Conspiracy Theory Satire

Conspiracy theorists be like…

16 year old Hanson Gregory invented the ring-shaped doughnut in 1847.

1+8+4+7 equals 20.

A ring-shaped doughnut has 2 circles — one outer and one inner.

20 written out twice is 2020.

The first day of the 16th week in year 2020 is 20.

The month in which the 16th week lands is April. April is the 4th month of the year.

4+16 equals 20.

4-20 reversed is 20-4 and if you remove the dash 20-4 is 204. (We’ll reference this later)

Adding the first two digits of 1847 (1+8) and the second two digits of 1847 (4+7) results in 9-11.

American astronomer Mary Watson Whitney was born on September 11th, 1847.

Mary believed that scientific training would prepare women to get traditional jobs in science in the 20th century.

Mary Watson Whitney died 21 days into the 21st year of the 20th century on January 21st, 1921 in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Waltham, Massachusetts was incorporated in 1884.

1+8+8+4 equals 21.

There are 21 letters in Hanson-Gregory-doughnut.

Hanson Gregory died in 1921.

A statue of Hanson Gregory was erected by the town of Glen Cove, Maine.

It takes 204 minutes to drive from Glen Cove, Maine to Waltham, Massachusetts.

The average American can eat 21 doughnuts in 204 minutes.

If someone eats 21 doughnuts in one sitting, clearly they have the munchies.

The munchies are attributed to smoking marijuana, which is referred to as 4-20.

You just read 21 lines of random ass facts that I pieced together with the loosest unsubstantiated connections that blew your mind.

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A (Long) Announcement For Music Industry Entrepreneurs

This month, 7 years ago, I was abruptly laid off from my role as VP of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships and General Manager of Music of a half-billion dollar US retail chain. Although the lay-off occured as a result of a company reorganization following an M&A transaction, it still came as a surprise.

That was a pivotal moment in my life as it set off a series of events that began with me founding my first music tech start-up (Maven Promo, formely ChazBo Music) and has continued with me earning a master’s degree in music industry administration; helping dozens of music industry entrepreneurs from around the world develop, launch, or scale their business in the music and digital media industries; entering the world of academia as an educator at some of the top universities on the US West Coast; and selling three companies in the music industry.

Today, 7 years after having my sense of security stripped from under me and 11 years after founding my first music industry business (I owned and operated an artist management company, a music publishing company, and an independent record label while simultaneously leading marketing and music at the US retail chain referenced above), I am humbled and amazed by what I’ve been able to accomplish for myself and for others in such a short period of time.

I’ve been entrepreneurial since I was a youth, but it has been in the last several years that the grunt work and endless sleepless nights have paid off.

I believe in paying it forward. I believe that some of the best lessons are the failures and successes of those who’ve walked the path before you. And I believe that curating these lessons and supplementing them with actionable insights and fundametal principles can help the most dedicated individuals change their outcomes. To this end, I am proud of the work I’ve been able to do in academia and busines coaching.

I have taught courses and masterclasses at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, CSUN Music Industry Administration, USC Marshall School of Business, Emerson Los Angeles, SAE Institute, California Luthern University, The Los Angeles Recording School, and College of the Canyons and have given presentations and participated as a speaker at some of the top music industry conferences in the United States such as SXSW Music Conference, Music Biz Expo, Indie Week, ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo and Digital Entertainment World Expo.

In 2017, Billboard recognized my course, “Music Industry Entrepreneurship,” in its list of “The 15 Best Music Business Schools in 2017” and the class continues to rank among the highest rated courses in the Music Industry Program at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

Over the last 5 years, my courses have been exclusively available to students enrolled in the colleges and universities that have commissioned me to develop and teach at their institutions. These students spend tens of thousands of dollars to attend these institutions for access to quality higher education. While I believe that students outside of these institutions and young professionals who aren’t in college shound have access to my courses, even my UCLA Summer Sessions class, which is open to anyone, can still add up to thousands of dollars.

Therefore, in an attempt to share my knowledge and experience with as many interested music industry entrepreneurs as possible, I am excited to announce my limited run “Music Industry Entrepreneurship Masterclass”.

