- The Copyright Alliance launched the Copyright Alliance Education Foundation, a new non-profit charitable extension of the Alliance that will develop educational programs for Americas next generation of creators. The goal of the foundation is to maintain a copyright-aware environment in schools and provide educational resources.

-- Warner/Chappell Music has signed this year's Academy of Country Music's "Song of the Year" winner, James Otto. Under the deal, W/C will co-publish and administer the majority of Otto's catalog and his future compositions.

- Music Reports Inc., a provider of music rights administration services, says it has started accounting to more than 12,000 music publishing administrators representing over 50,000 individual music publishers. This is the first accounting under the recent Copyright Royalty Board rates ruling for mechanical licensing of interactive streams and limited downloads. Beginning this month, U.S. publishing administrators may log in to musicreports.com to view accountings.

- The National Music Publishers' of America annual meeting, to be held June 17 in New York, will feature novelist and journalist Mark Helprin as its keynote speaker. Helprin is a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute for the study of statesmanship and political philosophy, fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

- ASCAP will add seven jazz greats to the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame on June 16. The invitation-only event will be held at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The inductees are Jon Hendricks, Johnny Mandel, Annie Ross, and Randy Weston; and posthumous honorees: John Coltrane, Dave Lambert, and Tito Puente.

- Music Sales Corporation will serve as the North American sub-publisher for London-based Mute Song. The deal will add to Music Sales Corporation's extensive catalog by such artists and songwriters as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds; contemporary classical composer Max Richter; DJ and artist/songwriter Paul Oakenfold among many others.