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Cities Should Underbid the Music Mafia as a Revenue Stream

March 15, 2018

In reading about the City of Arlington getting into repurposing the Arlington Convention Center to an E-gaming complex, I posted on the FB site called Arlington Texas Talk Uncensored “New tax revenue stream?..oh wait….this is a city building…no taxes collected, but it could be a revenue stream…or a bad investment…how long would it take to pay back $10 million repurposing that antiquated building? By then gaming as they set it up would be obsolete… risky risky.. Did this go before council? Did this decision go before tax payers? Now if the city wanted to collect revenue, they could underbid ASCAP and BMI and be a central DFW hub for businesses to start paying their annual music police fees/licenses to. If we took on that role, we wouldn’t have to police these establishments, we’d tie it to their annual property taxes or permits. We’d create jobs locally getting royalty checks to the artists and producers….instead of giving it to a music association who then pays a bunch of lawyers to fight in court those who refuse to be extorted. The music middleman is the mafia and both the venue and the musicians are getting ripped off…would rather see the city get into that business. The city once looked into owning a natural gas plant…so there you go.”

So I contacted one of our council people about the idea that the city should underbid the music associations claiming to be non-profit…”I met with Aldo at Downtown Management Tuesday to discuss busking and ASCAP liabilities with festivals, ArlingtonNights, business owners, and potentially the musicians themselves….he asked me to ask ASCAP if they’d entertain the idea for a downtown business license that covers all downtown businesses to be able to be licensed to provide live or recorded music…but I have yet to hear back from them and can’t see them giving up control and the threat of lucrative lawsuits….I would like to know what ASCAP and BMI pay their employees/attorneys as they claim to be 501C3 but keep almost 12% of musician dues and venue licenses fees. The average annual license is from $356 to $7000/year (they have tiered rates also they take the occupancy size limit times $3.33 but have a minimum annual due of $356/yr)…why give it to a middle man? Why would a private non-profit who has a PAC and is chummie with congressman/woman exist to carry out federal copyright law when the enforcement could be lucrative to local municipalities? THIS is the business Arlington should look into getting into. If you guys underbid ASCAP and BMI, then they lose their customers…all we need is a software system that musicians interact with to get paid. Tarrant County Tax collectors could very well tie the music license fees to their annual taxes…so underbiding is easy when you take out paying the attorneys. Also the 1950’s legislation that is antiquated in the way of deciding what the royalty amount to pay (there is this royalty board that sets the rates from a legal standard)…yeah is finally being challenged to be changed to a system that approximates a willing buyer with a willing seller market rate…keep an eye for the outcome of the 2017 Music Modernization Act. Look at ASCAP’s 2016 annual report to see their revenues and their growth….I feel they (ASCAP and BMI) should stick to collecting international and unincorporated areas’ dues and licensing fees and let the city governments use that extra cash to pay our police and firemen”.

So first let us look at their foundation’s handiwork….

It is in the red from income to expenses for the foundation by $636,800 but they can afford the shortfall as when you look at their 2016 balance sheet the headlines read…

ASCAP Delivers Record-High 2016 Financial Results: Collects $1.059 Billion in Revenue and Distributes More Than $918 Million to Songwriter, Composer and Music Publisher Members

What makes up that revenue?

ASCAP’s US licensing  $759 million + Foreign revenues totaled $300 million.

 

But they also collect member dues… back in 2010 a friend told me it cost $50 for a membership and lasts a lifetime.  ASCAP claimed “In 2016 alone, we processed over one trillion performanceswelcomed 40,000 new members,….” so if they still charge $50 a membership then that is ADDITIONAL income in 2016 of about $2 million.

$1.059b + $2m = $1.061 billion in revenue

The difference between $1.061 billion income and $918 million expenses leaves $143 million to pay their employees and cover that foundation shortfall of $636,800.

$143,000,000 – $636,800 = $142,363,200 (or $142.4 million) left over after royalty distributions.

What makes up their domestic expenses?

