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14th Annual Millennium Music Conference Feb 18-21 January 14, 2010

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The 14th Annual Millennium Music Conference runs February 18-20 at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center and over thirty showcase venues in and around Harrisburg. Nearly three hundred bands from as close as Camp Hill and as far as Australia are booked to showcase.

The Conference, now in its fourteenth year, features two afternoons of music business panels, clinics, workshops, mentoring sessions and one-of-a-kind industry trade show. Music industry professionals will attend and participate as speakers, mentors, exhibitors and talent scouts. Business sessions of the conference include: Legal Representation for the Up-and-Coming Artist, Creating A Creative Career, Publishing In The Digital Age, Artist Development, Online Music Marketing and Cyber PR. A Songwriting Workshop and panels on Urban Music, Artist Management and Studio Recording & Production are also featured during the daytime events. The afternoon conference events are open to the public and registration is required to attend.

But it’s not all business. The Conference celebrates new music at night with showcase performances by over 270 original bands and artists at local clubs, restaurants and coffee houses throughout the region over the weekend. Nearly every genre of popular music is featured and the local community joins in the celebration of emerging talent, independent artists as all showcase performances are open to the public. “We have performers coming from Japan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, the U.K. and 26 States “, said Conference Director John Harris. “All of the shows at night are open to the public and most are free of charge.”

Not unlike the rest of the business community, the Music Business is experiencing changes and shifts never before seen in its history. The Conference aims to expose all participating artists to the new paradigm in a concise and fun weekend package.

On the web- http://mmc14.com
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Email: info@musicconference.net
Website: http://www.MMC14.com/

Music For Television: Industry Trends Examined by the California Copyright Conference January 4, 2010

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Email: scott@gmanmarketing.com
Website: http://www.theccc.org
With many exciting changes in the production and placement of music for television, the California Copyright Conference presents “Music in Television: 2010 and Beyond.” The panel discussion will take place the night of January 12 in Los Angeles.

“There are a myriad of opportunities for music in television,” notes Eric Palmquist, Senior Manager Disney Music Publishing and CCC member, “and music professionals need to know every one of them.”

Every musician, composer, songwriter, and music publisher knows that the opportunities in the arena of TV music are balanced by tremendous challenges, including shrinking budgets and increased competition. The CCC has assembled a panel of successful professionals who will address the ways they meet these challenges while positioning themselves for increasing changes in the decade to come.

Panelists for the Program:
*Jason Alexander, music supervisor for “CSI” and “CSI:NY”
*John Keane, composer, “CSI”
*Adam Taylor, president of APM
*Adam Zelkind, composer, “Flavor of Love” and The Surreal Life”
*Shawn LeMone, vice president of ASCAP Film & TV (co-moderator)
*Steve Winogradsky, Esq., partner at Winogradsky/Sobel (co-moderator)

When and Where:
The special CCC program will take place Tuesday, January 12, at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 15433 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (near Sepulveda & Ventura Blvd., just West of the 405 freeway). The parking entrance is on Orion Avenue and parking is free with validation at the event. Check-in is at 6:15 p.m., cocktails begin at 6:30, dinner at 7:00 with the panel to follow.

About the California Copyright Conference:
The California Copyright Conference was established in 1953 for the discussion of copyright-related areas pertaining to music and entertainment. The CCC encourages, fosters and promotes an interest in all materials relating to copyrighting and other protection of intellectual and creative properties.

For more information on The CCC or to register online for the January 12 program, visit http://www.theccc.org or call 818-379-3312.

Media contact:
Scott G
Phone: 818-223-8486

Musicians Screwed Once Again–This Time By Imeem December 31, 2009

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Is it right that executive’s from a service, which sucked up in excess of over $37 million dollars of investment since its establishment in 2003, walk away with golden handshakes whilst leaving the artists that supported its service high and dry?

This is precisely what has happened with the recent closure of US ad-funded streaming service imeem.

Not only has iMeem left artist high and dry, it was also knowingly allowed copyright infringement on the world’s largest independent digital distributor of music content.

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RoyaltyShare Bolsters Royalty Services for Canadian Labels September 12, 2009

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RoyaltyShare, a premier provider of technology solutions to the entertainment industry, announced that its Digital Advantage service now features full support for Canadian record labels to process mechanical royalties owed to the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) and Canadian based publishers. With the addition of Canadian mechanical reporting, the Digital Advantage service now supports all of a Canadian label’s royalty reporting needs while providing detailed analytics to support their business.

As the primary royalty collection agency in Canada, CMRRA collects and distributes mechanical royalties to the vast majority of music copyright owners doing business in Canada.

