Archive for January 12, 2012

Sports: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Calls Out Pacquiao…

“Manny Pacquiao I’m calling you out let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see.”

“My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk.“

#May5Bout Mayweather got his 90-day stint delayed till June 1, and now bout it bout it bout fighting Pacquiao on May 5! Mayweather called out Pacquiao via twitter on Tuesday! Pacquiao returned no reservations about fighting Mayweather. Now the only thing left is to finalize the paperwork through Pac-man promoter Bob Arum. Check it out!

“I’ve said this over and over before and I’m saying this again, I want Floyd Mayweather Jr. to be my next opponent and I haven’t changed my choice despite recent developments,” said the 33-year-old Pacquiao.

“I am meeting with my promoter, Bob Arum, on Tuesday and I will insist that the fight with Mayweather be given the preference,” said Pacquiao, who has won 15 fights in a row dating back to 2005.

“Whoever the fans want me to fight, I will face him atop the ring. I don’t choose the fight. It is my promoter who does because it’s his job. My job is to fight, everybody must realize that.“ – nypost

Humor: Hitler Gets Invited To South X Southwest

This is pretty funny check it out.

Industry Tips and Advice: How To Make 50,000 a Year As a Musician.

One of the reasons we started MusicianWages.com was because of the huge reservoir of unqualified career advice that was being served to musicians online. I usually keep quiet about the charlatanry tips I find online, but I just can’t pass this one up. It displays the characteristics of bad career advice so acutely that I just have to point it out.

The Busking Alchemist

This article dropped onto my reading list this past weekend. Want To Make $50,000 a Year In Music? Start With One Dollar a Day. There’s a pair of sentences early in this article that are particularly telling. One of the things that mystifies me about this article is why it continues after this:

How does a musician make money? Honestly, I don’t know for certain.
The article goes on to explain how daily busking, YouTube videos, Adsense ads and CD sales could net a musician $5 to $10 a day and ends with the epitaph:

What else? Do you have ideas on what can generate money on a daily basis? I think my ideas above could get an artist up to $10,000 a year. What would push it to $50,000?
The difference between $10k and $50k is a BIG difference – especially when you’re already spending 7 days a week busking on the street for $5. I can’t imagine how anyone would turn that janky business model into a $50k/year career. Telling musicians to busk 365 days a year is terrible career advice, but the inconsistencies in the article (namely, the huge discrepancy between the title and the content) are not really my point here.

Bad Advice
Every day my RSS reader gives me pages and pages of what I think is lousy advice and useless data. What is the deal?

Here’s what I think. For about 100 years there was this economic bubble in the musician industry. We called it the “Recording Industry” and it made a ton of money. Some people made money hand-over-fist. (Most of that money, though, went to the people that ran the business and not to the musicians, but that’s another story.)

The problem was that the whole industry was dependent on a closed distribution system built on limited technology. Eventually some smart people created a way to circumvent that distribution route with computers and the whole house of cards collapsed.

100 years. It’s really not that long. Humans have been on Earth for about a half a million years, so the record industry era represented just a tiny percentage of our history. Beethoven made a living as a musician, as did many of the musicians that played in his orchestras and operas. They never sold a record. So what’s the big deal?

I think the 100 years of the record industry created a set of unrealistic expectations and entitlements in the musician business, and we’re still having trouble getting past it. Selling recorded music used to make a lot of money – quickly – and we want it back. When we can’t get it back we try make up substitute business models that might bring in quick money just as easily.

So what kind of content do we see being served to musicians these days? Articles about the collapse of our beloved recording industry. Articles claiming to give advice on how to make quick money again. Articles about mega-stars that are still making quick money.

It’s all nonsense.

Good Advice
You know how you make money as a musician? The same way everyone else makes money – get a job and go to work. Or start a business and make it grow.

There are plenty of jobs in the musician business – at schools, tours, churches, theaters, the military – we talk about them all the time here at MusicianWages.com. We have a whole jobs board full of them.

Can’t find a job where you are? Move to a place where you can find work. You don’t see fishermen complaining that they can’t find a job in Oklahoma.

Musicians start businesses all the time – your private studio is a business. Your band is a business. Your solo career is a business. Make it grow and expect it to be difficult.

That’s good advice.

How to Really Make $50,000 a Year
Get a church job (3 services a week @ $100/service) = $15,600
Start a teaching studio (12 students @ $50/lesson) = $31,200
Play background music once a month (@ $250/gig) = $3,000
Play in a band twice a month (@ $50/gig) = $1,200
That’s $51k a year. That’s how it’s really done. 
source: musicthinktank.com

Sports: Knicks Beat The 1st Place 76ers

playing only their 10th game of this lockout-shortened season and just their second opponent with a winning record, the Knicks passed it Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

With defense. And despite subscribing to their own version of Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan down the stretch on offense: nine turnovers and nine missed shots from the floor in the last nine minutes.

The Knicks’ defense, though, held the fort in an 85-79 victory over the 76ers, who had won six straight to storm to the top of the Atlantic Division but were also playing for the third straight night and the fifth time in six days.
read full article at www.nytimes.com

Music News: Madonna Drops New Album Name “M.D.N.A.”

Madonna Drops New Album Name “M.D.N.A.” On Facebook:
Madonna is coming out with a new album this year and it finally has an official name. Madonna’s new 12th studio album is entitled M.D.N.A. Madonna dropped the news earlier today on her Facebook page and the highly anticipated album has already caused a stir due to the leak of the track – “Give Me All Your Love” in November 2011 right before Drake’s album “Take Care” was leaked.

Madonna’s fans are eagerly awaiting her new music and she is slated to perform “Give Me All Your Love,” at Super Bowl XLVI on February 5 live in Indianapolis. No word yet on album track listing or exactly what the acronym means…
source: collegdjnet

Interview: The Untold Stories Of DJ Whoo Kid

Whoo Kid’s Untold Stories – Meeting Michael Jackson [Chapter 1]

Whoo Kid’s Untold Stories – Getting Fired By 50 Cent [Chapter 2]

Industry Tips & Advice: How Music Licensing Works by Marshall Brain Pt 6

The song, “Happy Birthday to You” is copyright protected until at least 2030.

The tale of “Happy Birthday to You”

The song “Happy Birthday to You” is an example of just how interesting the world of licensing is. Think about this song — it is only 6 notes. Yet it is one of the best known songs in the world. It was written in 1893 by Mildred and Patty Hill and first published with the words, “Good morning to you”.

The words “Happy Birthday to You” were first seen in print in 1924, although the author is unknown. Copyright was registered in 1934 in a court case involving a musical called “As Thousands Cheer” by Irving Berlin. The Clayton F. Summy Company became the song’s publisher in 1935. Through a series of purchases and acquisitions, the song now belongs to AOL Time Warner. ASCAP represents the song for public performance licensing.

The copyright to “Happy Birthday to You” should have expired in 1991, but the Copyright Act of 1976 extended it, and the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 extended it again, so the song is protected until 2030 at least.

“Happy Birthday to You” brings in about $2 million per year in licensing fees according to . If you ever hear the song in a movie, TV show or commercial, a licensing fee has been paid. Any manufacturer making a toy that plays the song pays a licensing fee. The manufacturer of any musical card playing the song pays a licensing fee. And so on… This 6-note song is big business!



Quote Of The Day

A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.

Ansel Adams


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