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Issue 3.0 - March 2000
ISSN 1480-6975

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@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Q&A with Nancy A. Reece from Carpe Diem Copyright Management
@-- Music Reviews - by Ben Ohmart
@-- Can I ask you something?
@-- Featured Article - ASCAP TEAMS UP WITH MP3.com WITH LICENSING
    DEAL by Shelley Jacobson
@-- Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
@-- Muse's Clues - by Irene Jackson
@-- CEO In Spotlight - John Taglieri interviews Michael Robertson,
    CEO of MP3.com	
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
    viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
@-- Contact information
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

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Well folks, guess what?  This is my 2nd year anniversary issue!
Pretty cool, huh?  I can't believe I've been doing this that long.
I still love doing it too.  Can't get any better than that. :-)

That said, I had to rush this issue together just a bit due to the
fact that I was out of the country with my folk group, Urban
Tapestry (we were in the UK performing at a music convention called
Didgeri Douze - and BOY did we have a great time!
http://www.inkspot.com/ut/reports/dd/ for those of you who want a
full report.  That's me on the left. Allison's in the middle and
Debbie's on the right.) for about 12 days.  When I
came back, I confess to having been horribly jet lagged.  I'm still
waking up a LOT earlier than I used to in the morning.  Ah well.
Just means I get more work done.

Turns out that this issue is fairly heavily leaning towards
information about MP3s and their impact on the market.  I found it
fascinating to put together and I thank the various columnists and
article writers for their very generous support.

A few announcements to make:

First of all, I apologize to the people at the USA Songwriting
Contest as they also had their 1999 results posted last month and I
neglected to mention them in my last issue.  So those interested in
seeing the results of the USA Songwriting Competition can drop by
http://www.songwriting.net/winners.html for details. There's also
information on their upcoming 2000 competition. You'll find details
about that later on in this newsletter under the Musical Notes
section.

The GGM Song Contest 2000 has posted the results of their contest
since my last newsletter, so I thought I would include them here
too. Details can be viewed on their web site at
http://www.godsgift-music.com/contest/result.html . 

As always, further contest & market information can always be found
online at http://www.musesmuse.com/contests.html .  Good luck to
you all!

Secondly, I'm afraid that due to lack of response (which really
flabbergasts me since I'd thought this would be something you'd
find useful - but oh well) I'm going to pull the Song Spotlight &
Critique section for now.  If I receive indication from people in
the future that they'd like it re-introduced, I'll have no problem
doing that.  But for now, I think it's best to quit while I'm
somewhat ahead. ;-)  If you have suggestions for other additions to
this newsletter - or if you feel removing this section was a
mistake and would like to have your song critiqued (remember it
must have both music and lyrics), feel free to e-mail me at
editor@musesmuse.com . I'm always willing to try more ideas.

The winner in this month's raffle is Robert Shelter of Old Hickory,
TN.  Robert has won himself a copy of Steve Gillette's *excellent*
book, SONGWRITING AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS.  For those of you that
are interested, a full review of this book can be found at
http://www.musesmuse.com/1.9-December98.html#book.  I highly
recommend it to all of you.  My own copy is a bit dog-eared, but
well-loved. :-) Autographed copies of this book can be purchased at
Steve's web site: http://www.sover.net/~gillette . 

There is another new columnist!  I hope you'll take a moment to
check out http://www.musesmuse.com/shaman.html for "The
Channeling", brought to you by Shaman Sean.  This section will take
a bit more of a spiritual and philosophical approach to songwriting
with a new idea to raise the levels of your creativity every month.
For a listing of other columns on The Muse's Muse, have a look at
http://www.musesmuse.com/menu-columnists.html . 

The Muse's Muse Music Resources located at
http://www.musesmuse.com/links/pages/ now has over 450 fantastic
links! Thanks so much to all of you who have been adding your sites
to the resource.  I hope you'll spread the word about its
existence.  I'd like to make it an extremely useful resource for
everyone involved in the music industry in some form or another. 

And that's about it for now.  Enjoy the issue!

