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July News

  • View Webcasts of Panels – One of the many benefits of membership is our archive of past panels. If you missed the LA June panel with SOCAN Executives, Members can view the video, as well as all archives, here. All are welcome to view a sampling of video clips here.
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to approve the Music Modernization Act.  Read more about it here, including the AIMP's joint statement in response to it.  
  • SGAE -  Global music publishers threaten to leave the Spanish royalty collecting society.  Read more about it here.  
  • The U.S. Department of Justice approved Disney's partial merger with 21st Century Fox.  Read more about it here.  
  • Nile Rodgers is appointed chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Read more about it here.  
  • Congratulations to LA/National board member Erin M. Jacobson, Esq., who has been named a 2018 Rising Star and one of the top women attorneys in Southern California by Super Lawyers.  
  • Congratulations also to LA/National board member Todd Brabec and his brother Jeff, VP Business Affairs BMG, who co-wrote the Music Publishing Law chapter in the 2 volume Juris Publications treatise The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law: Intellectual Property.
  • ASCAP - their acclaimed Film Scoring Workshop celebrates its 30th year of producing top-tier screen composers . The program is produced by ASCAP Film & TV executives Michael Todd (an LA/National board member) and Jennifer Harmon.  Read more about it here.  
  • BMI celebrated its songwriters at the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  Read more about them here.  
  • SESAC announced the launch of SESAC SCORES: The Beck Diversity Project, a five-year mentorship and grant program, at its annual Film & Television Composer Awards.  Read more about the program here.  
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Keith D'Arcy / Kobalt Music

Keith D'Arcy is SVP, Commercial Licensing, at Kobalt Music and a proud member of the AIMP New York board. With 24 years of professional experience as a music producer and supervisor at Kobalt, SONGS Music Publishing, EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, and ad agency Bates Worldwide, Keith has placed hundreds of songs and artists in campaigns for global brands like Apple, Coca Cola, Nike, Miller Beer, Cadillac, Google, Reebok, Hershey’s, Mercedes, BMW, Intel, Fidelity, American Express, Pepsi, Victoria’s Secret, Fisher Price, Northwest Airlines, Verizon, Corona, Heineken, and Viagra. In his spare time he’s an avid record collector, reissue producer, and author of liner notes.
While at SONGS Music Publishing, Keith was responsible for advertising licensing, catalog acquisition, and A&R, with a specific focus on writers whose repertoire was deemed optimal for synchronization opportunities. He brought several vintage catalogs into SONGS, including the Ollie McLaughlin catalog of 60’s soul music from Detroit, the Bobby Boyd Congress catalog of dynamic 70’s New York funk, and the songs of Louisville, KY-area 60’s pop group The Oxfords. He also signed several successful contemporary songwriters to SONGS, including Mike MacAllister & Julie Hardy, Jonathan Powell, and Michael “Tres” Myers.
While at EMI Publishing as SVP of Music Strategy, Keith led the company’s Music Resources division, set up to help EMIMP grow its strategic outreach, increase synchronization of copyrights and improve creative access to the song catalogs for both internal sales staff and external licensing clients. In April 2008, Keith founded, developed and managed CORE, EMI’s Global Product & Content division. He oversaw programs designed to provide EMI’s global sales and licensing staff unparalleled creative access to approx. 1.3 Million copyrights. The division is comprised of six main service components:  Asset management (including management of EMI’s global digital library and search engine), creative support for Sales, master representation and easy-clear programs, internal song marketing & promotion, catalog writer relationship management and label crossover management.
While at Sony BMG, Keith handled all aspects of master use licensing for the associated labels’ catalogs: Columbia, Epic, RCA, Arista, J, Jive, Zomba etc.  This included reviewing and redlining master use licensing contracts, dealing with sample and side artist clearance issues, ISRC registration and tracking, accessing and working with source multi-track masters to create instrumentals, custom mixes and/or edits for ads, understanding Union obligations and neighboring rights issues related to masters, working with the company’s catalog divisions and coordinating marketing and promotional efforts for reissues and boxed sets with master use licensing priorities.
He’s also produced, written liner notes and overseen audio re-mastering/restoration for approximately 20 catalog reissue projects for labels like Sundazed, Rev-Ola, Finders Keepers, Athens Of The North, Tramp, and The Numero Group. He maintains close relationships with the producers at the catalog divisions of the major labels and at acclaimed third party catalog labels like Ace, Varese Sarabande, Omnivore, Jazzman & B-Music.  
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