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December 4, 2019

December News / Happy Holidays!


  • View Webcasts of Panels – One of the many benefits of membership is our archive of past panels. If you missed the LA November panel Legal Luminaries: Music Experts In Our Constantly Changing Environment, Members can view the video, as well as all archives, here. All are welcome to view a sampling of video clips here.  Also check your Member's Area for discounts to non-AIMP events!  Latest additions include the ASCAP EXPERIENCE and MUSEXPO's Creative Summit.  
  • Now is the time for AIMP members to lock down our biggest discount on tickets to this year’s expanded AIMP Global Music Publishing Summit, which will be held over three days June 8-10, 2020 in New York City. Andrea Martin, the new Chief Executive of PRS for Music, is confirmed to keynote.  Super early bird tickets are now available to AIMP members ONLY through December 31: $299 for Premier members and $399 for Professional members. Member prices will increase to $460/$560 as of January 1, and non-member prices will start at $700. To upgrade your membership, visit www.aimp.org/register. To buy tickets, click here.
  • Congratulations to AIMP LA Chapter Board Member Todd Brabec and his brother, Jeff Brabec/BMG, who received the Apollo Award for their history of Copyright Advocacy from the California Copyright Conference on December 4th.  
  • The Music Modernization Act that passed in October 2018 was hailed as a landmark achievement for the music industry in creating a solution to several issues that have long plagued the business, particularly in the digital age. Nov. 14th marked another critical step forward for the functions the MMA mandates, including the funding for a central database that will allow for the matching of song recordings to rights holders so that songwriters and publishers can get paid for the use of their copyrighted works.  Read more here.
  • Now that the U.S. Copyright Office has designated the NMPA, NSAI, and SONA-backed Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) to begin implementation of the Music Modernization Act (MMA), the time has come for the music publishing industry to get its act together regarding data. Read more from Gary Baresh's op ed in The Tennessean here.  
  • Legendary ASCAP songwriter-artist Garth Brooks earned an unprecedented seventh Entertainer of the Year Award at the 53rd annual CMA Awards, which was co-hosted by ASCAP and CMA Award-winning songwriter-artist Reba McEntire from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.  Read more about it here.  
  • BMI presented its 2019 BMI Country Awards last month, honoring the prolific musical career of BMI President’s Award recipient Dwight Yoakam, as well as the Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year. The 67th annual event, which is the genre’s oldest awards ceremony, also celebrated the songwriters and publishers of the most-performed country songs of the previous year. BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill hosted the ceremony at the Company’s office in Nashville, along with Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Creative, Nashville.  Read more about it here
  • SESAC celebrated its songwriters and music publishers behind the year’s most-performed country and Americana songs at the company’s annual Nashville Music Awards last month at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.  Justin Ebach was named SESAC’s Songwriter of the Year for the second time, taking home his first award in 2017.  Read more about it here.  
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