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September 9, 2020

September News

  • 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 summer educational webinars, Members can view the videos, as well as all archives, here.  All are welcome to view a sampling of video clips here.  
  • The AIMP was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Cindy Badell-Slaughter, President of Heavy Hitters Music.  
  • Music Reports, a music right data company,  has been acquired by private equity firm MidOcean Partners.  Read more here.  
  • The Digital Music Association (DiMA), a trade body whose membership comprises Amazon, Apple, Pandora, Spotify, and YouTube, released a highly optimistic annual report on August 27th that forecasts strong continued growth in the U.S. music market, despite COVID-19’s derailment of most entertainment sectors in 2020.  Read more here.  
  • Synchtank's publishing catch-up: Hipgnosis snaps up a 50% stake in RZA’S catalog, Spirit acquires Kara DioGuardi catalog and more! 
  • The Ryman Auditorium will welcome in-person audiences starting this week.  Read more here.  
  • The latest episode of VERSED reprises a critical session from ASCAP Experience: Home Edition in July 2020. We invited Congressman Adam Schiff and ASCAP President Paul Williams to discuss what Congress is doing to include music professionals in coronavirus relief efforts. Additional topics include the need for federal guidelines on restarting live performances at music venues and what’s at stake for ASCAP and BMI in the upcoming review of their consent decrees by the Department of Justice. Schiff is one of the fiercest champions of creator rights in Washington - he led the effort in Congress to secure economic relief benefits for freelance and contract workers in the entertainment industry in the wake of coronavirus. Listen here to their impactful conversation to find out how you can help to create positive change for the American music community.
  • In early March, classical concerts were postponed and canceled across the country. Since then, though concert halls remain dark, the creation and performance of music have continued, thanks to numerous classical music organizations that have stepped up during these unprecedented times to ensure that classical composers have platforms on which to celebrate new works. The American Composers Orchestra, the Tesla Quartet, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Pops, the duo HOCKET, and the Library of Congress redirected scarce resources to create innovative programs. Each one commissioned several composers to create works to be presented online. BMI is proud to congratulate these organizations and our composers who were invited to participate.
  • SESAC and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) are pleased to announce a new license agreement that sets the rates payable by the majority of America’s commercial terrestrial radio stations to publicly perform works in the SESAC repertory, effective Jan. 1 2019 through Dec. 31, 2022. The RMLC represents the vast majority of the nation’s radio stations, and SESAC represents more than 1 million songs and some 30,000 songwriters, composers and music publisher affiliates.  The agreement rolls-forward the rates and terms from the prior license, which themselves were the product of an arbitration the parties conducted. Read more here.  
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