Today’s Topic: Performance Rights Organizations (“PRO(s)”)
The owner of a copyright in a protected musical composition may use the work as (s)he wishes; conversely, (s)he may prevent others from using that work without authorization. Whenever a musical work (“song”) is being performed for commercial purposes, that owner should almost always expect to receive a royalty.
Making individual efforts to collect royalties, however, require hours of investigation and paperwork – tracking how many times the song has been played, determining whether it was performed on TV, in a film, on the radio or Internet, or calculating which percentage of the royalty goes to which owner (if the song has co-composers). This is where it makes sense to become a member of a Performance Rights Organization (“PRO”). The purpose of these organizations is to track the “public performance” of musical compositions (anything from elevator-music to radio play to live band concerts), collect license fees for copyright owners who are PRO members, and distribute royalties to their members.
There are three (3) PROs in the United States: (1) the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) ($50 to join as a composer or publisher); (2) Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) (free to join for a composer but $150 to $250 for publishers); and (3) the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC) (free to join but selective when admitting new members).
The composer’s or publisher’s choice among the three PROs will depend largely on the type of benefits desired. If one is seeking a PRO that will assist members with insurance, music-making tools, or financial management, ASCAP seems ideal. If one seeks an organization that will help develop careers via showcases, music festivals, and conferences, BMI seems best. If one prefers an opportunity to develop a closer relationship with his/her PRO representative, SESAC seems most strategic. Ultimately, if you are a songwriter/composer/publisher looking to generate money from your catalogue, you must consider and choose the PRO best for you.
ChaseLawyers would be happy to provide assistance on these matters. We can be reached in Miami at 305-373-7665; in New York City at 212-601-2762; and on the web at www.ChaseLawyers.com. We appreciate your time and look forward to hearing from you.
Barry Chase, Greg Bloom, and Michael Epstein.
Chox-Mak and DJ YRS Jerzy are back on the grind yet again with another single for their fans called “No Plan B”. They have teamed up with S Dot Tizzle who brought the production on the track. “No Plan B” is a saying that Chox-Mak uses to tell people his music is all that he has and he is going to do whatever it takes to make it in the music industry. Chox-Mak and DJ YRS Jerzy are both passionate about their crafts they only put out their best work and they would not have it any other way.
In December Chox-Mak and DJ YRS Jerzy will be starting “Mak Attack Mondays” which means that every monday in December they will be releasing a track. They have a very anticipated mixtape in the works called “Cross Colours And Starter Jackets” which is scheduled to drop in 2014. Without a doubt you will definitely be seeing and hearing alot more of Chox-Mak and DJ YRS Jerzy in the near future.
On the eve of his release of Gangland 2 (#G2), JENESIS Magazine releases its newest issue with Chevy Woods as the cover feature. In this “Business First” interview, Chevy talks about reshaping his persona, the name change from Kev Tha Hustla, business knowledge gained with Wiz Khalifa and advice from Juicy J.
Also featured in this issue: G-Eazy, Most Dope’s NJOMZA, Curtis Williams of Two-9 + more.
Digital Issue: http://www.jenesismagazine.
Purchase Print Issue: http://www.jenesismagazine.
I am not a “90s Nigga”. While the style of music I make & listen is more reminiscent of the 90s, I’m not a fan of the whole “Real Hip Hop” movement. I do think we hit a peak in the 90s, as evidenced by the commercial and critical success compared to today, but I am not unaware of the shortcomings that Old School Hip Hop fell victim to. I try to attain as much knowledge of the Golden Era of hip hop as I can from those who were there to experience and/or participate in it. I buy albums and listen to them not for the sake of entertainment, but to understand the musical climate that was prevalent at the the time. I buy books and read reviews pertinent to hip hop of then and now, and I have found a few contradictions, to say the least. A lot of what the senior hip hop audience criticizes us for today, were present, and at times, applauded during their hey day, and I compiled a list of things that stuck out to me. I mean no offense to any of the artists listed, I have respect and admiration for all of you in one way or another. My intentions are not to offend, but to inform! (more…)
Pittsburgh, PA. Local hip hop artist AF Rome looks to break the mold of the traditional hip hop stereotype of thug-turned-musician. On October 18, 2013 AF Rome, a hip hop artist representing R.A.R.E. Nation, a newly formed Pittsburgh music entertainment company, will be releasing his debut mixtape “The Application.” With features from prominent Pittsburgh hip hop artists The Come Up and Palermo Stone, Rome has assembled a great guest list on the project, but it’s his back story that makes the mixtape worth a listen.
