Publishing Briefs: TuneSat's Low-Price Service; PEN's Deal with Olivia Newton-John; Reach Music & Dangerbird Records
Publishing Briefs: TuneSat's Low-Price Service; PEN's Deal with Olivia Newton-John; Reach Music & Dangerbird Records

TuneSat Announces Low-Price Service for Small Publishers
TuneSat, an audio monitoring service aiding music copyright holders track song use on television, has put together a low-price offer for smaller publishers.

Its new online portal allows publisher to sign up, upload songs it wants tracks, and pick which country's television broadcasts it wants monitored. Monthly subscription rates vary by number of tracks, type of service, and territories to be monitored, starting at as little as $10 per month, which gets 10 songs tracked in the U.S. market.

In addition to its new pricing model, the company has extended its reach to include TV broadcasts in eight new European territories: Austria, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland, in addition to over 200 channels in the US, UK, France, Germany and Italy.

Within hours after an audio file is uploaded for fingerprinting, the service begins delivering track usage. In addition, TuneSat reports provide data regarding usage rates for a catalog or specific writers, artists, and tracks, as well as gauging revenue patterns over time.

"There is more of a need than ever for global transparency around the use of copyrights," TuneSat co-founder and COO Chris Woods said in a statement. "Our monitoring to date shows that 80% of music on TV is unreported, and often music synchronization is not properly licensed in the first place."

PEN Music Group Signs Admin Deal with Olivia Newton-John
The PEN Music Group has signed a worldwide (excluding Australia and New Zealand) administration deal with Olivia Newton-John and her Zargon Music. According to the announcement, the deal includes all works written by Newton-John, and it also gives PEN the synch rights to all masters owned by her production company ONJ Productions Inc. Those masters include the majority or her album catalog, originally released by MCA Records.

The deal is a strategic fit to PEN's existing worldwide administration deal with John Farrar, Newton-John's producer and collaborator.

Thanks to the deal, "We now are able to offer some of Olivia's classic pop hits as one-stop all-in licenses, PEN president Michael Eames said in a statement.

Reach Music Publishing Signs Pub Admin Deal with Dangerbird
Reach Music Publishing has signed a long-term publishing administration deal with Dangerbird Records. Under the terms of the deal, Reach will provide the global publishing infrastructure for royalty collections and back-office support for Dangerbird Publishing. In addition, Reach Music will work closely with Dangerbird and Dangerbird's affiliated licensing company, Hidden Track Music, in handling synch licensing for film and TV.

Dangerbird's artists include Fitz and the Tantrums, Sea Wolf, the Limousines, the Eulogies, Division Day, and Darker My Love. In addition, Reach Music's services will also be provided to all of Dangerbird's management clients. So far Reach has interred into publishing deals with Jon Fratelli and producer Tony Hoffer.

Bacharach and David to Be Awarded Gershwin Prize
Burt Bacharach and Hal David, who have written hundreds of songs together and many of them hits, will be presented the U.S. Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for popular song in the spring of next when at an all-star tribute in Washington D.C. The other past recipients of the award are Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.

ASCAP to Bestow Awards On Don Williams and Katie Herzig
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will present its Golden Note Ward to country music star Don Williams at its 49th Annual Country Music Awards. The invitation-only event will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland. The award is presented to songwriters who have achieved extraordinary career milestones like Garth Books, Quincy Jones, J.D. Souther and Tom Petty among others.

The ASCAP Foundation is presenting its Sammy Cahn Award to Katie Herzig for her song "Closest I Get" (lyrics by Katie Herzig, music by Katie Herzig and Cason Jay Cooley). The award, created in 1995, commemorates the life and career of the great lyricist and ASCAP Board member, Sammy Cahn; and past receipients include John Mayer, Josh Ritter and John Francis.

In not-so-pub news...

Downtime, a recently started organization, is trying to get the word out to artists that they can spend their free time in between shows in a rewarding manner by engaging in charitable efforts.

Jay Harren, a former radio and record label executive, founded Downtime as a simple way to connect an artist with causes they believe in and want to support while on or off the road. All artists have to do is identify a charitable cause they want to benefit; if a band does not currently support a cause, Downtime will help them choose one.

According to a Downtime announcement, so far, artists like Manchester Orchestra, Anberlin, Mayday Parade, Grouplove, Hey Monday, Butch Walker, Sleeping at Last, The Starting Line, We The Kings, AWOLNATION, Charlotte Sometimes, Kevin Devine, Matthew Mayfield, Aaron Gillespie, Feather & Belle and Zach Williams and the Bellow have partnered with Downtime in support of such charities as I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation, Little Kids Rock!, Roots and Wings, Compassion International, Samaritan's Purse, Restore NYC, ASPCA and the Humane Society.

In addition to having a page on Downtime's site, the artist can also promote whatever cause they support through their own social media efforts.