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The Future of The Internet Radio Hobbyist


This year there has a been a twist in the Pro’s and Internet Radio Broadcasters  story. The once Reliable and Affordable Licensing company named Stream Licensing stopped paying ASCAP and there has been talk of them not reporting info to other PROs such as B.M.I.and Sound exchange. They claim the ASCAP issue is due to overpayment and they stopped paying them due to such, to me this is irresponsible and is a disservice to the clients they represent.  They are Doing some nice dodging and weaving through emails promising things that are not realistic such as buying a radio station which they owned for some time prior and that is not licensed and talking about  ownership options etc.

I have read a post stating a former SL client filing complaints to the Law officials in Florida and some complaints possibly going to the FCC as well about the situation. Do I think Streamlicensing.com part of Stardom Media is being fraudulent? I can not tell you since there is always more to the story than you can find. But I do find it quite unethical to not pay the ASCAP fees and not let us know when they began doing so, they waited almost 6 to 8 months before notifying us and it was mainly due to ASCAP sending out emails.

Ok That said at the moment I would suggest avoiding SL until they get their records and licensing in order. This only leaves most of us hobbyists with a few options, paying ascap directly and forking out 200+ dollars.(outside of my budget) Moving to live365.com and be very restricted far as how you can listen to the music (all web based no direct link for Media Players etc.) and pay about the same amount and have to go with their broadcast servers, Radionomy which is a pain to keep going and you must meet quotas to keep the station up along with they are only web based or app. based in the USA. Then the next to last option of playing only Creative Commons Music, which I love but it limits what listener base  you will receive.

The only 2 options left are Closing down the Station or go through the painstaking process of contacting each record company, artists etc. to get a waiver to play their music. Their may be many artists who would sign waivers to keep their exposure up via the internet streaming since mainstream radio stations don’t play them often since they are not the popular bands or of the popular genres.

The thing is I went legal out of my desire to not only be legit but to support those artists, songwriters etc. they do deserve money for their works, but the amount that we must pay in internet streaming is quite high, and since advertisers are not too willing to support internet streams unless they are owned by some big media corp. etc. it makes it hard to even make any revenue to offset the cost of playing the music we all love.

I think one thing that really makes me mad is how many PRO’s there is and how complicated it is to get covered and to be legal, you would think that they would get together and form a one stop  shop for licensing and make it affordable and a monthly payment.  They would have more on board being legal for one thing and they wouldn’t have issues like they are at the moment with such places like Stream Licensing.

Now I Call out for Artists, Songwriters, Composers and Record companies to get into the game and try to find a solution that can help the broadcasters within the new media category become the new way to get artists exposure and raise capitol along with making it an affordable venture for the small broadcasters. There must be some way all the PRO’s and those associated with the Music industry can work together and find a way to make it good for all of us involved.

I really Hope Stream Licensing gets their act together and do what is right by their clients, after this month I may just move on to live365, play Creative Commons Licensed music  or  Even kill the station . Sad But its a Fact of life when your just a guppy in a ocean of sharks and whales I guess.

Feel free to leave comments on the Stream Licensing situation as well as the options out there for the little guppy broadcasters 😀

God Bless

Raymond Barbier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stand together -SMALL WEBCASTERS, ARTISTS, & INDIE LABELS


SMALL WEBCASTERS, ARTISTS, & INDIE LABELS

STAND TOGETHER

The expiration of the Webcaster Settlement Act has left many small webcasters facing a steep increase in royalty rates and unsure of their future survival.

We support fair and transparent payment to artists and rightsholders when their work is used. We also recognize that small broadcasters are vitally important to musical culture, whether it’s small community FM stations or online webcasters who program niche music and artists you might not hear elsewhere. Commercial FM radio is increasingly focused on narrow repetitive playlists due to consolidation in station ownership.Since the 1996 Telecommunications Act, massive companies like Clear Channel (now called ‘I Heart Radio’) have bought up hundreds of local radio stations, fired local DJs and programmers, and replaced them with robots playing nearly identical narrow playlists in every city. By contrast, webcasting reflects far greater diversity—from cutting edge releases by contemporary artists to America’s rich and varied musical traditions. And unlike commercial FM, internet radio pays musicians and labels.