“RoyaltyShare’s enhancements to support Canadian mechanical royalty needs, including the use of CMRRA’s electronic reporting format, represent a positive development for labels that must report royalties to CMPRA under the MLA,” said David A. Basskin, president of CMRRA. RoyaltyShare Digital Advantage is industry-first software as a service for aggregating and monitoring a record label’s sales data and calculating the royalties owed to artists, record producers and music publishers. The offering enables record labels and music distributors to consolidate, manage and interpret royalty data from digital, physical and video revenue streams. After uploading sales files into the Digital Advantage web based application, the process of managing and generating both artist and mechanical royalties are streamlined for customers.

The RoyaltyShare Digital Advantage service requires no investment in software, hardware, maintenance or upgrades. Built from the ground up to manage the complexities of the digital world, the Digital Advantage platform automates sales file management from digital services and provides records labels with unprecedented insight into their digital business.

The Weather Channel Launches New Digital Music Site TheWeatherChannelMusic.com August 27, 2009

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It is now a breeze for consumers to download the popular tunes showcased on The Weather Channel network.

The Weather Channel licensing division has announced the launch of http://www.TheWeatherChannelMusic.com , marking the popular weather company’s first foray onto the digital music scene.

TheWeatherChannelMusic.com features music currently being played on The Weather Channel network from some of today’s most popular artists and independent musicians – as well as additional musical selections listeners may enjoy.

For more: http://www.TheWeatherChannelMusic.com

Ownership Does Not Mean Forever–Ownership Cessation by Design July 31, 2009

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When you buy a copyright work of art, whether a piece of music, a book, a video, ot a painting, etc, you would normally expect to enjoy that item as long as it was in your possession, correct?

But that’s not quite how the movie/record industry sees things. The same yahoos who argue for perpetual copyright (implying that copyrighted works have value forever) are also arguing for time-limited ownership (implying that people who buy copyrighted works should be content to enjoy them for a few weeks or years until the DRM stops working).

Steven Metalitz, the Washington DC lawyer who represents the MPAA, RIAA, and other rightsholders before the Copyright Office. Because the Copyright Office is in the thick of its triennial DMCA review process, in which it will decide to allow certain exemptions to the rules against cracking DRM, Metalitz has been doing plenty of representation of late

Responding to a host of questions from the Copyright Office following up on live hearings held earlier this year, Metalitz strongly opposes any exemption that would allow users to legally strip DRM from content if a store goes dark and takes down its authentication servers.

“We reject the view,” he writes in a letter to the top legal advisor at the Copyright Office, “that copyright owners and their licensees are required to provide consumers with perpetual access to creative works. No other product or service providers are held to such lofty standards. No one expects computers or other electronics devices to work properly in perpetuity, and there is no reason that any particular mode of distributing copyrighted works should be required to do so.”

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Remember: when you buy DRM, you really rent, until such time as the DRM company goes bust or changes its mind. When you buy DRM-free, you get something your great-grandkids can enjoy.


Global Online Population To Hit 2.2 Billion By 2013 July 28, 2009

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The number of people online around the world will grow more than 45 percent to 2.2 billion users over the next five years, according to a new report by Forrester Research, Inc.z

Asia remains the biggest global Internet growth engine: 43 percent of the world’s online population will reside in Asia by 2013, with 17 percent of the global online population in China.

Growth rates in the US, Western Europe, and the major industrialized nations in Asia Pacific such as Australia, Japan, and South Korea will slow to between 1 percent and 3 percent.

Online penetration in the US is set to rise from 73 percent to 82 percent over the next five years, representing about a 3 percent annual growth rate.

Europe. Europe’s Internet growth will be fueled by the continent’s emerging markets.

Internet usage in Russia and Turkey will grow by almost 8 percent annually, while growth in Spain’s online population will increase by an average of more than 5 percent each year.

Other Asian countries with substantial online growth rates include India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and the Philippines.

Countries With The Most Internet Users: 2008

1. China
3. Japan
4. Brazil
5. China
2. India
4. Japan
5. Brazil

Countries With The Most Internet Users: 2013

1. China
2. US
3. India
4. Japan
5. Brazil

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Digital Promo Pack Helps Retailers Harness Power of Internet & Digital Entertainment to Boost Sales July 28, 2009

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Online promotions are soaring and are expected to triple in the next five years. The reason. They work?

To help retailers drive traffic and boost sales this fall shopping season, Digital Promotions and e-Marketing Firm RC Strategies Group has launched Digital Promo Pack™, a suite of customizable, turnkey digital incentives that offers something for every demographic.

Digital Promo Pack™, which includes digital promotions ranging from music downloads and audiobooks, to personalized cell phone and laptop covers, provides both online and brick and mortar retailers with powerful, easy-to-implement promotions that harness the power of the Internet and the universal appeal of digital entertainment to incent customers and motivate them to act.

