The program will be available for live listening and also podcasting so if you miss it you can still go and listen to the podcast. It should be informative, fun and if you know me a little crazy. I hope you will tune in and share the link with your friends and either listen to the program live or download the podcast.
I will be sharing about the upcoming new release of my CD “Passing Thru”, music licensing and other topics of interests regarding the music of Mark Allan Wolfe. I hope you would tune in or at least help me share this information with folks. It should be a great time.
Life has ups and downs, highs and lows yet it is the music we follow within our heart that will ultimately define who we are and what we become. Tonight, we present to you, the gifted composer, Mark Allan Wolfe.
Mark Allan Wolfe is a composer and an artist in the truest sense. His film and TV compositions run from thought-provoking, high energy, laced with adrenaline and atq times sincerity. Combining heart-pounding Rock ‘n Roll with tributaries of Electronics, World, Hip-Hop, Pop and Americana, Mark’s songs draw on his 25 years of striving for professionalism and musical merger of sound and genre.
His fans span the world and the 1500+ compositions verify that diversity on TV, internet, film and commercials. You may have hummed one of Mark’s tunes not even realizing the tunesmith behind the music. Web site: Mark Allan Wolfe
Grace Peterson is an author, garden columnist and blogger. Depending on the weather, she can be found either pecking on her laptop or puttering in her garden. She is a member of the National Association of Memoir Writers and the Association For Writing Excellence and her work has been published in several anthologies.
Tonight we will speaking of her first book, Reaching. Is it Demon possession or mental illness. A personal descent into cult extremism and the aftermath,.
Grace lives in western Oregon, sharing a home with her husband and four furry felines while their four grown children come and go. REACHING is her first book. Her gardening memoir is slated for publication later this year. Web-site: Gracepete.com
While doing some research on the subject today I stumbled upon an interesting graphic located at the future of music coalition.org website. There is a great article filled with several graphics explaining the how’s and who’s. THis is a nice peice written by Kristin Thomson.
There are several graphics which open to larger ones but if you scroll on thru to the bottome or middle of the page there is a large graphic easy to read. I would like to thank every one over there for this information it was quite helpful. So lets dig in….
How are musicians and songwriters compensated when their music is played on the radio, sold on digital platforms, webcast or streamed on interactive services? Click on this infor graphioc to learn how.through any of the infographics below to see how the money flows, at least on US sales, performances and streams.
graphic of how money flows thru the music business
Well I thought I would take a few minutes to fill you all in on a few things since a lot of you have been emailing me and such to find out things, just seemed to be the best thing was to write it down and share whats going on in a mass posting. So lets dive in shall we?
I would like to start off my saying thanks to all of you who have been so kind as to offer your prayers and support for me and my family as I am recovering from surgery. A few of you knew that for a while I have been suffering in my hands with numbness and it was getting unbearable and I could not do basic things really it was really bad. On top of other health issues I was dealing with I had this to go thru which was interesting. So I am glad to report that my surgery on my RIGHT hand went according to plan. Turns out one of the problems I had was a very severe case of carpal tunnel and pinched nerves in my wrist.
As I am recovering trying to get strength back and working on my fingers and such, I will be working holistically on my left hand hopefully I will not have to have the same surgery on my left hand but if I need to I am going to go for it. I am not looking forward to it in a way because of the lack of mobility I have experienced and the strain it puts on things like family and work but you have to do what you have to do.
While I was recouperating and had the loss of my right hand pretty much I was in the studio working on mastering files for my upcoming new CD. I must say it sounds totally different from my last few but I think all musicianas say that lol Really this CD will be some what of a meditation, queit time sort of thing. I recorded several tracks a while ago and some were recorded right up till the time I went under. I had been working on this back n forth for some time and I wanted to have something to do while I was letting my hand get better.
I will be posting some more info on that CD as the release date approaches. I can tell you there are a few tracks I have pre released on my website, soudcloud and reverbnation. On that note I would like to point you to a soundcloud player that has a few NEW songs on it from the upcoming release. Srill working on some artwork and name. If you sample some songs from the player bellow and would like to share your thoughts or even a possible name for the CD let me know you never know it might jsut be the name I use, would not that be cool right on?
