S.A.C. New Website Summer Bash – a Great Success

A night of music and schmoozing was a great way to cap the annual Songwriters Association of Canada AGM, as well as officially launch the new website.

The night began with an informal game of “Name that Canadian Tune.”  Contestants included Jim Vallance and Christopher Ward as a few notes were played from tunes including “A New Day Has Come,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” and “Black Velvet.”  It was a close contest, but Jim Vallance won – identifying 10 of the 14 tracks that were played.  Christopher Ward tied for second with 9 points.

As the crowd warmed up, it was time to symbolically launch the website.  Eddie Schwartz, President of the S.A.C., led the way alongside fellow board members with an Easy button in hand.  The room shook with rocket noises as the crowd counted down to launch.  As the button was pressed, live streaming began of the event via the website thanks to Jeff Butler from Indiepipe.com.  Members who couldn’t make it to the King Edwards Hotel were able to share the magic of the evening online.

The party continued with a short video presentation highlighting the many new features now available online – including SongPitch.ca – a microsite where members can pitch their songs directly to music supervisors and the S.A.C. Online Song Assessment service – where members can get feedback on their tunes from professional and established songwriters.

Of course, the most important component of an S.A.C. New Website Summer Bash was the music.  Amy Campbell won the first ever S.A.C. Online Song Request Contest to open for Justin Rutledge.  She proved herself worthy of the prize, bringing an intimacy and intensity to the room.  Justin Rutledge came on as the Featured Performer, one month into the release of his latest album.  He wooed the crowd with songs that sang like stories.  It was clear that everyone was mesmerized.

The evening continued with an open mic that reflected the talent and diversity of the S.A.C.’s membership.  Allister Bradley ended the night with a catchy tune entitled, “I win,” – and truly it was a winning night for the S.A.C. and all those who attended.

No One Will Invest In Music – or will they?

In an Undercover.com.au article by Tim Cashmere, U2’s The Edge comments that something must be done to save the music industry. See the article here: http://undercover.com.au/News-Story.aspx?id=9831

When bands like U2 realize that their music is seemingly decreasing in value, the world pays attention.

The reality is that U2’s music is probably shared more now that it has ever been shared via peer to peer sites and other file sharing networks. An estimated 95% of the music activity in the digital space is on non-commercial sites and not currently paid for.

The S.A.C. is proposing a model to remunerate music creators for the use of their works for files shared on P2P sites and other bit torrent sites. A fair monthly fee to creators and rights holders for this use of their work will offer a revenue stream where there hasn’t been one since the first file sharing site started 10 year ago (Napster).

The fee would be collected at the point of access of the users music (ie: internet service or mobile providers) and then paid to those music creators whose music has been shared based on a pro-rata system, once files have been tracked through companies like Big Champagne.

Several recent studies have shown that music fans and consumers are willing to pay for their music. So why can’t we just facilitate making it possible through existing distribution methods?

This proposed model can be created with technology currently available.

Now all we need is the desire.

Come together everyone!