ASCAP, he U.S. collecting society for performance rights royalty collections and advocacy on behalf of songwriters, composers and copyright owners, announced strong revenues of $985 million for calendar year 2011. With an increase of 5,4% over 2010 these revenues are the second highest in the organization’s history. Especially foreign income did very well. Collections from foreign countries totaled $347 million, an increase of approximately $50 million over 2010. Representing more than 425,000 music creators from every genre, the member-owned organization distributed over $824 million to its songwriters, composers and music publishers. ASCAP offers members a very good career development, education and professional recognition through their highly successful and innovative programs, from the annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO to the Sundance/ASCAP Music Café to TV and film composing workshops to multi-genre songwriting workshops and songwriting camps, bringing together emerging and hit writers, to their annual award shows. Also in 2011, ASCAP introduced several enhancements to its online Member Access interface, providing members with the most advanced online tools in performing rights for managing their catalogs, royalty statements and more. ASCAP created a new organizational structure in 2011: EVP, Membership Randy Grimmett was promoted to take on added leadership of a multi-functional membership department which consolidates member services, creative services, business affairs, estates and claims, and marketing and communications into a fully integrated department that is serving the evolving career needs of members and providing the strongest advocacy for their work. Vincent Candilora, formerly SVP, was promoted to Executive Vice President, Licensing, taking leadership of all licensing-related areas including broadcast, cable, online, wireless and general licensing as well as infringements. Roger Greenaway, formerly SVP, International, and based in London, is now named EVP, with all international operations reporting to him, including relationships with foreign societies, collection of foreign revenues and distributions.
Warner Music Group is initiating an original YouTube channel, “The Warner Sound“, that will feature exclusive new content from the major. WMG’s endeavor will launch with live webcasts from the SXSW Music Conference and Festival March 13-15 by acts like T.I., B.o.B., Dr. John, Ed Sheeran, Theophilus London, Kimbra and Gary Clark, Jr. The Warner Sound’s content will include “ManTazia,” an experimental film series by Cee-Lo Green. Also airing will be “The Live Room,” a series of intimate performances with scheduled appearances by B.o.B. and Regina Spektor. The Warner Sound’s production partners include new media production company Mighty Fresh, which will be responsible for day-to-day editorial and production of original content.