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  1. Dept. of Justice Sends Doc Requests, Investigating UMPG, Sony/ATV, BMI and ASCAP Over Possible 'Coordination'

    July 13, 2014 11:51 AM EDT The Department of Justice is investigating major publishing companies, and is rumored to be looking into possible behind-the-scenes coordination between the companies. The Department of Justice has sent out CIDs (Civil Investigative Demand for D ...

  2. Licensing Hearings in June Expanded, to Include David Israelite, Neil Portnow

    June 04, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Witnesses from around the music business are set for two House Judiciary Committee hearings that will help shape the future of music licensing. The first hearing, previously announced, will take place on Tuesday, June 10th at 10am ET. Billboard ha ...

  3. Cobain's Catalog Rights to Stay with BMI Through Q1 2015

    April 14, 2014 2:53 PM EDT While SESAC has cut a deal to represent the complete Kurt Cobain catalog -- as the organization announced on April 7 -- for the remainder of this year, a good portion of the late songwriter's catalog rights will remain with BMI. Related Nirva ...

  4. ASCAP Taps Tom Petty for Founders Award

    March 20, 2014 5:14 PM EDT Rock veteran to be honored at 31st Annual Pop Music Awards on April 23 in L.A. Tom Petty’s gotta have it…the ASCAP Founder’s Award, that is. The veteran rocker will be honored with the organization’s prestigious Founders Award at its 31st annual P ...

  5. German Collection Society GEMA Brings In 3.9% More, Pays Out €720 Million

    March 19, 2014 11:41 AM EDT The financial year 2013 of the German collection society GEMA  in Munich has been successful. The total income GEMA has received from all rightsholders was €852.4 million (about $1.18 billion), an increase of 3.9% over the previous year. The group ...

  6. SESAC Facing New Anti-Trust Legal Challenge

    March 14, 2014 5:17 AM EDT SESAC is now fighting anti-trust lawsuits on two fronts. In a March 3 U.S. Southern District of New York court ruling, Judge Paul Engelmayer denied SESAC's motion for a summary judgement and is allowing an antitrust complaint brought against ...

  7. Happy 100th Birthday, ASCAP: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

    February 13, 2014 2:25 PM EST This article was first published in the February 15th issue of Billboard . Since that time, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named February 13th, 2014 "ASCAP Day." As well, the organization has put together a playlist of its top so ...

  8. ASCAP's Pre-Grammy Brunch Draws a Diverse Crowd Including T.I., Black Sabbath, Jessi Alexander

    January 27, 2014 12:24 PM EST Plenty of ASCAP's best and brightest songwriters turned out Saturday (Jan. 25) morning for the performance rights organization's 2014 Grammy Nominee Brunch at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles. The party was marked with a centennial celebrati ...

  9. Universal Music Publishing, Pandora Strike Deal on BMI Repertoire

    January 22, 2014 3:26 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has signed a license agreement with Pandora that allows the digital service to play its songs in the BMI repertoire. "Our deal with Pandora is another step toward reaching our goal of ensuring that there i ...

  10. After Judge's Ruling, Publishing Companies' Digital Rights Withdrawal Anything But Clear-Cut

    January 14, 2014 3:18 PM EST While the BMI website says that four of the five largest music publishing catalogs have withdrawn from BMI, sources tell Billboard that most of those publishers have reached a stand-still agreement with digital music services and BMI while they ...

  11. Pandora Ruling Has Far-Reaching Implications For U.S. Publishing Industry

    December 23, 2013 11:53 AM EST On Sunday, the smoke began to clear after a round of clarifications by Judge Louis Stanton's on his Dec. 18 ruling against Pandora in the BMI rate court. The immediate upshot is that Pandora--which is still petitioning the Judge to reconsi ...

  12. Business Matters: Are Radio Royalties Fair?

    September 27, 2013 5:53 PM EDT There’s a battle going on over the notion of fairness in royalties. The word fairness is being tossed around quite a bit by stakeholders as royalties are being established for fast-growing digital music platforms. I read and hear the word all th ...

  13. Pandora Prevails In ASCAP Rate Court Case

    September 18, 2013 2:49 AM EDT The New York ASCAP rate court has come down in favor of Pandora in a ruling that says that the performance right organization blanket license has to include all of its repertoire. That means that the all the publishers who have pulled their ...

