Michael Baum

Michael Baum is the president of SMACKSongs, an independent music publisher based in Nashville.

Michael Baum

At PROs, Transparency Shouldn't Be Just a Buzzword (Guest Column)

As the co-founder and president of SMACKSongs, I read with interest Ed Christman's recent article in Billboard, headlined Shane McAnally's Dispute With ASCAP Puts 'Premium Payments' in Spotlight. I was stunned at the outright half-truths and misrepresentations made by ASCAP in their response to Billboard's queries.
Michael Baum

At PROs, Transparency Shouldn't Be Just a Buzzword (Guest Column)

As the co-founder and president of SMACKSongs, I read with interest Ed Christman's recent article in Billboard, headlined Shane McAnally's Dispute With ASCAP Puts 'Premium Payments' in Spotlight. I was stunned at the outright half-truths and misrepresentations made by ASCAP in their response to Billboard's queries.