Nearly 500 members are in town from across the U.S. and the world for the American Association of Independent Music's Indie Week with the goal of learning from one another. Here, as A2IM VP Jim Mahoney put it, it can be "empowering" to be "in the same room as the guy who put out the Lumineers and the guy who put out Mumford & Sons..."
The Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner is pretty much the do of the year for the music publishing industry and always draws a jaw-dropping array of legendary talent. This year's event included Elton John, Billy Joel and Smokey Robinson among many, many others.
BMI today filed suit at the U.S. Southern District Federal Court in New York, seeking a determination of rates for a blanket license for all music played on Pandora. Billboard broke the news of the impending lawsuit late last night.
At NMPA's annual meeting, the organization's president David Israelite and RIAA chairman and CEO Cary Sherman pointed out that it is time for record labels and publishers to reconcile their differences with regard to mechanical licensing, performance royalties, and rates.
At the National Music Publishers’ Association annual meeting last night at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, New York City, the organization announced its new board of directors, including newly-elected Kobalt Music Group CEO Willard Ahdritz.