RIP Hal Holbrook

I’m not lying to you. I don’t tell lies. I differ from George Washington. I have a higher and grander standard of principle. George could not tell a lie. I can but I won’t. Oh I used to tell lies. But I’ve given it up. The field is overrun with amateurs. While when I look […]

Making Sense of the New Blanket Mechanical License and the Mechanical Licensing Collective #IRespectMusic

This post first appeared on MusicTech Solutions This is a recording of a webinar about the Mechanical Licensing Collective that I did with Abby North and Gwen Seale, sponsored by Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Austin Texas Musicians and Austin Music Foundation.   The webinar is from the point of view of self-published […]

How Songwriters Get Screwed by Cheese and Pies

For some reason, there’s a focus at the moment on songwriter royalties and in particular for streaming royalty rates.  Notice that I said “rates” not “share” or the one I find particularly irritating, “share of the pie.”  Let us be clear—there is no “pie” there are only “rates”.  Or should be.  Let’s investigate why. To frame this idea (speaking […]