Ok so I also have more music being placed in a lot of cable TV series such as Barter Kings, American Pickers and NY Ink amoung others. Many being on Discovery Channel networks of whci I am VERY thankful and happy for the opportunity to place my music with them. So you never know you may have been watching some programing and heard yours truly jammin :o)
There is a LOT on the horizon that we are working on which is hard for me to talk about just at this moment until I get the clearence yet it is very exciting. I am so thankful for my sweet heart helping me in so many things I just could not do alone due to what has been happening. So if you have written me and wondered why I was taking so long to get back to you hopefully this blog posting helps explain why.
FInally I would like to share with you that I will be adding a few new tools to the blogs and the websites where it is easier to download the songs and help share. Been making some wonderful connections and partnerships and collaborations with people all over the globe . So if you are wanting to collaborate or network perhaps join in the fun some how or way just email me or give me a shout when ever you can.
I leave you with the message I give to all my friends, hang in there life gets better, if your in a bind be of good courage THIS TOO SHALL PASS right on? so keep on making music, keep on making love and do the right thing and all shall work out .
I would suggest that with anything you need to learn and study what you can. If your trying to go at making music a career or make any kind of money of your music you should always do what you can to understand the business. There is SO much to learn and many other folks out there with more info that you have no excuse for not teaching yourself.
This article is by no means and end all but merely a starting point to educate yourself in the music business. I would also like to share with you a few places to visit at the end of this BLOG posting that you may find some helpful tools and insights along with some encouragement. Follow the links at the bottom be sure to share all things withthose in your world of influence for you never know who is listening. Peace
Whenever an original song, with lyrics or instrumental music, is “fixed” in a tangible medium (recorded or written down), a copyright is generated. The copyright owner of a song is entitled to certain exclusive rights in the song under the U.S. Copyright Act. Therefore, only the copyright owner of a song can use the song unless someone pays him to use it. When a copyright owner allows someone else to use his music, the owner is really granting a license in the copyright. A license is a legal agreement between two or more parties that allows one party to use something that another party owns, but does not transfer ownership from one party to the other. The money from these licenses is called publishing.
1. Registration with Library of Congress and optionally, with the PRO (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC) with whom the publisher and/or songwriter are affiliated. Registration provides best protection in the event of copyright infringement.
The three main PROs in the United States are BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), and SESAC (Society of European Stage Authors and Composers). Each of these works basically the same way but with a few slight differences. Each boasts thousands of members and many great artists and performers. For instance BMI has over 350,000 members including Jimmy Buffet and The Beatles. ASCAP also has over 300,000 members including Elvis Costello, Jay-Z, and Alan Jackson. SESAC has Garth Brooks and Bob Dylan in their stable.
2. Exploitation – can include sales of CDs, downloads, ring tones, video games, film, tv, advertising and many forms of different commercial licensing usages.
3. Collection – getting the money for the mechanical royalties plus any/all other licensing fees which are sold.
Summary of music publishing
Even as the music industry changes, publishing will always be the “constant” at the center, so it’s important to understand the publishing side of the music business. For example, even if CD (compac discs) sales completely fade out, there will still be mechanicals, synchronization, performance royalties and other streams of income from dozens of traditional and new commercial music licensing types.
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Publishing is concerned with the registration, exploitation (Sales), and collection of the copyright.
1. Royalties paid to the songwriter/composer (could be same as publisher) are the mechanical royalty which covers the composition.
2. Royalties are also paid to the performer of the song, which can be the same as the publisher and/or record label.
Publishing is focused primarily on the royalties paid to the songwriters and composers. If you are just starting out, you will most likely be a self-published publisher, which is very common these days, and is the best way to build and expand your future music publishing career and licensing opportunities.
Songwriters receive the following royalties
1. Mechanicals for the composition of the music – paid by the label to the songwriter for the rights to “mechanically reproduce” the writer’s song on CD or download. Note, this occurs whether or not the writer is the performer of the song.