While the traditional sense of hip hop dictates that an emcee revert to rhyming to make it out of the struggle, AF Rome did that on his own. A successful corporate job holder, Rome boasts a college degree as well as the discipline and work ethic necessary to flourish in any environment. After providing a platform for his family, AF Rome metaphorically exchanged his tie for a chain, turned his attention away from climbing the corporate ladder and focused his efforts on his true passion: hip hop. His message emphasizes a life of luxury and fashion, but not in the disillusioned sense most artists fall for. He stresses that everything you want in life, you have to work for yourself to create.
“For my debut project, I know nothing is given to me; I have to earn the respect of the fans and the city,” says AF Rome when asked about the name of the project. “That’s why I named it ‘The Application.’ Then I locked myself in a studio, did my research, poured endless energy into these records and in four months I had a project ready for evaluation. I didn’t get the job in this hip hop world yet; I have to be approved first. And I’m ready for that.” AF Rome’s debut will be released for free via hard copies at local outlets as well as digitally at RareNation.com/af-rome.html.
AF Rome has an impressive resume despite his recent emergence. After appearing on the annual S.H.O.W. Time mixtape hosted by TreeJay (of Mac Miller’s MostDope group), Rome shared the stage with Machine Gun Kelly at Bethany College and currently represents R.A.R.E. Nation, a Pittsburgh-based music entertainment company. R.A.R.E. stands for “Revitalizing Art; Reinventing Emotion,” and the label’s primary goal is to bring the life and musicality back to hip hop. Through their unique artists and their music, they aim to paint a picture of life’s ups and downs and instill individuality, self-motivation and self-confidence in listeners in the hopes that it can help improve their lives and the communities they reach.
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“Control” was the shot heard around the world, the hip hop world. It was a verse delivered by a Mr. Kendrick Lamar that was so controversial that it made you forget the one before it and neglect the one after it. It’s been compared to 50 Cent’s “How to Rob”, a comparison I don’t think it deserves, but I can see why one would say that. If you haven’t heard it check it out here, afterwards, I’ll share with you three things I’ve observed, now that the dust is settled.
Sometimes I like to read the comments of posts while/after I check out the content posted. Whether it’s a Youtube or Worldstar video, or an expertly written article on Raps&Hustles, the comments can prove to be more interesting than the actual content. When I check Nas’ stuff, I see a lot of hate towards Jay-Z, and when I check Jay’s stuff I see a lot of belittlement towards Nas. Yesterday, when Drakes album leaked, I saw similar statements being made. Although Kendrick was not featured or mentioned on the album, a lot of comparisons were made between him and Drake. I saw a lot of dickriders saying things like “LMAO, you niggas really thought Kendrick had a chance?” and a smaller amount of people saying “I prefer Good Kid, Mad City”, despite the fact that the two albums are almost a full year apart. It didn’t take long for me to make the connection between Nas & Jay to Kendrick & Drake, and honestly I think it’s a perfect comparison, allow me to explain. (more…)
Hardo, who was born Joseph Barnett Jr., was stopped by police in Wilkinsburg, Penn. on Sept. 10th for running a red light. While he was detained, the cops allegedly spotted a shopping bag with 250 baggies of heroin.
According to CBS Pittsburgh, he was not carrying ID and was driving with a suspended license. He also supposedly tried to run away before being tackled to the ground by authorities.
Hardo’s relationship with Mac Miller began in high school, where the two met at Taylor Allderdice High School. Hardo also appeared on Mac Miller’s recent MTV show, and was referred to as Mac’s muscle. Hardo had allegedly signed a 3 million dollar deal with Atlantic Records, according to CBS Pittsburgh. However, a press representative from Atlantic denies any affiliation with the rapper.
