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MAM Family: Andrew & Polly
May 8, 2017

How do you pivot from rushing to hit a client’s commercial music deadline to gleefully banging toy drums with giggling kids at a chocolate factory? Plus an Emmy nomination? Like many of you, Andrew Barkan and Polly Hall kicked off their careers in New York, composing music for advertising clients and scoring indie film projects. Polly eventually founded […]

100% Licensing a-OK with DOJ
July 6, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice is one chill cat. With lobbyists and industry execs swarming outside its doors, the DOJ stood it’s ground and declared they would not be amending ASCAP and BMI’s royalty collecting consent decrees. They also tacked on to their decision that, oh, by the way, you just need one copyright owner’s […]

Hallelujah! The music world is finally standing up to YouTube’s increasingly blatant abuse of free music performances. Remember our piece on music mogul Irving Azoff’s new Global Music Rights PRO? Turns out he’s also a long-time critic of YouTube, recently unleashing the Kracken in an open letter via Recode. He’s part of a landslide of […]

Present-Day Pirates: A Most Ingenious Paradox
February 26, 2016

In honor of Monday’s Leap Day (known to some of us as ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ Day), it seems fitting to get a nitty-gritty look at today’s modern pirate. You know the type: roguish disregard for the rules, exploits the weak merely to increase their bounty/booty, treacherous when crossed, cavalier with their beloved(s), snorts at […]

PMC Gets Mo’ Money
September 30, 2015

Did you make it to the Production Music Conference (PMC) this month to check out Nan’s panel: “Mo’ Money: Performance Royalties for Commercials“? Nan gathered together four stellar panelists from all corners of the industry to discuss what goes into getting “mo’ money” out of commercials: Aaron Davis (Founder of Exploration IO), Ivy Tomback (Owner of Litchfield Entertainment), Connor […]

Oh “Blurred Lines”, how we love/hate you. Since hitting airwaves in March 2013, the pop tune has been hit with continuous criticism. Initial scrutiny for the song by Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I. was due to its grossly sexist message, including its flagrant disregard for sexual consent (um, eww). But despite its illicit message, ‘Blurred […]

The Pirate Bay Hydra
July 9, 2015

Woe, The tragic tale of The Pirate Bay. How yee online pirates hae mirthlessly plundered for years the once-bonny seas of the music world. The federal floggings have proved futile; you’re like a hydra — cut off yer head, and dashed if several more grow back. Scoundrels. The final of the four founders (Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm, Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, and financier Carl Lundström) first indicted in 2006 […]

EMI Pirates Foreign Royalties from Duke Ellington
June 30, 2015

While streaming brands tinker with the royalty penny slots, EMI Music has been playing high-stakes poker with marked cards on the likes of legendary Duke Ellington and other vintage song catalogs oversees. Unfortunately, the courts keep siding with EMI. Duke Ellington’s grandson and heir, Paul Ellington, recently sued the record label for double-dipping into his […]

Donald Trump announced his bid for the U.S. Presidency last Tuesday in a speech that left many cringing with raised eyebrows, including assertions about Mexico, the Middle East, China and Japan (he later cried ‘sorry not sorry‘ on Twitter). Yet his biggest faux pas turned out to be his choice of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” for his big […]

Apple Music Dances with Swift’s Hot Moves
June 23, 2015

One week from its big music streaming homecoming, Apple Music is floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee, and suddenly contender for ‘belle of the ball’. On Sunday, the mighty Taylor Swift called out the world’s richest tech company for trying to skip out on paying artists and publishers during Apple Music’s initial 3-month […]

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