#SaveNetNeutrality

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it intends to vote on December 14 to repeal regulations that prevent corporations from blocking or otherwise treating different kinds of Internet traffic unequally. The FCC’s effort to dismantle the principle of “Net Neutrality” is a misguided attempt to undo important regulations meant to “preserve the vibrant and competitive free market that presently exists for the Internet”.

Music-Preneur Mindset Summit

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I'm taking part in the Rock/Star Advocate's Music-Preneur Mindset Summit on September 28 - 30 in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Rather than focusing just on promotion, this conference promises to include education and support as part of its mission.

Join me and fellow industry experts for a weekend of self-care, industry education, community building and great music.

I’ll be talking about branding, copyright and licensing. There'll also be panels and discussions covering other important topics like running your own business, financial management, building your team, finding your voice, and finding balance as an artist / entrepreneur.

Click here for info and tickets. Group rates are available.

DOJ Makes Dramatic Change In Music Licensing

DOJ Makes Dramatic Change In Music Licensing

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) formally announced last Thursday that it would not make any changes to the language in the consent decrees that govern the operations of ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), the two largest US performing rights organizations (PROs). This ends a two-year DOJ investigation into public performance licensing that took place at the request of the two PROs.

Don't Forget About the Music

I’m excited and humbled to be one of a number of music industry professionals who contributed to a recent book called Don’t Forget About The Music written by attorney Evita G. Kaigler.

Together with David Barbe, Rico Brooks, Michael “Sha Money” Clervoix, Ray Daniels, Maurice Garland, J. Hatch, Al “Butta” Mclean, Billy O’Connell and Jack Ponti, we offer up advice on how to achieve success in today’s music marketplace.

The book is a guide for artists, producers, songwriters, music business entrepreneurs and executives, providing perspective on the music industry and a concrete plan to build success.

Evita and I first worked together when I handled A&R Administration for Def Jam Recordings, working specifically on her client Big K.R.I.T.’s critically-acclaimed Def Jam debut Live From The Underground.

Pick up a copy and check out the entire plan at www.dontforgetaboutthemusic.com.

Happy Birthday, The Coda

Details of the settlement reached in the case concerning ownership of the song “Happy Birthday To You” were released today with a filing in United States District Court. In the settlement, originally announced in December but which the court has only now been asked to approve, Warner/Chappell agreed to pay $14 million to licensors as well as $4.6 million in legal fees for the other parties in the suit.

The case centered on whether Warner/Chappell ever actually owned the lyrics to the song it acquired during its purchase of Clayton F. Summy Co., in 1988. Since then, it’s been estimated that the song generated about $2 million in yearly income through licensing.

“Happy Birthday To You” was written by Patty Smith Hill and her sister Mildred J. Hill in 1893 and will now officially become public domain, free for anyone to use without further permission.