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Artists are profound leaders who imagine everything into existence. This month we recognize those who have taken the art of self-expression to new heights in music, cinema, painting and comedy.  We drop in a project studio in NY and circle back to  LA to hear how music is made for film/TV/games. We listen to a DJ mash up of historic proportions. Grammy goes to the big apple. Malibu drew guitar heroes in May who helped raise fun and funds for good causes. You're invited - join us for a big band spectacular this evening and mark your calendar for June networking -- T time + wine tasting! 
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Delivering Music 4 Film/TV/Games
At Location & Live with ATCs
DJ Cinema Mash Up
Surf's Up at Malibu Guitar Fest
Art Talk: Passion for Art
Comedians: The New Rock Stars
Hammond Artist: Booker T Jones
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Delivering Music For Film, TV and Games
ATCs Providing Honesty to John Rodd's Studio, Clearstory Sound

"I knew that if my mix sounded fantastic on the ATCs, it would sound the same in NASA's theaters." 
-- John Rodd

Renowned music engineer John Rodd works on a wide variety of projects from blockbuster movies to television (Breaking Bad) and video games (World of Warcraft, Overwatch, EA Star Wars: Battlefront, Call of Duty: Black Ops II). 
Rodd's versatility as an engineer is showcased on a diverse range of projects, including huge orchestral scores, rock, electronica, jazz, and classical. His recent work includes the score albums for Better Call Saul and Marvel's Jessica Jones, and the chart-topping #1 classical album Stars Are Rising for soprano Joanna Forest.
Rodd had to bring all of his skills to bear, along with the fatigue-free and translation-assured performance of his LCR set of ATC SCM150ASL three-way monitors, to mix composer Michael Abels' eclectic film score for the hit social thriller Get Out and composer Penka Kouneva's inspiring score for NASA's unique Heroes and Legends 4-D experience at the Kennedy Space Center.

Working with Abels was a great experience for Rodd. He noted that "Michael's score covered a ton of ground - live orchestra, Swahili group vocals, diverse percussion, solo cello, harp, and unique synth sounds. It's really far from a traditional thriller score, and Michael deserves all the praise he's received for writing something that works so well with the movie." But working with a new film director meant working within budgetary constraints. This meant a very tight schedule to mix the movie's 45 eclectic score cues. Rodd had to deliver ten separate 5.1 score stem mixes, the full 5.1 score mix, and a stereo fold-down for the soundtrack album, thus delivering a 68 audio track wide score mix for every piece of music!
"I've had the privilege of recording and mixing music all over the world at some of the greatest studios on their high-end monitoring systems," Rodd said. "Given that perspective, I'm grateful to have the brutal honesty of the ATC monitors at my own studio, Clearstory Sound. They have tremendous definition and clarity across the entire range, and they really allow me to hear what's going on so that I can make sure no elements are masking other important elements. My goal is to give each instrument its own sonic space in terms of frequency, panning, fader moves, and overall placement, while having them all work together at the same time. If something is harsh or woofy or boxy, I know it right away. I'm not second-guessing, ever. The ATCs allow me to work very quickly and confidently, which was a huge asset given the time constraints for Get Out.
Those long days held the potential for ear fatigue, but Rodd claims the ATCs protect him from that pitfall as well: "It seems like a lot of other loudspeaker manufacturers turn up the brightness to give you detail, and I think that can get fatiguing. The ATCs, however, give me tons of detail without the top-end hype, which allows me to put in really long days of consistently solid work." When mixing 5.1, Rodd uses his three ATC SCM150ASLs for a left-center-right system together with a revolving cast of surround speakers depending on the nature of the project.
Rodd's other recent project, Penka Kouneva's score for the Heroes and Legends 4-D experience at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, offered up a different sort of challenge than the traditional film score. The experience takes visitors through the history of the space program in a way that captures and conveys the excitement and emotion of that history. In addition to the immersive visuals on giant, curved screens and audio that can literally shake visitors to their core, the experience includes holograms, wind effects, scent effects, and other surprising 4-D elements spread across numerous theaters.
For Rodd, "It was a very complex mix due to the elaborate nature of Penka's awesome hybrid score. It used a massive live orchestra along with many live solos, tons of synths, guitars, percussion, pads, arpeggiators, drums, and sub-bass musical effects. She really captured the spirit of the experience and gave it a timeless yet modern theatrical feel. I leaned heavily on my ATCs to let me know when things were right. I knew that if my mix sounded fantastic on the ATCs, it would sound the same in NASA's theaters." 