We believe artists and small webcasters are on the same team. Let’s keep it that way!

We’re optimistic that a solution can be found to allow many small commercial webcasters to continue to operate, and ensure that great music continues to get played and artists continue to get paid—directly, transparently and fairly

For More info and join in the fight click the logo below

Stand together -SMALL WEBCASTERS, ARTISTS, & INDIE LABELS was originally published on RJB Networks

A sad month for Music lovers and the Music Industry as well.


January is the month of loss, We have lost 2 greats of the music industry. The world has lost both the Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016. and David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer on  January 10 2016. Also this january we have lost live365.com due to the royalty increase and their loss of a sponsor as well. Sad month indeed for the music industry and all the music lovers out there.

 

R.I.P Glen Frey & David Bowie

Ray Barbier

RJB Networks / RJB Radio

A sad month for Music lovers and the Music Industry as well. was originally published on RJB Networks

Radio Resources and Licensing


Jamendo , a large Creative Commons Licensed Music warehouse. a Great resource for internet radio broadcasters / D.J.s , they have a multitude of genres to choose from and all of the music is released under one of the creative commons licensing. They also offer commercial licensing for those big companies out there. Most internet radio stations are hobby level and do not generate revenue so they can utilize the music for free as long as they go by the licensing terms. Now for those who just love music and want the mp3s for personal listening Jamendo and the creative commons licensing scheme is just right for you. Most of the music is free to download, burn to cd, load on your mp3 player and give to friends as well. Now I will tell you the Artists on Jamendo may be unsigned and less known but that does not take away from their talent or quality of their music. The nice thing about unsigned and indie bands is they are not influenced by a label / record company. So you get some really unique and awesome music from such bands.

Another Website I shall mention in this post is streamlicensing.com, This site is for those wishing to be a legally ran radio station on line and play Signed artists. This is a affordable alternative to negotiating contracts with such companies as A.S.C.A.P. etc.  Pricing is based on 3 factors, 1. the amount of hours your station is listened to, 2. the amount of Revenue your station generates and 3. the amount of money you spend on the station. So the bigger you get the more you pay, but most never leave the first level in the pricing scheme. Well until the next time may the music fill your heart and mind.

Sites Mentioned in this Article:

  1. www.jamendo.com
  2. www.streamlicensing.com

Radio Resources and Licensing was originally published on RJB Networks

Halloween Treats for your ears from Jamendo.


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Halloween Treats for your ears from Jamendo. was originally published on RJB Networks

Jamendo, a great resource


Jamendo , a large Creative Commons Licensed Music warehouse. a Great resource for internet radio broadcasters / D.J.s , they have a multitude of genres to choose from and all of the music is released under one of the creative commons licensing. They also offer commercial licensing for those big companies out there. Most internet radio stations are hobby level and do not generate revenue so they can utilize the music for free as long as they go by the licensing terms. Now for those who just love music and want the mp3s for personal listening Jamendo and the creative commons licensing scheme is just right for you. Most of the music is free to download, burn to cd, load on your mp3 player and give to friends as well. Now I will tell you the Artists on Jamendo may be unsigned and less known but that does not take away from their talent or quality of their music. The nice thing about unsigned and indie bands is they are not influenced by a label / record company. So you get some really unique and awesome music from such bands.

Another Website I shall mention in this post is streamlicensing.com, This site is for those wishing to be a legally ran radio station on line and play Signed artists. This is a affordable alternative to negotiating contracts with such companies as A.S.C.A.P. etc.  Pricing is based on 3 factors, 1. the amount of hours your station is listened to, 2. the amount of Revenue your station generates and 3. the amount of money you spend on the station. So the bigger you get the more youu pay, but most never leave the first level in the pricing scheme. Well until the next time may the music fill your heart and mind.

