@JAGladstone: @theblakemorgan: The Singer-Songwriter on his Campaign to Respect Musicians Rights

“Spotify says they can’t turn a profit because they have to pay artists too much. But the owner of Spotify is worth $310 million,” says singer-songwriter with a derisive laugh.

“I mean, let’s be honest,” says Morgan, who performs at The Lost Church on Saturday night. “If musicians know how to do anything, its how to count!”

Since 2013, when his heated e-mail exchange with Pandora CEO Tim Westergrin over performers’ royalties was shared in the Huffington Postand went viral (huff.to/2kRzXto), Morgan has become at least as well known for his activism on behalf of other musicians as for his own recorded music.

But Morgan’s subsequent founding of the #IRespectMusic campaign, public speaking at music industry events, and extensive lobbying of congress in support of the “Fair Play Fair Pay Act” and “Songwriters Equity Act” are natural outgrowths of a personal ethos that’s been integral to Morgan’s career since early on.

Read the post on The Bay Area Reporter

@chriswillman: @WriteGirlLA Teams Pro Songwriters With Local Youth to Create Original Music

Louise Goffin knows something about songwriting factories, being the child of two legendary Brill Building songsmiths. But on Grammy weekend, she was taking part in a different kind of musical production line, as about 80 teenage girls cranked out lyrics in a conference room at The Huntington in San Marino, Calif.

Sitting under a balloon that marked her as one of 13 professional singer/songwriters who would put music to and perform some of the girls’ songs, Goffin hunkered down with one aspirant after another, helping them figure out which lines from their sometimes epic lyric sheets might make for a chorus.

The Saturday afternoon event is an annual highlight for WriteGirl, a charitable organization that puts on monthly mentoring workshops to help teen girls who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and underserved communities find their voices.

Read the post on The Hollywood Reporter.

@littlekidsrock: Three Quarters of Chicago Public School Music Programs to Benefit from Expansion of Innovative Music Classes

If you have ever heard the music of Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, or Bruno Mars rising from a Chicago Public School (CPS) music classroom, chances are that you have heard one of the district’s 144 Modern Bands in action. Thanks to a new philanthropic investment of over $2,000,000 worth of instruments, curriculum and professional development, the number of Chicago schools offering these classes is set to double over the next five years and more than 100,000 students in 300 CPS schools will benefit from the district’s new initiative.

On February 28, CPS will announce the expansion of its partnership with national nonprofit Little Kids Rock. The nonprofit is making one of the largest investments ever into CPS by a partner organization. Approximately 320 of the 397 CPS sites that offer music programming will benefit from this expansion of the district’s Modern Band programs. The announcement celebrates the near decade-long partnership of CPS and Little Kids Rock, and the work that this expansion will facilitate. Guest speakers and a special performance by Modern Band students from Franklin Fine Arts Academy will be featured.

Modern Band programs teach kids the popular musical styles of the past 60 years including rock, reggae, hip-hop, Latin and other genres. The method focuses on improvisation, composition, and getting kids to play the music they know and love. Modern Band is a burgeoning national movement and many school districts across the country are adding it to their roster as a means of getting more kids involved in music.

The federal government recently declared music as an important part of a “well-rounded education” in the Every Student Succeeds Act stating that it must be taught to all students “… regardless of their personal circumstances.”

To understand how a culturally relevant music program can affect students, one needs to look no further than our nation’s own musical history. “We should look at the place that jazz music now has in our society, our schools, and our curricula,” said Evan Plummer, Director of Arts Education for Chicago Public Schools. “Jazz, once a marginalized musical genre, is now part of the canon, and student engagement in jazz is sustained. We now have the chance to bring popular music into our schools. It brings a sense of cultural relevance to our diverse sets of students within the district.”

“Modern Band helps school districts build music programs that are diverse as the children they serve,” says David Wish, CEO and Founder of Little Kids Rock. “We are proud to have been working work with ChicagoPublic Schools since 2008 to bring the transformational gift of music to more students. We are honored to help them double the size of their Modern Band programming over the next five years.”

WHAT: Chicago Public Schools and Little Kids Rock hold a special announcement event to reveal the expansion of Moden Band programming to 100,000 students in 300 schools.

Read the press release here

@FurchtgottRoth: Why intellectual property theft is one of the biggest crimes threatening the US economy

America consistently outperforms the rest of the world in the sphere of intellectual property.

People throughout the world identify with American art, music, software, and clothing designs, and benefit from American pharmaceuticals and patents.

Yet American intellectual property is routinely stolen.  Each year, the United States Trade Representative publishes a report entitled “Special 301 Report” on intellectual property theft—yet does nothing about it.

Read the post on Fiscal Times

@musictechsolve: Jacqueline Charlesworth, Former General Counsel of U.S. Copyright Office, Joins Covington & Burling Law Firm

Showing excellent judgement by the firm, Covington & Burling announced that Jacqueline Charlesworth is joining their New York office. I’m glad to see Jacqueline join the firm and they are lucky to have her.

via Jacqueline Charlesworth, Former General Counsel of U.S. Copyright Office, Joins Covington & Burling Law Firm — Music Tech Solutions

@musictechpolicy: Jean-Michel Jarre Identifies the Value Transfer

“The biggest flaw I want to highlight today is what is known as the “transfer of value” or the “value gap.” To survive and thrive, creators must be fairly paid for their works. Yet today, some of the world’s major digital music services are building large businesses on back of creativity while paying next to nothing in return. This is not fair. It is a market distortion. And it is holding back growth in the creative sectors.”

via Jean-Michel Jarre Identifies the Value Transfer — MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY