Spotify Publishing Analytics in Beta

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Today we added ManChuk Media’s name to Spotify Publishing Analytics’ waiting list.

They are still in Beta roll out so we are not sure of timing when it comes to being able to utilize the services.

We will definitely keep you posted though.

Enter to Win an a Transformerless Microphone in Music Connection’s Friday Freebie!

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Music Connection | November 9, 2018

Every week Music Connection partners up with one of our many advertisers and gives away a music related product to one of our email subscribers. The prize could be anything from a new guitar, voice lessons, recording time, production software, etc. The winner’s email is chosen at random every Friday by one of our staff members. Winners are announced every Friday after 1pm and then notified by email and/or phone.

This week one lucky winner will receive the new MA-50 microphone from Mojave Audio. Designed by Technical Grammy® award winning microphone designer David Royer to produce the clarity and realism that Mojave microphones are known for––at an entry level price––the MA-50 outperforms well-known transformerless mics costing many times more. The MA-50 is the perfect microphone for pro’s and semi-pro’s alike. Utilizing the same capsule as the MA-200 and MA-201fet, it handles the fastest transients with ease––even up to 140 dB.

Mojave Audio was founded in 2005 to bring David Royer’s condenser microphone designs to the world. Their mission is to build world-class sounding microphones at affordable prices. From the upper echelons of recording royalty to the humblest home studio, Mojave mics are making recordings better around the world every day.

Product Info:
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Retail Value: $495.00

Source: https://www.musicconnection.com/friday-freebie-page/

Governor Abbott And BMI Announce Opening Of New Office In Austin

Texas Music Office | November 8, 2018

logoNew York, NY/Austin, TX – Governor Greg Abbott and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the global leader in performing rights management, today announced that BMI is expanding its presence in the Lone Star State and will open its first creative office in Austin, Texas.

The new office, expected to open in early 2019, will allow BMI to work directly with the talented songwriters, composers, publishers and emerging songwriters and artists in the thriving Austin music community and help enhance their ability to earn a living by writing music. The BMI office is being opened with the support of Governor Abbott and the Texas Music Office and Entrepreneur Gary Keller, co-founder of the Austin Music Movement, who is signing on as a key sponsor of BMI’s Texas music initiatives.

“Today we are proud to announce that BMI’s support of Texas songwriters, composers and music publishers will become even more Texas-focused,” said Governor Abbott. “This capital investment expansion represents a real commitment to continue Texas’ rise as a music industry business center. I thank the Texas Music Office for their work in making this expansion possible and look forward to working with BMI to grow our thriving music industry.”

Mike O’Neill, President and CEO of BMI, added, “BMI has been active in the Texas music community for decades, and as their creative community has grown, we’ve grown along with them. Having a permanent presence in Austin is the next logical step, and we look forward to building on our many relationships within the industry to help give Texas songwriters all the support they need to create their greatest music. We’re thrilled to call Austin our newest home.”

Temporary office space has been identified and BMI is aiming to open its permanent office in either the Business District or South Congress area by March of 2019, to coincide with the 33rd annual edition of SXSW. BMI is actively conducting a search for the Creative executive to lead this office; the Austin team will report to BMI Vice President, Creative, Jody Williams, and BMI Assistant Vice President, Creative, Mason Hunter, who are both based in Nashville.

“BMI has a long track record of music industry community building in cities such as Nashville and Atlanta, and we look forward to working with them as they continue their work here in Texas,” said Texas Music Office Director Brendon Anthony. “BMI’s move to Austin represents a significant investment towards supporting Texas songwriters and their compositions. We are proud to welcome BMI and will work alongside them to increase opportunities for Texas musicians in the years to come.”

“The new BMI office adds to the incredible momentum we’re seeing behind the growing Austin Music Movement,” added Gary Keller. “Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World and having a company like BMI with the support of Governor Abbott establishes a presence in our city that helps further our efforts to support local music and provide resources to the many great musicians who call Austin home.”

BMI has played a major role in the development of Texas artists and writers who have gone on to great heights in the music industry, such as Robert Earl Keen, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Ray Benson, Bruce Robison, Joe Ely and Gary Clark Jr. Through its collection and distribution of public performance royalties, as well as its support of signature events like SXSW and the Austin City Limits Music Festival, BMI has been a steadfast supporter of the growth of the Texas music economy. The Austin office is the newest location for BMI, which currently has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, London, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C.

Source: https://gov.texas.gov/music/post/governor-abbott-and-bmi-announce-opening-of-new-office-in-austin

Join The Discussion

We’re currently building our discord channel to help guide aspiring and indie musicians through the wacky maze of music publishing and licensing.

