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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Youtube Ceo Attacks Article 13 in Letter to Creators as 'A Threat to Your Livelihood'

YouTube CEO Susan Wojicki told the platform's creators and artists today that the European Union's Article 13, which is well on its way to becoming law, will kill the internet as they know it and severely damage their ability to earn money on the platform.  Every quarter, the YouTube CEO sends a letter to creators, updating them on priorities and progress made over the past months. In Monday's letter, Wojicki also shared a very strong stance on EU Article 13 copyright legislation. It marks the first time she has been so vocal in opposition to the legislation which owner Google and many other tech companies have opposed from the outset. Most music industry trade groups and companies support the legislation. ...

CAREER: CD Baby, Cosynd Partner for Affordable Copyright Services

CD Baby has partnered with Cosynd to offer an affordable legal services platform to document ownership of content. Launching next month, the partnership will enable members to create basic copyright ownership agreements and split sheets, and then to register with the U.S. Copyright Office. CD Baby members will receive 1 month of free access to Cosynd's Essential and Premium tiers, which will enable them to create unlimited copyright split sheets, full copyright ownership agreements and work for hire agreements...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: 5 Reasons Apple'S Acquisition of Shazam a Big Deal

Apple's acquisition of the music identification app Shazam, while certainly a notable purchase, occurred with little industry fuss, but the spreading of the Apple umbrella over Shazam may have more dramatic implications for the music business than were first thought. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

OBITUARY: Rest in Peace Paul Allen: Friend of Music and Much More

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen recently passed away, and is remembered as a tech billionaire and noted philanthropist. The Seattle music industry was among the beneficiaries of his generosity, with Allen helping to foster the creative sector. Guest post by Chris Castle of Music Technology Policy Paul Allen was a co-founder of Microsoft and hence a 'tech billionaire.'  But he used that wealth to make a contribution to music in smart and lasting ways through supporting music in Seattle and by doing so being an important voice for our business whether we knew it or not.  And of course he was a sailor, making great contributions on and below the surface...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Brexit: How End of Free Movement Will Affect All Musicians

As Brexit proceedings move ominously forward, independent self-employed musicians who tour  internationally are starting to worry about what sort of an impact the separation could have on their way of life. Here we look at what the negative outcomes could be. Guest post by Joe Hoten of Bands for Hire...

CONTEST: 7 Virtual Jazz Club's Jazz Contest 2018 Edition Extends Deadline to November 15th

To enter the contest, soloists and groups pay a small registration fee and submit a video of their performance. Entries will be judged by a panel of international jazz experts comprised of some of the most respected journalists, musicians and educators in the field. This Year's Categories Under 25 Students Amateurs and Pros Prizes and Awards Amateurs and Pros' Category Jury Prize (assigned to the best musician): € 2,000 + Live Concert in one of the best jazz clubs in Europe: Jazz Club Ferrara (Italy) Under 25 Students' Category: Jury Prize (assigned to the best Under 25 Student): € 700 + special prize offered by Taklit Publishing and Production Agency to the best Under 25 Student; All the musicians: Web Community Prize: € 500 + artistic advertising to the most voted musician by the web community (on YouTube). 2018 Edition International Judging Panel Patricia Johnston (producer and artist manager)- France Dubi Lenz (journalist, art director 'The Red Sea Jazz Festival')- Israel Chris Hodgkins (producer, broadcaster for Jazz London Radio)- UK Julien Lepiece (label manager at Outhere Records) - Belgium Greg Stott (teacher at the Australian National University)- Australia Geila Zilkha (vocalist, teacher)- Japan Inaki Askunze (musician, conductor, composer, teacher)- Spain c: Mark Sullivan (journalist for All About Jazz, composer) - USA c: Hrayr Attarian (journalist for All About Jazz)- USA Eddy Determeyer (journalist and broadcaster)- Netherlands Fernando R. de Mondesert (Jazz Journalist Association)- Dominican Republic Jose Deluna (teacher and musician)- Spain Marcela Breton (Jazz Journalist Association)- Colombia Fiona Ross (musician, journalist, teacher)- UK Dmitry Baevsky (musician and teacher)- Russia Arnaldo DeSouterio (journalist, Producer, member of JJA)- Brazil Debbie Mari (teacher at the UKZN- School of Music Jazz Studies)- South Africa Jeri Brown (teacher at the Concordia University Montreal)- Canada About The 7 Virtual Jazz Club The 7 Virtual Jazz Club is a non-profit all volunteer association dedicated to support jazz music in all its forms. The 7 Virtual Jazz Club website hosts the first fully global online jazz competition in history. The contest welcomes musicians of all ages. Musicians may be amateurs, professionals and students under the age of 25. Our aim is to unearth hidden musical talent focusing on the new trends that have emerged in jazz and creative music...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jane Bunnett

All About Jazz is celebrating Jane Bunnett's birthday today! Jane Bunnett has become one of the foremost jazz musicians in Canada, and has gained recognition around the world for her improvising talents, technical proficiency, and writing and band leading abilities. Born and educated in Toronto, she trained as a classical pianist from 1975-78 (attaining Grade 10 Piano Honors), until tendentious forced a switch to woodwinds at the Royal Conservatory... Read more...