Meet Drawmer's New Baby: MPA-90

Ivor Drawmer and his handpicked team of engineers unveiled the new Drawmer MPA-90 two-channel class D power amplifier. Its small dual monoblock design, with tabletop or rack mountable footprint, houses guts capable of delivering 90W per channel (into 4 Ohms) or 180W bridged - all with no annoying fan. Like Drawmer's MC2.1 Monitor Controller, the new MPA-90 treats audio signals with integrity: its output is lusciously transparent, revealing the beauty (and the faults!) of whatever is run through it. Also, like all Drawmer's products, the MPA-90 is built in England to last a lifetime, priced fairly at $695.

"The new Drawmer MPA-90 is the perfect partner to small passive loudspeakers like the Auratone® 5Cs or other small passives" says Brad Lunde, founder and president of TransAudio Group, Drawmer's longtime US distributor.
"Many Class D amps out there are just raw Class D modules, but the MPA-90 has a Drawmer designed and built custom front end to improve its sound. The MPA-90 sounds excellent and with the bridging feature, provides a future upgrade path. The MPA-90 is really the perfect complement to the Drawmer MC1.1 or MC2.1 Preamplifiers in matching housing, but it works great with any preamp."
Switching the Drawmer MPA-90 from stereo to mono bridged is easily accomplished with the flick of a switch and use of the mono loudspeaker jack. Its inputs are either balanced XLR or unbalanced phono to cover the two universes of gear, pro versus semi-pro/consumer that may feed it. It features thermal, overload, and power-up/power-down protection and front-panel standby, fault, and clip indicator LEDs. Its rugged steel chassis and brushed aluminum cover speaks to the Drawmer MPA-90's design integrity and longevity.
The MPA-90 is now available for shipping.  PRICE: $695.00 MAP

Trans Audio Group Introduces the Boutique Analog Compressor 
TransAudio Group, Bettermaker's U.S. distributor, introduced the path breaking Bettermaker C502V at the AES's 139th Convention earlier this year in New York City. Like the rest of Bettermaker's catalog - which in just a few short years has earned numerous TEC, Resolution, and Prosound award nominations and wins, the C502V combines a boutique analog signal path (newsworthy in its own right) with intuitive, musical controls and complete parameter recall and automation from a linked DAW-based plug-in - high-end analog sound paired with a superior digital workflow. The C502V is the first compressor from Bettermaker, although with three distinct VCA flavors in one 500-series chassis, it could just as easily be described as the first three compressors from Bettermaker! Stereo, dual mono, or M/S modes, as well as USB or analog side-chain with adjustable high-pass filtering and "look ahead" functionality expand the C502V's universe of possibilities.

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Rebirth of A Nation Mash-up at The Kennedy Center    
DJ Spooky Applied ReMixed Culture  To Cinema

DJ Spooky aka Paul D. Miller (above) is a prolific composer, multimedia artist, editor and author. His
DJ MIXER iPad app has seen more than 12 million downloads in the last year. 
He has produced and composed work for Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, and scores of artists and award-winning films. More recently Miller has taken  D.W. Griffith's controversial 1915 film "Birth Of A Nation" and remixed the video and added audio by Kronos Quartet. The  powerful documentary is about the rise of the Civil Rights Movement. A Notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly re-imagining of history, Griffith's motion picture unleashes a conflict that still rages today about race relations, representation, and the power of Hollywood. It premiered  on  Independent Lens/PBS on February 6, 2017, largely made possible by WNET Thirteen, Independent Lens, Northern Light Productions, National Endowment for the Humanities, Ford Foundation, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.   
Narrated by Danny Glover and featuring interviews from Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Spike Lee,  Birth of a Movement, based on Dick Lehr's book The Birth of a Movement captures the backdrop to this prescient clash between human rights, freedom of speech, and a changing media landscape.  
Watch the trailer here.   
Background: Boston 1915. African-American newspaper editor and activist William Monroe Trotter wages a battle against D.W. Griffith's groundbreaking blockbuster The Birth of a Nation.   
Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky was recently at the Kennedy Center with artist Favianna Rodriguez both talking on topics of changing narratives, how design informs intent, and what is computational propaganda. Listen to this intimate conversation targeted for social change here

