Meeting 5 – The Glassblowers

The fifth meeting of EDIT took place on Wednesday 14th April 2010 at The Glassblowers.

There were no matters arising from the previous meeting and the following items were discussed:-
– EDIT Blog
– Independents Day 2010
– PRS for Music Update
– PPL Update
– Shazam
– YouTube
– Online Mechanicals
– Track Patrol

EDIT Blog
Dave Louca (Big in Ibiza) was due to attend to discuss operation of the EDIT blog, but he will attend a future meeting.
EDIT blog is gradually becoming populated with content, but EDIT members should provide additional content. EDIT members who have yet to send their biographies in should do so asap.
Interesting topics for future blogs would be:
(a) the art and value of a professional remix
(b) business considerations of working with artists and producers.

Anyone who would like to write blogs on this or any other topic should contact Peter Pritchard.

Independents Day 2010
Independents Day is an AIM and WIN (Worldwide Independent Network) sponsored annual celebration of independent music that showcases and highlights the exciting and diverse range of independent musical talent in the UK and around the world and music lovers everywhere are encouraged to show their support for independent music. Sharon Matheson provided an overview of ID10 events and Committee considered how EDIT members could get involved. There will be a week with some ID10 branded label gigs staged at the Metropolis Studio and there will be promotional collaborations with Rockfeedback TV, Bebo and Virgin Atlantic, among others.

Peter Pritchard noted that Fabric are planning to host one month of gigs at their London venue in celebration of independent British Music covering all genres.
An EDIT night could be comprised of DJs/Artists from different labels representing a range of dance and electronic genres.
The committee expressed enthusiasm about participating in ID10 and felt that it would be a good idea to host an EDIT night as part of ID10. However, it might be preferable to work in conjunction with an existing event that is already taking place and co-brand it.

Everyone in agreement to ask all EDIT members to put forward names of artists/DJs who might want to participate in ID10 events and liaise with The Fabric to find out EDIT labels could get involved in their independent events taking place in October.

PRS for Music Update
The committee reviewed the FAQ sheet that was prepared by PRS for Music following the initial EDIT/PRS meeting. The advice sheet dealt with questions concerning a range of items that were considered at the meeting including the following:
back claims, Pro Dub Licence, Gigs and Pubs Scheme, IMPEL, etc and will be posted online once it is finalised.
The meeting was the first one between PRS and EDIT and there will be follow-up meetings going forward. Committee agreed to circulate advice sheet to full committee for their comments.

PPL Update
The EDIT/PPL meeting will take place on Wednesday 28 April 2010.
Jason Moore, Billy Grant, Trevor McNamee, Chris Rodwell and Peter Pritchard all volunteered to attend the meeting. EDIT members that won’t be attending the meeting should send any PPL questions that they would like discussed at the meeting to Michael Fuller.

Shazam
Will Mills (Shazam) provided an overview of the range of services provided by Shazam that may be of interest to AIM/EDIT members. Shazam’s core business is its mobile music discovery service and they have deals with several platforms including Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Symbian and the Windows Phone among others. Shazam have further developed their application to enable customers to discover and buy individual tracks, share Tags with friends on Twitter and Facebook, access the Shazam music charts and get music recommendations.

The à la carte download service links to different stores depending upon the platform. Android uses Amazon, iPhone uses iTunes, Blackberry uses 7Digital, etc.
It was noted that downloads to mobile are an interesting source of revenue that is growing steadily amongst the independent sector. Will Mills agreed to circulate details of how to register tracks with Shazam.

The BMI-owned Landmark system utilises Shazam’s digital audio recognition technology to monitor songs performance on radio, television and the Internet, which they use to administer public performance and broadcast licensing fees on behalf of their songwriters, composers and publishers members. The system uses pattern recognition to identify performances from any source containing audio. It is extremely accurate, even in high-noise environments, after detecting audio for as little as one to two seconds.
Committee asked whether record labels could utilise the data and Will Mills agreed to look into it.

YouTube
Karl Nielson has noted that his label has been issuing a lot of takedown notices on YouTube recently with the number of plays of their videos going into the millions. They have a partnership account, but don’t have a content ID deal in place, which means the videos can’t be properly monetised.

Chris Rodwell noted that content ID deals are available, but it can take a long time to get deals concluded. There have been some suggestions that such deals are only given to labels that also control their publishing rights.
Michael Fuller will check the status of YouTube negotiations with Merlin and report back and Chris Rodwell agreed to provide any background information regarding their content ID deal with YouTube.

Online Mechanicals
Concern was expressed by the committee about the administration of mechanicals generated from Beatport sales. For US sales, Beatport, as with all other American sites pass US mechanicals onto the label, who are then responsible for administering the monies.
Rightsflow, now provide US mechanical royalty administration services for record labels. However, there is a growing problem with the administration of Beatport mechanicals on non-US sales. Beatport now has deals with local collecting societies, but they automatically withhold 10% of the royalty to cover mechanicals and invite copyright control composers and songwriters to claim their mechanicals on an individual basis. Songwriters that are not members of a collecting society are finding it extremely difficult to recover the publishing royalties from Beatport. Michael Fuller agreed to discuss further with MCPS.

Track Patrol
Paul Hatcher (Track Patrol) could not attend and will attend the next meeting.
Track Patrol is a Search Engine that enables users to search the Internet for their own music tracks that are currently being sold online.
The Track Patrol application searches and compares different online music databases and music download sites worldwide for: Track Title, Artist, Album, Compilation, Label, Format, Release Date, EAN/UPC and Territory.
Registered users will be able to export those results to an Excel spreadsheet or an XML document and check whether there are any unauthorised products being sold.
Paul will demo Track Patrol at the next EDIT meeting.

Full minutes of the fourth meeting are available by emailing
electronicdanceindependence(at)googlemail.com

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