Archive for September 26, 2011

Industry Tips & Advice: Don Passman on Who an Artist Needs on Their Team

Donald Passman is one of America’s foremost entertainment lawyers and author of All You Need to Know About the Music Business, widely considered to be the single most essential and influential book ever written about how the music industry works. A partner with the Los Angeles, CA-based firm Gang, Tyre, Ramer, and Brown, Passman has negotiated some of the most lucrative deals in history for artists such as Janet Jackson and R.E.M, and is an in-demand speaker, lecturer, and educator on music business topics.



Music News: T.I. Is Celebrating Halfway House Release With A $100K Champagne Brunch!


You think he would have learned his lesson after the tour bus debacle!

is set to be released from the half way house at which he’s currently finishing his jail sentence at the end of the month, and in honor of the occasion, is hosting QUITE the brunch in !

According to sources, the whole event will cost around $100k, with only $20k of that on food and $8k on dessert! Meanwhile, is personally shipping in 150 bottles of Ciroc – one for every individual attending – and reps from the rapper’s clothing line, AKOO, will be measuring the VIP guest for custom-made clothes!

Nothing says getting released from prison like champagne brunch and some shameless self-promotion, right?!


Hey! So long as he doesn’t somehow violate the terms of his this time around!



Glossary: Music

Distribution (publishing etc.):

In royalty collection distribution means regular payments to writers and artists or other society members. Depending on the society and the repertoire these are normally quarterly or twice a year.

Article: Hip Hop Big Sean on Mixtapes Vs. Albums & Working with Mike Posner by Simon Buck

Detroit-based emcee Big Sean has recently granted an interview with AmarudoTV where he discussed a range of topics, ranging from the difference between mixtapes and albums, as well as working with friend and producer Mike Posner.

“He’s a genius,” Big Sean said of Posner.

The two teamed up to produce the song “Smoke and Drive” on Big Sean’s first mixtape. Speaking of the album, he recalled the close friendship between himself and Posner, as well as his friend’s talent.

“He’s it,” Big Sean continued. “That’s my good friend. Mike Posner is definitely just really good.”

He recollected how the two were close and used to work together in the basement of Posner’s mother’s home. The emcee then talked about how the pair used to begin working on music for an album that he would later instead use it on a mixtape.

Talking about the biggest differences between albums and mixtapes, Big Sean admitted that the attitude that he approaches the making of mixtapes with is much more relaxed than the way that he addresses albums, even likening them to taking a final exam. Big Sean pointed out that he doesn’t have to worry as much when producing a mixtape as it’s more about sound than making a hit record, while albums are usually pumped up for sales, and thus much more structured.

Big Sean later went on to attribute rap artists Kanye West and Pharrell as being heavy influences in his transformation as a music artist, as well as No I.D.



Music News: ASCAP Announces Award and Grant Recipients from its Annual Television and Film Scoring Workshops

Composer Spotlight Launches with “Composers to Watch” Feature

New York, NY, September 23, 2011: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) has announced that four aspiring composers who took part in this year’s Television and Film Scoring Workshops in Los Angeles and New York have been presented awards from The ASCAP Foundation and a grant from The Recording Musicians Association of Los Angeles (RMA-LA).

The composers were selected in recognition of their achievements and creative talents demonstrated during ASCAP’s annual workshops: the ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis (ASCAP Board member and award-winning composer and arranger) in Los Angeles, the ASCAP/NYU Television & Film Scoring Workshop (under the direction of Dr. Ron Sadoff, Director of NYU Film Scoring) and the ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop (instructed by Alex Steyermark, director of One Last Thing, Prey for Rock and Roll) in New York City.

The ASCAP Foundation provides four awards to honor the legacy of ASCAP composers Harold Arlen, Steve Kaplan and David Rose. The RMA-LA grant provides assistance towards the costs of a demo recording session with the Recording Musicians Association of Los Angeles. The recipients are:


MATTHEW JANSZEN – The ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Film & TV Award
Janszen was one of 12 composers selected for the ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis in Los Angeles. He was named as one of the top young film composers in the nation by Turner Classic Movies, and awarded by the Henry Mancini Institute and the Prague Quadrennial. He has composed additional music for television shows such as Law and Order: SVU and scored television commercials for companies such as US Bank and Sunny D. He recently finished a score for the feature film Finding Mr. Wright and the TV pilot presentation Callbacks. Janszen received his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in acoustical engineering and his master’s degree in sound design from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He studied composition at the Henry Mancini Institute with world-renowned film and jazz composers. He resides in Los Angeles.


AGATHA KASPRZYK – The ASCAP Foundation David Rose Centennial Award (New York)
Kasprzyk took part in both the ASCAP/NYU Television & Film Scoring Workshop and the ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop in New York City. Her participation in the ASCAP/Columbia Film Scoring Workshop led to her recording an original score for A Viagem (dir. Simão Cayatte), which was selected to premiere in the Cinéfondation category at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Kasprzyk recently received her Masters in Film Scoring and Composition at New York University where she studied privately with film composer Mark Suozzo (The Notorious Bettie Page, The Nanny Diaries, American Splendor). She was awarded the Billy Joel Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year. Her concert and film music has been performed and presented at New York City’s School of Visual Arts Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, Merkin Hall, the Museum of Modern Art and Symphony Space. Her arrangements of classical and popular music, ranging from duet to full orchestra, have been performed in the United States and Spain.


