When MIDEM convenes in Cannes Jan. 28-31, the event will once again draw participants from more corners of the globe than any other music business conference. In 2011, more than 6,800 participants from 77 countries and 3,120 companies participated in MIDEM, which is now in its 46th year.
How can one get a grasp on the numerous offerings at MIDEM?
For starters, Billboard offers this guide to 12 points to watch at MIDEM in 2012, from a trans-Atlantic perspective, as compiled by senior editorial analyst Glenn Peoples in the United States and contributor Richard Smirke in the United Kingdom…
Since its birth in 2005, the nature of YouTube as a platform for (just) homegrown video has undergone some seismic shifts. The site is now home to more media than almost any online streaming platform. Cute kittens and The Beatles (OK, little kids singing The Beatles) are now only a single click away. read more
News broke today that "pure play" webcasting services (i.e., the bigger online broadcasters who earn the bulk of their revenue through their services) have reached an agreement with SoundExchange — the nonprofit organization that collects and distributes the digital public performance royalty on behalf of performing artists and sound copyright owners (usually the labels). read more
Back in April, FMC released the "Principles for Musician Compensation in New Business Models-- (or "Artist Principles") -- a set of guidelines for ensuring creator compensation in an evolving music landscape. Here's a podcast interview with Los Angeles-based attorney Josh Wattles, whose years in the copyright and entertainment fields have awarded him with an insider's perspective (and no shortage of opinions). Wattles talks to FMC about what he would envision in a pro-artist document, and makes some provocative statements about what the role of a record label should be in today's music marketplace. read more
Washington, DC â€“ Future of Music Coalition announces panelist and programming details for its upcoming musician education events: “What’s the Future for Musicians” in Chicago on September 22; “What’s the Future for Musicians” in New York City on October 6 ; and “Creative License”, a panel discussion about sampling and fair use, also in NYC on October 6. read more
Washington, DC â€“ Future of Music Coalition is gearing up for events through 2008 and 2009 that will examine the crucial issues at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law. Expanding on seminars held earlier this year in upstate New York, FMC is organizing forums in Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C. The seminars will be guided by a core group of presenters with a wide range of expertise related to music promotion and distribution, web development, policy, copyright and law. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with peer-experts in breakout sessions and roundtable discussions. The “What’s The Future for Musicians?” series is co-presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, and the Public Theater in New York City.
A Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel is a group of three arbitrators from the private sector, appointed and administered by the US Copyright Office and the Library of Congress, which meet for limited times for the purpose of adjusting rates and distributing royalties. A CARP was established in 1993 to negotiate the terms of the webcasting royalty rates and reporting requirements. This fact sheet covered some of the core issues that were present in the proceedings in 2001-2002. read more