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I’m Back

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 .

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The Basic’s of Music Publishing

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

Copyright Basics

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.

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

Publishing is concerned with the registration, exploitation (Sales), and collection of the copyright.

Royalty Streams

In this video  An Introduction to Music Publishing   learn how royalty streams work.

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.

Links for MORE

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wolfiesmusicpublishing.com

artistshousemusic.org

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Behind the music

Well here I am sitting in my studio wishing I had hair still so I could pull it out. lol I got some killer new upgrades, new gear, software that will enable me to communicate with aliens and a new droid phone. Well maybe not aliens but you get the picture. I am saying I have all these new upgrades and what not but not enough time in the day to learn everything and implement all these new procedures on top of making new music, licensing more music for certain projects and promotions and oh my the list grows.

So you say , “Mark ? What is your problem?” to which I would say …nothing but I thought I would share my drama with you guys for seems like everywhere you turn there is drama on TV, Film, at the grocery store, plus I like sharing with you guys and I enjoy what you share with me.

So, I got this new phone today in the mail my sweet heart angel got this Galaxy Samsung kick butt phone. I swear you could probably launch a satellite with it, or even use it as a can opener. at any rate I have not even scratched the surface of this thing only synced my social network to it and trying to figure everything else out. I thought it would be somewhat silly to share a bit about it and stuff like it.

We live in a generation where a few years ago we would scoff at things like that being used like, who needs cell phone when there are so many phone booths all over the place? Yes the future has come down upon us with a raging fury that would make Attila the Hun proud. In our attempt to work faster and more proficient we have added on another level of stress and added stuff to clutter out minds with the ever-growing frustration to make money to buy more stuff!

I now try to tackle the task to learn how to maneuver thru this land of Apps, shortcuts and their little buttons and social networking issues. I know in the end these things will allow me to create more and work faster and hopefully reach out more to people like yourself. I am really hoping that if I can do a few things in this life it would be to share my music with the world and try to encourage folks all around the globe that there is hope for a better day and a better future.

If you have any ideas , websites, personal helps that you have found in your endeavors to gain understanding with your phone apps or your social networking why not share with every one here, perhaps you will share some wisdom to us folks who are trying not to turn the thing off by sending an email. Remember to smile it is contagious.

Rock on!
Mark Allan Wolfe
mark@markallanwolfe.com
www.markallanwolfe.com

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Music Video of Mark Allan Wolfe

Hey Guys

I thought you might want to visit this and watch a cool video I found. Maybe you have seen it maybe not. It is a video of Mark Allan Wolfe (me) playing my PRS live at Smiths Ole Bar in Atlanta I think. I was playing to an accompaniment CD I created of my music. I am sorry for the not so good quality of the background music but you can hear the wailing of the guitar and tones.

I had a lot of fun playing there and else where. I really loved the tone of my guitar that night. The sound dude really had it going and the room was really right.

Mark jamming in Florida

Jamming and sweating but loving every minute of it!

A bit about the song was I wrote a nice little melody for my sweet heart as I do. I picked that song for the chord progression was something that would sound great to have something played over it. I was playing my PRS thru my VOX Valetronix 150 Watt amp into my line 6 POD XT Pro live floor board with an occasional cry baby in tow. I cannot forget the camera person that night was my Angel a.k.a BellaDonna my biggest fan :0)

Well I hope you enjoy it and other videos I have posted here and else where around the web. If you do not like it then that is cool as well not everyone will dig the same. To all of you out there who send me emails and are supportive I thank you for your love and emails. I am always glad to hear from you guys. If you never email me and are one who likes to watch but never write, perhaps I can persuade you to send an email or a letter to either myself or someone else who you dig. I cannot begin to say on how much you have an impact on us musicians who perform, write and record the music for you. We love it when you write us and tell us your rocking, of if we would try something else.
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Well keep me posted and look forwards to writing you again. Write me and ask me what it is that you would like to know more about, perhaps more about what was behind the music, how are songs made? or how to make a living at being a musician.Email me and visit the sites

Mark Allan Wolfe
www.markallanwolfe.com
Email mark@markallanwolfe.com

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Mark Allan Wolfe Music to hit Air WAVES

Hey there again everyone!!!
It has been a busy week and we are only just a bit half way through. I have been working on some great new music I would love to share with all of you. If your tired, down in the dumps and need something to kick you in the rear to get motivated than visit my website or sample this little jam I posted here. I have been working on getting my music out there and I just signed another deal to have my music hosted on a tele com store web app thing to make my music to over 400 million subscribers through out Asia, Russia, and all the middle east and parts of Asia. so I am sure that many more people will be listening to my music and what have you. I am very encouraged when I stop and think about all that has happened and is still happening it amazes me.

Well I do hope you would listen to some of my tunes again and continue to write in your questions and emails of support, they are appreciated more than you know. Enjoy

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