Thursday, April 10, just in time for their big ‘I Create Music’ ASCAP Expo in LA, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) released their Songwriter’s Bill of Rights. In this episode and the next, recorded live on April 10, I discuss this with Samantha Murphy, an independent singer/songwriter and outspoken proponent of change for how music is delivered, monetized and protected in the digital age.
Topics covered in this episode include:
- Samantha’s unique experience as a professional performing musician since the age of six
- The Songwriter Bill of Rights read
- Transparency of PROs and their methods
- How this affects Net Neutrality
- The effect of the Internet on music delivery
- One PRO’s line in the sand
- Who do we turn to, the Government?
The conclusion of this discussion with Samantha Murphy can be heard in episode 048.
[Additional Note: At the beginning of this episode, I made the statement that ASCAP’s Bill of Rights was to benefit performers. As Samantha pointed out, while you can have a performer account with ASCAP, it is a completely separate entity of its own and this Bill of Rights deals only with Songwriters.
Edit: A further clarification from Samantha is that the two types of accounts are Writer and Publisher, not Performer .]
Links from this episode:
Samantha Murphy at SMtvMusic.com [EDIT: Removed link as site no longer exists]
Performance Rights Organizations:ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, Sound Exchange
ASCAP Songwriter’s Bill of Rights [Edit: Link redirects to the ASCAP Advocacy/Legislation page]
Portfolio.com article about the ASCAP Bill of Rights by Sam Gustin
Portfolio.com article Paying the Piper by Sam Gustin
Samantha Murphy’s article written for a Princeton Symposium
Samantha also works with DigitalFreedom.org/
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