2. Performance – Paid by the Performance Rights Organizations (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC), to the writer(s) of the song when the writer’s music is broadcast over the public airwaves, such as radio, tv, satellite, internet, etc. Note, some music publishers and libraries also do direct, “per program” licensing deals with broadcasters or other businesses using their music.
3. Synchronization for use of music with visual media such as film, videos, slide shows or games, etc. – Paid by the producer of a movie, tv show or ad agency to the writer of the song for the right to “synchronize” the writer’s music to the producer’s moving images.
4. Special use – paid by creators of ring tones, karaoke, video games, etc. to the songwriter for the rights to use the songwriter’s composition work.
5. Print – When music gets published in song books, sheet music or other transcriptions, the royalties are paid to the publisher and the songwriter.
It is important for you as an artist or someone involved with artists, to understand how music publishing works to generate money, but also to generate interest and audiences to continue growing your publishing career and related opportunities. To learn more about the most common music licenses categories and types, I would recommend Types of Music License article.
Brand partnerships are increasingly important to artists and record companies, not merely as a source of revenue, but also as a way of positioning performers and introducing them to new audiences, says the IFPI in its Investing In Music report.
“The right placement with the right brands can really help an artist,” says Andria Vidler of EMI Music. “Artists such as Professor Green and Eliza Doolittle made money before their first albums were released, and their brand partnerships helped position them with fans. Now Pro Green is an iconic British urban act that is looking to go global, and brand partnerships were part of the mix to help him achieve that. The Puma deal is not accidental.”
“My relationship with Puma UK continues to grow and develop, but of late I’m seeing increasing interest from outside the UK,” says the artist. “From my side, it increases my international exposure and allows me to enter markets I may not have the opportunity to do so regularly.”
However, Vidler points out that he rejects as many deals as he accepts. “We wouldn’t sign a branding deal just for the money. If it’s not right for the artist’s career, it’s just not worth it.”
And in France, when Shy’m won Dance Avec Les Stars and a NRJ Music Award, a lot of brands became very interested. “We signed a deal with Yot, the watch company, and Shy’m became a brand ambassador and worked with them to create Shy’m branded watches,” says Antoine Gouiffes-Yan of Warner Music France. “She has been fully involved in the deal and engaged creatively. We weren’t interested in signing deals with brands that just wanted to use her image.”
Where music meets licensing, there’s money to be made. How much money? We have all read about the multi-million-dollar deals for icon bands like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, but what about the money for the rest of us?
“I have synched quite a few thousand songs into productions over the years,” states Peter Jansson of Janssongs, “and have charged anywhere between $1.00 and $250,000 (U.S.) for each one.”
There are a great many places to earn money from music. For example, there are more TV shows on more cable channels than ever before. There are all kinds of commercials for both TV and WEB. There are tons of electronic games and toys. There are corporate video productions galore. There are big movies, little movies, and direct-to-DVD movies. Never mind an almost endless amount of online opps to find places to get your jams And they all are potential places to put your music, if the rights can be cleared.
So this is just the beginning as you can tell there is a lot more going on here than just a few folks getting music placed. If you work hard at trying to get it out there. If you work hard at making good music, show people your willing to work with them there is almost no telling what may happen. One thing you have to do is try and keep working at it.
There are many ways to help advance your career if you want to. Many people are waiting for OTHERS to do it for them but the truth is NO ONE CARES more about YOUR music than YOU! I cannot begin to tell you about how many artist and bands approach me wanting to be FAMOUS or what ever but are doing absolutely NOTHING about trying to achieve their goals.
I wanted to maybe share a few ideas that may help you in your endeavors.
To earn a good living in the music industry, you MUST develop a specific plan for how you will reach your goals. If you merely fantasize about making a lot of money, this is not enough to make this goal a reality. Rather than fantasizing, start working toward what you want to achieve by asking yourself the following questions:
What are you doing to build your music career?
What are you wanting out of your musical career ?
Who are you surrounding yourself with ?
Where do you see yourself in 5 yrs? of 2 yrs? even in 6 months?
How are your going to get to where you want to be?
