President's Corner - June 2014
NMPA’s Annual Meeting is around the corner, and will include Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee Jon Bon Jovi, singer/songwriter Christina Grimmie, U.S. Congressman Doug Collins, a keynote conversation from Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and CTIA president and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker, as well as my state of the industry report. If you haven't sent in your RSVP for NMPA's Annual Meeting on June 11, I hope you'll do so today.
I’m excited to head into this year’s meeting with a string of announcements that are great benefit to NMPA members including new licensing agreements with Sony Music Entertainment for music videos, allowing music publishers to receive royalties for future music videos and retroactive payments for past use. This follows the model music video agreements already negotiated with Universal Music and Warner Music for music videos. NMPA is looking to focus on music videos by independent labels next.
NMPA has also been busy with our Anti-Piracy Program efforts targeting unlicensed music sites that profit from lyrics. We've successfully worked with many sites, including RapGenius, SongLyrics.com and LyricsMania.com to ensure that our members and their songwriting partners are appropriately compensated from the advertisement revenue these sites generate. From our work with songwriter and University of Georgia researcher David Lowery, we notified an additional 50 unlicensed lyric sites that they must license or shut down, and filed lawsuits against SeekLyrics.com and LyricsTime.com, two unlicensed lyric websites that have refused to license or remove infringing content. And we've been consistent in our message--this is not a campaign against personal blogs, fan sites, or the many websites that provide lyrics legally. That said, blatant illegal behavior will not be tolerated any longer.
As our members' needs change and grow, we continue to make certain we have the resources to meet those needs. So it is with great pleasure that I announce our new Vice President of Communications, Charlotte Sellmyer. Charlotte is a seasoned communications pro, and currently serves as Communications Director for the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security under Chairman Michael McCaul. As Communications Director, she manages the Committee's press team and serves as spokesperson for Chairman McCaul and the Committee.
Charlotte has held several communications positions on Capitol Hill but in addition to her communications background, Sellmyer is professional photographer. Her work was featured in the Rayburn House Office Building and the Omni Hotel in Austin, Texas. Her first day at NMPA will be June 9.
Until next time.