All the best,

--Jodi
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================================================================= C o p y r i g h t & P u b l i s h i n g Q & A : with Nancy A. Reece of Carpe Diem Copyright Management ----------------------------------------------------------------- AUDIO FILES ON THE INTERNET - THE PROS AND CONS ©2000 Nancy A. Reece. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission. You may have already made a check list of your own on this issue. For reasons that are hard to define, the issue is a passionate one for people that love music. All people love music, it is part of our very existence in all cultures. The delivery of that music has entered the 21st century in the form of compressed digital audio files. Real Audio(TM), Liquid Audio (TM), MP3 (TM), even .wav and .au, not to mention the every increasingly exciting "streaming" technology, are all familiar forms of this delivery. When independent songwriters record their material and own the sound recordings as well as the composition copyright, they have the opportunity to decide if the benefits of the promotion of that material outweigh the demand for the product in a commercial sense. It can and has been, a wonderful idea to give someone a sample of a product for free as part of the selling process. If you provide your music for listeners in this way, I believe it is just good business. The thing that seems to snag the copyright owner in the making of this marketing decision is the lack of understanding about what the product actually is. Most independent musicians that write their own material and own their own recordings think of that finished CD of 10-15 songs as the product. You should be thinking of that CD as a compilation of products. Each composition and each sound recording is its own entity. One 10-song CD is really 21 different products! This paradigm shift of thinking helps explain why I feel so adamant about providing only portions of a song for promotional purposes instead of the entire recording. I support any copyright holder's right to give away their intellectual property if they so choose. What must be considered is whether or not you have all of the rights. Did you co-write the song? Is there a record label that actually owns the sound recording, not you? If you have another party as your publisher or if you as the publisher have an administrator, then they must be the ones that issue these rights. I have attached an "Online Use License" for you to review. Each time a request is made for one of our songs to be used on the Internet, we issue this license. I'm sure you will find it helpful as well. (The "Online Use License" can be downloaded in MS Word zipped (compressed) format from The Muse's Muse website by clicking through to this link: http://www.musesmuse.com/BLANKONL.zip or in PDF format by clicking here: http://www.musesmuse.com/Blankonl.PDF) --Nancy ---------------------------------------------------------- New Questions & Answers for February 2000 can be found at: http://www.musesmuse.com/pub-february00.html ---------------------------------------------------------- ***** Carpe Diem's owner and president, Nancy A. Reece has been involved in the music business since 1983. She was the president of an independent advertising agency for eight years as well as a successful personal artist manager for nine years. She represented the careers of several recording artists and songwriters including those with EMI, Zomba and Liberty Records as well as Benson, Starsong, WoodBridge, Temple Hall and N'Soul Records. She also represented, for a number of years, a Grammy and Dove nominated record producer. Reece has won awards of excellence in print magazine advertising and has been named as one of 2,000 Notable American Women (1995) as well as being listed in the International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women (1993). She was also named Cashbox Magazine's Promoter of the Year (1989). **If you would like to ask Nancy a copyright or publishing question for our continuing Q&A section, please send your e-mail to nreece@musesmuse.com. She can't guarantee she'll get to all of the questions, but she'll certainly try.** Back to Menu
================================================================= M u s i c R e v i e w s : by Ben Ohmart -----------------------------------------------------------------
Stephen Venuti - Trouble 10 songs in the folk zone. The 1st song has to do with what sort of memories we keep; how even the bad ones are saved when there are so many memories we've made. It's a slightly sad story song that makes me regret all the people living who lived through the 1960s and had so much excitement and optimism for the world they were creating. And look what we've got now. Then again there are happy acoustic guitar songs like '47 Reasons', which Is about movin' on, but the way it's presented, you don't think it's a Bad thing. This guy keeps going on, not because he's running away but because home's a long way away, that's all. 45 minutes and good café stuff. Sounds like a live recording, esp. the lead vocal, whether it is or not, so that sometimes the voice seems to be the only out of place instrument. But if you're in love with live music but are too snowed under to get to your local book store for a singer-songwriter fix, grab Stephen's cd and smile. stevevenuti@folkzone.comwww.folkzone.com/stevevenuti --------------- OTHER NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE: Drew Barrett - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-barrett.html