The Music Industry Entrepreneurship Masterclass will be a LIVE 4-hour masterclass taking place at various times on April 27th, 28th and 30th starting at only $199.

I will be posting more details and links to learn more tomorrow, so comment on this announcement to follow and receive notification of the discount link.

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Are Founders Of AI Music Services Being Disingenuous When They Tell Human Music Creators Not To Worry Or Are They Just Clueless?

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Several founders of artificial intelligence (AI) music creation applications have stated that human music creators need not fear their AI programs, which can turn out a massive amount of computer-generated compositions every week.
 
These AI services have used, and continue to use, human-created compositions to improve upon the AI program’s ability to algorithmically create music compositions.
 
Recently, we’ve seen AVIA become the first AI to be recognized as a composer represented by the French performing rights society SACEM (I have bigger concern over the implication of recognizing AI as a composer and what that could mean to the legal definition of an author under copyright law) and Endel recently became the first AI to land a major label record deal with Warner Music Group.

If AVIA is a composer and Endel is a recording artist, and they can produce massive volumes of content (WMG is releasing 20 albums by Endel this year alone), what does this mean for the quality and pace of human-created music?

 
The founders might be telling human music creators not to worry, but until I see a portion of the royalties earned by AI platforms being distributed to the humans whose works are used as source material for the machine learning processes, I believe the statement at best demonstrates a cluelessness as to how industrialization works or at worse the statement is blatantly disingenuous.

ASCAP Expo & Music Biz 2019 – Are You Going?

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On May 3rd, I will be moderating a panel on the Music Modernization Act at the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO 2019 and on May 7th, I will be giving a presentation on innovation in the music industry at the Music Biz 2019. Let’s connect!

• ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo – The Music Modernization Act’s Impact On Music Creators And Who Gets Paid (https://www.facebook.com/events/362222397967522/)

• Music Biz 2019 – Music 2020: The Next Era of Innovation in the Music Industry (https://www.facebook.com/events/2255967711328528/)

Dae Bogan’s ‘Music Industry Entrepreneurship’ Class To Return To UCLA Summer 2019

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UCLA Summer Sessions​ has confirmed that my Billboard​-recognized course, “Music Industry Entrepreneurship,” will be offered this Summer during Session A.

UCLA, UC, and non-UC students (including individuals who are not enrolled in college anywhere) are welcome. Enrollment is now open at summer.ucla.edu.

The class will meet on Thursdays (June 27 – August 1) from 6pm to 9:50pm at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music​ with the exception of Thursday, July 4th (there will be a total of 5 class meetings).

Course Description:

From digital-first record labels and music messaging apps to AR/VR (augmented reality / virtual reality) music experiences and blockchain-based music startups, entrepreneurs have been disrupting and innovating across the music industry since the launch of Napster in the early 2000’s. In this course, you will learn and apply principles of entrepreneurship and fundamental business strategies to the music industry. We will analyze case studies and current events and participate in critical discussions around music industry entrepreneurship. Course work will consist of developing business plans, workgroup labs, and building out infrastructure for start-ups that focus on technology and innovation in the music industry; all culminating in the pitch of a fictitious music industry company at the end of the quarter. You will also take away cautionary tales and lessons for success from founder stories presented by guest speakers of music industry start-ups and executives from established music industry companies.

 

Student Testimonial:

Without a doubt one of the most useful classes I have taken in my undergraduate career at UCLA. Professor Bogan has so much real world knowledge and knows how to convey that knowledge in a classroom setting immensely well. All the course material was invaluable to my progression and aspirations of being in the music industry. Every lecture was extremely well-prepared, with amazing guest speakers and information that I will be using for the rest of my life. Professor Bogan did a phenomenal job and I will be recommending this class to all my friends interested in music or starting their own company. Can’t say enough good things about this class. – Anonymous, Student Course Evaluation

Class Detail: https://sa.ucla.edu/ro/Public/SOC/Results/ClassDetail?term_cd=191&subj_area_cd=MSC%20IND&crs_catlg_no=0124%20%20%20%20&class_id=434415110&class_no=%20001%20%20

[Podcast] Dae Bogan Appears On Music Tectonics To Talk About Los Angeles’ Music Tech Scene

I was recently invited by host Dmitri Vietze to appear on his new podcast Music Tectonics for the episode “The Shifting LA Music Tech Scene.” It was a fun discussion about the various ecosystems and hubs of innovation, creation and thought-leadership that is taking place in Los Angeles right now.

