Wendy & Lisa To Appear As Speakers At The Ascap I Create Music Expo And Wondercon. Musical composing duo, Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, are slated to speak as panelists at two high profile events this April. On April 22nd from 11:45am – 1:00pm they will be featured panelists at the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, taking place at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel from April 22-24, 2010. They will be appearing alongside fellow composers Bear McCreary (“Battlestar Gallactica”) and James S. Levine (“Glee”) to discuss the daily challenges of creating music for some of today’s most popular network and cable television shows, as well as their experience in creating music for other media. Dan Foliart, composer and ASCAP board member, will moderate the panel. Wendy and Lisa are also lined up to speak at San Francisco’s Wondercon on Friday, April 2nd from 1:30-2:30pm in rooms 236/238 at The Moscone Center. They will be appearing with three other top composers for the panel, “Setting the Score: Composing for Film & Television for Sci-Fi/Fantasy.” All of the composers will discuss their respective projects, how they got their break into the music composing industry and share secrets to composing for sci-fi/fantasy genre television and film.
The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is a three-day conference dedicated to songwriting and composing. This year’s EXPO features Quincy Jones being interviewed by Ludacris, a conversation with Bill Withers, an interview with John Mayer, and numerous panels, workshops, master classes, One-on-One sessions, song critiquing, networking events, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, performances, and more. For more details, please visit www.ascap.com/expo
WonderCon is an annual comic book, science fiction and motion picture convention, which has been held in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1987. This is the 8th year the convention will be held at the Moscone Center and Wendy and Lisa’s first appearance at the event. Tickets can be purchased on WonderCon’s official site, www.comic-con.org/wc
The score to season one of Showtime’s hit comedy, NURSE JACKIE, was released on March 2nd exclusively through iTunes and on CD at Amazon.com. The soundtrack features the music of the award winning Wendy & Lisa.
Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman are a musical composing duo based in Los Angeles. Following a career that started with Prince’s rock band, they have been composing for feature films and television since the 1995 box office hit Dangerous Minds. Their successful track record includes scoring the films Soul Food and Something New, as well as the television series “Crossing Jordan,” “Heroes” and “Mercy,” in addition to “Nurse Jackie.” In a typically male-dominated field, Wendy and Lisa are the first female composers to ever score three major network television shows at once. For more information on Wendy and Lisa visit www.wendyandlisa.com.
Bruce Springsteen is suing a New York bar for copyright infringement. The Boss says Connolly’s Pub & Restaurant on W 45th Street was not complying with licensing and copyright laws when they performed three of his cover songs while charging admission. According to Springsteen, on August 9th, 2008, an unidentified band played his “Growin’ Up,” “Because the Night,” and “You’re No Good” while charging customers a cover fee. Connolly’s, however, had never ponied up the $2,700 licensing fee for hosting live performances to American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, or ASCAP. For skipping out on the $2,700 licensing fee, the bar could now face a $30,000 fine. “We had been after them [Connolly's] for complying for over two years, so it’s not so much about who or where,” Vincent Candilora, ASCAP senior vice president for licensing, told NY Daily News, claiming that the suit is about keeping other New York venues at a leveled playing field. He also says it’s not about the multi-millionaire superstar Bruce Springsteen making a few more bucks either. “It’s not about him as a recording artist,” Candilora said. “In this instance, he’s simply a songwriter with rights.” Connolly’s uses their “Klub 45 Room” venue space as a selling point for customers and for local acts wanting to play. It has shows lined up all throughout February and March.
The Internet has proven to be where music can be discovered, reviewed, discussed, shared, and purchased. Musicians know this and get online to upload their music and become a part of the world wide music machine process. They come on the Web at every age, at every experience level – musically and computer savvy. From youngsters starting out to seasoned musicians just learning where the computer on switch is, the workings of being on a computer can be overwhelming with everything else they have going on in their lives.
The Web also allows musicians access to music knowledge. Artists will come across difficult terminology and phrases that they do not understand. Compiled in the following mini glossary are music business, digital, organizations, record biz lingo, computer terms and basic need-to-know info. Hopefully, something listed here will help you navigate music online a bit easier, and so you know, this glossary is an excerpt of an extensive list found on Artistopia.
A&R – Artist and Repertoire, aka talent scouts: a record company liaison whose duties may include to find, select and develop the music artist, band and/or songwriter.
Affiliate Program – a way to earn income by linking your Web site to another site, depending on the action taken by the visitor.
ASCAP – American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers which licenses and distributes royalties to it’s members’ copyrighted works.