  14. BMI Latin Promotes Joey Mercado in Puerto Rico, Adds Carolina Arenas in New York

    June 27, 2013 10:29 AM EDT Delia Orjuela, Vice President for Latin Writer/Publisher Relations today announced personnel changes at BMI Latin “to meet the growing demand for Latin repertoire." In Puerto Rico, 17-year BMI veteran Joey Mercado was promoted to Senior Dir ...

  15. A2IM's Indie Week Kicks Off With 'Guy Who Put Out the Lumineers & Guy Who Put Out Mumford & Sons'

    June 18, 2013 7:39 PM EDT A2IM, the American Association of Independent Music, kicked off its annual indie week event today with panels on publishing and neighboring rights. Nearly 500 members are in New York from across the U.S. and the world, including missions from Au ...

  16. How Inconsistent Metadata Impedes Music Industry Growth at NARM's Music Biz 2013

    May 07, 2013 4:49 PM EDT Panel: Building Efficiency & Transparency In Royalty Reporting Moderator: Mark Isherwood, Rightscomm Panelists: Matt DeFilippis, ASCAP Larry Miller, MediaNet Daniel Susla, TouchTunes Les Watkins, Music Reports Inc. Rob Weitzner, Consolidated ...

  17. ASCAP Announces Results of Biannual Board Elections

    March 27, 2013 11:16 AM EDT ASCAP has announced the results of its biannual elections to its board of directors, in a statement released today. 23 of the 24 electees, split evenly between twelve writers and twelve publishers with one 'symphonic and concert' membe ...

  18. YouTube, Partners Needs to Work Harder to Pay Songwriters, Publishers Fairly: Guest Post by Matt Pincus

    March 19, 2013 3:09 PM EDT From Billboard’s groundbreaking decision to factor YouTube views into the charts, to the “Harlem Shake,” to the historic agreements covering UGC content and Vevo videos, YouTube is becoming the mainstream music business. Yet, the ugly truth is t ...

  19. Simon Darlow, Songwriter for Grace Jones, Shirley Bassey, Named Chairman of U.K. Rights Org BASCA

    February 28, 2013 5:00 AM EST U.K. songwriters’ body BASCA (the British Association of Songwriters, Composers & Authors) has announced the appointment of composer, musician and arranger Simon Darlow as its new chairman. Darlow, 52, has a long list of song credits including ...

  20. ASCAP President Paul Williams, Songwriters Josh Kear, Dan Wilson Make Royalty Case to Congress

    February 27, 2013 10:35 AM EST Above, L-R: Songwriter Josh Kear, co-chair of the Congressional Songwriters Caucus Rep. Martha Blackburn, songwriter Dan Wilson and ASCAP president Paul Williams Yesterday, at the Rayburn House Office Building on Washington D.C.'s Independenc ...

  21. Business Matters: Are DJs and EDM Artists Making Sure They're Getting Paid?

    February 13, 2013 6:59 PM EST As EDM becomes big business in the United States, some food for thought comes from PRS for Music, the collection society in the United Kingdom. PRS announced Wednesday it launched an electronic music initiative called Amplify to better ensure el ...

  22. Universal Music Publishing Plots Exit From ASCAP, BMI

    February 01, 2013 4:10 PM EST On the heels of Sony/ATV and EMI striking a deal to directly license their music to Pandora , Universal Music Publishing has notified ASCAP and BMI that it too will no longer rely on the two performance rights organizations to negotiate digit ...

  23. Three Songwriter Organizations Oppose Internet Radio Fairness Act

    December 03, 2012 2:14 PM EST In the last three weeks, three coalitions of songwriter organizations have written letters to congress opposing the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA) while asserting that songwriters royalty rates paid by services like Pandora are too low and nee ...

  24. Songwriter Organizations Pen Letter to Congress Opposing Internet Radio Fairness Act

    November 28, 2012 9:32 PM EST In conjunction with the House Intellectual Property Subcommittee hearing on music licensing reform held Wednesday, four songwriter organizations collectively wrote a letter to Congress opposing the Internet Radio Fairness Act. Radio Broadcasters G ...

