Eric Benet Inks Management Deal With Primary Wave
-- Grammy Nominated R&B singer Eric Benet has signed a management deal with New York City-based Primary Wave Talent Management (PrimaryWaveMusic.com).
This new management deal reunites Benet with veteran artist manager Michael "Blue" Williams, who successfully worked with Benet in the past and will now be spearheading Primary Wave's management efforts.
The signing follows Benet's most recent success with the release of his fifth studio album, "Lost In Time." This year, Benet will also make his lead acting debut in the film "Trinity Goodheart," premiering in July at the Black American Film Festival in Miami.
Benet's signing marks the latest addition to Primary Wave's diverse Talent Management roster including Grammy Award Winning artist Cee Lo Green, teen sensation Cody Simpson, international rock-violinist David Garrett, Danish metal band Volbeat and most recently, DJ and radio personality, DJ Skee.
BMI Live Goes Mobile
-- BMI, which earlier this year launched BMI Live to enable songwriters to list their concerts and set lists online, has now added a mobile version. The new service enables songwriters to upload concert data directly from their smartphones into BMI's systems to be considered for royalty payments.
"Many of our songwriters are constantly on the go and rely heavily on their mobile devices to conduct their business affairs," BMI president/CEO Del Bryant said in a statement. "Being able to enter their tour information and set lists on a timely basis while they are on the road helps generate more accurate and timely data on live performances which could generate additional royalties for BMI writers and publishers."
BMI Live is now available to users of iPhones and Android devices. For Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users, the BMI Mobile App can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store (keyword: bmi mobile).
Songwriters must have an active BMI Live account and must have signed up for direct deposit to use the new mobile-access opportunities. BMI Live allows songwriters to input up to six months of their performance data for venues of any size.
Harry Fox Agency To Provide Music Licensing To PCMusic
-- The Harry Fox Agency (HFA) has reached an agreement to provide music licensing to PCMusic, a provider of customized background music for businesses.
Under the deal, more than 46,000 HFA affiliated publishers have the opportunity to participate in PCMusic's service, which provides music to some of the most well known hospitality, restaurant, fitness and retail brands around the world.
SESAC Songwriter Awards Happening May 11
-- The SESAC songwriter awards is coming to New York next week to honor the top songwriters, artist and publishers of 2010. The 2011 SESAC New York Music Awards will be held May 11 at the IAC Building. In addition to the awards presentation, there will be a special Robert Johnson 100th anniversary tribute during the event.