actions work and sometimes are the only thing that work. The […]
The more the “Music Modernization Act” is discussed, the more rocks get turned over and the more toads jump out from under the rocks with nasty surprises. Even before it is passed, the MMA is already disrupting private contracts, well settled expectations and a century of law. Which is a real neat trick by Big […]
Maria Schneider, the five-time Grammy winning composer and bandleader, gives a hard hitting constructive critique of ten big holes in the Music Modernization Act with proposed solutions. Another first class exposition by Maria.
UPDATE: Senator Thom Tillis and Representatives Ben Cline, Martha Roby, Ted Deutch and Harley Rouda have written a letter to the American Law Institute asking what they think they’re doing with the fake “Restatement of Copyright” being written by Spotify’s lawyers and recipients of Big Tech largesse. Who ever thought that the American Law […]
Remember this one? Spotify was saving us all from piracy by giving the music for free in its ad supported tier. And if you had any doubts about that, just ask any Spotify employee, particularly circa 2011 or so. They’d tell you in no uncertain terms that not only did you just not get it, […]
There is considerable detail in the Music Modernization Act about the new collective with two major exceptions: No one is tasked with creating a business plan for the collective’s operation as the European Composers & Songwriters Alliance officers note in their letter to Rep. Collins. Neither is there any hint at what the initial operating budget would be or what it would cover.
I would add–show me the budget. Or do you want to take the Blanche Dubois approach and depend on the kindness of strangers?
In a curious turnaround, Quartz reports that George Soros in a speech at Davos identified the “monolithic power” of Google and Facebook as threats to democracy as we know it. Considering that Soros typically puts his vast wealth behind his view of the world, this could get interesting.
The European Composer & Songwriters Alliance joins the Songwriters Guild of America in questioning “serious problems” in the Music Modernization Act