  25. The Key Women Behind ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC

    November 28, 2012 12:03 PM EST The performing rights organizations -- ASCAP, BMI and SESAC -- play a crucial role in the financial health of the music industry, paying performance royalties to songwriters, composers and publishers. At each of the PROs, numerous female executive ...

  26. Michael Simon of Harry Fox Agency: Digital Music's Slingshot

    November 19, 2012 12:55 PM EST Michael Simon, the new president/CEO of the Harry Fox Agency, says he has a simple goal for HFA: combine his deep love of music with his desire to build the industry's digital infrastructure to help young people discover musicians like Hal ...

  27. FutureSound Panel Explores Why Digital Licensing Is 'Still Painful,' But Getting Less So

    November 17, 2012 9:53 AM EST (L-R): Jon Vanhala, SVP Digital & New Business, Island Def Jam & Universal Republic, Universal Music Group; Richard Conlon, SVP Corporate Strategy, Communications & New Media, BMI; John Frankenheimer, Partner & Chairman Emeritus, L ...

  28. Music Publishers, Congressmen Send Letter Protesting Internet Radio Fairness Act

    November 16, 2012 4:48 PM EST While Congress gets ready to consider the Internet Radio Fairness Act of 2012 later this month, which some say is designed to lower pureplay webcasters royalty rates to record labels, the National Music Publishers' Assn. and other songwriter ...

  29. Pandora Sues ASCAP for Lower Rates

    November 06, 2012 12:29 PM EST Internet radio company Pandora has sued ASCAP in a federal court in New York in an effort to get lower rates for the performance of ASCAP's songwriters' and composers' works. The move is the latest by the Internet radio company to l ...

  30. Luke Laird, Dallas Davidson, Sony/ATV Win Big at 60th BMI Country Awards

    October 31, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Big winners: Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Tom T. Hall and Luke Laird attend the 60th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on October 30, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/Getty Images for BMI) "Take A Back Road" went cent ...

  31. Morning Fix: Taylor Swift's Million-Selling 'Red'; UMG Settles Digital Royalties Suit; iTunes 11 Delay

    October 31, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters TAYLOR SWIFT'S 'RED' SELLS 1.21 MILLION -- BIGGEST SALES WEEK FOR AN ALBUM SINCE 2002: It's official: Taylor Swift's "Re ...

  32. Songwriters Are Left Out of Pandora's Royalty Plan: Guest Post by Downtown Music's Justin Kalifowitz

    October 29, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Pandora's efforts to lower its royalty rates have inspired conversation and controversy in recent weeks. This editorial by Justin Kalifowitz -- president of Downtown Music Publishing and co-founder / CEO of Songtrust , a royalty collection pl ...

  33. Op-Ed: Cutting But Not Running

    October 15, 2012 8:29 AM EDT During the past few weeks, there has been a great deal of chatter about Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing's decision to withdraw certain digital rights from ASCAP and BMI. Since some of the facts have been distorted by nonauthoritative sour ...

  34. Apple's Internet-Radio Service Faces Many Snags, Not Just Sony/ATV

    October 01, 2012 4:57 PM EDT While digital and satellite radio services may have another level of negotiations to navigate for Apple's forthcoming radio service, a report last week by the New York Post claiming that Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the snag holding up the la ...

  35. BMI Releases Results, Revenue Down 3.5% Due to Radio Rate Settlement

    September 20, 2012 6:02 PM EDT In the year ended June 30, 2012, Broadcast Music, Inc. reported $898.8 million in revenue, a nearly 3.5% decline from the $931 million collected in the prior year. The organization attributed the decline to " settling a rate litigation" ...

  36. When Blake Met Beyonce

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Nashville songwriters work both sides of the fence. Blake Shelton and Beyonce do not make the same kind of music, but both of them gave the same basic assignment to a handful of songwriters in August: Write me a hit. Approximately 15 writers showe ...

  37. Are You One of 50K Artists Not Claiming Your SoundExchange Royalties?

    August 15, 2012 11:50 AM EDT SoundExchange has released an updated list of more than 50,000 sound recording owners and performing artists who have yet to register with the organization. Rights owners and performing artists can use SoundExchange's searchable database to r ...