“Domestic distributions of $631 million from ASCAP-licensed and administered performances in the U.S. grew nearly 10%, up $55.5 million over 2015.”  Of the $918 million in expenses, $631 million (69%) was domestic distributions.

What are their OPERATING EXPENSES?

Well we know what their foundation expenses are and once you net the foundation shortfall, $142.4 million is left over to go towards operating expenses.

“ASCAP operates on a not-for-profit basis and delivers about 88 cents of every dollar collected back to members for performances of their music”.  Which means they keep 12% of venue payments. In the “about us” page of their website they say that 11.6% is allocated to operating expenses (run the mafia/pay lawyers and employees for enforcement and royalty distributions).

$142.4 million x .116 = $16.5 million went to the ASCAP (mafia) “non-profit” in 2016.

I repeat I figure that $16.5 million went to the ASCAP (mafia) “non-profit” in 2016

Also in their “about us” page they say they have 150 reps in the field to approach businesses that do not respond to collection demands by email or phone (yep they have an office in PLANO TX)….so in not counting attorneys and if you add the 77 people on the ASCAP Team plus (and not counting the board), there may be up to 227 employees and the average pay could be $73K/yr?

In any case I believe the cities should ban together and come up with one database to payout royalties and shut out the middleman’s $16.5 million to enjoy this money LOCALLY.

Read on to find out how the middleman’s cut really is probably understating if all appropriate entities were compliant and current to copyright law licensing (think single payer system and economies of scale).

And do the members really get paid for their radio plays? Not likely (see ripoff report for one example).

What about getting paid via live performances? ASCAP writes Top 300 Tours Survey
ASCAP surveys and distributes royalties for the ASCAP songs performed during the 300 top-grossing tours each year, as reported by Pollstar. This includes both headlining and opening acts. ASCAP requests setlists directly from managers, promoters and venues where available“.

Another way to get paid is for the musician to self-report via “ASCAP ONSTAGE” when they play live (like at open mics or in restaurants or small concerts and festivals). Note this is a really efficient way to get the mafia informed of non-compliant venues so they can start demanding licenses for unregistered venues (and then threaten to sue them)….all for what an estimated .0003 cent a song? Someone on FB claimed that a well known artist had something like 40,000 plays and got a $12 check….If someone reading this is self-reporting to ASCAP and have been paid, please do chime in how much they got paid and what size venue it was that they played in (and was it worth it to the venue to get hit with those fees if they shut her down in being musician friendly).

 

Here is what can happen when we shut out the middlemen

  1. All appropriate business types will get licenses tied to their property taxes or operating permits so no attorneys and court systems are tied up
  2. More money in the pool means more money goes to royalties and the city services needed to support local businesses such as police and fire departments
  3. But what about the foundation? It can be administered through local governments.
  4. More businesses will be friendly to live & recorded music.

Best part is we take the ASCAP & BMI mafia PAC out of congress and so that “claimed nonprofits” don’t hide behind copyright law to get paid carrying out federal law….the cities do. That way citizens and businesses indirectly enjoy the benefits of the licensing fees LOCALLY…and musicians EVERYWHERE get bigger royalties in having a bigger pool of money to be paid from.

ASCAP writes, “With 650,000 members representing more than 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, …”   yeah right and I’ve got some swampland for ya.

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AT&T Please Consider This Mural for Your Community Contribution to the Arlington Arts

March 3, 2018

In an artist call for a downtown mural in Arlington  TX, my resume is here, http://bit.ly/2ixwyRV. I will not be entering in the contest since your building is unavailable I am told for a mural consideration, and if this idea does fit other buildings available, the Cafe platform doesn’t like android pixels and I can’t upload to them.

My name is Kim Feil and as a volunteer for the arts in Arlington since 2003, I have painted one of two downtown Local Color venues with the UTA student derived idea of the prism of warm pastel colors.

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I so want to be a part of the rebirth of the Local Color of light and officially donate this idea to AT&T should they consider to undertake painting a mural as their contribution to our Downtown Revitalization Plan.