"Music is liquid architecture."
--DJ Spooky (paraphrasing "Architecture is frozen music." -- Goethe)

ATCs Unveil ed @ NAMM

ATC monitors were at NAMM earlier in January where TransAudio Group showcased the popular near- and mid-field ATC SCM25A and SCM45A monitors, as well the new passive ATC SCM12 monitor and the ATC P1 PRO stand-alone amplifier.  You can hear ATCs at some of the world's best studios: East West, the Village, and Blackbird Studios.
TransAudio Group's Subwoofer Pros Studio Subs complemented the ATC SCM25As. TransAudio Group introduces the newest  and smallest member of the ATC family: the SCM12 Pro. Using the very same "all in-house built" components as its larger siblings, the SCM12 Pro delivers ATC's famous super-detailed "ATC midrange", solid imaging, and ideal balance that have made ATC the gold standard for working professionals across all music genres and audio industries. In a twist, TransAudio Group will combine the SCM12 Pro with ATC's all new P1 Pro 150W/channel rackmount amplifier in a bundle that breaks previous price barriers for ATC. The SCM12/P1 Pro monitor/amp package will carry a bundle MAP price of US $4350. If purchased separately, the SCM12 Pro is $1,990/pair MAP, and the P1 Pro amp is $3,490 MAP.

Additionally TransAudio created a new "free-to-the-dealer" display option.  The four-sided display makes it easy to showcase recording studio accessories, such as Accusound cable, Sabra-Som shock mounts, and Pauly and Hakan pop filters. "This display makes it much easier for the dealer to present and sell higher performance accessories. WE will service the display making it easy for the dealer to add plus revenue," said Lunde.
For more information on  ATCs  
contact  Brad Lunde at  or call  702-365-5155.
ATC SCM25As in stock today at your favorite Pro Audio Dealer. Follow the link:

Trans Audio Group at NAMM 2017, Anaheim unveiling the new Drawmer MC3.1 and the newest and smallest member of the ATC family: the SCM12 Pro, among other cool studio toys. 
Alex Jacobsen of Auratone  Auratone 5C Sound Cubes 
The TEC-nominated Auratone Super Sound Cube reference monitor is a legend in the recording, broadcasting, and motion picture industries for its unfailing ability to represent mixes as they will so often appear in the "real world" - on small-format, zero-crossover loudspeakers.     
For more information on Aurotones visit  or call  Brad Lunde at 702-365-5155.   

Bettermaker, the Poland-based maker of high-end analog equalizers with plug-in control and recall, earned two nominations: one for the Bettermaker EQ502P 500 series module and one for the
Bettermaker EQ232P MKII rack-mount.

Drawmer's 1978 Tone Shaping Compressor, which incorporates different analog character circuitry and variable saturation, and Tube-Tech HLT 2A, which pairs high and low shelving with an innovative "tilt" midrange filter, earned nominations as well. Finally, ATC earned a nomination for the ATC SCM45A, three-way compact near-field monitor with unparalleled midrange fidelity. The winners will be determined by online voting via Mix, Pro Sound News, Pro Audio Review, and Electronic Musician and via professional audio and sound production organizations. 

