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Understanding Copyright, Royalties & Practical Application in Folk Music

FAI announces the release of a White Paper entitled Understanding Copyright, Royalties, and Practical Application in Folk Music aimed at helping FAI members understand this complex issue.

FAI Executive Director Aengus Finnan says the paper, written by the FAI Board Advocacy Committee and staff "finally provides the clarity, guidance, and comprehensive information critical for all musicians, and does so in an accessible way." And, he adds, "it furthers our commitment to membership advocacy through education."

The paper was presented on Friday, February 20 during the 27th annual FAI conference at the Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri. The panelists included Michelle Conceison (Market Monkeys), Renee Bodie (Levitt Pavilion), David Hirshland (BMG Chrysalis), Dan Navarro (Artist), Tom Neff (Grassy Hill) and was moderated by Mary Sue Twohy (SiriusXM), chair of FAI's Advocacy committee.

"We set out to create a central resource of practical information for our membership regarding copyright and royalties - to explain how the system works," explained Conceison, an artist manager, Professor of Music Industry at Northeastern University, and Vice-President of the FAI Board of Directors. "Considering that critical decisions about royalties are currently in process in the United States, this is the time to ensure our Folk Community is fully informed. We believe the foundation of advocacy is education."

FAI continued the exploration of royalty and copyright issues during the 2015 conference with a keynote speech by David Israelite, as part of the Folk Alliance Conference speakers Series. Israelite is President and CEO of the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA), a trade group representing American music publishers and their songwriting partners.

The White Paper is found at Understanding Copyright, Royalties, and Practical Application in Folk Music.

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