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  • in reply to: BMI writer, ASCAP publisher: can you do that? #39079
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    Hey Renne,
    Remember ASCAP uses a 50/50 scale vs BMI uses 100/100 scale so that might be the origin of the error. In Ascap terms half the publishing share would be 25% but in the BMI world half the publishing share would be 50%

    in reply to: CD Baby Pro Publishing and Working with Other Libraries #37680
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    Although this info is 3-4 years old, at least in the past CD baby’s admin option was exclusive. This was problematic for a friend who wanted to sign that music to a non exclusive pub deal. Also they register your titles with Cd Baby as an admin then when you withdraw from that deal you are stuck with the job of removing CD baby from the PRO registrations, which at least with BMI involves mailing a letter signed by all parties to BMI, then it can take several quarters before BMI updates the registrations. If it’s cues yes you can just retilte them but in my frinds case it was songs where the titles was mentioned in the lyrics and referred back to copyrights so he wanted to keep the original titles. This was again problematic since even though the deal with CD baby was canceled the company who he wanted to sign couldn’t publish it the music before the registration was clear of CD Baby’s ghost on the registrations Also assuming their admin deal is still exclusive then you technically owe CD Baby their admin share on sync you place yourself. Also I’m not sure how active their sync pitching is so why give them anything for doing nothing…I’m quite happy with Distro kid because on cover song their take care of mechanical royalties distribution to original songwriters.

    in reply to: ASCAP – “Possible Match” on status of song registration #37433
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    I’ve had possibly matches listed for years, it’s seem to be some kinda of automated flagging for their team to check out. it’s never been an issue for me and I don’t worry about it. If you are concerned, just create an inquiry from within your ascap account and ask them, they are pretty good at answering within a few days. If you find out something interesting, please post it on this site. Cheers!

    in reply to: Promos – Who gets paid? #34673
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    A good friend of mine is a promo producer. When he used to work for one of the Fox departements, it was the post mix engineer’s responsibility to make and turn in cue sheets to the PROs. My friend was hired as the producer and assigned to this veteran engineer, already working for Fox. That was the whole Promo team, no music supervisor, my friend just picked the music from the pre cleared music suppliers in their system. One day my friend asked the engineer about the cue sheets (because I asked him about it after reading about missing royalties here on MLR), the engineer replied he had NEVER made or turned in any cue sheets in the 15 years he had worked there, in fact the engineer had no clue how to even make a cue sheet!. This was around 2015 so add 5 years to that now. I think this should be criminal! And it seems to be standard procedure. They also had a set non negotiable promo fee which was pre cleared with all the music supplier (including all the big libraries) which was about $250-350. Pretty sad huh?!

    in reply to: Boutique Libraries looking for Quality Music #33618
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    Use the search functions in “Access Libraries” under the member service tab or hire an assistant! đŸ™‚

    in reply to: Long wait for BMI registration by Exclusive Library #33617
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    A track doesn’t need to be registered for you to get your broadcast royalties for a TV placement, this is listed on both BMI and ASCAP websites and have been discussed here to death, Some libraries wait until they have placed the track until they register and 4 months are not long to wait at all, ask after 1-2 years again although I would not bother. Remember they can’t collect their publishing share royalty if you don’t get your writer share so they will register it if necessary. .

    Happy Ears
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    This sounds like the new PRO free direct license (real) royalty free library model that some european companies are doing including a certain swedish company. Complete buyout and bypass any PRO. Horrible money deal and very bad for our industry!.

    in reply to: IMDb Page #30883
    Happy Ears
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    It could definitely backfire on you!

    in reply to: BMI Distribution 9/14/2018 #30821
    Happy Ears
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    Mine was up a bit but still a good bit under what my royalties used to be before BMI changed the rules on how they pay on shows.

    in reply to: Sourceaudio vs tunesat #30678
    Happy Ears
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    Sorry Art and Paul, for some reason I read “Tunesat” as “Source Audio”. in that sentence. It was in the middle of the night……:)

    in reply to: Sourceaudio vs tunesat #30669
    Happy Ears
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    I think Art meant to say “Tunesat’s will NOT detect existing files that are already being broadcast”.

    in reply to: BMI Missing Royalty Correction? #29908
    Happy Ears
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    Here are some suggestions:

    Google “how to find TV airing” and many options will appear. If not call Discovery and ask them. “Google” in creative ways, that’s your best tool. Perhaps look for local stations who air the program and see if they have posted their program schedules somewhere maybe on their websites etc.
    ex DId u check TV guide already? Can you find an old TV guide where it is listed or do they show legacy airings,?

    There is no set way of doing this, just creative researching.

    in reply to: Motown #29775
    Happy Ears
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    and don’t forget those old school, mixing schemes like panning bass and drums all the way to the left, vocals in the center than the rest to the right

    in reply to: BMI Missing Royalty Correction? #29627
    Happy Ears
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    I would not bother the library with this but that’s just my 2 cent

    in reply to: BMI Missing Royalty Correction? #29626
    Happy Ears
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    Get a copy of the show and find the spot where your music is used as proof. Then find official listings of airings. Discovery should have it listed somewhere. FInd the airings listing which you haven’t gotten paid for and include screenshot proof that the show is on Hulu and Netflix
    Present that to BMI and try to argue for correction,
    Think like a lawyer presenting a case.
    But personally, I wouldn’t bother because of the time involved.

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