Music Biz 101 & More

Here’s your weekly music & entertainment industry wrap-up, handcrafted to give it that perfect Music Biz 101 flavor. You can always click HERE to sign up for our weekly newsletter, the official newsletter of the William Paterson University Music Management and Popular Music Studies programs.  We guarantee the best information this side of ignorance.

Wait – Is that an insult?  If so, who’s being insulted?  While we figure this one out, go ahead and read below. 

Your Weekly Music/Entertainment Industry Social Media Wrap-Up

Must Read(s) Of The Week:

“Happy Birthday” Copyright Ruled To Be Invalid

“Happy Birthday To You, Happy Birthday To You, Happy Birthday Dear Reader, Happy Birthday To You.”  Yes, it now costs me nothing to reprint the lyrics to one of the world’s most-known songs.  Up until a few days ago, I would have had to license these words.  And pay something for the rights (you’d lend it to me, right?).  But this past week, a judge said that the song lyrics are not owned by publisher Warner/Chappell.

Click to read an LA Times account of the story, which is one of the best ones I’ve come across.  The questions now:  Does anybody own the lyrics?  Will Warner/Chappell appeal? And does Warner/Chappell have to pay everyone back from whom they collected licensing money?

They’ve claimed ownership of the song since 1988 and the consensus is they collect $2 million per year in licensing fees.  That’s 27 years times 2 million smackers.  Are they on the hook for $54 million?  In the words of Asia, “Only time will tell.”  (Asia lyrics reprinted via Fair Use.  Please don’t sue me.)

(Big thanks to Tim, Jess, Bianca, and Paul Sinclair for links to this story.)

Must Read of the Week #2:

The Rich Get Richer?  How BMI Now Pays Their Most-Streamed Songs

It’s been a mystery for years how the PROs (performance rights organizations) pay their members.  BMI announced this past week how they’ll pay a bonus to the songs that get the most streams on Spotify and Rhapsody (no mention of YouTube, which is by far the largest streaming site in the world).  This bonus will complement BMI premiums on songs played the most on TV and radio.

While this is great news for Adam Levine and Adele, does it matter much to the 99% of songwriters who are working their collective behinds off but don’t have any hits?  Or is that irrelevant because this new bonus incentivizes more people to write better?  What do you think?

While you’re reading, how about streaming WPSC: Brave New Radio HERE.

Pic of the Week #1:

Just, Miguel, Christina and Ariana in their contemplative, autumnal pose.  They’re not just Pop students.  They’re thinkers.

Pic of the Week #2:

Here’s your 2015-2016 MEO (Music & Entertainment Organization) student-run group, led by President Joelle Filippe.  You can see her, can’t you?  Yeah, she’s in there somewhere.

This group will produce two big events over the next 6 weeks: An October 26th Music Biz 101 Live networking & panel discussion and a November 11th WP artist showcase.  Hit reply and ask for more info.

Pic of the Week #3:

Respected artist manager Dave Lory, who’s worked with Gregg Allman, Courtney Love, and Jeff Buckley, stands with Ashley, Jess, Yasmin, Cole, Bobby, Joelle, and Marla, who model a new pose that’s bound to catch on in schools around America.

This group is part of a Modern Entertainment Company I class that is working with Lory and an artist he represents, Lanz Pierce.  The class will also produce Collage!, a December 4th fundraising concert featuring the Best of the Best of William Paterson University music students.

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 More Stuff To Check Out:

Streaming Music Is Ripping You Off

When you stream a song, where does the money go?  And how much goes to whom?  Click and read this take on the system of payments from today’s streaming services and see if you agree with the writer on the fairness of the payouts.

Kickstarter Focuses Its Mission On Altruism Over Profit

Here’s a great article about a company you’re probably following, since you’re probably thinking about crowdfunding something in the near future.  Sure, Kickstarter is out to make a buck, but they’re much more than that.  Click, read and see what they’re all about.

What Happens When You Trust The Wrong Person To Run Your Website

You know where this is going.  But did you know this?  You can learn to create and manage your own website.  You can even get yourself a logo for as little as $5.  The moral of the story: Challenge yourself and take control of EVERYTHING that has to do with your, or your artists’, careers.  Now go ahead and click.

Get To Know Dr. Steve Marcone: The Jam Factory Interview

Did you know that Professor Marcone is not just a celebrated teachers and Music Biz 101 & More co-host, but also a well respected trumpet player?  Ever heard of Jam Factory, a former Epic Records-signed band in the vein of Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears?  That was Marcone’s band.  Click to read this recent interview with the good doctor.  It’s pretty cool.

How Much Did Pandora’s 10th Anniversary Cost?  A Lot.

Pandora Radio recently celebrated its 10th birthday by going completely ad free for everyone. But that costs money, because with no ad money coming in for a day, that’s a full 24 hours of no revenue.  How did this public company justify this?  Click to find out.

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Instagram Now Has 400 Million Users – Where’s the Growth Coming From?

Diddy’s Revolt Company Hires New COO – What’s This Guy’s Career Path?

U.S. Recorded Music Market Falls 0.5% In First Half of 2015

Universal Launches A New Label…With An Advertising Agency

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