"All of these nominations go to inventor-owned companies, the kind of companies where innovation is king. We're proud to have these exciting new products recognized with TEC Award nominations," said Brad Lunde, founder and president of TransAudio Group. It's easy to imagine that there's nothing new under the sun in the world of pro audio, or that anything new is a gimmick, but that's simply not the case. The sound quality of Bettermaker's equalizers would have earned TEC nominations by itself, but the fact that their fully-analog circuitry can be recalled and automated via a plug-in interface has obvious advantages in a modern workflow. The Drawmer 1978 and the Tube-Tech HLT 2A prove that traditional compressor and equalizer topologies are not the only way to inspire fantastic mixes. Taking a different tack, ATC's SCM45A gives engineers a beefier three-way ATC nearfield with fidelity that ensures mixes will translate outside of the studio. Obviously, we encourage folks to cast their votes for these innovative tools!" adds Lunde.
For more information on  Auratones, Bettermaker EQ232P MKII , Drawmer's 1978 Tone Shaping Compressor, Tube-Tech HLT 2A  and   ATC SCM45A  For the latest info on Tube-Tech contact  Brad Lunde at   or call  702-365-5155.

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l-r: Richard, Todd, Janis and Brad at Trans Audio Group    
For the latest info contact   
TransAudio Group, founded by industry  veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor and/or US sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. TAG product line includes A-Designs (USA),  ATC Loudspeakers (UK),
Questions- pricing, availability and dealer locations please email

Live...One Night Only...Tonight!
Brent Fischer + The Clare Fischer Big Band with Laura Dickinson!
Brent Fischer & The Clare Fischer Big Band; Laura Dickinson

May 25, 8-9pm

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Big Band Spectacular
LAX Westin Hotel
5400 W Century Blvd   Los Angeles, CA 90045
Festival information and ticket reservations here

studioexpresso is pleased to sponsor 
2017 Recording Industry Golf Tournament! and Poker! 

Monday, June 5
at Robinson Ranch
10 - 7 pm  

Honorary Chairs and Engineers Extraordinare, Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt
$1,000,000 Shootout, Good Food, and POKER!!

This year, there's something for non-golfers who want to be a part of the hang. Enjoy a poker clinic and tournament with prizes!

to Karen Dunn -- there's still time to support a good cause or become a sponsor!  

The Recording Industry Golf Tournament supports the music and recording program at A Place Called Home ( APCH is a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles. Music and recording are key components of the organization's program offering, and the APCH youth band performs and records on a regular basis.

Wine Tasting


Wed June 7
6.00 - 10.00 p.m.

316 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502  
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The New Rock Stars: Comedians!
Stephen Colbert (averages 2.77 million total viewers), Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon... they're all trying to out do one another making America laugh again, at politics! And if ratings are any indication, they're the new Rock Stars with enough consumer eyeballs and ears. "I would say it is an honor to be here, but that would be an alternative fact," said Hasan Minhaj of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show,"  at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner.    
SNL viewership for the season to date is up 19% in adults 18-49 (3.5 vs. 2.9 rating) and up 22% in total viewers (10.6 million vs. 8.7 million) over the comparable period in the 2015-16 season. This marks the show's strongest ratings performance in 22 years, since the 1994-95 season, according to NBC. Who hasn't seen Alec Baldwin as the Commander-in-Chief or McCarthy's brilliant work as Spicer? Then there's the brilliant Kate McKinnon who easily moves from her impersonation of Justin Bieber, Kellyane Conway to Hillary Clinton (watch Kate singing Hallelujah sporting 10 million views).    
The musical heroes of Generation X didn't have to be political until now.  Where Bob Dylan raged against "masters of war" in the 1960s and the racism of the US legal system in the mid-1970s protest song "Hurricane", Kurt Cobain generally explored an inner world where "it's fun to lose and pretend." "I don't care who gets elected," sang the Replacements' Paul Westerberg in the late-1980s blues song "Election Day", most likely reflecting on the choice between the hawkish George H W Bush and the decidedly liberal Michael Dukakis - candidates who offered significantly different conceptions of what kind of country America should be. But would Westerberg have tossed out such a line if faced with the choice between Clinton and Trump? Do artists have the pulse of the public today? How are they connecting to their fans? One thing is for sure. Comedians do and they're enjoying a growing fan base.  The music vacuum is about to be filled with a new wave of musicians and bands.  We're listening!   
Jay Z's VC Arrive!

