-- The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has organized a songwriters' showcase for Nov. 28, the same day as the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet is holding hearings on music licensing. The event, which will take place at the Rayburn House Office Building, is aimed at getting the message across to legislatures that "Pandora's efforts to reduce royalty rates will hurt songwriters and music publishers. In 2011," the trade association said in a statement, claiming that, "Pandora paid songwriters and music publishers only 4 percent of their total revenue."
The songwritesr will perform songs they wrote or co-wrote and will include Kara DioGuardi's who will play "Sober" recorded by Pink; Linda Perry who will play "Beautiful" recorded by Christina Aguilera; Desmond Child who will do "Livin' on a Prayer" recorded by Bon Jovi; BC Jean singing "If I Were a Boy" recorded by Beyoncé; and Lee Miller performing "You're Gonna Miss This" recorded by Trace Adkins.
In other moves, the NMPA has appointed Spirit Music founder and president to the organization's board of directors. Meanwhile, Broadcast Music Inc. announced the election of Steven W. Newbury, president and CEO of the 22-station Commonwealth Broadcasting Corp., to its board of directors
-- ole has acquired Brett Jones' catalog, including Big Borass Music, Jonebone Music and Brett Jones Music as well as signed the songwriter to a going forward deal. The company didn't disclose if the going forward portion is an administration or publishing deal. According to the announcement, the acquired catalogs contain over 500 songs, including Billy Currington's "That's How Country Boys Roll;" Justin Moore's "If Heaven Wasn't So Fary Away;" Trace Adkins "Honky tonk Badonkadonk;" Jason Aldean's "Crazy Town," and Montgomery Gentry's "What Do Yo Think About That."
"We will work hard to drive activity on Brett's legacy works and to create a creative environment that plays to his strengths going forward," ole CEO Robert Ott said in a statement.
Ole also has signed singer, songwriter and producer Frank Myers to a worldwide administration deal for his Meleva Music catalog as well as future works. Such songs as the McClymonts "Pieces of Me," are included in the catalog. Previously, ole had acquired a catalog from Myers that included Lonestar's "I'm Already There."
In other ole news, the company said its president Michael McCarty has left the company, and the president's office will not be a part of the management structure in 2013.
In making that announcement, the company noted that in its ninth year of operation it employs 45 staffers in offices in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and Nashville.
-- BMG Chrysalis has signed several separate co-publishing deals: In Los Angeles, BMG Chrysalis signed an exclusive worldwide co-publishing deal with producer and songwriter Fuego, who has worked with Shakira, Jason Derulo, Chris Brown and the Ready Set and has written music for commercials including for a U.S. Ford Fusion spot and a few soccer World Cup commercials, according to BMG Chrysalis.
That office has also renewed the company's exclusive worldwide administration deal with Jeff Tweedy, founding member and leader of American rock band Wilco and co-founder of the alt-country band Uncle Tupelo. BMG Chrysalis US already represented Tweedy and other Wilco members. With this new agreement, Tweedy brings the rest of his works to BMG who will now represent the complete Wilco catalog. The deal includes Uncle Tupelo recordings and the Mermaid Avenue album series, which features music written by Tweedy and lyrics penned by folk singer Woody Guthrie.
In Nashville, BMG Chrysalis signed a deal with Will Hoge, who will begin his "Let Me Be Lonely: 2012" solo tour in a few days. The company has also cut an exclusive co-publishing agreement with songwriter, producer and arranger Darrell Brown, that will also see the firm administer Brown's back catalog.
Brown "brings great depth and energy to our roster in every genre, and is the type of writer that is never satisfied with what is happening in the moment, but always reaching forward, BMG Nashville executive VP Darrell Franklin said in a statement.
-- Kobalt Neighbouring Rights, which launched in mid 2011, has recently signed deals with Bob Dylan, Dr. Luke, Gotye, Max Martin, Paul Simon, Ryan Tedder and Shellback (a.k.a. Johan Schuster). The company previously announced that it had signed Carly Simon to a roster that also includes Benny Gallagher, Gary Newman and Mary Wilson.
"We are privileged to be representing many of the world's top artists and producers for neighbouring rights and bringing them the most transparent and efficient way to maximize their revenues," Kobalt Neighbouring Rights executive chairman Hans van Berkel said in a statement. "In some territories, we have found monies that have been held for 10 years or longer. It is our mission to find the income that clients are properly due and have it released by the respective neighbouring rights societies throughout the world.
In addition, Kobalt Neighbouring Rights said it is launching "next generation" technology and services for Kobalt neighbouring rights clients who can now view online all account details showing exactly where their income is coming from, and from which territory. Accounts are continually updated and viewable 24/7, the company said.
-- Reservoir Media Management has signed a publishing agreement with Toronto-based songwriter, producer and musician, Byram Joseph, AKA Slakah the Beatchild. Slakah's catalog includes four Slakah and Slakadeliqus albums with a fifth title in production.
In a statement, Reservoir senior VP of creative and business development Faith Newman said, Slakah's "repertoire and influences are so diverse; he runs the gamut from soul, to hip-hop, to rock, to dance so well that it's hard to believe all that music comes from just one person."
-- Steve Lewis, former principle in Stage Three Music, which he sold to BMG Rights Management, is setting up a consulting business. In addition to high-level project management, he will offer assistance in structuring and negotiating publishing, recording, production and artist management agreements. For more information, visit: www.stevelewisservices.com
-- Scott James, former Universal Music Publishing Group executive VP of worldwide TV, film and synchronization has been named VP of business development at AH2, the firm created by composers Jeff Lippencott and Mark T. Williams, who have composed music for "The Apprentice," "The Biggest Loser," "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," and "Extreme Makeover: Weightloss Edition" among other television shows.
-- ASCAP will hold its 8th annual "I Create Music Expo," on April 13-23 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. For more information and to register for the conference go to www.ascap.com/expo .