RECORDING: Recent Listening: Bruno Raberg with Barth and Cruz

Bruno Raberg Trio, Tailwind (Red Piano Records) Raberg's bass -- at once relaxed and penetrating -- is at the heart of a collection of his compositions. The sole piece written by someone else is Jimmy Van Heusen's 'Here's That Rainy Day,' a feature for the leader's seductive bowing. Raberg follows the Van Heusen with his own 'Rainy Day Farewell,' which he may have conceived with Jamaica and Harry Belafonte in mind. Adam Cruz's drum pattern supports that notion. Throughout, Cruz and pianist Bruce Barth back Raberg with sensitivity and close attention to his harmonic departures. That unity is particularly effective in 'Tailwind,' the album's title tune. Into the structure Raberg builds what we might call rolling interludes that enhance the piece's forward motion...

VIDEO / DVD: Don Goldie: Brilliant!

Trumpeter Don Goldie played with power and a Dixieland feel. There also were shades of Harry James in his horn. He began recording in 1959 and spent much of his early career recording with trombonist Jack Teagarden. He also recorded with Buddy Rich, Ralph Burns, Gene Krupa and others before recording a string of songbook albums under his own name for the Jazz Forum label...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: 6 Feet Under- New Single by Leemann Bassey

"6 Feet Under" is a heartfelt ballad by model/singer m: LeeMann Bassey . The average model height is 6 feet, which is above average for the average person. "6 Feet Under" delves into the imperfections of life. Models are seen as the most beautiful people in the world, but you can't change your height just like you can't change your heritage. This song speaks to the hearts of many who feel as though they don't make the grade...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dizzy Gillespie

All About Jazz is celebrating Dizzy Gillespie's birthday today! John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, along with Charlie Parker, ushered in the era of Be-Bop in the American jazz tradition. He was born Cheraw, South Carolina, and was the youngest of nine children. He began playing piano at the age of four and received a music scholarship to the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina. Most noted for his trademark "swollen cheeks"... Read more...

EVENT: Inaugural Jazz Philadelphia Summit Announced

During the inaugural Jazz Philadelphia Summit on Nov. 2 and 3, 2018, regional and national jazz luminaries will gather in Center City Philadelphia to honor the city's deep jazz roots and discuss its future. Musicians, jazz enthusiasts, advocates, funders, and the arts and culture community are gathering at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the University of the Arts for both high-level discussions and hands-on workshops about the art and business of jazz. Sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day. RSVP is required, but registration is free and open to all, available through the Jazz Philadelphia website...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jelly Roll Morton

All About Jazz is celebrating Jelly Roll Morton's birthday today! The city of New Orleans has the distinction of being the 'birthplace of jazz' so its appropriate that in New Orleans in or around 1885 to 1890 would be born the self-proclaimed 'inventor of jazz'. Ferdinand Joseph Lemott (Lamothe) and his story is one of mystery, legend, genius, with an incredulous outcome, and original musical score... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Eddie Henderson

This week, StLJN's video spotlight is focused on trumpeter Eddie Henderson, who's returning to St. Louis to perform next Friday, October 26 at St. Louis University's Xavier Hall. Presented in conjunction with SLU as the first production of the revived Nu-Art Series, the concert also will feature poet and author Leah LeFlore (daughter of the late trumpeter and Black Artists Group co-founder Floyd LeFlore), pianist Ptah Williams, and trumpeter George Sams, the founder and head of Nu-Art...

VIDEO / DVD: Burt, Otis and Lenny

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Burt Ward for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). If the name doesn't ring a bell, Burt played Robin on TV's Batman series in the 1960s. Burt talked about growing up in Beverly Hills, his father's touring ice show and how Burt wound up auditioning and winning the Boy Wonder roll. The show remains one of the most intelligent sitcoms of the decade -- both delightfully sophisticated and sophomoric. I did ask Burt how they filmed the building-scaling scenes. Apparently, the building set was on a 45-degree angle to give them an uphill feel. They also had firm fishing line in their capes to make them extend outward and look like they were climbing straight up...

CAREER: 7 Indicators You Have the Wrong Music Marketing Strategy

A successful music career depends on a solid public image and communication with fans. While any good PR person does all they can, not every approach has a positive outcome. Here we look at some of the most frequent errors that can cause a marketing strategy to fail. Guest post by Scott Matthews Introduction The music industry, as much as any other field of work, depends on a good public image built through stage performance, street conduct, things the artists say in their public addressing, CD cover design, well virtually anything related to the artist. The career path of multiple performers went up or down depending on how the public sees a musician at a certain point. The PR agents try to do their best in order to keep a positive visage of their clients, however not all marketing strategies have a positive outcome...

RADIO: Siriusxm Makes in Home Play with Amazon Partnership

Satellite broadcaster SiriusXM signaled a push beyond the vehicle market into the home and on mobile this week with a new Amazon partnership.  Amazon Echo owners can get three free months of SiriusXM and those who sign up for a new SiriusXM All Access or SiriusXM Premier subscription get a free Echo Dot...

WEBSITE: Attention Venues! Vote and Spread the Word About the Top Jazz Venues Poll at All About Jazz

All About Jazz has developed an annual polling platform so members can vote for their favorite venues, festivals, record labels, recordings, and more. Our inaugural poll, Top Jazz Venues, recently launched with early results showing strong placement for several top clubs as well as a few surprises. We encourage all AAJ members to vote here. The more votes that are cast, the more definitive and useful the results become for all so please vote...

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