A press release from parent company Roc Nation made it official this month on Jay Z's New Venture Capitol firm, Arrive.
Roc Nation, a full-service entertainment company founded by Shawn "JAY Z" Carter, announced an innovative new platform, ARRIVE, that will partner with a select group of early stage start-ups by providing them with brand services, business development, advisory and capital to drive growth in their organizations. "ARRIVE was created to leverage our experience and resources in building brands, developing consumer facing businesses, managing artists and representing athletes.  We've opened that diversified, global range of expertise to a new vertical: entrepreneurs and their early stage businesses" said Neil Sirni, Head of New Ventures at Roc Nation. 
The rapper-entrepreneur is an investor in Stance and Uber, among other startups, but now he's formalizing his investor efforts: Roc Nation . Carter has firsthand experience growing a tech startup: He launched music streaming service Tidal in 2015 after buying Swedish tech company Aspiro. In January, Sprint bought 33% of the company for $200 million.
Arrive will pour capital into young startups, as well as advise them on brand and business development. (Perhaps it will use JetSmarter, another Carter-backed startup, as a case study in how not to pitch the press.)  
ARRIVE was formed through a collaboration with " Primary" Venture Partners (a seed-stage, New York based venture firm focused on transformative startups). Managed by co-founders and General Partners Ben Sun and Brad Svrluga) and " GlassBridge" Asset Management (Company's partially-owned subsidiary, Nexsan Corporation, is a global enterprise data storage business).
"We are thrilled to partner with the amazing team at ARRIVE and to leverage these unique resources to build the next generation of powerful brands," says Primary Venture Partners co-founder and General Partner, Ben Sun.


Malibu Guitar Festival Raising Wave of Fun, Fund & Friends

The Kenneth Brian Band

2017 Malibu Guitar Festival kicked-off its 3rd Annual event  with a stellar music line-up during the week of May 18-21 presented by D'Angelico Guitars.  studioexpresso was among the media sponsors. 
The brainchild of Malibu resident's Doug Deluca and John Watkin, both avid music and guitar fans, who utilized their deep passion and connections to bring a grand scale music festival to the shores of Malibu.  This year's fest focused on kids, community and creators, according to founder Doug DeLuca "From surf junkies with battered acoustics on the beach, to billionaire aficionados with priceless collections, the thriving beach community and the classic musical instrument seem to go hand-in-hand."     The goal remains to feature  globally renowned, award-winning legendary musicians, while supporting local musicians and giving back to local charities. Everyone came together for three days of unforgettable live performances. The event organizers first got the buzz going with a Cure Spa Fashion Show, "Guitars and Couture" and master class by Tim Pierce at
MGF HQ in Malibu Village the week before.  Kid's corner offered rock climbing and the overall vibe was family-friendly including vendor booths offering yes, you guessed it, guitars!  The adjacent Malibu Village offered restaurants and galleries for attendees.  The crew was busy switching acts on two stages offering local and world renown acts to everyone's delight.  Music Director Steven Ferrone (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Duran Duran, Stevie Nicks,   Slash, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton,   Johnny Cash) made all the musicians feel at home.  "Doug books the bands. But, they came over to my studio and we went over every detail over tea," says Ferrone.

l-r: Mick Fleetwood Blues Band and Malibu Guitar Festival Music Director Steve Ferrone 
Mick Fleetwood Blues Band shined on the main stage on Saturday.
The band featured Rick Vito on guitar, who had a short tenure with Fleetwood Mac many years ago. "He's just a brilliant guitar player....and so we're going to have a lot of fun," said Mick Fleetwood who ended the show by thanking his audience and telling them to take care of each other during this crazy times.
Be sure to visit his restaurant, Fleetwood On Front St next time you're in Lahaina, Hawaii! 
Other bands included  Tommy Emmanuel and Hunter Hayes 
Steve Vai headlined Hot Licks Night On Friday, May 19 At Casa Escobar With Nik West, Lari Basilio , Gretchen Menn, The Band Steele, Zepparella, Dankrupt .    
Special Humanitarian Award was presented to Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Chief Of All Stars Nations and Keeper Of The Sacred Bundle For The Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations. Also Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Robby Krieger In Honor Of The 50th Anniversary Of The Doors.
The Festival wrapped up with Rolling Stones' inspired Brunch on Sunday. is sure to come back next year by popular demand. 

