Upcoming Event: AIMP Holiday Party

October 31st, 2011

2011 has flown by – It’s almost November and that means holiday party season is already around the corner.

The Association of Independent Music Publishers is having a party and presenting producer Phil Ramone with an award on December 1.  More details below!

Date: December 1, 2011
Time: 5:30 – 7:30

NY Chapter Holiday Party and Indie Award Presentation

Please join us to celebrate the holiday season,

and to recognize the accomplishments of our

2011 Indie Award recipient

Phil Ramone

Master Music Maker

Reservation Cutoff: November 29, 2011

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The Princeton Club of New York
15 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

Open bar and buffet (Cutoff: November 29, 2011)

AIMP Members – $40.00 per person
AIMP Non-Members – $70.00 per person

This is a pre-paid event.   Please make your reservation on-line using your credit card or register on-line and mail your check to AIMP,  5 West 37th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10018 before the deadline of November 29th.

Register for this event now by clicking here.



October’s Notable Hirings, Firings & Promotions

October 30th, 2011

Billboard‘s lost a few good men: General Manager of Digital George White and SVP of Digital for Prometheus Global Media Josh Engroff have left the company.

Grooveshark has lost Director of Content Acquisition Aaron Ford.

Warner Bros. Records has named J. Scavo, leaving Disney Music Group, its new Senior Vice President of New Media.

David Krinsky moved from Rhapsody to Google.

At Clear Channel Radio, Brian Lakamp has been promoted to the newly-created slot of president of Clear Channel Digital, while Pablo Calamera becomes CTO.

Collaborative publishing network Wikia named Craig Palmer, former Gracenote CEO, as its new CEO.

Pandora named Simon Fleming-Wood as Chief Marketing Officer.

VEVO has hired Jim Macnie as its Editorial Director.

Universal Music Group has let go of Interscope Geffen A&M Senior Vice President Ted Mico.

UMG also said goodbye to Senior Vice President of Marketing & Product Development Mitch Rotter.

Rolling Stone Reveals How Artists Make Money from Digital Music Services

October 26th, 2011

Rolling Stone published yesterday an article calledThe New Economics of the Music Industry.

The article details how various online music services pay artists.

The entire article is worth a read, but here are some excerpted charts that should provide a good intro understanding to the complicated landscape:

(Keep in mind two things.  First, an artist won’t see any of this money until the label has fully recouped expenses for the album.  Second, an artist may choose to partner with a company like TuneCore to distribute to these digital services and avoid the label payout all together.)


Robbie Williams Leaves EMI, Signs with UMG

October 24th, 2011

Robbie Williams has had a busy month.

The 37 year old singer recently left EMI, just ahead of an anticipated sale (or multiple sales, as the case may be) of the music company.  Williams had been signed to EMI for 15 years, since he left the boy band Take Five in 1996.

Last year, Take Five reunited, releasing a new album which sold over 3 million copies in the UK alone and performing a sold-out European reunion tour that is said to have paid out over £10 million to Williams alone..

Despite these successes, Williams recently announced he’s leaving the reunited Take Five.

What’s next for Robbie?  Williams has signed a single album deal with Universal Music Group for a solo album. Williams commented: “I’m really thrilled to be joining the Universal family at what I think is the most exciting time in my career.”

New Pitchfork NYC Music Festival Announced for February

October 19th, 2011

Pitchfork, partnering with Bowery Presents and Kill Screen, is putting on a four day multi-media festival in NYC February 1 – 4.  The fest “celebrates and explores the interconnected and growing worlds of independent music, art, and gaming.”

What to expect:

Musicians will work with visual artists, game designers with musicians, game designers with artists. We’ll present bands in galleries, artists in clubs, games everywhere in between. Forms will surprise and bring new experiences to audiences by presenting musicians, artists, and game designers finding common ground and drawing inspiration from and beyond their primary field. Forms will take place February 1-4, 2012, with music performances focused across Bowery Presents venues, and additional art, music, and gaming programming happening at museums, galleries, and DIY spaces throughout the boroughs.

Details, including the line up, haven’t yet been announced.  You can read more about the event here.

CMJ Takes Over NYC

October 18th, 2011

Another CMJ has arrived.

For a well-compiled list of all official and many unofficial shows, check out http://www.myfreeconcert.com/blog/cmj-2011-unofficial-event-listing-and-schedule.


RCA Folds Arista, Jive and J Record Labels

October 17th, 2011

Somehow I missed this a couple weeks ago.  Apparently RCA imprints Arista, Jive and J have been closed, folding to become another nameless part of the large label group.  Not sure how many layoffs are connected to the changes but will report as soon as there’s word.

Beyoncé’s New Music Video: Infringement or Inspiration?

October 12th, 2011

Check out this comparison between Beyoncé’s “Countdown” video and “Rosas danst Rosas” by Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

When confronted, the pop-singer responded:  ”Clearly, the ballet ‘Rosas danst Rosas’ was one of many references for my video ‘Countdown.’  It was one of the inspirations used to bring the feel and look of the song to life.”

Does this inspiration go to far?  See for yourself  -


What’s up with pop artists using the “inspiration” excuse to rip off other works? There is also currently an ongoing lawsuit between David LaChapelle and Rihanna over her video “S&M.”

Event Recap: Get Your Goals!

October 7th, 2011

Last night at BMI, Women in Music hosted another event, this one was a workshop called Get Your Goals, with Jordana Jaffe, founder of Quarter Life Clarity.  Jordana gives workshops for groups of women and also meets one-on-one with clients.

Jordana explained techniques and strategies on how to get clearer on your goals and achieve them.

She outlined an 8-step path to finding clarity in goals:

(1) Identify where you’re stuck

(2) Be clear on what you want

(3) Make an easy to follow plan

(4) Imagine the end result

(5) Change your language

(6) Letting go

(7) Practicing gratitude

(8) Getting quiet

Jordana then went through each step, outlining what it means and ways to do it.

Some examples:

A good start is to ask yourself the following: “If ____________ wasn’t in my life, I would be happier.“  The blank can be a person, emotion, thing, anything really.  This is the obstacle though that you’re up against.

Create an “I Want” List. Sit down for 10 minutes and write down whatever it is you want.  Don’t censor, just let it all come out.  It could be a cup of coffee or world peace, but when you’ve finished, look over the list and look for patterns about yourself.  Often what we want is more about how we think we’re going to feel once we get that.  Focus on how you want to feel rather than what you actually want. In other words, why do you want that. There may be ways to get that feeling today, that aren’t tied to the ‘want’.

Break down the ‘wants’ into very very tiny steps.  The tiniest steps possible.  It may seem ridiculous, but it will make the tast less daunting.  As Jordana referenced throughout the event, you can’t eat an entire pie in one bite.  You take small bites in order to finish it.

Accountability partners and goal groups. Find an accountability partner who you can email once a week (or once a day, or month, whatever works) with a list of your goals for the week.   Have them hold you to them and be hard on your if you don’t reach them.  By writing down your goals and showing someone else, you’re more likely to achieve them.  Put together a Goals Group – a group of people who get together once or twice a month and discuss your goals, victories and obstacles.  They can offer ideas to help work past blocks.

Imagine the end result.  You can’t have 15 priorities.  Figure out what your top 3 priorities are and focus on those.  Create a Vision Board or Vision Box with images to help you visualize your goals.  Pinterest.comwas described as a great resource for this.

Gratitude Journal.  Every day write down 15 things you’re grateful for.

Get Quiet.  Take time to meditate or be quiet with yourself to figure out what you really want and how to get there.


Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011

October 6th, 2011

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”