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January News

  • View Webcasts of Panels – One of the many benefits of membership is our archive of past panels. And our archives, which members can view here, go back to 2006!  All are welcome to view a sampling of video clips here
  • The Music Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) designed to reform the way songwriters are paid in the digital age, was on the agenda of the House of Representatives when it reconvened on 1/9.    Read more about it here.  
  • NATPE - AIMP VP Teri Nelson Carpenter/Reel Muzik Werks will be moderating a panel on January 17th that consists of ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews, attorney Jay Cooper, EVP NMPA Danielle Aguirre and CEO of BUMA/STEMRA Wim van Limpt.  
  • AIMP NA Pubcast - Michael McAnally Baum wraps this series with the people that offer their support to publishers and songwriters alike. Trina Smith, Brent Daughrity, and Denise Nicoles all offer their unique advice from their own vocational experiences.  
  • Music Reports hits 1 million songs claimed using its Songdex Rights database.  Read more about it here.  
  • SoundExchange - Searching for unclaimed royalties is about to get easier for Music Publishers with the new SXWorks Database.  Read more here.  
  • Spotify is hit with a $1.6B copyright lawsuit over Tom Petty, Weezer, and Neil Young Songs. Read more about it here.  
  • HAAWK swoops in and acquires TuneRegistry and RoyaltyClaim.  Read more about it here.  
  • IMPEL launches a standalone company for collective rights management.  Read more about it here
  • ASCAP songwriters defined the sound of 2017.  Read more about them here.  
  • BMI wins the consent decree battle over the DOJ. Read more about it here and here.  
  • SESAC celebrates its GRAMMY® nominations.  Read more here
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Frank Handy / SONGS Music Publishing

Frank Handy is SONGS Music Publishing’s Vice President of Licensing and Copyright.  Frank oversees SONGS’ copyright functions, including synchronization licensing, mechanical licensing, sample clearance, YouTube content management, among others.  Before joining SONGS Frank worked at Bug Music as a Senior Copyright Administrator managing catalogs for such acts as the Johnny Cash Estate, Ryan Adams, Wilco and many others.  A lifelong musician, he played guitar in bands for more than twenty years and graduated from the Musician’s Institute of Technology guitar program with awards.  Frank is a national board member of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP).

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