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SURF’S UP
FOR HITS LIST
Good vibrations (3/5a)
NEAR TRUTHS: UNCORKED
Jay-Z's blingy mountain of cash keeps gaining altitude. (3/5a)
UMG PULLS IN NEARLY
$9B IN 2020
Value keeps rising ahead of IPO. (3/5a)
MILEY JOINS COLUMBIA
Like moving to the apartment next door. (3/4a)
GRAMMY CHEW: THE
PRE-GRAMMY BOUNCE
Let's hear it for ironic guitar-smashing. (3/5a)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
A jazz chronicle of fighting the power.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
ACQUITTED
In a phenomenal display of cowardice.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
Pub Crawling
STATEMENT FROM AIMP, A2IM, CMPA ON DOJ AND 100% LICENSING
7/12/16

The fallout continues from the DOJ's hugely controversial decision on government Consent Decrees and 100% licensing. Today three major players from the indie sector weigh in.

We, the undersigned, represent the independent music publishing and record label community in North America, and want to lend our unified voice to the recent press and discussion regarding the outrageous position the Department of Justice (DoJ) has taken with regard to the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees.

The heart of the music business is the song.  No recording artist would exist without a song, and songs would not exist without songwriters.  The songwriters are the smallest of small businesses, and many of them control the ownership to their songs.  A significant number of songwriters have entered into mutually beneficial agreements with music publishers who develop and promote their songs.  The independent music publishing and record company sector is over one-third of the music industry in North America and employs thousands.  While each company may vary in size and have relationships with major labels and/or music publishers, they all share the same independent DNA.  The vibrant, diverse and dynamic music business we know today was built by songwriters, independent music publishers, and independent record labels… but that’s all about to change.

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