In 2010 I started begging for our murals to be spared…

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I saved some onion skin paper for a couple of decades (yep) and finally got to use it when I saw the artists call (without realizing your building was off limits). I taped the onion skin to my laptop yesterday and traced out your building next to the Levitt that I’ve been wanting to paint for almost a decade.

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AT&T Southwestern Bell bldg at 312 W South St. TAD#40011798

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I added the sun and some random colors and the ‘DREAM’ theme….(although windows may not be able to have words on them…it symbolizes my dream to have your building painted).

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And a couple of hours later, the first eyeballed draft (meaning the prisms have not yet been mathematically spaced thereof deriving from the sun)…..came to life albeit only on paper……….muralc

AT&T can select any color scheme and their designated crew and if needed I will help try to find crowdfunding for this project as $1,000 has been allotted for the artists call and this project is significantly more expensive.

One can only dream and be persistent..like me. Even though I am afraid of heights, I have proven to be a real trouper and deliver-er of goods like the UTA Student Lutheran Building I personally hand brushed painted (not sprayed) as a donation of my time. Now that I am almost 56 years old I know that I would be a liability up on some scaffolding…so I if asked to do it myself…I just might…but you’d be better off hiring professional painters.

It was truly a labor of love to be up so high. And so it is with being dedicated to a cause for an Arlington Local Color dream.

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PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consider allowing me to crowdfund this mural idea that is a collaboration of UT Arlington students, Local Color (Mark Joeckel) and myself (a humble musician and not a self-proclaimed artist). It is within your power to allow Arlington residents to bask in the glory of a finished mural at your legacy building that is a landmark for our Arlington Downtown.

 

 

 

Hooligans Pub Kicks Off Karaoke Night in Downtown Arlington TX!

February 23, 2018

Hooligans Pub in downtown Arlington TX kicked off their Thursday Night Karaoke Night with a huge success. Pam Medrez,  Band 2:14 members and the September Moon duet as well as other members of Truth Vinyl’s Open Mic (5-8 pm) performers walked across the patio and continued entertaining folks with live music!

Come to watch or perform to both live music events every Thursday!

 

Of huge note…a patron of Hooligans performed and also killed it as well…….

 

 

I do regret missing the footage I thought I had from the extremely talented Karaoke DJ B- Swayze …which gives even more reason that you just have to come hear him for yourself.

DJ B-Swayze can be seen in the last seconds of this video….

 

The other regret….losing footage I thought I had of crazy good performances from Shelly Michele from 2:14 Band….

Lillian Bailey Magna Cude Laude Featured Soloist at UT Arlington Fall 2017 Graduations

December 16, 2017

Work in Progress….

Lillian Bailey was honored to be the featured soloist for UT Arlington on her graduation and for all the other Fall 2017 ceremonies.

 

Here was her post-post graduating FB picture post as a true alumni with Graham Feil…

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Lillian Bailey with Graham Feil …use this link to listen to the recording her sister, Kari Ann Partovi, took https://www.facebook.com/kariann.partovi/posts/10102800344798624

Here is her “slow mo” introduction…

…..XXXX….

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Here is Lillian’s sister, Kari Ann Partovi‘s post. This is the source of the still frame her video

Here is her gowned singing performance of the National Anthem at 20:03 minutes into the ceremony…..

Here is the frame starting where Lilly is accepting her certificate of graduation…

Here is Lilly walking the stage still frame from the above video…

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Here is her second singing performance of the school alma mater…

 

Here is my footage recording and pics…(battery charging)

Here are the other performances…(get from website)

Here are the after pics…(battery charging)

LoVE Ya Lilly Girl…You complete my son, Graham.

Tame Female cat found on N Elm St Arlington

October 28, 2017

Update: FOUND OWNER! She let me bathe her with zero objections. Really tame cat not afraid of humans.IMG_0587IMG_0588IMG_0594IMG_0596IMG_0599IMG_0600IMG_0601IMG_0602IMG_0604IMG_0605IMG_0606IMG_0607IMG_0608

Houston Rising Anthem song fund raiser info

September 1, 2017

Hopefully this Hurricane Harvey Anthem song called “Houston Rising” will be a fundraiser song. It also could be donated to someone compiling a footage video to be the background music.

