A Friend in the Music Business: The ASCAP Story [NOOK Book]

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(Book). On February 13, 1914, a group of the nation's most distinguished and popular songwriters gathered together in New York City to support the mission of ASCAP, a new organization for publishers and songwriters. A few years later, ASCAP received its mandate from the Supreme Court to collect royalties for the public performance of copyrighted material. Over the course the next century, ASCAP has been as prominent a force for the advancement and nurture and financial well-being of songwriters as any record label or publishing outfit one would
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A Friend in the Music Business: The ASCAP Story

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(Book). On February 13, 1914, a group of the nation's most distinguished and popular songwriters gathered together in New York City to support the mission of ASCAP, a new organization for publishers and songwriters. A few years later, ASCAP received its mandate from the Supreme Court to collect royalties for the public performance of copyrighted material. Over the course the next century, ASCAP has been as prominent a force for the advancement and nurture and financial well-being of songwriters as any record label or publishing outfit one would care to name. With a responsive board of directors made up entirely of songwriter/composer and publisher members, ASCAP has defended creators' rights at every turn against those who would seek to devalue music. Today, with copyright under renewed assault, its mission is as resonant and vital as ever, along with its relatively new role as a nurturer of the young artists who represent the future of music. Award-winning music writer Bruce Pollock explores the growth and changes within this complex society and its relationship to emerging technologies, in the context of 100 years of an ever-evolving music business, to see how ASCAP has become, for those who hope to make a living making music, now more than ever, "a friend in the music business."
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Library Journal
04/15/2014
The history of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is told by music journalist Pollock (The Rock Song Index), who deals with the various legal issues that have dogged ASCAP since its founding in 1914 (the nonprofit exists as a functioning organization because of a Supreme Court ruling by Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1917), as well as its struggle with licensing competitors, especially Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI). Pollock makes clear that fighting for the intellectual property rights of composers and lyricists has never been an easy task especially since each new technological revolution creates a fresh battleground; one usual objection being the concept of blanket licensing fees. While the book ends on a generally positive note, the challenge of the Internet—ASCAP supported both the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA)—looms large and the flat receipts since 2009 (and loss of about 200 staff) speak of battles yet to be fought. VERDICT This engaging history will be of value to those interested in the music business, intellectual property rights, and copyright issues.—Bruce R. Schueneman, Texas A&M Univ. Lib., Kingsville
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480386099
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 8 MB

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