Thursday, January 7, 2016

Let's stop entertaining USA economy to death and why isn't the US Music Act a campaign issue.


let's quote it. 

“Our small, independent music labels are finding it increasingly difficult to sell their goods in the global marketplace,” said Nadler. “This bill would help promote U. S. exports in an extremely competitive industry whose talents cannot be outsourced. Helping these businesses access foreign markets is also an important part of President Obama’s goal to double U. S. exports in five years — an effort in which New York, home to many independent music labels and artists, continues to take the lead.”

So how is the US doing at the start of 2016 besides an UK Artists/Release being US's # 1 record as an import   just check for yourself it's Category 334614 

As for US exports,  how's getting to -397 percent sound for getting things done?



How to fix it release the funds via #MUSICACT to local artists, bands, groups and labels.  And change the Check Box Rule on Customs forms to make sure that we compensate Creators and keep the Majors from bypassing paying royalties and profits on sales.


Please sign the Change.org petition to get this going  www.musicact.us 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Buy Veteran on Veterans Day (updated Goo.gl/GdCNOS)

Instead of buying a car or refrigerator on Veterans Day how's about getting something made by a Veteran!  


And,  our Leatherneck Line Dance King is our choice for your to start helping a vet. 
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Does anything think that a German company is going to export US Made Music













So the cat is out of the bag! And, the music press finally decided to report that a 4th Major (Sony, Universal, WEA + BMG)  entertainment company that has re-emerged (unreported in press for last year) and some how setup a distribution network. Proceeded to sign some of the biggest names in US Music, including this week's artists with the number 1 record in the USA, Janet Jackson.

Here's a billion dollar question. Is there any branch of the US Government including the Executive that supports our own Culture?  Sure awards are nice trinkets, Exports are where's it's at right and the US exported -397% music last year.

And! lest you think we're on it this year.  We'll go out on a limb and say that not one of Janet's records are presently being exported out of the USA.  Now when you hear her or the sales totals ~ this phrase needs to be the next thing you think about --

We're Entertaining our Economy to Death. 




There's no links because everyone has to start thinking, searching and making this something that you care about ~ if US Made Culture and Music is your bag.


Sunday, September 6, 2015

It's about ownership and who's the 1 group that doesn't have it


Having been part of the Compensate Creators movement since 2010 it really started to stick in our craw to notice that no matter how hard or organized the artists bands and labels were the Majors still keep making billions of dollars and the tech companies are minting millionaires if not billionaires. Meanwhile the artists at every turn are losing ground, compensation and the war.

Sure they offered Tidal as penitence of a artists owned outlet. However; let's be clear Tidal is only one channel out of thousands; Moreover!  Those artists that were staged as part of the ownership all have Major contracts. And, there is no way that some Tidal-come -lately is going to pop out releases by major artists and not be doing so with the expressed consent of their Major masters.

Lost in all of this is that billions if not trillions of dollars are being made and projected well into the future and where in all of this does the creators get even thousands let alone pennies.  

Well the answers is coming and it's called AVOZ.co which is just forming by wrapping a public company (OTC-MXMI) into the operations and then (GASP) offer restricted shares to successful partners and employees.  

Announcement coming Labor Day,  get it, labor gets to be part of the capitalization of entertainment for once and make it right for everyone.  Win Win.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Why do we have a new "Global Release Date" and Vinyl Tuesday in the USA.


By a decree from International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPA)  our entire nation just adjusted the music release day without even needing a Treaty, President Decree or Act of Congress and wholesales, stores and even consumer behavior be damed.  NewMusicFriday.org

Moreover, since the US music biz sales tracking period currently runs Monday through Sunday having something come out at the end of that period is going to be a shorted unless the industry adopt a new tracking schedule which as of this time there's been no announcement of one. 

After bit of searching we came upon this NPR blog about the reason why Tuesday's had been picked in the 1st place. 

"And it happens on Tuesday in the U.S. only — in the U.K. and France release dates are Mondays, in Germany it's Friday".....  and "One explanation is Billboard magazine, which publishes its charts on Wednesdays. If you release an album on a Tuesday, then you get the maximum seven days of sales counted toward your total (including a full weekend)  NPR

Now the thing about these music chart is that they evolved from Billboards original 1930 talies of juke box music played covering these genre Pop, Rhythm & Blues, and Country & Western and was published until June 17, 1957.  

The charts that we know today  evolved after that 1st as Hit Parade in January 4, 1936 and then like today the motive seems to be to help the publisher of the hits to sell the sheet music since the credits only listed the compositions, not a list of records made from them, which were often many hence the term cover. 

And, back then as today, the larger companies that have fingers in all of the pies in the music business are training their competition to adopt strategies that help the Majors and hurt the independent where it really hurts in physical sales.   As it was noted in the NPR post, Tues where picked because it gave the distributors and stores time to react to a new record that wasn't anticipated with weekend supplies.  

Under this new strategy putting a new record with unknown potential into the marketplace will surely hurt the small independent stores, artists, bands and labels since none of them have the capacity to overnight more music into stores over the weekend.  As well if fans can't find it in the stores they will turn to online stores or maybe even back to pirate sites for the most popular music.

We're not sure if the Majors can make a go of this either however it's going to become very interesting for a release that does blow up -- only to blow over -- because there's no inventory in the stores when the demand is peaking. 

Now, just when it seems that the Majors are winning a small yet powerful sign has emerged. 


That's right on Tuesday in the USA only Vinyl, and the details of this are merky since it wasn't developed by the artists or distributors it was done by trade groups and advocates and is totally counter to the  New Music Friday movement that is being foisted upon US Made Music and totally applauded by us. 

However,  this is literally screaming divide and conquer/ tower of babble or just the US entertaining it's economy to death because we fail to support our own industry which a cohesive and global US Made Music strategy and all of this will need to be monitor and discussed to see how it works for us the Independents. 

PS please visit the MUSICACT.org to read how your local music makers can get a million dollars to make US Made Music. 



Thursday, July 2, 2015

So this point in Texas Monthly about Austin's music caught our attention.


There is still a lot more to be learned from Austin's that this Census data is just the carney in the coal mine for US Made Music We've left a comment on this about what we see as the future of music today is and you just need to click on this Link