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@MusicFirst: Congress, end a longstanding injustice for legacy music creators #irespectmusic — Artist Rights Watch

Otis Redding sat on the dock of the bay in 1967. Roy Orbison sang for the lonely in 1960. Miles Davis was kind of blue in 1959. These artists’ iconic recordings live on today and are frequently played across streaming services, satellite radio, and FM radio. Tell Congress to make Big Tech pay its fair share.

via @MusicFirst: Congress, end a longstanding injustice for legacy music creators #irespectmusic — Artist Rights Watch

@mikehuppe: “We are Making Major Progress on Music Licensing Reform – Together” #irespectmusic — Artist Rights Watch

While several pieces of music legislation have been introduced in the Senate, there is not a single comprehensive package yet. We are encouraging our Senate allies to bring these many issues together into a single, comprehensive Music Modernization Act, like the bill passed in the House.

via @mikehuppe: “We are Making Major Progress on Music Licensing Reform – Together” #irespectmusic — Artist Rights Watch

Spotify’s Big Lie, Streaming Habits Mirror Purchasing Habits — The Trichordist

April 25, 2018 Comments off

[Editor Charlie sez:  But good news, the Music Modernization Act will bring peace in the valley, lions will lie down with lambs and a chicken in every pot, right?]

One of the biggest lies told by Spotify is that streaming will provide more revenue over the life of a record because every play will be monetized. This as opposed to the one time payment earned from a transactional purchase where all the revenue from the purchase of the record is paid at once. There […]

via Spotify’s Big Lie, Streaming Habits Mirror Purchasing Habits — The Trichordist

@scleland: The Huge Hidden Public Costs (>$1.5T) of U.S. Internet Industrial Policy — Artist Rights Watch

April 16, 2018 Comments off

[Editor Charlie sez: Scott Cleland takes an excellent deep dive into the “leechonomics” of the safe harbors afforded to the special people who are members of the Internet Association and the Digital Media Association. This corporate welfare was most recently replicated in the punitive Music Modernization Act retroactive safe harbor bolstering profits from copyright infringement for the special people which passed the House Judiciary Committee on the same day that the Congress cut back the CDA 230 safe harbor for many of the same special companies and cut their profits from sex trafficking.]

via @scleland: The Huge Hidden Public Costs (>$1.5T) of U.S. Internet Industrial Policy — Artist Rights Watch

@TheeChad: Austin Creative ‘hubs’ requests moving forward for $40M bond ask

April 13, 2018 Comments off

[Exciting step toward implementing one of the key recommendations from the Austin Music Census!]

The questions surrounding a movement to build multiple creative “hubs” – or possibly one single campus – for Austin’s arts and music communities are becoming somewhat clearer as proponents of those groups continue talks ahead of an August decision on the size and makeup of the city’s fall general obligation proposal.

The city’s Arts and Music commissions separately voted in recent weeks to request additional bond money. The cost of these requests stands at $40 million, with both bodies wanting to purchase or renovate property to stem the growing problem of local theaters, studios and venues being redeveloped or becoming too expensive to host low-revenue-generating arts events.

Read the post on Austin Monitor

@NMPAOrg: NMPA Members Win on Wolfgang’s Vault

April 10, 2018 Comments off

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: April 10, 2018 Media Contact: Charlotte Sellmyer NMPA MEMBERS SECURE CRITICAL VICTORY OVER WOLFGANG’S VAULT Washington, D.C. – After nearly three years of litigation, NMPA publisher members Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell, ABKCO, peermusic, Spirit Music, and Imagem Music, have secured an important win in their ongoing efforts […]

via @NMPAOrg: NMPA Members Win on Wolfgang’s Vault — Artist Rights Watch

Can Blocking Ads Help Artists? Should Artists Encourage Fans to Block Ads? — The Trichordist

March 23, 2018 Comments off

Originally posted on The Trichordist: Rates are “all in” at source. Calculations based on royalty statements from a catalogue of 1500 titles 2014. Exception is Pandora which was calculated from 2nd quarter 2015 statements (higher than 2014). In the fight for fair pay artists are not at war with the Internet or really even…

via Can Blocking Ads Help Artists? Should Artists Encourage Fans to Block Ads? — The Trichordist

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