 

Sites mentioned in this article:

Jamendo (Click logo to visit site)

 

StreamLicensing.com (click Logo to visit site)

Jamendo, a great resource was originally published on RJB Networks

Music, stress and relaxation


English: music therapy

Listening to music is a good way to relax and relieve stress, especially if you just kick back, close your eyes and let the music take you away. As my fellow author would call it.. Space out…  We tend to get too much in a hurry to do everything and to get everywhere. We act like we are running out of time, though in a way that is true for we only have a short time to live our lives in this world. But to live every second trying to do everything at the speed of light leaves us in the dark to what is going on around us and also keeps us in sensory overload. We need to breathe, stretch and just chill out at times. Our jobs make that next to impossible, but outside work we can learn to manage time to where we have time to relax. Music being a very good tool for relaxation is what I usually use to relieve stress and relax the body and mind.

There is some scientific research out there that suggest music can alter ones brain wave patterns. Brainwaves tend to sync with the music tempo you are listening to, if you listen to harder faster music you become more mentally alert and the slower tempo music causes most of us to relax and can even cause us to enter a meditative state. Music also has proven to lower blood pressure, help with anxiety and depression as well.

Music is vibrational medicine for the mind, body and spirit.

Ray Barbier

More info on this subject can be found at one of these links below.
BrainwaveMusic‘ May Soothe a Troubled Psyche | Fox News
Music Therapy – How and Why Music Therapy Is Effective
Brain Wave Music Therapy | eHow.com
Sit back and relax to brain wave music – TODAY Health – …

There is so much the arts have to offer


001Music touches the soul of the listener, each listener walks away with a different experience from the same song. Music can affect our mood, mind state and the heart rate in our bodies. There is so much music does for us as a species and yet schools are dropping music classes and choir thinking they are not useful. The arts are a very important part of education and our culture. Take away the arts and you have uninspired teens and less culture in our society.

A painting can say different things to each viewer and just like music can affect our mood, mid set and stress levels. There is so much the arts have to offer to our children and teens.

Just my 2 cents worth on the subject.
Raymond Barbier

The new TV, Internet Television


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  Digital Media is becoming the norm now days, with mp3/mp4 players and hdmi HD video streaming available from the net to your TV there is very little left to explore. There is of course shoutcast a long living internet radio streaming system and Orb a full media streaming system for pc and Mac. So much to choose from and so little effort required to set up almost any type of multimedia system. Places like Jamendo.com and Archive.org give people the ability to find creative commons licensed and public domain movies, music and E-books. Don’t forget about Google books another good source for free and creative commons licensed E-books.

  So much to choose from with the world wide web at ones fingertips and thus a new network is growing. The World Wide Multimedia Net, Information in all media formats and entertainment at your fingertips. I foresee a struggle from cable companies and satellite providers to stop the newer form of media transmission but eventually they will adapt and turn what now is free and cheap to another expensive commercial ran entertainment venue. In time they will take over just like they did in all other previous media services and push the hobbyist and small business people out of the new market.

This had already happened in the internet radio industry, the big music companies made it almost impossible for a hobbyist to legally run a internet based radio station. They lobbied congress until a bill was passed to force hobbyist to pay high priced loyalties even if their station didn’t earn money and was for fun or not. Given time the same will happen to the video sites we enjoy and the creative commons movement if we don’t support their efforts.

Maybe if we are lucky the new media revolution on the web for video will not succumb to the same fate as the internet radio stations. Would be nice to have Internet TV that is both commercial and hobbyist in order to keep the programming affordable and diverse. But more than likely the big boys of the corporate world will once again squeeze all of the little guys out before they have a chance to grow.

Well enough Ranting for now
Peace to All
Raymond Barbier

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