Archive for June, 2014

BMI, ASCAP and SESAC

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
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BMI statement June 2014
yesterday I got my my quarterly check from BMI, my PRO (Performance Rights Organization) of choice. It is getting to be more and more fun as these checks roll in and new clients show up (cable networks and shows)… there seems to be a lot of misinformation from those that are “in the game” of getting original music on cable networks…so I was thinking of doing some posts on what my experience has been like. Along with that it might be nice for you to know how you might enjoy getting your piece of performance royalties pie. There is a lot of mixed info out there, so my main points will be around what I have experienced and how I have approached getting placements so far (I am still learning). If you are a musician having these royalty checks coming in might be a nice stream of income for you to consider, and any way I can help you I will!

the art of living…art and life

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
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recently I was talking to someone about music, art and life. As often is the case the topic wove its way through the actual discipline of say, making a song or an artistic statement, and making a living. You know the argument; art vs commerce…artistic integrity…selling out and all that. Along with the topic of making a living was the importance of what a life worth living might actually look like. This discussion has been going on for a long time (like since the dawn of discussions), and I do not intend to solve anything here today, but I do want to share some observations from that conversation, and maybe bring some personal thoughts out that I have about the creative life;

1) good art is less what it is, and more what it does

2) good art is true, bad art is not

3) selling out is constituted by seeking first money, and then the artistic statement with money being the sole objective

4) any time anyone promotes or preaches evil through art, they have effectively had their crossroads moment and chosen the devil (even if it is not formalized, or the artist pleads ignorance) (more…)