The channel is just getting started so we’re asking for those interested (artists & professionals) to sign up and help begin the discussion at https://discord.gg/FDT6yy8

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Spanish Rights Society SGAE Has Record Low Turnout for Board Elections NEWSLEGAL AND MANAGEMENT

By Judy Cantor-Navas | October 31, 2018

 

Teddy Bautista, disgraced former president of the Spanish Authors Society, fails in effort to regain control of the embattled entity.

Teddy Bautista failed in his effort to make a comeback at SGAE, the troubled Spanish Authors Society, which held its board elections on Oct. 26. Bautista, who was arrested seven years ago in a federal sting operation and charged with misappropriation of funds, ran for a seat and possible return to the presidency while still awaiting trial in the case, which authorities say cost the organization 20 million euros (almost $26 million) and for which he could be sentenced to seven years in prison.

In the end, Bautista did not get enough votes to bring him back to SGAE.

The 35 members of the new board include flamenco guitarist Josemi Carmona, Grammy-winning conductor José de Eusebio, Asturian gaita player Hevia and rock singer Huecco.

The 18,970 members of the rights organization with the right to vote in the elections turned out in the lowest numbers ever. Only 1,373, or 7.25% percent voted.

Before the elections, 15 musicians who were on the docket withdrew their candidacies for the board because electronic voting was not permitted. Artists well-known in Spain including Kiko Veneno, Jota (Juan Rodríguez) from the group Los Planetas and singer Sole Gimenez also urged their fellow members to refrain from voting. Members were permitted to vote in person or by mail.

SGAE has been dogged by problems which have heated up since the summer of 2017, when Spanish agents again raided the organization’s Madrid headquarters, and arrested 18 people suspected of involvement in “the wheel,” a royalty scam involving late night television. This year, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) revealed its “serious concerns” about SGAE’s conflicts of interest, “distorted and inequitable distribution of royalties” and “lack of regard for the common good” in a 65-page report issued in May. Multinational publishing companies Warner/Chappell, peermusic and EMI Songs have threatened to pull their catalogues from SGAE after they were all ejected from the entity’s board.

The SGAE administration has also been at odds with Spain’s Ministry of Cutlure, which has threatened to intervene and take over the running of the organization. And SGAE is undergoing an audit to investigate possible errors in hundreds of publishing contracts registered with the rights society, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais. Last week, Spain’s Minister of Culture, José Guirao, warned that SGAE is “on the road to disaster,” adding that the government’s cultural department will do everything possible so that the organization “obeys the law.”

Source: Billboard.com

Adding Luster to Your Master

Incorporating a few fundamentals of mixing and mastering can help give your work the sheen it needs to get listeners’ attention
Posted in The Weekly on October 30, 2018
by Dave Simons

Think of one of your all-time favorite recordings, right now, then ask yourself: what is it about this particular track that makes me want to hear it over and over again in perpetuity? Is it the sound of the instruments, the way the vocals are mixed or processed, or some other element you can’t quite put your finger on?

Much of the credit for that sonic magic goes to those often unsung heroes of disc-making: recording and mix engineers, as well as their post-production partner the mastering engineer, whose sleight of hand has helped wring every last drop of goodness out of countless song classics.

In general, we at-home types are usually better off outsourcing our mastering needs to a qualified third party, if available (and affordable). That said, here are a few ideas for making a mixed & mastered product that will suffice in the meantime.

Mastering defined

In the big leagues, the master is the last stop in the recording cycle, the two-track package having already been preened and plucked from the multitrack by the recording and/or mix/balance engineers. Mastering techniques include making discreet equalization adjustments, using enhancers like compressors and expanders judiciously, while ensuring the entire mix is properly balanced throughout. As one pro once put it, “it’s what makes a record sound like a record.”

With DIY mastering, the idea is to tweak only as needed so that the end product sounds as good as possible. Some strategies might include:

Master limiting: If possible, insert a stereo compressor/limiter into the master output section of your recorder. Not only will this allow you to control the peaks but, by setting a uniform level, provides the “glue” that often gives the whole mix a bit more urgency. When doing so, take care to set the unit’s threshold so that the effect is barely audible—remember, just limiting, no pumping or squashing!

Faster master: Using your recorder’s play/record parameters, try incrementally raising the track speed, around 5-10% tops—in certain cases, just a touch faster can give the final a bit more “sparkle.”

Tone control: You can also make a few minor equalization adjustments to ensure the master mix is well balanced. To prevent any room deficiencies from getting in the way, preview the treated track through different sets of speakers (say, in your car, on your laptop or using earbuds, in addition to your regular mix station).

Frequency fixes

Speaking of EQ, bear in mind that your mastering tools can only do so much once you’ve made your multitrack reduction—therefore, be sure you’ve got a quality two-track in hand (or ideally several different mixes from which to choose or perhaps comp from) before applying the last coat of wax.