After you have figured out your answers for each question above, you must focus on making every action you take in your music career go toward achieving the exact goals you have made for yourself.
Most musicians looking to become successful in the music business are not sure what they must do to reach their desired goals. If you are experiencing this as well, the best solution to this problem is to seek out training from a professional who has shown other musicians how to earn a lot of money in their careers. This way, you can avoid making mistakes that will cost you significant time and effort to fix.
If you are looking for information on how to start your journey, or looking for help to build upon that which you have already started, then I would ask you to please send me an email with some info about yourself and maybe I can help.
I will write more in the days to come in the mean time take some time to think about and answer the questions about. The answer may surprise you. A lot of people just say, ” I am going to be a big star, make all kinds of money” but they do not know how to accomplish this, or who to have help them. I may not have all your answers but I feel I can help you in your journey.
OVER 200 POPULAR ONLINE AND BROADCAST COMMERCIALS AFFECTED INCLUDING: PEPSI, COCA COLA, CHEVROLET, BUD LIGHT,
CADILLAC, BEST BUY, AT&T, KODAK, MICROSOFT
WAP Publishing has terminated their agreement with the UK-based MoFilm as of March 2012, due to non-payment of the license fees. WAP worked with MoFilm and provided them with music for over 200 online and broadcast commercials. All of these commercials continue to exist via broadcast and digital media and are viewed globally. Almost all of these commercials are now unlicensed and their music synchronization licenses have expired or they have been revoked for non-payment.
WAP Publishing represents many individual composers like, Atlanta-based Mark Allan Wolfe. The problem grew wider when companies like: AT&T, Chevrolet, CocaCola, Pepsi, Unilever refused to respond to any WAP correspondence notifying them of MoFilm’s lawful termination.
“We have contacted many of the 39 (primarily) US-based companies informing them months ago, how MoFilm has been terminated. We thought this proposed transference would be a simple matter. We assumed each company would handle it in an appropriate manner and respect the copyright of others, in the same way they so proudly and fiercely defend their own copyrights.
We explained how MoFilm was not paying WAP. In fact, as the licensor, all potential licenses should be contacting WAP directly. If all the brands would please contact us, WAP Publishing will gladly restructure an agreement on behalf of our songwriters/musicians”,Guy Ratcliffe/CEO WAP Publishing said.
Composer Mark Allan Wolfe said, “At first, I gave them the benefit of doubt until it amounted to be too much. If it weren’t for Guy Ratcliffe stepping in, I doubt I would have been paid anything. As payments diminished, became less frequent to then, none at all, it seemed clear, they were violating our agreement blatantly. Guy and I contacted our legal counsel Bienstock & Michael – Hackensack, NJ about the problem with MoFilm”. www.markallanwolfe.com
WAP worked with MoFilm for over two years, dating back to 2010.WAP has tried every known way to rectify this. It is with great regret that WAP has to make this an international public issue. WAP does not want to embarrass the 39 brands involved, but the indifference and non-responsive stance – encountered to date – has forced WAP to go public. For further details and to view some of the commercial videos referred to, please see our blog at www.wappublishing.com.
Here is the full list of the brands affected, totaling over 200 instances of internet and TV broadcast commercials:
AMERICAN RED CROSS MICROSOFT
AT&T MOUNTAIN DEW
BEST BUY NATARAJ PENCILS
BUD LIGHT NATURE VALLEY
CHEX MIX PEPSI
COCA COLA RENAISSANCE
COKE LIGHT SATPUDA FOUNDATION
COKE ZERO SEVEN BAR
FINDUS SOVEREIGHN BANK
HIDUSTAN TIMES SURF EXCEL
LEGO VITAMIN WATER
Visit Wap Publishing BLOG and watch several of the said TV commercials, web adverts, film competition submissions and more. It is of course not a FULL listing though but a big one at that.
As many of you who know me, I am a very mellow easy going person who loves people and hate confrontation but not afraid to go forwards when needed. After a long time of thought and trying to resolve something a certain way I feel the need to publish certain things we have been dealing with in hopes to fix things that are broken. I share this information with the hopes of building a bridge of communication and restoring relationships as well as getting paid for services rendered.
