President's Corner - November 2013
This month, the CMAs will crown a new “song of the year” and we salute all the talented songwriters nominated. In fact, we’ve honored a few of them already. Shane McAnally, who has two songs up for CMA song of the year “Mama’s Broken Heart” and “Merry Go Round,” received four Platinum NMPA Note Awards and one Gold Note Award at this year’s Bluebird Café event. Luke Laird, nominated for a CMA with his song “Pontoon,” received four Gold Note Awards last year at Bluebird.
I am continually amazed by the many talented songwriters who give so much of themselves to create music. I’m also amazed at the lack of fairness in what songwriters and their music publishing partners are paid. From Pandora’s shameful treatment to multi channel networks like Fullscreen – whom NMPA recently sued for copyright infringement – profiting from ad revenue generated by unlicensed music videos.
There’s no reason we can’t build a thriving digital marketplace that gives fans what they want, when they want it while also respecting the contribution of music publishers and songwriters. We’re taking that same message to Capitol Hill as Congress continues its review of Copyright law.
In closing, good luck to all CMA nominated songwriters and with the holidays around the corner, let me be the first to wish you a happy holiday season.
Until next time – David