DB - http://www.musesmuse.com/mvev-db.html Joel Pelletier - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-pelletier.html Angie Paris - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-paris.html Billy Rawlett - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-rawlett.html Dean Freeman - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-freeman.html F.M. Smith - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-fmsmith.html Christina Fasano - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-fasano.html Marina - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-marina.html Tomas Michaud - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-michaud.html Hunter Payne - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-payne.html --------------- ****** Ben Ohmart has had 100s of stories and poems in zines and journals, and had 4 plays produced last year. His lyrics will be on 2 CDs this year, 1 a gothic album, the other a rock album. He's currently writing films, with hopes of having one done in Malaysia soon, and is also trying to break into the prison of television. He's white, 26, single and loves British comedy. He lives in Boalsburg, PA, and enjoys watching rabbits eat his garbage. Contact him at: ohmart@musesmuse.com . **Ben has kindly consented to do music reviews for this publication and also for The Muse's Muse itself. If you have an independently released CD or tape that you'd like to get reviewed, send it off to: Ben Ohmart, P O Box 750, Boalsburg, PA 16827 or drop by his Music Reviews web section at http://www.musesmuse.com/musicreviews.html for more details.** Back to Menu
================================================================= C a n I A s k Y o u S o m e t h i n g ? ----------------------------------------------------------------- In order to get to know you a little better, I'm going to take this opportunity to ask you a bit about yourselves. First off, this will help me get to know what you're looking for in a publication. Secondly, it'll help me figure out something about the demographics of this newsletter since I would like, at some point, to have the web site and newsletter pay for themselves. :-) So I'm going to ask you one or two questions per issue, and I invite you to take a few moments from your busy schedules to send me a reply. You don't have to make any comments or anything - though I invite them if you'd like to send them. Just put an "x" beside the answer of your choice, copy and paste what's between the dotted lines into an e-mail to demog@musesmuse.com, and voila! No names will ever be published. I'm just after percentages here. So here goes: <------------------Quote from below here-------------------------> What is your gender? [ ] Male [ ] Female What best describes your songwriting experience? [ ] Amateur Songwriter [ ] Part-Time Songwriter (no songs picked up by artists) [ ] Part-Time Songwriter (songs have been picked up by artists) [ ] Full-Time Songwriter Any comments you might have about the newsletter (if you'd like to make some): <------------------------Quote above here------------------------> Thanks very much, guys! I appreciate your help and support. Now on to the rest of the newsletter. Sorry for the interruption. ================================================================= F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : ASCAP TEAMS UP WITH MP3.com WITH LICENSING DEAL - by Shelley Jacobson ----------------------------------------------------------------- I just finished reading some exciting news about ASCAP teaming up with MP3.COM and thought you guys would be as interested as I was. I'd better describe ASCAP just in case there are some readers that aren't familiar with their services. ASCAP is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers which is a Performing Rights Organization. ASCAP'S main job is to protect its members by licensing and distributing royalties from the public performances of their copyrighted works. What that means is this: ASCAP pays its members royalties owing to them from any public performance. Ex... If you write a song and record it onto cd, you will probably belong to a performing rights society such as ASCAP, BMI, SOCAN (a Canadian PRO that I belong to). If you expect to cash in on royalties you must belong to one of these organizations otherwise you lose out if your project receives rotation (air play) from radio stations or royalties on public performances when you perform your material. This also covers television, concerts, shopping malls, and now - I'm so excited!!! - it is starting to cover web sites. ASCAP which is one of the world's largest performing rights organizations has teamed up with MP3.COM. MP3.COM has agreed to take a comprehensive ASCAP music performance license which allows unlimited interactive performances on the MP3.COM site. What that means is protection for us - the writers' and creators' of the works played on MP3.COM. We can now expect to see royalties from our material that is played on the MP3 station and material that is downloaded. An interactive ASCAP "radio channel" will be available shortly at the MP3 site. It will be programmed by ASCAP and will feature the musical works of ASCAP writers and artist/writers. ASCAP and MP3.com will also be co-hosting music showcases and educational workshops on line and off line. They hope to make talent development skills available to a large audience. I belong to a Canadian performance rights organization called SOCAN. I was wondering if I would also be covered with these changes, or if I would have to switch on over to ASCAP in order to benefit from the licensing changes. I was advised that any changes made with BMI, ASCAP etc. in reference to licensing, would carry over to the other P.R.O groups since some of the P.R.O groups cover each other. Ex..In Canada SOCAN collects royalties on my behalf, but in the states, BMI collects for me. From my viewpoint after speaking with my artist representative at SOCAN, the P.R.O groups seem to follow in step with one another. I guess I'll find out shortly....I'll let you know if I run into any snags! This is an amazing step forward to those of us who choose to use the MP3.com site as a marketing tool to distribute our material. We can now expect to see money distributed for Internet music performances. Hats off to ASCAP and MP3.com for achieving such a ground breaking development. Cheers guys! ****** Shelley is an award winning singer/songwriter who is currently receiving airplay with her powerful rock cd entitled "1000 Miles". She has written and recorded with Earl Merrick (Roger Whittaker's touring guitarist 1986) and is writing material for her 2nd cd with various songwriters over the internet including Toby Darling, Rick Paul, Ricky Lee Ponder, and Harriet Schock. She is currently studying songwriting with Pat Pattison from the Berklee College of Music and has her own publishing company, "Right Track Music Publishing" (SOCAN), that represents songwriters worldwide. The url is: http://www.winningpages.com/righttrack You can listen to her audio clips and order her cd at http//www.shellsong.com.
Back to Menu ================================================================= M u s i c a l N o t e s : Songwriting Contests & Market Info. In the interest of conserving space, I will only be including changes to this listing in this newsletter. All other contests and market information that have already been listed here, are displayed at http://www.musesmuse.com/contests.html & http://www.musesmuse.com/markets.html . Please check there regularly for updates! ----------------------------------------------------------------- STATE SONG PROJECT MUSICAL COMPETITION The State Song Project (SSP) is gathering composed renditions of the official songs of the fifty U.S. States. The Competition is open to everyone, worldwide. The Competition is divided into three (3)parts. The first part began on January 1, 2000. It is focusing on the 24 official state songs in the public domain. The end result will be a Volume I compilation album. The SSP is offering $25,000 in cash (24 $1,000. prizes and an overall $1,000. prize) and a continuing royalty. The submission deadline is October 31, 2000. The sheet music for all 24 songs and the royalty agreement are available from the SSP for a $5.00 (USd) shipping and handling fee from: STATE SONG PROJECT/Box 349/East Amherst, New York 14051. For more information please go to: http://www.statesongproject.com/ ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE SIERRA SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL is happy to announce that our 2000 songwriters competition is now open, and will remain so until May 31st. Festival dates are July 29 & 30, at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora CA. Our prizes include showcases at these exceptional California music festivals; Fire on the Mountain, High Sierra, Millpond Traditional and Napa Valley. We're looking for new songs (no pre-released material), so sharpen those pencils. Please review the competition guidelines at http://www.sierrasongwriters.com/ or request a hard copy by emailing or calling us. Performing artist this year are: Doodoo Wah, David Plumb, Blue Shoes, Mary Coppin, Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald, Blah Blah Woof Woof, Joy Eden Harrison, Margo Hennebach, Tony Kaltenberg, Paula Joy Welter, David Charles, Eleni Kelakos, Matthew Lee, Carla Ulbrich, Rebecca Riots, the Previously Lost Dogs, Cactus Bob and Prairie Flower, & Dale and Marilyn Barcellos. ----------------------------------------------------------------- PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL -- LIVE ONLINE IN 2000 The Port Fairy Folk Festival, held during the long week end in March (10 - 13th), proudly announces the introduction of the Hot Spot Internet Café and "LiveOnLine" 2000 to the festival for the Year 2000. Chairperson of the PFFF Committee, Mr. Bruce Leishman, explains, "This exciting festival initiative will include a state of the art interactive festival web site jam-packed full of live audio and video footage, interviews, still images, artist chat-room, festival comments and reviews, links to artists' sites. The web-site will showcase the events of the festival "as they happen" using Microsoft's Windows Media (a major sponsor) to web-cast selected events throughout the festival on to the World Wide Web." The website is expected to attract over 1 million visits to the site before during and after the festival. To get involved just go to www.portfairyfolkfestival.com, follow the webcast link where you'll find timetabling of online events. By doing this you'll be a part of something quite unique. More Information is available from the website (currently undergoing redesign): http://www.portfairyfolkfestival.com/, or email: ianmc@ansonic.com.au. ----------------------------------------------------------------- TEXAS ARTIST LOOKING FOR SONGS: Tanya Poe is seeking adult contemporary songs with a pop / r & b / jazz influence for her first album project. She is a singer with strong vocal skills and a