Author Archives: Molly Sheridan

About Molly Sheridan

Molly Sheridan is a writer, editor, and producer specializing in classical and experimental music, with a focus on multimedia content designed for the web. A winner of ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award for music journalism, she is the executive editor of NewMusicBox and Counterstream Radio, both programs of New Music USA.

American Academy of Arts and Letters Awards $175,000

Seventeen composers at various stages in their careers have been recognized with awards totaling $175,000 from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Candidates were nominated by the Academy’s membership and winners were selected by a panel which included Jack Beeson (chairman), Samuel Adler, Andrew Imbrie, Ezra Laderman, George Perle, Ned Rorem, Joan Tower, and […]

ACF Awarded $1 Million McKnight Grant to Endow innova Label

Philip Blackburn, innova directorPhoto by Nick Trotter Doom and gloom forecasts concerning the state of the classical recording industry are so pervasive they’re cliché, but despite the pessimism the McKnight Foundation has seen it fit to award a $1 million grant to the American Composers Forum to endow its innova Recordings label and Recording Assistance […]

OBITUARY: Ronald Freed, 64, Head of European American Music Distributors

Ronald FreedPhoto courtesy ASCAP Ronald Freed, head of European American Music Distributors and noted supporter of American composers, died February 20, after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 64. Tom Broido, President of the Theodore Presser Company and the Music Publishers’ Association of the U.S. (a position Freed also held at one point), expressed the […]

KOCH sells European Arm to Universal

Universal Music International has purchased Koch Music, the European recorded music and music publishing arm of the Koch Group. According to a statement released by Koch, the sale will not affect Koch’s American companies. Both New York-based Koch Entertainment and Port Washington- and Toronto-based Koch International “remain under their present ownership and retain their full […]

CARP Issues Royalty Rate Recommendations for Webcasting

Will royalty rates kill off music webcasting? Sending a wave of concern through the industry, the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) has issued its royalty rate recommendations for webcasts of public performances of sound recordings. The fee structure (35 percent of the fee requested by the recording industry, according to the RIAA, but about 10 […]

Future’s So Bright? Music on the Net

A few weeks ago, Jupiter Media Matrix held a teleconference on the current state of the much talked about (but as of yet little heard) Internet music subscription services. The heads of MusicNet, pressplay, FullAudio, Listen.com, and Rioport were all on the line to discuss the development of the industry and offer a few projections […]

Fulbright Lecturer Armen Donelian Takes Jazz on the Road to Armenia

Photo by Judy Benvenuti Composer and jazzman Armen Donelian is heading eastward to Russia and Armenia this March to perform and teach as a Fulbright Scholar. After a week of concerts and master classes in St. Petersburg, Donelian will travel to Yerevan, Armenia to teach for three months as a Fulbright Lecturer at the Yerevan […]