>• Songwriter James Slater has inked an exclusive worldwide agreement with Disney Music Publishing. Born in Durham, North Carolina, the son of an American father and Bolivian mother, Slater grew up in the tropics of the Panama Canal Zone. He later studied music at the University of Miami. Slater has had cuts by artists such as Martina McBride, Jamey Johnson, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and many more.
>• The Supreme Court ruled yesterday 6-3 against Aereo, saying the streaming service violated the copyrighted work of major TV networks. Aereo gave each subscriber a small digital antenna that allowed them to view, stream and record major TV network content through Aereo’s website. For more click here.
>• BMI will host Sync THIS! Aug. 5-6. The invitation-only event connects film music supervisors with Nashville artists and is designed to cultivate relationships through exclusive performances, panel discussions, private dinners and more. Presented in conjunction with Capitol CMG Publishing, City National Bank, Downtown Music Publishing, Tennessee Film Commission, Sync THIS! will feature performances from: Zeke Duhon, Sea Ghouls, firekid, Baby Bee, Colony House and Coin. BMI’s Penny Everhard and Capitol CMG’s Jeremy Ash started the event last year to create opportunities for sync revenue for local songwriters and music publishers while exposing music supervisors to the diversity of Nashville’s musical and cultural landscape.
>• Ben Folds has written an open letter to Nashville which has been covered by several publications including MusicRow and the Nashville Scene. The letter notes that the historic RCA building on Music Row that contains Studio A is about to be sold to a commercial development company. Folds asks, “Who will want to build new condos in an area that has no central community of ideas or creatives? I believe that progress and heritage can co-exist in mutual respect.” Folds currently rents the historic space.
>• SESAC has announced its annual Nashville Music Awards will take place Sunday, Nov. 2 at the Country Music Hall Of Fame.