  38. Chris Amenita, Former ASCAP SVP, Dies

    August 06, 2012 6:35 PM EDT Chris Amenita, who worked at ASCAP for twenty-seven years, most recently serving as senior vice president, broadcast operations and new media licensing, died August 3 after battling cancer. He was 55. Amenita worked in a variety of roles throughou ...

  39. SoundExchange Partners With Foreign Societies For Royalty Collections

    July 25, 2012 8:30 PM EDT SoundExchange, an organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties in the U.S., has signed two groups of reciprocal agreements with foreign collecting societies. SoundExchange Names Three New Board of Director Members This ...

  40. Radiohead, Pink Floyd Members Express Opposition To EU Draft Copyright Legislation

    July 11, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Newly proposed draft legislation by the European Commission designed to enhance cross-border digital licensing, streamline societies' royalty collection and combat piracy has been criticized by artists' lobbying body Younison, which repr ...

  41. UK's Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society Lost $3.9 Million in 2011 As Financial Woes Continue

    July 05, 2012 2:19 PM EDT The plummeting sales of physical CDs in 2011 are hurting the U.K.'s MCPS (Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society) and are expected to continue this year, the society's officials disclosed at the Music Publishers Association (MPA) annual ...

  42. German Clubs Shut Down in Protest of New GEMA Tariffs

    July 02, 2012 11:21 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Bars, clubs and discoteques across Germany shut down in protest shortly before midnight Saturday to demonstrate their opposition to plans by the country's music rights collection agency to change the way they calculate fees ...

  43. ASCAP Film & TV Awards Honor Isham, Newton Howard, Zimmer, Rabin, More

    June 28, 2012 8:55 PM EDT Mark Isham, James Newton Howard, Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, John Debney and Carter Burwell were among the composers honored Thursday at ASCAP's 27th Annual Film & Television Music Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. During the invita ...

  44. YouTube Seeks Label Aid to Secure Artists' Publishing Rights for Videos

    June 21, 2012 7:20 PM EDT YouTube seeks label aid to secure artists' publishing rights for videos YouTube's appearance at the "Indie Week" convention recently held by the American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM) in New York was the meet's best-at ...

  45. NMPA Inks Deal With Universal Music Group Over VEVO, YouTube Videos

    June 19, 2012 11:32 AM EDT Less than a week after the National Music Publishers' Association annual meeting, when president and CEO David Israelite said the organization was chasing the major labels to pay indie music publishers for videos streamed on VEVO and Youtube, ...

  46. Israelite Calls Publishers to Meet Over Music Video Payments, Digital Provider Licensing

    June 14, 2012 7:30 PM EDT National Music Publishers' Assn. (NMPA) president/CEO David Israelite issued a call to action on three major fronts - music video payments, consent decree reforms and digital provider licensing. The move came at the organization's annual ...

  47. NMPA's David Israelite To Congress: A More Efficient Mechanical Licensing System

    June 13, 2012 9:31 PM EDT National Music Publishers Assn. (NMPA) president/CEO David Israelite called for the U.S. Congress to fix section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act so the industry can construct a more efficient mechanical licensing system during the organization' ...

  48. UK's PPL Posts Record Revenues, Lambasts London Olympics, Global Digital Media Owners

    June 13, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Despite announcing its best annual financial results in the organization's 78-year history with total license fee income jumping 7% in 2011, speakers at today's (June 13) annual general meeting for PPL, the licensing body representing U. ...

  49. Frances Preston Remembered by Rosanne Cash, Del Bryant, Joe Galante, Many More Execs and Songwriters

    June 13, 2012 11:47 AM EDT The music community was saddened today by news of the passing of Frances Williams Preston, longtime head of BMI and one of the pioneering female executives in the music industry. This morning, many of the artists she helped and executives she work ...

  50. NMPA CEO David Israelite On What He'll Discuss At Annual Meeting

    June 12, 2012 8:46 PM EDT As music publishers convene in New York Wednesday for the National Music Publishers Assn. (NMPA) annual meeting, NMPA president/CEO David Israelite says he will address some of the same issues that he covered in his Congressional testimony last we ...

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