Any ideas on the best way to do this is what I am now seeking. GoFundMe wants ….

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So I am not sure I want to enrich GoFundMe’s wallet in these tough times when people really want ALL of their hard earned money to go to for example: The Houston Food Bank.

The very talented Curtis Campbell“iconic roadie for Steven Tyler, Guns & Roses”, donated his time and studio at The Jam Show in Hurst TX.

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Here are the lyrics to ….

Houston Rising

by Kim Feil 8/31/2017

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First raw draft melody on youtube unlisted . FYI MP3 studio recording with drums and harmonies is not available until we find a venue/fundraiser internet space for the recording.

VERSE 1: Coastal City washed in pity in the storm of their lives. When the waters rise, so do we like the Cajun Navy.

CHORUS 1: We have togetherness, no decisiveness.  When the waters rise so do we let love Trump all.

CHORUS 2: LET LOVE TRUMP ALL LET LOVE TRUMP ALL WHEN THE WATERS RISE SO DO WE LET LOVE TRUMP ALL!

VERSE 2 Our energy plan – outdated to stand & weather the storms of our lives. When the waters rise, so do we. Tap the sun & the winds endless tides.

CHORUS 1 & 2

TAG: When the waters rise so do we let love Trump all.

END: Let love Trump all.

 

Resume of Kim T. Feil

October 15, 2016

Resume of Kim T. Feil

kimfeil@sbcglobal.net   kim.feil@SunToWater.com

409 N Elm St. Arlington TX 76011  cell (817) 564-2577

Hover over links to launch into web sites 

Bachelor’s Business Administration Cum Laude UT Arlington TX  GPA 3.55, Loyola University, New Orleans LA GPA 3.9, Dean’s List SLU, Hammond LA

Water Solutions, August 2016-present: sales lead sourcing, online chat support, sales support, FAQ support, providing excitement for the beginnings of a Tesla like pre-order model for the water industry. Feil views SunToWater solutions as plan “B” quickly becoming a mainstream home & business appliance. Global challenges for water quality and water security will only continue to increase. Investors and early adopters pioneering sustainable water generation are encouraged to get in early.
Cardinal Healthcare Grand Prairie,TX

Customer Service, 8 years: Order taking and tracking. Provided substitute products to expedite hospital supplies.

Margin Analyst 6 years: As a newly created position with no training, developed reports to locate anomaly transactions, and recouped $1.2 million GP dollars per year in credit, leasing, and contract rebate audits. Initiated the Rebate Payback Program designed to preserve two to three million dollars annually. Was analyst in pilot region for SAPr3 computer conversion and identified system bugs that interfered with accurate financial reporting. Provided work arounds on system constraints, provided support, training guides, and certification testing documents for processing correcting entries as well as associated sales rep. compensation correcting entries. Was responsible for training new pricing analysts and resigned in 2001 after 911 to focus on spending time raising our boys.

2010-Present: Urban Drilling Gas Well Ordinance Specialist Focused in learning the unconventional drilling fossil fuel industry’s gaps in public protections and maintained a blog on subject matter before going to work for SunToWater in August 2016. Being an Urban Drilling Risks Mitigation Specialist involved daily digesting economic energy trends, research scientific developments on unconventional drilling in areas of environmental & human/animal health impacts. I documents finding via my internet log. Am a consultant, advocate and contacted legislators & officials-made trips to Austin, appeared on numerous TV news spots and was 2012 candidate for City Council.

2006-current: Inventor of MYtoeSPACEpillow.com – filmed with ABC’s American Inventor 2007. Wrote patent, #7,555,795 B1, and looking to sell business product concept.