Until next month,
  take care of yourselves and each other.   
Music lives and moves!
Claris Sayadian-Dodge, Founder I Editor studioexpresso

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ATCs on Location and In the Studio
With New York's Mark Cochi

Mark Cochi runs RDR Audio and RDR Location Recording in upstate New York.
As an in-demand live sound mixer for television, Cochi has the freedom to devote his well-appointed studio - both in terms of fantastic gear and inspiring aesthetics - to musical acts that speak to his artistic soul and to audio-for-video post-production projects that challenge his skills. Honed by nearly thirty years in the business, those skills come wi
th the calm assurance of an engineer who has a lifetime of successful work to his credit. A few years ago, Cochi stepped up the monitoring in his studio to active three-way ATC SCM25As, which now give him fatigue-free sessions and effortless translation. He recently brought his 5.1 post-production work up to the same standard with five of ATC's new two-way SCM12 passive monitors. "In my live sound mixing role, I have a prearranged target that I need to hit, which doesn't leave a ton of room for creative input," Cochi said. "In my studio, I'm much more of a purist. I prefer to record a whole band performing live. I'm not into trickery, and I'm not into a lot of comping of parts. I'd rather have someone play a part a half dozen times to get it right than have to stitch things together. Since I'm not making my living doing this, I have the freedom to try and get the artists working in that mindset on these kinds of things."  He continued, "There wasn't any learning curve - even though the SCM12 is a two-way box, the famous ATC sound was there. The top is smooth and extended, the mids are accurate, and I was also impressed by their bass response; when I muted the sub, I still had plenty of low-end information with which to make decisions. I know it's pretty rare, and maybe a little reckless, to buy five monitors without ever having heard them, but it turned out to be a solid decision."


 MICROPHONES From Trans Audio Group

Say hello to TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik's flagship Diamond Series -- the ELAM 251E, U47, and C12 large-diaphragm as well as the ELAM 260 small-diaphragm condensers -- now available through Trans Audio Group.  "For the fraction of the price of a vintage unit (assuming one could even find a vintage unit for sale!), TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik has come closer to recreating the original 1950's era microphones than any other manufacturer to date," says Brad Lunde. And this is good news for studios who can have interchangeable parts and sonics of the very best vintage models. "Offering faithful recreations of these highly-valued originals has been Telefunken's goal from the beginning," adds Lunde. 


Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band Directed By Brent Fischer  
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ASCAP Awards Go To
Diane Warren and Meghan Trainor

Rapper Snoop Dogg, songwriter Diane Warren and ASCAP President Paul Williams backstage at the 2017 ASCAP Pop Awards at The Wiltern on May 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers , hosted its 34th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on Thursday, May 18, recognizing pop mastermind Max Martin ("Can't Stop the Feeling!" for Justin Timberlake, "Send My Love for Adele, and "Just Like Fire" for P!nk) as Songwriter of the Year for an unprecedented tenth time.    
The evening's highlights belonged to two highly accomplished, multi-platinum award-winning songwriters: Diane Warren was honored with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award, and pop star Meghan Trainor received the ASCAP Vanguard Award.
Sony/ATV took honors for Publisher of the Year and BMG for Independent
Publisher of the Year.   
The event took place at the historic art deco Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles in front of a packed audience of songwriters, composers, producers and music industry executives. ASCAP Pop Music Song of the Year went to "Love Yourself," written by Justin Bieber. In a tribute to Bieber and his team, 2017 ASCAP "EXPO Factor" Showcase-winning a cappella group The Filharmonic performed the song live.

Grammy Goes To New York

In celebration of the Grammy Awards®' 60th anniversary, The Recording Academy®, in close collaboration with the Mayor's Office of New York City, Madison Square
Garden and CBS Corporation, take Music's Biggest Night® to New York City's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. 

