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We are all missing The BIG PICTURE here. They are eliminating the very core of the music industry and doing it on assumption which means you are guilty whether you played a copyrighted song or not, That is nothing less than NAZI TACTICS. This is definitely a BLUE MEANNIE MOVE IN PEPPERLAND. Every artist that is famous now learned their trade from somebody else's music. Copied somebody else's style, whether it was a vocal line, lead guitar lick, bass, or drum lick. And that was usually done by hearing someone else do that song in some dive bar or open event not just the radio. And also by performing that song to a live audience they were given a chance to succeed and excel, to learn the trade as it were to become the Tom Petty's, Garth Brooks, Tina Turner's Madonna's Beyonce's, and Ray Charles that they became. What about talent shows? The Voice only operates on copy music when doing not only their live show but the auditions. Does every performer have to come to their audition with an original song? What about all of the county fairs that have talent shows for every day people just trying to have one moment on stage.
Farmer Markets and local Dive Bars, and Open Mic's are the only venues left open to unsigned and possibly never will be dedicated, emotional, passionate, talented musicians who may not be able to write a song. It is also a meeting place for people to enjoy them selves without having to go to an Arena or large venue that costs an arm and a leg. What happens next? Do they knock on your front door while you are all standing around the piano singing Beatle songs and say PAY UP. It'snot just music that is being effected by this. It's just the beginning of everything we hold dear in our society. All of our basic freedoms are being controlled or taken away by MAJOR CORPORATIONS with the money going to people that have no soul and don't care. What BMI and ASCAP are saying is that THEY ONLY PROTECT THE SUPER STARS. They are not protecting my Original Music that I have put on albums because my songs don't sell millions of copies and I am a Member. Is this the day THE MUSIC DIED.WE MUST FIGHT THIS INJUSTICE. WE'VE LOST TOO MUCH ALREADY.
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Most bands at farmer's markets are country, country and western, folk, and/or bluegrass........the simple solution is to have them perform songs that are in the public domain......there are thousands and thousands of songs in these categories that are fee free!! It took me less than 30 seconds to find a list of 2000...and the list of sites was endless.....I had a music store in the cradle of Bluegrass music...Franklin Co., VA......let me assure you that no one is going to ask for royalties on "The Little Rosewood Casket"...or "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again" A little tongue in cheek there....but, seriously....go public domain.
What's up with NPR? Damn, two national NPR contest winning artist right here in Oaktown - check out Glynn Washington at Snap Judgement. Seems we continue to have the center of the universe for stepping up with fresh artistry - and it seems NPR is growing new and much needed wings.
Really looking forward to this record!
As a performing artist are venues including house concerts exempt from paying royalties if I only use non copyrighted and unlicensed songs?
I never receive royalties from BMI ... Why should I do any action to help them?
So discouraging that this new, creative, hipster version of corporate domination and greed looks just like every other dickish and dictatorial corporate manifestation of power-hungry facelessness. Behind that colorful and friendly facade are squads of young MBA hitmen acting just like their grandfathers' generation. Robber barons in fedoras and Hawaiian shirts are still robber barons, just more insidious.
Wow...this article is an excellent write up that beautifully weaves together a David-v-Goliath tale that is chock full of stuff like business details, talented luminaries, possible corporate heavy handedness, introgue, and a desire to share art via an emerging platform and how that might possibly be quashed. Really fun read!
Thanks for the update on my nephew.. I didn't know!
The black guy didn't die first.
This article is v on-point.
Critical Bay Area Music in 2014 = Madalyn Merkey - Valley Girl
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the gap is getting wider and wider, isnt it?
So glad Anna found us, and wrote this. It's hard to describe how good it feels to be part of supportive music community such as Balanced Breakfast. You should really come and experience it. Hope to see you soon!
Great insight! Please be sure to check my review from the Oakland Music Festival as well! http://www.myamelody.com/oaklandmusicfestival/
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