2003-2009: Arlington Independent School District – Substitute Teacher

2002-2006: Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Inc. Dallas, Arlington 

Order taker for inseat meal & beverage service for professional DFW sporting events. Was featured on jumbotron several times and ESPN as an entertaining food server.

2003-2006: LINC Local Color ­Arlington,TX 

Manager of coffee shop, deli, and art gallery. Coordinated street parties onMain Street, hosted open mic’s, & private parties. Maintain and accumulate a database of over 4000 email addresses.

1982-1987: First National Bank Norco, LA

Teller: Responsible for monetary inventory and daily vault balancing.

Activities: Steering seat Village Creek-Lake Arlington Watershed Protection Plan, Save Our (Rangers) Stadium group, Former Pres. Neighborhood Assoc., musician/song writer, kick box aerobics, dancing, collecting email addresses, preferred to teach at risk, On Campus Suspension students as I thrive on challenges.

References available upon request

Ranger Stadium Critic of Rebuild With A/C

July 6, 2016

This was when I spoke at city hall re: that the Ranger Stadium does not have to be rebuilt w A/C.

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When there is no hell to pay…why same sex marriage decision matters to an Environmentalist

July 1, 2015

Re: same sex marriage decision….the part in the bible that I fear most is how God ranks sin…..I have felt hate in my heart and He calls that (mind) murder. I have disrespected my parents (as most kids have) and God ranks that with murder too…so the Grace of JC is sufficient for our smallest and largest (by our rankings) transgressions.

I am happy (unlike this lady) that the Supreme Court acknowledges Civil Rights because we are in the cusp of the most fierce and testing of all temperaments to fight for our basic civil rights to clean air and water. Recently the Supreme Court got it wrong that these coal plants do not have to be reigned in…I hope the next environmental decision will be more pointed at the most important civil rights injustices of all times…the right to a live-able planet.

I’m a member of Liveable Arlington and that is my take on marriage equality from the eyes of an environmentalist. One of my friends has done lock in on tar sands equipment and is not a believer of God and I had this realization: for someone who is an Atheist AND an Environmentalist…..that could explain how someone could risk arrest and get arrested to save the planet for her grand kids. It literally means the world to them as in….“this is all there is…and we only have one shot at life”

As a Christian, I’m a fighter of the truth and I have hope in my redeemer that those who have a hand in helping to destroy our earth (which unfairly affects the innocent) have hell to face…. IF that is God’s decision.

Atheists that are environmentalists think that if there is no heaven, then there is no “hell to pay”.

“Hell deservers” in my mind are for people like Smokey Joe Barton, my Congressman, and for those that voted on HB40-a ban on fracking bans, etc. But that is not for me (but for my creator) to decide.

Equality is an earthly, manmade concept. Greed is satan’s toy, and forgiveness is God’s gift…if we believe and repent – only then would we have an incentive to change our ways.

Since God’s ranking system of sin is not of our understanding of what is fair and just, those that destroy the earth (and that would include law making leaders AND consumers creating a demand for fossil fuels for example) must NOT be making decisions based on fear of God’s judgement day. Rather they have fallen into the greatest force since man was tempted to eat of the forbidden fruit….that evil force is to be reckoned with in the here and now. ONLY of this earth has satan the power to influence and destroy souls……….how will you fight him  T O D A Y ?

Reuse

Recycle

Use less

Repurpose

Use Renewables

Do without/sacrifice

Buy a more sustainable car…

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Organize-strategize-fratinize-realize that our power is in our strength in numbers.

God can move mountains….and so can the God Spirit in us.

Thank you for reading and or responding.

kim

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Karen Arrington Arlington Texas-Strong Woman

November 30, 2014
Karen Arrington of Arlington Texas putting siding on her home last fall and then painting. This gal #NotAfraidOfHeights !

Karen Arrington of Arlington Texas putting siding on her home last fall and then painting. This gal #NotAfraidOfHeights !  contact her at kjoyarrington@yahoo.com

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Karen helping direct at her grandson‘s Eagle Scout project.

Karen helping direct at her grandson‘s Eagle Scout project.

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