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February News

  • On January 15, 2021, BMI introduced a new distribution schedule to better serve their songwriters, composers and publishers. Starting in calendar year 2022, their quarterly royalty distributions will be evenly spaced apart every three months so that there is one distribution per calendar quarter, each February, May, August and November.  Read the full one-sheet here.  
  • View Webcasts of Panels – One of the many benefits of membership is our archive of past panels and webinars.  If you missed any of our recently recorded webinars, including those with David Israelite/NMPA, the IMPF and much more, Members can view the videos, as well as all archives, here.  All are welcome to view a sampling of video clips here.  
  • Primary Wave Music has acquired legendary recording company Sun Records. Described by Primary Wave as a “multi-million deal”, the transaction encompasses master recordings for legendary artists including Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, The Dixie Cups, and more  The buyout also includes all of the music publishing owned by Sun, as well as the iconic Sun Records logo and all other trademarks owned by Sun, including that of Nashville’s Sun Diner.  Read more about it here.  
  • Rightsholder.io wants to make finding music copyright data easier for licensing professionals and others.  Rightsholder.io 's founders have a fresh approach on solving an age-old problem in music licensing: how to find important data, quickly  Read more about it here.  
  • Tunedly, a global innovative online music production and publishing source, has announced a new partnership with Spirit Music Group, one of the world’s leading independent music publishers. Through the deal, Spirit Music Group will administer Tunedly’s growing music catalog worldwide.  Read more about it here.  
  • Music Streaming isn’t just a big part of the record business: It basically is the record business. According to RIAA data, streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and YouTube contributed 85% of all record industry revenue in the United States in the first six months of last year, up from 80% in the same period of 2019, and they’re on track to be an even bigger presence in the future.  Read more here.  
  • 7 ASCAP writers were nominated for 2021 Golden Globes, including Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Daniel Pemberton, Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi and Raphael Saadiq.  Read more about it here.  
  • BMI is very saddened by the passing of pioneering actress, Cicely Tyson, who broke barriers and shattered stereotypes throughout her remarkable seven-decade career. BeBe Winans, renowned Gospel singer/songwriter and Advisor to BMI, knew Ms. Tyson for over 20 years, and he recently shared his thoughts and memories of his dear friend here
  • SESAC Celebrates Black History Month - They’ve put together a list of some of the incredible free online programming happening throughout February in celebration of Black History Month.  Please share with friends and family and they hope you can tune in and connect! 
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Linda Gallico / Realsongs

Linda Gallico/Realsongs – Diane Warren Music Publishing

Linda Gallico – EVP Realsongs

Linda has been with Realsongs for 20 years this April.   She started her career in 1976 when she went to work for her dad, the legendary music publisher, Al Gallico.  What started as a summer job in between semesters at college, turned into a love for the music business, so much so, that she decided not to return to American University and instead followed in her father’s footsteps, and began her career in music publishing.

Linda worked at Al Gallico Music Corp. from 1976 until 1990, in both a creative and administrative capacity.  Her father sold a large portion of the catalog in 1986, but Linda remained with her dad to focus on the catalogs that they still owned, which is when she began concentrating her work on the administration side of music publishing.

In 1990, Linda decided she needed a change and went to work for BMI, under Ginia Eady-Marshall, who helmed the publishing department. She worked at BMI for three years. Leaving BMI, Linda went on to work for Maureen Woods, the owner of Mizmo Enterprises, a music publishing administration company, whose clients included Albert Hammond, John Sebastian, Wally Holmes, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, among others.

In April 2001 she began working for Realsongs, Diane Warren’s publishing company where she was responsible for the administration of Diane’s multi-platinum, award winning catalog of songs. She is responsible for negotiating and licensing synch rights for motion pictures, television, and advertising, in addition to handling the mechanical/digital licensing, copyrights and PRO registrations.  

In 2020 she was promoted to Executive Vice President of Realsongs, while still managing the day-to-day administration of the catalog.  She was instrumental in the successful negotiations to have BMG Rights Management represent the catalog worldwide outside of the U.S. and Canada, as of January 2020. 

Linda is also involved with Diane’s newly formed Di-Namic Records label (via BMG) whose first album, “Cave Sessions Vol. 1”, will feature an all star line-up of talented musicians including John Legend, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Jason Derulo and more, all performing new, previously unreleased songs written by Diane Warren.  The first single “Times Like This” recorded by Darius Rucker was released in November 2020, with the completed album due out in early 2021.


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