The Music Tectonics podcast goes beneath the surface of the music industry to explore how technology is changing the way business gets done. The podcast includes news roundups, interviews, and more.

Listen to the episode here or on Spotify, Stitcher, or Google.

WHY FAKE BEYONCÉ MUSIC ON SPOTIFY AND APPLE MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS STREAMING’S WIDER LICENSING TROUBLES

I shared my thoughts on the Beyonce fake album controversy in this piece by Amy X. Wang for Music Business Worldwide.

The various checks that are supposed to be in place are not working or being followed,” says Dae Bogan, a music licensing expert who founded TuneRegistry, a management platform that deals with song metadata.

It’s concerning not only that fake albums are passing, but that they’re presumably affecting the overall value of other streams that day. Because there’s no per-stream rate in royalties — royalties are based on cumulative performance of total music releases — people could assume Beyoncé has released a new project, flock to her account and dramatically affect the royalties for other people’s streams.

Read the full story here: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/why-fake-beyonce-music-on-spotify-and-apple-music-highlights-streamings-wider-licensing-troubles/

House of Blues Music Forward Foundation’s Bringing Down the House Seeks Young Emerging Artists

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House of Blues Music Forward Foundation‘s Bringing Down the House is a chance for talented musicians, ages 14-20, to connect with music industry insiders through interactive workshop sessions and showcase your talent on legendary stages.
 
Six to eight Bands or Solo Artists in four cities will be selected to participate.
 
This opportunity is being offered free-of-charge to musicians in: Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans
 

Hello 2019! A Few Updates & Announcements from Dae Bogan

I hope you had a wonderful holiday break. I enjoyed time with family and friends for two weeks, but now I am back full swing!

I wanted to share a few exciting updates and make several announcements regarding my various projects and involvements:

1. TuneRegistry announces new clients Nettwerk Music Group and Jammber. Last year was a pivotal moment for TuneRegistry as we went through the legal battle to re-acquiring our business. We succeeded. In Q4, we launched our enterprise edition and have been working hard to on board new clients such as Repost Network, Vydia, and Create Music Group. Today we announced the addition of Nettwerk Music Group and Jammber (among many others). We are expanding the platform to offer new services in Q1 2019. Here’s the official press release.

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2. The website for my consulting firm is now live. Through Rights Department, I provide consulting, coaching, and advisory services to founders of music, tech, and digital media companies. I also provide career coaching and advice to music entrepreneurs (DIY musicians, artist managers, indie label owners, music publishers, etc.). Visit www.RightsDepartment.com for details.

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3. I return this week to UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. I am so excited to return to UCLA to teach “Music Industry Entrepreneurship and Innovation.” The course has grown in popularity within the department, so I believe it will be offered in the Spring as well. This class is very special to me because I get to help bright young future entrepreneurs and business leaders realize their potential as entrepreneurs.

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4. My speaking engagements are starting to solidify. I will be speaking at the Digital Entertainment World on Feb. 4th, Balanced Breakfast Music Summit on Feb. 9th, and SXSW on Mar. 14th. More on speaking engagements can be found here.

6. Webinar for A2IM Members. I will be conducting a webinar on neighboring rights royalties for A2IM members on February 6th at 1pm EST. More details to come on this.

5. SoCal Music Industry Professionals Music Industry Happy Hour 13th Edition. I will be hosting the next meetup in February on the 20th or 27th. Stay tuned at www.meetup.com/scmiponline or www.facebook.com/groups/scmiponline.

 

Thank you for following my blog. I am looking forward to a busy 2019. I’ll be sure to keep this community updated from time-to-time.

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