above for the CD Tex App, Facebook, Twitter, or Email.
regarding SESAC affiliated titles
to the excessive license fees imposed by SESAC, CD TEX has elected not
renew the SESAC blanket license and will no longer offer previewing of
SESAC titles on the CD Tex website. However,
CD Tex will continue to deliver and make available all BMI, ASCAP, and
SESAC titles for download for Radio and the Music Industry, and will
continue to offer previews on all BMI and ASCAP titles. This
only affects SESAC titles, which represent 2% of the CD Tex content.
the American Music Publishing Community: We are an
international alliance of songwriter and composer
organizations representing tens of thousands of
music creators throughout the world, many of whom
have created musical works in which you claim
videos get 3
billion views every day, but up until
now there wasn’t an easy way to embed videos on
other platforms. YouTube says they have
“billions of views” per day, but don’t
specify an exact number. YouTube hit 4 billion
views a day in 2012. In other words, Facebook is
recently surfaced that Sony is purchasing
the rest of The Orchard. Sony already owned a
sizable amount of the distributor, possibly around 51
percent. Sony’s full purchase is expected to close after
March. The Orchard is wasting no time. They are already
buying up and investing in other companies.
Shane has passed away after a short battle with Colon
Cancer and being placed in Hospice care earlier this week.
Ed was well respected and loved by everyone who knew him,
and his contributions to the Texas Music Scene will
continue to be regarded as the main reason the scene
exists today. Updates regarding Ed's Memorial
Services and more will be posted soon. In the
meantime we hope you will keep Pam Shane in your prayers,
as she is dealing with her loss.
It was announced Saturday in Orange,
Texas that Tracy Byrd will be inducted into the Texas Country Hall of
Fame Aug. 8, 2015, in Carthage Texas. Byrd was presented with a special Hall of Fame Blue Jean Jacket by Tommy Ritter Smith, CEO of
The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame/Tex Ritter Museum and Randy Holland, owner of
Real Country Booking.
to new data from the RIAA, streaming revenue is catching
up to digital download revenue in the US. In 2014
streaming revenue was at $1.9 billion and digital download
revenue was at $2.6 million.
can be a powerful tool for emerging musicians, offering a
direct line to fans and always teasing the possibility of
a surprise, viral hit. YouTube
for Artists is a new initiative aimed at making
it easier for artists to connect with their audiences,
manage their videos and review data -- who's watching
what, where do your fans live, what do they like?
RIAA released its figures for 2014, accounting a slight
decline in revenue for the year, marking the U.S. music
industry's value at $6.97 billion. That's a 0.47% decline over
2013, when the industry was valued at $7 billion.
Although there has never been a perfect way of calculating license fees and
collecting royalties, the system for reporting airplay, as we know it today, has existed
practically forever and has progressively gotten more unfair for the
independent writers and publishers.
In another major move into
the indie sector, Sony Music Entertainment has agreed
to purchase the remaining equity stake in the Orchard
from Dimensional Associates, giving the major full
ownership of the company. According to a Sony Corp.
filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission on its financial results for the fiscal
third quarter ended Dec. 31, Sony has agreed to pay
about $200 million for the remaining shares in the
Digital, a leading technology provider for the audio industry,
unveiled its monthly Ranker for January 2015, providing
insights into listening trends measured by the Webcast Metrics
audience measurement platform. Listing in January 2015 showed
great strides, with Average Active Sessions (AAS) up by more
than 41 percent compared to January 2014. iOS and Android
continue to be the favorite platforms for consuming streaming
audio, boasting 36 percent and 30 percent of all listening,
five-week rate trial -- begun
on Feb. 11 -- that will decide the royalty rate
Pandora must pay BMI for the use of its catalog came to a
close this past Friday (Mar. 13). Pandora's lawyer, Kenneth
Steinthal of law firm of King & Spaulding,
reminded Judge Louis Stanton that the court's
decision would likely have ramifications far beyond an
agreement between the digital radio service and the
performance rights organization (PRO).
Government Copyright Office released a roughly 200-page report
outlining recommendations for changes to copyright law on
Thursday. The recommendation that has the most wide-reaching
ramifications for broadcasters: The Copyright Office is
recommending expanding public performance rights in sound
recordings to include terrestrial radio broadcasters. (opinion:
This performance tax will kill indie music on radio)
those not directly involved in the industry – and who have
to pay for the music they use in movies, TV, or other creative endeavors
– confirmed that they see musicians as the most commercially
undervalued artists of the digital era.
outside a small music industry and copyright community
were likely to watch the live stream of Tuesday's
hearing about the 74-year-old Department of Justice
consent decrees that govern ASCAP and BMI.
related summary of issues, congressional developments,
judicial updates, administration updates, international
updates and industry updates, provided courtesy of American
Continental Group (ACG).
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee sub-committee on
Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights is
holding a hearing on the antitrust decrees that govern
how ASCAP and BMI engage in music licensing.
is a fairness issue. When you have songwriters who are good at
their craft, when they are able to write songs that are taken
by artists and become number one songs and played thousands
upon thousands and millions of times, and at the end of the
day they get $40 off of streaming cuts, and they're not able
to negotiate for what their value is worth, I think it's a
fairness issue. It's not one of those things where we say as
an industry they've got to make more or make less. Government
is forcing you to not be in a position to get fair market for
year, thousands of people attempt to start their music career.
With new technology and online services, this is now a journey
that anyone can navigate. Making yourself knowledgeable about
the evolving music industry is your key to starting a
sustainable and successful music career.