wide range. Mail demos to Tanya Poe 2104 E. Anderson Lane #725 Austin, Texas 78752 Follow up by email only tpoe@mailcity.com ----------------------------------------------------------------- NEWS FROM THE USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION: 1999 WINNERS & 2000 COMPETITION INFORMATION 1999 winners list is out, the complete list can be viewed at: http://www.songwriting.net/winners.html The 2000 Songwriting Competition begins! The grand prize has been increased to US$50,000 in cash and merchandise! This marks the largest prize ever to be awarded to a winner in songwriting competition. Judges include representatives from Warner/Reprise Records, Walt Disney Music Publishing, SONY Music, Peer Music and Tommy Boy Records. For more information: http://www.songwriting.net/ SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE AT SXSW USA Songwriting Competition will feature the top 4 performing songwriter acts at SXSW, on Saturday March 18, 2000 at The Cue Lounge (409 Colorado St. 9.00 - 11.00pm). Acts include Settie (Iguana Records), Joel Cage, Adrianne and Mary Coppin. Do come to for our booth at SXSW (booth number 141), receive giveaways and more. ----------------------------------------------------------------- NEW YORK MUSIC & INTERNET EXPO COMING SOON! March 3, 4, 5, 2000 The New Yorker Hotel Grand Ballrooms Eighth Ave at 34th Street, New York City Doors open: 10:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Tickets on sale now and at the door (if not sold out in advance)! DOOR PRIZES WORTH OVER $60,000 including over $25,000 of Internet Cash from InternetCash.com, Custom CD Labelers from MultiVision, over $30,000 worth of software from ByteAudio.com, and more! For more information on how this expo can help you with your music career, drop by the web site at www.newyorkexpo.com . Tickets can be secured at the bottom of that page or by going to www.newmediamusic.com/ushop/ . Tickets are $50 for a three day pass and $20 per day per person for those who can only attend the event for one or two of the days. But hurry - attendance is limited and the tickets are going fast! If you're serious about promoting your music career, this is one conference you don't want to miss. Attention all bands, performing artists and songwriters: Make sure to bring your demo CDs and tapes to the Expo. Attendees will be considered for performances at future events. ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE GGM SONG CONTEST 2000 RESULTS ARE OUT Check http://www.godsgift-music.com/contest/result.html or http://www.godsgift-music.com/contest/ for details. ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE BELHAM VALLEY RECORDS SONGWRITING CONTEST A new songwriting contest will be launched in March 2000. The Belham Valley Records Songwriting Contest is open to songwriters and lyricists worldwide. Songwriters of all ages and genres of music are eligible to participate in the contest which features a low entry fee and the biggest cash purse of any existing songwriting contest! Grand Prize: $50,000. cash, Second Overall: $20,000. cash, Third Overall: $10,000. cash. The contest will have twenty individual music categories, with cash awards of: $2000., $1000., & $500. Entrants retain all rights to their songs. BVRSC will produce a CD of contest winners to be distributed among the music industry. As March 1, 2000 you can visit the contest's website at: http://theartscontest.com/ for complete information, contest entry form & rules. You may also send a SASE for an entry form to: TheArtsContest.com P.O. Box 12367 Lahaina, Hawaii 96761 USA For further information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Carrll Robilotta, Director of Marketing BVRSC email: BVRmusicnews@webtv.net , Fax: 808 669 5719 ----------------------------------------------------------------- LAYER III CONFERENCE & FESTIVAL On the behalf of the Layer III Conference and Festival, we are proud to present our conference and festival to held at Jacksonville, Florida June 22 through the 25 of the year 2000. The Conference is to be held June 23 to the 25. The conference is about the music industry and where it is going on line as well as off line in the near future. It is open to the independent artists through the national known record labels artists, as well as the general public. The conference is going to be a three day event. The conference will cover topics of the music industry, promotion, gigs, press kits, and more. The festival part is for the bands (unsigned and independent labels musicians)that wish to play for this conference. The festival is going to be a four day event with all styles of music to appeal to anyone and everyone. To be held at the Jacksonville Fairground in Jacksonville, Florida June 22-25, 2000. The Fairground can hold up to 50,000 people with one main stage. We are looking forward to this event and the future events to be held here. Please contact me if you are interested in either events for speakers or sponsorship. Thank you for you time. E-mail: layeriiicorp@usa.net Phone: (904) 278-6986 Web Site Address: http://www.layeriii.iwarp.com/ ----------------------------------------------------------------- ONLINEROCK IS A WEB-BASED COMMUNITY FOR MUSICIANS, MUSIC PROFESSIONALS & DIE-HARD MUSIC FANS: Visit OnlineRock and build your free Web site, post classifieds on our musician's 'sounding board,' learn about the latest music gear, recording technology and more. OnlineRock's mission is to empower musicians so that they can promote, distribute (and soon sell) their own music to fans