To announce the show's return to New York, The Recording Academy worked with creative agency TBWA\Chiat\Day and director Spike Lee on a star-studded film, titled "NY Stories," featuring New York artists sharing New York musical stories. The film takes viewers on a musical tour of the city, from the Apollo Theater in Harlem to Jay Z's Marcy Projects in Bedford-Stuyvesant, to all the neighborhoods and musical landmarks in between.
"I'm honored to be a part of this homage to the city I love, that is welcoming the 60th anniversary of the GRAMMYs into its big warm arms," said director Lee.  

To view the complete film, please visit here

New VP Of Development
Becky Villaescusa

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® confirms the appointment of Becky Villaescusa as Vice President of Strategic Planning & Corporate Development. In this role, Villaescusa will report directly to Manolo Díaz, Senior Vice President of the Latin GRAMMY Foundation - the charity arm of The Latin Recording Academy®. The new appointee will mainly be responsible for the organization's fundraising efforts and increasing awareness of the wide-range of programs offered by the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.
  "Helping to grow the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation through strategic corporate partnerships is an opportunity I have always dreamed about as it allows me to further my personal commitment to empower the Latin community," Villaescusa said.

Prior to joining Latin World Entertainment, Villaescusa served as senior executive producer at Univision for more than 10 years where she was responsible for developing "Escándalo TV,"  "El Show De Cristina,"  and "Control," among other original content for the network.

Art Talk: A Musician's Passion for Art
Maezawa, Proud New Owner of Basquiat  
      Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images
New York Sotheby's made history on May 5 for sale of an untitled painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat for a record $110.5 million to the 42-year-old Japanese musician turned billionaire (net worth $3.6 billion) art collector Yusaku Maezawa.  
The Basquiat piece Maezawa bought is the most expensive painting sold in by an American artist. Basquiat (above), born in Brooklyn to Haitian and Puerto Rican parents, died in 1988 of an overdose aged just 27 after a fleeting eight-year career. The subject of much of Basquiat's work - ordeals endured by blacks in America - is finding renewed resonance in the wake of nationwide US protests about the shootings of unarmed black men by police.

The world may not at first recognize the proud owner who shared this sentiment on his Instagram page: "I am happy to announce that I just won this masterpiece. When I first encountered this painting, I was struck with so much excitement and gratitude for my love of art. I want to share that experience with as many people as possible."    
Maezawa started up a band with his classmates called Switch Style in high school. They released their first EP in 1993 and later got signed to BMG Japan. He moved to the US with a girlfriend, where he started collecting CDs and records of bands that he liked. His album collection became the basis for his first company, which sold imported albums and CDs through mail. 
Mr Maezawa started buying and collecting contemporary art 10 years ago and founded the   Contemporary Art Foundation in Tokyo, which puts on two shows a year. He is also planning to build a museum in Chiba, Japan, just outside of Tokyo, according to Forbes.

11 Contracts For Every Artist
Steve Gordon

Steve Gordon is an entertainment attorney based in New York with over twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry, including  ten years as Director of Business Affairs/Video for Sony Music.  In his new book, " The 11 Contracts That Every Artist, Songwriter, and Producer Should Know" he provides an in-depth guide intended to assist any aspirant wary of navigating the music biz or struggling to interpret its insular jargon.
This no-nonsense book follows a refreshingly simple format: Gordon presents a sample agreement, then breaks down the nuances of both the legal and business sides of the arrangement. Subjects covered include: * Management Agreements * Production Company and New Artist * Indie Label Deals * Sync Licenses * Producer Agreements * Music Publishing Deals * Composer Agreements * Live Performance Contracts * Music Video Production Contracts * Band Agreements Business Actions Artists Can Take Without an Attorney * Investment Agreements Every purchase also includes access to a library of streaming and downloadable video content touching on music clearances and licensing, management, artist, publishing, and producer agreements, the art of hiring a music attorney, the role of artist management and record companies in the music business today, and more. Pick up your copy of The 11 Contracts today! This is a good reference book to have on your office shelf. Steve is the author of The Future of the Music Business (Hal Leonard, 4th ed., 2015).
His website is

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