CISAC Summit Set for June 2013
CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, will hold its fourth biennial World Creators Summit on June 4-5, 2013, in Washington, DC, at the Ronald Reagan Center. Formerly known as the World Copyright Summit, the event's new name expresses the expanded focus on the creator.
"Copyright is at the core of any discussion on creative activity and creators' ability to thrive in the digital era," CISAC director General Olivier Hinnewinkel said in a statement. "The rapid changes in the market have had a huge impact on today's copyright debates."
At the World Creators Summit, executives from all copyright areas engage in these debates on how market changes impact creators' ability to earn a livelihood from their creation, he said. "With so much change in the air, from the U.S. presidential election to the rise of cloud services, we are looking forward to some fascinating and thought provoking discussions," Hinnewinkel added. For more details visit: http://www.cisac.org/CisacPortal/consultArticle.do?id=1620.
Kobalt Signs Admin Deal With David Hodges
Kobalt has signed an exclusive world wide administration agreement with former Evanescence member, songwriter and producer David Hodges to administer all new musical works for his publishing company, 3Weddings Music. Besides writing for Evanescence, he co-wrote Kelly Clarkson's "Because Of You," David Archuleta's "Crush" and Daughtry's "What About Now," among other songs. Hodges is currently collaborating with Avril Lavigne, Natasha Bedingfield, Sara Evans, and Christina Perri.
"Live and Let Die" Lives Large
BMI presented Sir Paul McCartney with a BMI Million-Air Award to honor over 4 million U.S. broadcast performances of his James Bond film song, "Live and Let Die." This marks the 75th time that he has picked up that honor, including one in 1988 for achieving 5 million plays of "Yesterday," which now has surpassed 9 million plays.
Magnets & Ghosts Get Wonderlous
Indie music publisher Wonderlous Music has entered into an exclusive worldwide administration agreement with Dean Roland, a founding member of Collective Soul, and producer/musician Ryan Potesta, who collaborate under the Magnets & Ghosts name. The deal includes both past and present songs by the two songwriters, as well as exclusive sync rights to all master recordings owned by Magnets & Ghosts, including their full-length release, "Mass."
Jingle Punks Passes $1 Million in Sync Payments to Indie Artists
Jingle Punks, the New York-based music licensing and composing company, says it has passed the $1 million milestone in synchronization payments to indie artists.
The company offers music users a precleared database for 75,000 tracks for both publishing and master rights. Those tracks consist of about two-thirds indie and D-I-Y songs that Jingle Punks reps on a non-exclusive basis, as well as 25,000 original pieces of production and pop music commissioned by the firm. Film, television and advertising music supervisors can access the Jingle Player, which uses a custom Pandora-like algorithm to tag and categorize the 75,000 tracks in its library, and also search for songs using pop-culture relevant terms.
"Our Jingle Player makes the process of selecting and purchasing music easier for producers, but it wouldn't be possible if we didn't make every effort to maintain a sterling collection of songs," said Jingle Punks CEO and co-founder Jared Gutstadt. "Our Jingle Player allows producers to easily find music that's right for their projects from our curated library by using our algorithm. Providing musicians with additional sources of revenue will always be at the core of our business."
Big Machine and Crosscut Sign Co-Pub Deal With Don Poythress
Big Machine Music and Crosscut Music have signed an exclusive co-publishing agreement with songwriter Don Poythress, whose songs have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow and Clint Black. His most recent songwriting contribution was Easton Corbin's "A Little More Country Than That." He has also penned recent cuts for such artists as Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler, as well as upcoming album cuts for newcomers Greg Bates and the Henningsens.