SERGIO JIMÉNEZ LACIMA - The ASCAP Foundation Steve Kaplan TV & Film Studies Scholarship and The Recording Musicians Association of LA Grant
Lacima was one of 12 composers selected for the ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis in Los Angeles. He is a prolific composer, conductor and pianist, specialized in film and television music, concert music and music for visual media. He has two degrees in orchestral conducting and piano performance and he is a film scoring and video game scoring graduate from Berklee College of Music, as a recipient of the SGAE/Berklee full scholarship. He has won several national and international composition and conducting competitions. In 2010, he was selected as Assistant Conductor of the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra and also as an Intern Composer at Paramount Picture Studios. In 2011, he won the Michael Kamen Award granted by the Film Scoring Department at Berklee and was selected as the Film Scoring Representative of the department. Also in 2011, his ballet Futilepremiered in Spain and he has been nominee and finalist with this ballet at the Jerry Goldsmith Awards during the International Film Music Festival in Ubeda, Spain.


CHAD REHMANN – The ASCAP Foundation David Rose Centennial Award (Los Angeles)
Rehmann was one of 12 composers selected for the ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis in Los Angeles. With credits including a widely successful ABC Family feature, an award-winning independent World War II picture with distribution in over 50 countries, and two popular films on Lifetime (one of which stars Brittany Murphy in her final role), his work as an up-and-coming composer continues to be in demand. Born and raised in St. Johns, Michigan, Rehmann’s talent was first recognized outside his home state when he received an award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts at the age of 18. Following the acceptance of that award, Rehmann continued his education at Michigan State University and participated in the prestigious ASCAP/NYU Television & Film Scoring Workshop in New York. After graduating, Rehmann relocated to Los Angeles and began work as a film and television composer. He currently resides there with his high school sweetheart, whom he married in 2003, and their two young children.

Composer Spotlight Launches with “Composers to Watch” Feature

ASCAP has launched Composer Spotlight, a powerful resource for film, television and video game producers to discover and connect with some of the best and brightest emerging composers.

Housed on ASCAP’s website at , Composer Spotlight features all three Television and Film Scoring Workshops, as well as the Sundance/ASCAP Music Cafe which includes the Composer Spotlight at Sundance.

A “Composers to Watch” feature further highlights a select group of outstanding composers from the workshops, providing bios, resumes, website links and sample cues for each composer. “Composers to Watch” will be updated annually with each new season of the Television and Film Scoring Workshops.

About the Television and Film Scoring Workshops:

About the Awards and Grant:

The Recording Musicians Association of LA Grant
The RMA-LA grant is presented to the participant with the highest average score as judged by the RMA musicians, based upon the following criteria: podium procedure, composition, and general musicality from the workshop recording session. It is a monetary award that is applied towards an LA based AFM Demo recording session for promoting the composer’s talents within the following calendar year.

About The ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States.


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Article: How “Millennial” are you?

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Music News: T.I. Set To Drop New Song Monday With Big K.R.I.T.

The self-proclaimed “King Of The South” T.I. is positioning himself to reclaim his coveted title while completing his time obligations tied to his most recent prison stint according to longtime collaborator and Grand Hustle artist DJ Drama.

In a discussion with Power 105 personality DJ Clue, Drama spoke about T.I. and his renewed studio grind – and also dropped news that Tip will be free of his halfway house duties and possibly releasing new material by next week.

“Tip just came home. I was in the studio with him,” Drama said to DJ Clue. “He’s actually about to drop a new song next week. He’s in a halfway house but when you’re in a halfway house you can still get to work. So he’s been in the studio during work time and he’s banging out. Actually [his time in the halfway house] ends next week. So he’ll be in the streets by the BET Hip-Hop Awards.”

T.I. will officially be released from a halfway house on September 29, the day prior to the BET Hip-Hop Awards. In a later interview with xxlmag.com Dram told the website the T.I. single features fellow Southern artist Big K.R.I.T. and will drop on Monday.

“The record that [T.I.’s] dropping next week features Big K.R.I.T. on it,” Drama revealed to XXL. “K.R.I.T. produced it.”

While no official word from the Grand Hustle camp suggests that T.I. will attend the upcoming BET Hip Hop Awards show this coming October, DJ Drama will most certainly rep his squad as a nominee in the event under the category for DJ Of The Year. Drama will be going up against fellow disc jocks DJ Khaled, DJ Enuff, DJ Envy and DJ Prostyle.

T.I.’s last studio album was 2010’s No Mercy. Tip’s last official mixtape alongside DJ Drama and DJ MLK F–k A Mixtape was released ahead of the LP.

Are you looking forward to T.I.’s new music? Leave us a comment below.



Industry Tips & Advice: This Business of Urban Music

Mr. James L. Walker, Esq. and author of “This Business of Urban Music” drops priceless knowledge about the music game that any aspiring artist does not want to miss!

Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 9. Eve

Before she went all Hollywood on us, Eve was often heralded for her superb songwriting. Hits like “Satisfaction,” “Gangsta Lovin’” (with Alicia Keys) and “Let Me Blow Your Mind” (with Gwen Stefani) showcased her unique ability to appeal to a broad audience without losing her edge.



Music News: Hip-hop’s Rosemond faces new gun charges

Hip-hop talent agent James Rosemond pleaded innocent in New York federal court to new weapons charges filed on top of earlier drug counts, officials said.

The U.S. Attorney’s office late last week accused Rosemond of possession of a silencer and a submachine gun, which were allegedly seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration during repeated searches of his properties.

The New York Post said Rosemond has a prior felony conviction on his record and could face an additional 30 years if convicted on the new gun charges.

Rosemond, who was indicted on drug trafficking charges in June, is the head of Czar Entertainment, which represents stars Brandy and Akon. He pleaded innocent to both the weapons charges and the allegations he shipped cocaine between Los Angeles and New York packed in music equipment crates.




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