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View from the West: The Decline of Radio

Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki No matter how you slice it, new music is a tough sell. Composers young and old have a difficult time getting commissions and having their works performed. With limited budgets, concerts are often not well publicized and, as an inevitable result, are poorly attended. How then are composers and new […]

OBITUARY: Composer and Pianist Leo Ornstein

Leo Ornstein Photo courtesy Severo M. Ornstein Russian born composer and pianist Leo Ornstein died peacefully on February 24 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He was born in December of either 1892 or 1893, making him either 108 nor 109 years old. Ornstein was recognized as a piano prodigy at an early age. He studied at […]

OBITUARY: Composer Advocate Sylvia Goldstein, 82

Sylvia Goldstein, a board member of the American Music Center and a former corporate vice president of Boosey & Hawkes, died at her home on Monday afternoon, January 21, 2002, after a long battle with cancer. She was 82. In early January, the AMC Board of Directors awarded Goldstein a 2002 Letter of Distinction, the […]

OBITUARY: New NEA Chair Michael Hammond, 69

Michael Hammond, confirmed as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts on Dec. 20, 2001, died last night. He was 69. “It is a tragic loss for our nation that his tenure has been cut so short,” Mark Weinberg, Director of Communications for the Endowment, said in a statement. “All of us at the […]

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 […]