Thursday
Sep032009

Song Royalties 101

When Eddy and I were discussing the subject of songwriting royalties, it brought back a memory I had back when I was working in a Fine Art Gallery in Los Angeles and a woman brought in a certificate for custom framing… As I was getting matting and frame samples ready, I could see that it was actually a Publishing Certificate commemorating two million plays (on radio) for the song “Windy” made famous by the group The Association and that she was the writer, Ruthann Friedman. Being into music and also being a bit curious, I acknowledged that I’d heard the song (who hasn’t - “Everyone knows it’s Windy”) and that I didn’t mean to be rude, but I had to ask… “Are you able to live off the royalties from this one song?”

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Thursday
Aug272009

Diplomacy and Democracy in the Office.

THEN: Remember the first iPods? I do. I bought one for about $400+…(must’ve been nuts). The first generation iPod was a slick, 10GB hard drive…with an earphone. I still have it in the box it came in (in case anyone wants to buy it). It was small, and HEAVY! It would pull your pants down to the floor. No kidding. It happened to me once while running in the rain to my car. Portable, digital music had arrived – music that I wanted to listen to. No more lugging around CDs or a Walkman that skipped. My daughter, who’s a freshman at Cornell this year (brag), uses a new Video iPod and her Mac for “BIG” storage….and the tiniest iPod Shuffle for her mobile listening. Have you seen how tiny that thing is? Amazing.

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