Here are a few more ideas I wanted to share with all of you. I have been thinking about all the people and composers out there who reach out to me and ask a lot of questions, so I wanted to share a few things that have helped me a long the way.
I also want to let you know I do these very things also so I am not above anything here. I really believe it. If you want it you need to go get it and work hard, NO ONE will give it to you. For starters it’s really worth while doing some research on your possible clients or potential music supervisors or film makers – looking at their previous jobs and the styles they usually work with. I find that one good place to start your search is Linked In – which also helps you see where people move to when they change jobs.
Spirit of Rock-Mark Allan Wolfe
Remember that there are hundreds of other composers out there all trying to get work – what is your unique angle/what will get you remembered? What is your sound like? Did you send something unusual in the mail? did you make a funny making of video for one of your tracks – try and stand out. Marketing yourself should take at least 50% of your time…Remember NO ONE ELSE WILL!!
Do some market research before you start sending examples of your work around. Try and find out who you need to send you work to and what kind of thing they are looking for and what format they want to see it on, eg DVD, an internet link or whatever.
If you do it and try your best and faint not it will come to pass. It may take a while but if you do it and have the chops and determination eventually people will listen. It may take a long time before you are financially self sufficient to compose full time. You may have to supplement your income with other types of musical work. However if you have talent and determination it can be one of the best jobs in the world.
Feel free to share this and network with me and sign up or follow me on twitter, facebook or where ever. You never know who is listening and watching or when someone will call asking for your style of music.
Mark Allan Wolfe
So I thought I would try something new today. Always looking for something to cause a stir or get folks like you into learning about my music. I probably do not try hard enough but none the less you need to start somewhere.
I was thinking about how inspiration comes to me and maybe you but it usually comes as a surprise. A sort of wind that fills your heart and mind. Perhaps it is this way with you but today while cleaning I started hearing this melody come thru into my mind. I was thinking yes I dig this now only if I can just get it out of my mind and into music we would be cool. This is the never ending struggle we as musicians, songwriters or composers feel. It is like this passion that fills us, to strive to get it all out there and see what sticks. Some times it is just for you, others it is something for everyone.
Then you have fight past your own feelings and emotions for you constantly wonder, “what will people think?” I always try to throw those thoughts and caution to the wind. Let the muse lead you to the song. Not an easy thing to do hence we try anyways.
So I thought it might be interesting to share this humble journey with you and express what it is that goes on inside the heart when one tries to compose or write music. Now I must also admit and confess something terrible. I do not know how to accurately write out the music. I understand it, I know the chords most of the time, yet it is very difficult and mundane for me to be a copyist and scribe out the notes one by one. I do not have the patience or the desire to do so. I am more happy to try and find the song this way than the other. So lets begin. Over the next few postings I will begin to share a bit about the songs and we shall see what comes of it.
I would also encourage you if you listen to my music, please comment or share an email as some of you have already done, and explain or share your thoughts either GOOD or BAD on my music. I read every email and endeavor to learn and respond to each one, although not as fast as I would like. So if you dig it or hate it give me a word about it but please do not be vulgar or use curse words. LOL Well onward ho and lets begin….
Well I was wanting to share a few new videos I made and created recently. I do hope you enjoy them. The songs are a few years old but the videos are new.These songs have meant a lot to me over the years. I had a lot of fun creating the music and recording them. There is a story behind each one but I guess if your interested I can always tell the story just email me and ask me to share what is behind the songs if your interested.
The song first is LOVE SONG a vocal song I wrote for my wife and I hope you like the music as well as the lyrics. On this track is my vocals and I also played all the instruments as well.
The second song is called PEACE. A song created about 10 years ago I recorded it in a small studio in southern Indiana. Again I performed all the music and arranged everything. This song has special meaning to my heart as well many different emotions going thru the head during the creation of it. I remember it was spring and the the trees where bursting with green and bird where singing there songs of love hence it was a very magical time yet inwardly I was a mess. So enjoy it.