Something we’ve often discussed is using equalization to give each signal a well-defined “path.” For instance, problems often arise when there are several instruments with similar frequencies—when left untreated, bottom-heavy acoustic guitars or piano can leave you with an overly muddy mix, while also making the bass track difficult to hear. To remedy this, start by soloing the suspect tracks, gradually adjusting the EQs so that the frequencies no longer match (in the above example, you’ll probably want to trim more guitar than bass bottom).

Because the rules often change depending on a song’s dynamic range, type of instruments used as well as other factors, in reality there is no “master” approach to mastering—what might work for one set of tracks may be completely inappropriate on another. Regardless, trying a few of these simple tricks can help you avoid having a flaccid final product the next time out.

Why Bitcoin and Crypto Have No Future

By: Think Outside the Blox
https://medium.com/@joshromportl/why-bitcoin-and-crypto-have-no-future-4f95980bb774

Cryptoasset enthusiast and investor. economics. @outsidethebloxx
Oct 18

Why Bitcoin and Crypto Have No Future

Why do Bitcoin and cryptoassets have no future…

when the NYSE is creating the cryptocurrency trading platform Bakkt in collaboration with Microsoft and Starbucks with physically backed Bitcoin futures contracts.

when Fidelity is offering it to its clients and has been mining it since 2015.

when Steve Wozniak is co-founding a cryptoasset investment firm.

when Katy Perry IG’d this!

Cryptos coming at you like a dark horse

when Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript and Mozilla, started Brave Browser with a built-in ad-blocker and Basic Attention Token (BAT) to reward content creators.

when Amazon Web Services partnered with QTUM.

when the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is utilizing Ripple’s interledger protocol to help with payment services for the financially impoverished and unbanked.

when IBM is partnering with Stellar Lumens (XLM) for cross-border payment solutions.

when Jamie Dimon, tells all that it Bitcoin is a “fraud” and that if he catches any employees who own it he would fire them, while in the background JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley bought Bitcoin ETNs on the dip.

when the MLB is launching a crypto-based game on the blockchain using the ERC-721 standard for non-fungible tokens.

when George Soros initially bashed cryptocurrencies, only to later buy a stack of Bitcoin at the $6k low.

when Alibaba and IBM have the most blockchain patents in the world.

when Yale’s endowment invested $400 million in cyptoasset funds.

when the Winklevoss twins took $11 million of their Facebook money and put it into Bitcoin in 2013 when it was $120 each.

can you row to the moon?

Should I go on?

when John McAfee bets his manhood that Bitcoin is going to the moon.

when Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, thinks Bitcoin is the currency of the future.

when Richard Branson thinks Bitcoin will bring an economic revolution.

when Goldman-Sachs backed Circle launched a crypto finance company.

when Square’s Cash App allowed users to buy and sell Bitcoin.

when Coinbase is valued at $8B.

when the founder of YouTube and the founder of Twitch are advising Theta Token (THETA).

when Bitmain is on track for $10 billion in revenue this year after around $4 billion last year.

when Binance made more in profit in Q2 2018 than Deutsche Bank.

when Reddit co-founder (and husband of Serena Williams — dont forget that) Alexis Ohanian is betting on Bitcoin as a hedge to economic crises.

i read it on reddit

when Blockchains, LLC bought 60,000 acres for their company that will incubate and innovate Ethereum-based blockchain ventures.

when the co-founder of Wikipedia is now working on its decentralized counterpart Everipedia (IQ).

when Akon is launching his own cryptocurrency Akoin to help bring security to the currency system in Africa.

when Ashton Kutcher donated $4 million in XRP to Ellen DeGeneres’ charityby transferring it to her in a matter of seconds.

when Chamath Palihapitiya, co-owner of the Golden State Warriors, invested early in Bitcoin and thinks it’s going to $1 million per coin.

when Plastic Bank is helping those in developing countries earn cryptocurrency while also curing plastic ocean pollution — I know you’ve seen those IBM commercials.

when Robinhood offers the purchase of cryptos commission-free.

when Steve Bannon is betting on Bitcoin and launching his own cryptocurrency.

when Bill Clinton spoke at the Swell Conference in support of Ripple and blockchain technology.

“The permutations and possibilities [of blockchain] are staggeringly great.”

when former Trump aide and Goldman Sachs exec Gary Cohn is joining a blockchain startup.

when the NFL purchased a stake in blockchain startup SportsCastr.

when the NBA goes crypto as the Sacramento Kings mine Ethereum, Bitmain sponsors the Houston Rockets, and former commissioner David Stern backs FanChain.

when Rockefeller-owned Venrock is investing in cryptocurrency.

when Overstock.com is going full-on crypto.

when cryptocurrencies can end poverty and provide financial freedom to those in financial need.

cryptos: from earth to moon

Yeah. This has no future.

Accumulate, HODL, and think outside the blox!

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