Recording Academy ‘Legends’ to PBS

Recording Academy ‘Legends’ to PBS

Nina Simone, Sly Stone, The Velvet Underground and Charley Pride are among those being honored as the Recording Academy’s 2017 Special Merit Awards recipients, who this year for the first time will get a televised tribute concert, Grammy Salute To Music Legends, airing on PBS as part of its Great Performances series. The concert will […]

Because Synthesizers are Fun…

Because Synthesizers are Fun…

The New York Times spotlight on Moogfest, by Jon Pareles,  took us way back to the day when Keith Emerson’s playing was genre-bustin’ fun. “Promising ‘Future Thought and Future Sound,’ Moogfest was part music festival, part symposium, part laboratory. One afternoon, Nona Hendryx (of the singing group Labelle) performed a spoken-word piece over chords generated […]

In Space Can Anybody Hear You Sing?

In Space Can Anybody Hear You Sing?

The tune-driven Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 mega-hit has spawned a new generation of ’70s music lovers. “One of the first things I always hear from fans is how much they loved the music,” says franchise star Chris Pratt, who as hero Peter Quill (aka Star Lord) takes a narrative journey propelled by a Walkman. “People just loved […]

Beck Nabs SESAC Film Honor

Beck Nabs SESAC Film Honor

Trolls composer Christophe Beck took home top honors in the film music category at the annual SESAC Film & Television Composers’ Awards, which was highlighted by a moving speech by music attorney Jay Cooper, a partner of Greenberg Traurig, who received the performing rights organization’s Visionary Award. The annual awards gala, held at the Casa […]

ASCAP Taps Next Gen Composers

ASCAP Taps Next Gen Composers

The Newman Scoring Stage at Fox has seen plenty of history in the making, and on July 31 it will see the future in the making as 12 young composers participating in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop have the chance to record their original score to picture with a 64-piece orchestra. Now in  its 29th year, the […]

Shazam and Spotify Battle for ‘Song of Summer’ Picks

Shazam and Spotify Battle for ‘Song of Summer’ Picks

Spotify and Shazam both released their song of summer picks, and in a show of seasonal solidarity, there is some crossover: Selena Gomez, Sean Mendes, Luis Fonsi and DJ Khaled and Lil Uzi Vert are the five double-entries. Spotify’s list tilts toward rap while Shazam gives pop equal time. “Summertime is the season of sunny weather, good vibes and […]

Dunaif to International Role at ASCAP

Dunaif to International Role at ASCAP

Digital business strategist Tony Dunaif has been named executive vice president and head of international affairs for preforming rights giant ASCAP, reporting to CEO Elizabeth Matthews. In this capacity Dunaif will oversee international business and society relations outside of the United States for ASCAP,  the American Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers. Dunaif’s appointment is […]

Cooper in SESAC Spotlight

Cooper in SESAC Spotlight

The industry’s most musical attorney, jazzman Jay L. Cooper, will receive the SESAC Visionary Award at the music rights organization’s annual dinner gala this evening in Santa Monica. For more than five decades, Jay Cooper has been recognized as one of the best entertainment lawyers in America, and it is simply an honor to present […]

‘Guardians’ Mix 2 Proves ‘Awesome’

‘Guardians’ Mix 2 Proves ‘Awesome’

Five weeks on the charts and counting, Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 soundtrack is proving almost as appealing to fans as the original, which went platinum in 2014. To date, it has sold 216,215 copies, according to SoundScan. Based on the success of the Guardians sequel, which opened in theaters May 5, Guardians of the […]

An Elmer Bernstein Celebration

An Elmer Bernstein Celebration

The composer behind films as diverse as The Magnificent Seven and Animal House will be feted on the 95th anniversary of his birth with landmark concerts, in London and Dublin. “Elmer Bernstein: 50 Years of Film Music” will be narrated and conducted by his son Peter Bernstein and narrated and hosted by film director John Landis. The retrospective will celebrate works spanning […]

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