megatrax helps radio pros excel in a tight economy

MEGATRAX HELPS RADIO PROS EXCEL IN A TIGHT ECONOMY Production Music leaders to sponsor info session at NAB Radio Show AUGUST 31, 2011 – North Hollywood – Megatrax Production Music will be bringing the experts to the pros at September’s National Association of Broadcasters Radio Show in Chicago, sponsoring an info session featuring Geller Media International’s Valerie Geller, Aircast Custom Music’s Randy Hart, WLS AM & FM’s Jason Dildine and WJFK FM’s Brian Peck. The panel will be moderated by Megatrax’s Senior Division Manager for Radio, US & Latin America, Ileana Landon. The session, “Tall Orders for the Short Staffed – Creating Powerful Radio in a Tight Economy,” promises to […]

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demystifying the pros

Having received royalties as a music publisher, a songwriter, as well as acted in a sales capacity to entities that pay licensing fees (to be distributed as royalties), I have witnessed the simple yet complicated payment and billing process of the Performing Rights Societies, better known as ASCAP, BMI and SESAC.  These organizations have been around a long time and have navigated through many eras of usages ranging from early radio play to television to satellite and internet broadcasts.  Specifically, ASCAP started in 1914, SESAC in 1930 and BMI in 1939. Simply put, the performing rights societies in this country exist to collect royalties on behalf of their members (publishers […]

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new york ruling may open market for cloud-based music services

(From www.MobileMedia.com) BY KAT ASHARYA | WED AUG 24, 2011 11:53 AM A court ruling may pave the way for cloud-based music and storage services to expand their features, enabling Amazon Cloud Player and Google Music to compete more strongly against Apple’s iCloud service. A U.S. District Court judge in New York ruled that users, not companies, are ultimately responsible for the material in their cloud accounts. The distinction puts offerings like Amazon Cloud Drive, Google Music and Apple’s iCloud under the aegis of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The act essentially says websites and online services cannot be held liable for copyright infringement if they promptly take down material […]

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where’s your mega t?

Are you the proud owner of a Megatrax T-Shirt? We hope so! And we’d love to know where the Mega T’s are going & where they’re seeing the world & being seen by the world. Send us a pic of you in your Mega T while you’re out and about, working, playing, traveling, etc, and we’ll feature you in our newsletter, on our blog, and in a new gallery on our Facebook page. Send a JPG file to the Megatrax Marketing Department c/o Marcia Kellogg at mkellogg@megatrax.com, and tell us the story behind the pic & how you’d like your name and title featured. And if you don’t already have […]

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legitimacy indicators for music used online?

In response to the music licensing issues sweeping the UK, one governing body is suggesting indicators on music used online, which will alert visitors to whether or not the music has been licensed properly. Reports Dinah Greek for Computer Act!ve: A music-licensing body wants it made easier for people to know if material on websites breaches copyright law. The Performing Rights Society for Music (PRSM) is suggesting a “traffic light” system for when a person carries out an internet search. The idea is an icon or mark, such as a red tick warning of illegal hosting and a green tick for legitimate content, appears in a link next to a […]

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creativity, music and social media

In this blog I have talked a number of times about creativity: how it works, and why it works. For this post I would like to point you in the direction of some amazing displays of creativity that merge the worlds of music, technology and social media. But first, credit where credit is due: my friend William Kruidenier on his blog site pointed me to these great examples of musical creativity. His site is always worth checking out for insight into music and many other topics. The first example of the merging of creativity, music and social media is this charming tune, “You Are My Favourite,” written and performed by […]

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an interview with beat bites’ j. scott g

J Scott G, a platinum record-holding producer and DJ, has brought his golden touch to remixing Madonna’s work, contributing to the sound of the Twilight saga, and to the Beat Bites catalog. He took some time to catch up with us recently, sharing a bit about his background in music, the work he’s done for Beat Bites, and what he has coming up. Megatrax: Tell us about your background in the music industry. How did you get started, and what are some of your more noteworthy accomplishments? J Scott G: I’ve been making music professionally for about the last 15 years. I used to be in a band (production duo) […]

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beavis and butt-head return with music content softened by licensing reality

Beavis and Butt-Head are returning to MTV, but this time the scope of their commentary will broaden beyond music and music videos, due in large part to the woes faced when the original series was being licensed for DVD distribution. Mike Masnick reports for TechDirt: We’ve talked a few times in the past about how ridiculous music licensing restrictions on TV shows have made formerly fantastic TV shows that included period music, such as WKRP In Cincinnati, The Wonder Years and The State, come out on DVD with generic crappy music replacing the original pieces that often made the shows what they were. In part, that’s because there was no “DVD market” for […]

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the infinite jukebox

I am happy to report that I was one of those eager early adopters who camped outside my computer waiting for Spotify to launch in the U.S.  After requesting my “invitation”, I waited a few days to no avail until ASCAP came to the rescue offering a free subscription for its members. Finally I was ready to see what all the fuss was about! I was not disappointed. I eagerly typed in the name of every band and artist that came to my mind in a stream of consciousness as my whole life flashed in front of me- Madonna, Stravinsky,  Steve Reich, Craig Armstrong, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Prince, The Dandy Warhols, […]

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