By Pat Collins
President's Message: Pat Collins President & COO
It’s been a long, hot summer here in Nashville but finally– thankfully – fall is in the air. Actually, the autumn months are always among the busiest of the year as SESAC celebrates its recent successes and looks forward to announcing exciting projects going forward.
SESAC recently hosted its 4th Annual Songwriters Bootcamp at LA’s Skirball Cultural Center, and, at a time of unprecedented transition in the music industry, the event was more vital, welcome and more successful than ever. A symposium devoted to offering information on all aspects of the music industry to artists, songwriters, composers, publishers and producers, this year’s distinguished list of panelists included previous SESAC Songwriter of the Year Bryan-Michael Cox, Latin music mega-producer Echo and SESAC’s own Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Trevor Gale, as well as many others from every corner of the entertainment world.
With SESAC’s new Miracle Mile office up and running, there’s a fresh energy building for SESAC in California and this year’s 2011 Film & Television Composers Awards celebrated one creative success after another. The invitation-only event, which honored composers in the categories of Network TV, Local TV, Cable TV and Film Composing, was held at LA’s Sunset Tower Hotel. Over 60 awards were handed out, acknowledging highly rated shows including Parenthood, House, The Good Wife, Dateline NBC, How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy and many more.
Also on the west coast, the Beverly Hills Hotel was the scene of SESAC Latina’s Annual Latina Music Awards. The awards were given to the most performed Latin compositions on U.S. radio that were written by SESAC affiliates. Songwriters Miguel Angel Romero and Claudia Brant, along with indie publisher Editora de Ideas, were this year’s big winners.
Speaking of successful songwriters, SESAC affiliates have been topping the charts of late in the country genre. Hillary Scott (member of GRAMMY-winning act, Lady Antebellum and successful songwriter in her own right) hit the No.1 spot on the country charts with “A Little Bit Stronger” as recorded by Sara Evans as did affiliate Anthony Smith with “Tomorrow” by Chris Young. Congratulations to all!
While the music industry remains in transition, several new music services have obtained SESAC performance licenses authorizing the performance of the copyrights owned by SESAC affiliates. Among the most recent signings are Spotify, iHeart Radio, CBS Digital Services, MOG and Turntable.fm. SESAC has also entered into cooperative ventures with several technology service providers, INgrooves, License Stream, Rovi and others. These relationships will afford SESAC affiliates to remain at the forefront of using technology to achieve their music tracking and distribution goals and objectives. SESAC is proud to provide these services to its affiliates.
Thank you for allowing SESAC to represent your copyrights! Enjoy the magazine and, for more up-to-the-minute news on SESAC innovations and events, be sure to visit www.SESAC.com.