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  • in reply to: MDIIO? #41574
    yzzman1
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    They have a MLR listing so you can look there – but they are pretty new as far as I know so time will tell.

    in reply to: Identifyy #41273
    yzzman1
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    After you upload tracks with Indentifyy – how soon does the “YouTube Reports” tab show what it has tracked? Does it track in close to real time like TuneSat or does it post tracking results quarterly?

    in reply to: Ya Never Know What a Track Will Do #41080
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    I actually wanted to tag onto this concept on never knowing what a track will do….also reminding some of the newer people to the business here that once you are confident in your skills and strengths, rejection is STILL part of normal business. But in this business – rejection can be a truly positive thing.

    A track I recently got a large sync payout with and will also receive great backend on was rejected – no let me correct that – HARSHLY rejected, by a well known exclusive library. The rep from the library was kind enough to respond with the following words to me “Ummm…..no thanks.” lol.

    If you’re confident in your skills and strengths, its just important to realize that your track, and your vision for a track may just not be what a library does. They have strengths and weaknesses too and aren’t going to take in a track they have no idea what to do with.

    That’s one of the reasons that when new people come to this forum and say “What libraries are going to get me placements?” – it’s not such a simple answer. It’s a specific and sometimes complicated matchmaking game.

    And also – if a good cue gets rejected by a library, it’s a really good thing that your track didn’t get accepted because it means it doesn’t fit their strengths – or they are inundated with that style already. A better home can be found where your track stands out, and the library has confidence that it fits their wheelhouse.

    Stepping down from soapbox now – even though we’ve all covered this before, just wanted to throw this out there because as new people continue to sign up on this amazing forum…I think it’s hopefully helpful advice.

    in reply to: Stem File Tracks #41036
    yzzman1
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    One of my exclusive libraries is pushing the offering of stems pretty hard. I’m still avoiding it where possible because my feelings as a creative are mixed. With that said – I understand that libraries are trying to maximize their appeal in a very crowded business.

    in reply to: Ya Never Know What a Track Will Do #41016
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    Nice! It’s always cool when a RF track unexpectedly makes it the distance like that! Congrats.

    in reply to: Datestamps on comments #39801
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    My thought on this is that Art understandably has been giving thought to some recent, newer members who joined MLR on a trial basis and complained that certain libraries had outdated comments and that it made the site less valuable for them to continue on as longer term members.

    Personally, I agreed wholeheartedly with Art’s explanation to them and that there is a wealth of knowledge to gain here combining both recent AND historical contributions to the site. There are some however, that I suppose who are new to this business and looking for “quick” answers…. and we all know here that nothing is “quick” about this business.

    With that said – I more than understand Art’s predicament here and support his decision either way. I preferred the dates as well but as I’ve understood before – “Art’s sandbox – Art’s rules!” More than happy to continue to support this sandbox of past, present and future knowledge in this ever changing, fluid and volatile business.

    in reply to: Best cloud storage for composers? #39576
    yzzman1
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    Good topic!

    in reply to: ASCAP #38971
    yzzman1
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    Evver since they “updated” their cue sheet system – I have the same issue from time to time where the cue sheet count is way off

    in reply to: Another Royalty Ripoff! #34169
    yzzman1
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    Man that sucks. I’ve had the same garbage before with Competitrack not monitoring a commercial and ASCAP refusing to pay – not allowing TuneSat. Its ridiculous. At least with BMI maybe there’s a chance – ASCAP no chance at all.

    in reply to: Daily Show cue sheets? #34040
    yzzman1
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    I have a good amount of cue sheets from the daily show – but they have taken about a year from airing to start showing up. At least on the plus side they are actually getting done eventually as opposed to not at all….

    in reply to: Discovery going way of Scripps? #33803
    yzzman1
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    I believe this to be a very important time in our careers as composers. Scripps has gotten away with this exact scenario – and I do believe that without a legal challenge to overcome, Discovery, and eventually other networks will likely do whatever is in their personal, best financial interest without regard for integrity. This is the time for lawmakers to get involved if we want to save any potential for the future of performance royalties for music on television. Any music creator advocacy group that you can think of – needs to know about this. Hopefully we can make a difference by being heard.

    in reply to: Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives #33448
    yzzman1
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    Haven’t seen this yet but yes I’ve heard it’s GREAT. Clive Davis is a good man – met him many times over the years

    in reply to: BMI, Tunesat, and how you did it….. #33447
    yzzman1
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    Tunesat has been really useful for me. It’s knowledge that you wouldn’t have otherwise had. With that said – many of you on here have read my many posts in the past about recovering royalties, TuneSat and the PRO’s. I’m in an interesting situation right now with a library that I will leave unnamed – but one that is well known on this forum.

    The library is well known in having editors that work in house for various productions/networks sports coverage. I have a cue that has been used almost every weekend – many hundreds of broadcasts now – on a major network and a census surveyed (ASCAP) sports network over the past five years. It has only been reported on a cue sheet correctly ONE TIME. I reached out to this library three years ago in reference to not reporting it and they claimed it was not their placement. There was only one other possibility and in reaching out to the network – it was determined it WAS this library all along – even though their own employee told me it was not. Funny how the library tried to say I never came to them! lol.

    Could this be a large mistake? Sure it’s possible. Could this be something deeper? That’s possible as well. In general, cue sheets unfortunately over the course of time have had the tendency to be misreported on accidentally, misreported on purposefully (to fraudulently enrich someone else’s pockets, sometimes within a particular organization that is involved), not reported fully on (to minimize annual usage in relation to blanket licensing fees to the PRO’s) and sometimes just not reported at all. There’s a plethora of articles on this from Billboard to legal journals and the like. This is always murky water. It’s unfortunate that as many have mentioned, the PRO’s are still hanging on to ancient ways for their own benefit. I do believe soon however, this is going to change.

    As for this particular library – I’m giving them a short time to rectify the issue – as they deserve the benefit of the doubt. It they don’t – I have 25 years of allies in the music business at my disposal to make some interesting noise – I’ve done it before to success. Hoping it doesn’t come to that. We all have cue sheets that never turn up – But when it gets to many hundreds of uses of a single cue from the same user that is never being reported or consistently being misreported – it’s time to do something. Our sources of income streams have been slashed dramatically over the years – we all need to try to preserve what is left of them.

    in reply to: Library charging writers subscription fee #32363
    yzzman1
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    Wow I remember when they were starting out – I didn’t know they started a subscription based pitching thing with it. Not my cup of tea either

    in reply to: Competitrack – how do we use it? #31558
    yzzman1
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    Hi Alan,

    Yep you should be good now. I’ve used Competitrack before to submit ad codes to ASCAP and they should pay on it with no problems. Keep an eye out on competitrack though if they catch multiple versions of the commercial – there could end up being more than one ad code. If it does end up airing a lot – it can add up significantly.

    Chris

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