Hardo, who claims that the car belonged to a hospitalized friend, is currently being held in Allegheny County Jail in Pennsylvania and has been charged with drug possession with attempt to deliver, resisting arrest and attempt to escape.
CHIEF KEEF was suppose to appear at Court September 5th 2013, for child support. CHIEF was suppose to fork up $20,000 in child support, which we all know he has. CHIEF KEEF however didn’t appear to court and now the judge has ordered a warrant for his arrest.
Chicago police are suppose to haul him to jail if they see him ANYWHERE. This is not the first time the 17 year old rapper has have problems with the law before, a few months ago he was ordered to 60 days in jail for violating probation and now by the looks of it…is going right back.
No comments have come out of his camp of to why he was a NO SHOW or to why he hasn’t forked up the dough yet. Is this the end of this black niggas career ? HOPEFULLY!
Drake’s obsession for his large & vast jewelry collection is not landing him straight to court. In Jan of 2013 Drake had famous jeweler Baden Baden Inc. (Owned by designer Michael Raphael) make him a custom diamond-studded platinum owl pendant, which the star paid a whopping $49,204.
A few months later in June, pictures surfaced on drakes Instagram and twitter, of gold DUPLICATE chains. According to the law suit Banden Banden Inc claims that Drake took his ORIGINAL design and had GOLD duplicates of them made, which were giving out to his buddies (entourage).
The jeweler is suing on the grounds of INFRINGEMENT, claiming unknowned damages, and asking the courts to force Drake to give back the duplicate chains of his design. Drake might be top of the charts but in a few months his going to be at the top of the courts, pleading his case.
Kayne finally announces he will be going on tour this year. His “YEEZUS” tour is going to be Kanye’s first in almost 5 years, with his fans on the edge of there seats waiting to get a glimpse at the HIP HOP guru himself , you can say this Tour has been long awaited. Not only are Kayne’s fans excited , but since Kayne’s poster came it , it seems that Kayne will be bringing along the break out star this year, KENDRICK LAMAR. With Kayne & Kendrick on tour , this has fans going in a frenzy , both artist are at a all time high with there careers and them linking together will surely be one of the dopest Tour out there. (TOUR DATES BELOW)
UPDATE: FULL YEEZUS TOUR DATES
Make sure to check the rubric at the bottom of the list so you know which dates Kendrick Lamar will/will not be present.
Oct. 19 Seattle, WA KeyArena * #
20 Vancouver, B.C. Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena * #
22 San Jose, CA SAP Center * #
23 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena * #
25 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena * ^
26 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center * #
Nov. 1 Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena * #
3 Denver, CO Pepsi Center * #
5 Minneapolis, MN Target Center * #
7 Chicago, IL United Center * #
10 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills * #
12 Toronto, Ont. Air Canada Centre * #
14 Montreal, Que. Bell Centre #
16 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center ^
17 Boston, MA TD Garden * #
19 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center * ^
21 Washington, DC Verizon Center #
23 New York, NY Madison Square Garden * ^
29 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena * #
30 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum ^
Dec. 1 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena #
6 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center #
7 Houston, TX Toyota Center #
#With Kendrick Lamar
^Special Guest To Be Announced
Meek Mill’s “Dream Chasers 3″ NEW RELEASE date is set to be dropping September 20th. With last “Dream Chaser 2″ being such a heat wave to Meek’s career, the anticipation for his new “Dream Chaser 3″ has his fans in a frenzy. When “Dream Chaser 2″ INTRO dropped it ripped through the internet & radios, setting a HIGH BAR for not only the rest of his DC2 mix tape, but for any chance of him duplicating that again. That didn’t stop Meek from taking to twitter today @MEEKMILL “Ima catch Kendrick on da intro i ain’t forget! Lol” & “But really everybody gone get it Dat new intro!” With that being said, Meek seems to know that THIS INTRO, will be better then HIS LAST. Do you think Meek can top his DC2 INTRO? I guess well have to wait & see like everybody else.