“In today’s tough economy, engaging customers in a personalized way and rewarding them for their business is key to any successful sales strategy,” notes Ingrid Ricks, Principal of RC Strategies Group. “With our Digital Promo Pack™, retailers can select the digital incentive that best targets their unique customer base and we do the rest – from issuing promo codes, to branding and card printing, to fulfillment and support.”

About RC Strategies Group
Since 2003, RC Strategies Group has helped businesses increase sales and build customer relationships through digital promotions and e-marketing strategies. RC Strategies Group, a digital promotions and e-marketing firm headquartered in Seattle, combines digital promotions, online marketing, public relations and social media strategies to provide clients with the complete solution they need to drive the results they want. Contact:
Ingrid Ricks, Principal
Call: 425-281-0415
Email: ingrid@rcstrategiesgroup.com
Visit: http://www.rcstrategiesgroup.com

Broadband Connection: Are You Getting What You Have Paid For? July 28, 2009

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When downloading music, video, pages and other material from the internet, do your downloads slow to a crawl? Do you think that with the internet connection you are suppose to have your downloads would be faster?

If your broadband speed is not what you thought you were paying for, this is more than simply a perception.

Broadband customers receive only half the speed they pay for when downloading music, pages, films and other material from the internet, Ofcom discloses in a definitive survey which confirms suspicions that services are far slower than advertised.

While most customers in the UK subscribe to packages offering “up to 8 Mbit/s” (mega bits per second) nine major broadband companies delivered only 4.1 Mbit/s, 57 per cent of the “headline rate”. No customers achieved the top speed; the maximum was 7.1 Mbit/s.

Ofcom found significant differences between internet service providers (ISPs). Tiscali 8 Mbit/s customers received on average 3.2 to 3.7, while AOL and BT struggled to deliver much more than 4 Mbit/s. By contrast, Virgin Media’s “up to 10 Mbit/s” cable package delivered 8.1 Mbit/s, far superior to the other packages.

The report UK Broadband Speeds 2009 said the major factor determining speed was distance between homes and broadband exchanges; homes more than 2km away were much slower.
To check current speeds, Ofcom commissioned the specialist company SamKnows to check the rates delivered by the nine biggest providers – AOL; BT; O2; Orange; Plusnet; Sky; TalkTalk; Tiscali; and Virgin Media, which account for 90 per cent of all broadband connections. Ofcom found that speeds were significantly lower in the evening; average speeds between 8pm and 10pm were 3.7 Mbit/s. Rural homes received significantly slower speeds (3.3Mbit/s), than city homes (4.6Mbit/s).

Ofcom said 83 per cent of customers were satisfied with their broadband service, but of the 9 per cent that were dissatisfied, speed was their biggest complaint.

It said advertising was a matter for the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Steve Weller, marketing director at price comparison service uSwitch.com, said the report was “damning” of the broadband companies.

“They obviously get away with misleading customers with their ‘up to 8 meg’ – customers either never receive 8 meg and most customers get much lower than the advertised speeds,” he said.

People in rural areas in particular are being treated like second-rate customers.”

Billboard.com to Chart a New Experience for Music Fans Online July 23, 2009

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Billboard, the world’s most trusted music brand, today unveiled the new Billboard.com – the ultimate music entertainment destination for fans around the world. The new Billboard.com provides visitors with incredible music discovery opportunities through unprecedented access to historical and current Billboard charts across all genres of music, comprehensive artist information, exclusive music content and touring news, dynamic editorial features, unique chart-based products and social media integration.

“Billboard.com delivers a truly exciting and immersive experience for both passionate and casual music fans,” said Howard Appelbaum, Publisher of Billboard. “The new site showcases the power of Billboard’s unique assets, and further establishes Billboard’s position as a leading, global consumer music brand.”
The heart and soul of Billboard.com are the legendary Billboard charts that are brought to life on the new site. Billboard’s exclusive music charts – the foundation of the Billboard brand – were also used to develop fun, consumer-friendly, chart-based products for the new site.

Visitors can also receive the latest music news from Billboard’s world-renowned editorial team via “The Feed” – a news feed prominently featured on the Billboard.com homepage, read Billboard editorial reviews and listen to new songs in the New Releases section of the site, and search for concerts in the Live section with “The Tour Finder” – a live music navigation tool powered by Jambase’s live music and concert information. The new site, designed by Razorfish – the company responsible for such major sites as cnn.com, nytimes.com and xmradio.com, also now features social networking communities that enable Billboard.com members to create their own music experience. About Billboard
Now in its 115th year, Billboard is the world’s premier music brand consisting of business-to-business properties including Billboard Magazine, Billboard.biz and Billboard Events as well as a consumer platform – Billboard.com – the online destination of choice for millions of music fans.