anywhere in the world. Drop on by http://www.onlinerock.com/ when you get a chance. (You can sign up for a free web site with OnlineRock directly through The Muse's Muse! Have a look at http://www.musesmuse.com/onlinerock-form.html ) Back to Menu ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The way I see it, there are about 5 or 6 stages of songwriting...from the first impulse to express something, through the need to have those expressions heard by others, to (for some of us) the desire to make this our vocation. If you'd like to have a real sense of what it's like to be a "nobody" trying to get heard by the "somebodies"...check out this site: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/9650/ "You're in your car listening to the radio which is tuned to your favorite Country radio station. A song comes on. You hum along. The song is simple. You're thinking 'This is easy. Anybody could write this stuff.' " These are the opening few lines of an excellent 3-part article called "The Ooh Factor" by Dan Kuchar on his experiences in and around Song Camp 201, a songwriting conference put on by NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) every year in Nashville. While I have not personally attended this camp, I have chatted with many songwriters who have, and who count it as one of the best experiences they've had as songwriters. But most of the article is set up in the form of a diary, as Dan takes advantage of being in Nashville by setting up appointments to pitch some of his songs to publishers and song pluggers. This is the REALITY, man! This is what songwriters go through...the sometimes brutal, sometimes downright bizarre world of getting your songs heard. Not everyone is writing with the idea of pitching their songs to artists, publishers and pluggers, but this article is a basic primer as to what it would be like to try it. Do you have what it takes? :-) ****** Irene Jackson is a performing songwriter from Victoria, BC in Canada. Aside from writing, recording and performing, she also maintains a website for songwriters that includes tips, articles and more links of interest. Her latest CD "Motor Scooter" has had attention everywhere from Japan to South America, and a new release is due out sometime in 1999. Songwriting Tips: http://www.irenejackson.com/tips.html Homepage: http://www.irenejackson.com/ Songs on MP3: http://www.mp3.com/artists/20/irene_jackson.html Back to Menu ================================================================= C E O I N S P O T L I G H T : Michael Robertson of MP3.com (by John Taglieri) ----------------------------------------------------------------- Hi there! I hope everyone is well and your music is getting all the attention it deserves. Did you practice your instrument or write a song today? Well, after you are done reading my article, as well as all the others on the Muse, get to work!!! Last month (** John's column is located at http://www.musesmuse.com/musicformats.html **) I spoke of the three main audio programs and how they help independent songwriters and musicians. Not too long after I wrote that article, I received an email from the CEO of MP3.com, Mr. Michael Robertson. It seems that the RIAA has decided to sue MP3.com, saying that it is detrimental to artists and their protection. The actual plaintiffs in the case are five of the biggest record distributors. They are seeking to stop MP3.com from allowing downloads. They also have a problem with the new "My MP3.com" program that was launched by the site. As Mr. Robertson stated in the email newsletter, My mp3.com is essentially a virtual CD player service which CD owners can use to listen to their CDs from any Net connected computer. They simply load their CDs into the system using the free "Beam-it(TM)" software or buy CDs from a retail partner. They can store, manage and playback any of their songs in any order they wish. The catch to My MP3.com is the fact that you have to own the music you are putting up on the system. You have to either have bought a CD from a retailer or buy one from an online retail partner of MP3 who sends MP3.com a digital receipt for the sale in order to upload it to the system. So basically, you are just putting music you've already paid for in a place where you can access it easily, anytime, from any computer that's web connected. You can not upload or use other MP3 files on this system*it will not accept them. The process and the program are designed to give people more access to their own music, thereby encouraging more CD sales, since you can listen more. Mr. Robertson was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions for me regarding MP3.com, the technology in general and the suit that has been brought against them. J.T.--How long have you been CEO of MP3.com? M.R.--Since its founding, roughly two years. J.T.--Where were you before MP3.com and how did it come about that you became the CEO? M.R.--MP3.com is the 3rd company I have started. It's been a challenging position growing MP3.com from literally 2 people to now about 300. J.T.--What's the biggest effect you have seen MP3 technology have on the recording artists of today? M.R.--It's provided new tools to market their music, reach their fans, sell product and generally have more options when making career decisions. J.T.--How has it benefited independent artists differently than major label artists? Not necessarily your site, but the technology in general. M.R.--It's allowed any artist to get their music out to the world. 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