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President's Message

Pat Collins, SESAC President & COO

By Pat Collins

Pat Collins President & COO

As I write this, the leaves are turning and the mercury is falling after a long, hot southern summer. SESAC kicked off the fall season with our recent celebration at Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe of the hottest band in the land, the phenomenally successful Lady Antebellum. The trio scored yet another No.1 smash, this time for “Our Kind Of Love.” We are so proud and happy for Lady A member and SESAC affiliate Hillary Scott.

Our SESAC Latina 2010 Music Awards, held July 21 at the exclusive Beverly Hills Hotel, lit up the LA night and honored the creators of the best in Latin music. Jeronimo Sada received the Songwriter of the Year award and Erika Ender won the award for Song of the Year for “Cinco Minutos,” as recorded by Gloria Trevi and Horóscopos de Durango. Alvani Music Publishing was named Publisher of the Year.

Also in LA, SESAC has moved into new offices! The SESAC West Coast digs are now located in the Miracle Mile district at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax at 6100 Wilshire Blvd. We will be temporarily housed in Suite 650 before moving into our permanent facilities in Suite 700. We look forward to officially welcoming our West Coast affiliates to our new home.

It is always a thrill to honor our growing family of songwriters and artists in the Americana genre, and this year’s Americana Music Festival, held in Nashville September 8-11, spotlighted SESAC’s ever-growing presence in the genre. Capping off the week of showcases and seminars was the Americana Music Association’s 9th Annual Honors & Awards Show, hosted by SESAC’s own Jim Lauderdale. Walking away with honors this year were SESAC affiliates Hayes Carll (New/Emerging Artist) and the Avett Brothers (Duo/Group of the Year). Congratulations to all.

Turning to industry issues you should know that SESAC remains committed to protecting and maximizing the value of the musical compositions that you create and own. The outcome of recent court decisions and legislative and other initiatives concerning copyright protection for musical compositions generally, and the right of public performance in those compositions specifically, has been mixed. On the one hand, federal courts recently have ruled that transmissions of certain musical downloads are not public performances; that wireless company ringtones are not public performances; and that cable subscribers’ playbacks of previously recorded programming using a cable service’s “remote storage” digital video recorder are not public performances. On the other hand, a bipartisan group of U.S. legislators have recently introduced legislation that would more vigorously combat the growing problem of internet piracy of copyrighted works, including musical compositions.  Also on a positive note, the Justice Department has announced the formation of a new task force to confront domestic and international intellectual property crimes. SESAC will continue to monitor legal and legislative developments that affect your rights and will weigh in on relevant copyright issues, including legislative initiatives and “friend of the court” briefs in court cases, when appropriate, to protect your interests.

As always, we offer the latest news and happenings at our website at www.sesac.com.

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