Lack of Transparency in the PROs – Exemplified

(Originally posted at VNUE.com) No doubt anyone in the music industry who has anything to do with writing or publishing songs, and/or performing them, has heard of the issues that have cropped up in regard to ASCAP's "premium payments".  These payments, supposedly, are paid to songwriters to reflect the importance to ASCAP's repertory that achieve... Continue Reading →

Opioids and Futures Lost

This morning, as I usually do before I start my day, I was perusing my FaceBook feed.  One of the first things that popped up was the image of a beautiful young woman, obviously a "car selfie."  With big eyes, long brown hair, and a smattering of lipstick, the photo would make anyone take pause... Continue Reading →

Gumption, Ambition and the Music Business

(Originally published on the Music Think Tank, 27 Sep 2017) I’ve been lucky enough to run several successful businesses. VNUE, along with its partner DiscLive, has grown to be the global leader in recording live concerts and releasing them in high quality to fans on limited edition CD sets and USB drives, immediately after their performance. We’ve worked with... Continue Reading →

Making Live Music Fun and Fair

Originally published in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, 9 Mar 2018. Memphis is a music city with a rich musical heritage. With Beale Street and the wide assortment of music venues across the metro area, on any given night you can find just about any kind of live music that you want. But did you know... Continue Reading →

Local Legends die without fanfare

(Originally published in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, 2 Aug 2009) Joey Easterling was killed in a motorcycle accident in April, a tragedy that was witnessed by his wife, Cassie, and child.   In a short span recently, we lost Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson — both icons of at least one generation if not more... Continue Reading →

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!  This should be interesting.  At least, I hope it is. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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