Month of August, 2010

Current Musicology's Author Agreement

  [Posted by Daphne : Yesterday there was some discussion on the IASPM-US board about a call for submissions I posted for my academic journal Current Musicology. Someone asked that all future calls include a statement about the publisher's copyright policy, which is an absolutely dead on request and something I am embarrassed I didn't think of myself. I am posting the Current Musicology author contract here, and will post it at the CM website as well when I get back properly to CM work in the fall. Any comments about the contract are welcome.]


             Agreement for Publication and Sharing of Rights

Introduction and Implementation


            The following “Agreement for Publication and Sharing of Rights” was prepared at Columbia University by the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship ( and the Copyright Advisory Office ( as a model for agreement between a scholarly journal and the Author of an article, essay, or other contribution to the Journal.  The Agreement is primarily for use by journals published at Columbia, but it may be used by others as appropriate.


            This Agreement reflects the position that the Author should retain the copyright in the Article and have explicit rights to use the Article in future research, teaching, and other projects.  The Journal, as publisher, should have rights to publish the article in various formats and to license the publication of the Article through third-party database providers.  This Agreement is based on the assumption that the Author is in fact the copyright owner (as the Author confirms in Paragraph 5).  The Author should inform the Journal if, for example, the Author created the Article “for hire” (e.g., as an employee) or as an officer or employee of the U.S. Government, or if the Author has previously transferred the copyright, perhaps to an employer or another publisher.


            The Agreement permits broad open access of the Article as the parties desire or as required by funding agencies, such as the NIH Public Access Policy.  The Agreement also permits the Journal to publish the Article online without restrictions on access, and the Author may post the Article for Internet access and contribute it to an institutional or discipline-based repository.


            The Agreement permits the Journal to publish the Article with a Creative Commons license.  The use of such a license indicates to readers that they may make appropriate uses of the Article in their own study, teaching, or other activities.  For example, the “Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives” license would permit an instructor at a nonprofit college to make copies of the Article and share them with students, in paper or electronically.  Uses that involve commercial purposes or that require any revision of the Article may require permission if not within fair use or other copyright exception.  The copyright owner (initially the Author), would be the appropriate party to contact for that permission.


            An Author or Journal may want to make some changes in this Agreement before using it.  For example, the Journal may not need to commit to a particular publication date or issue, and the end of the Agreement may be modified for electronic signature.  Other changes are possible, but the parties may need to secure independent advice.


Agreement for Publication and
Sharing of Rights

Current Musicology (the “Journal”), a publication of Columbia University, is pleased to accept for publication the article titled:

___ (hereinafter the “Article”), by    ____   (hereinafter the “Author”).

In order to better manage the rights associated with your Article, and to provide optimal access to it, we believe that the Author should hold the copyright to your Article, but that you should grant to the Journal appropriate rights to use your Article for the benefit of the scholarly community.  The parties believe that this arrangement will properly serve our shared interest in reaching the largest readership possible.  To that end, the parties agree as follows:

1.  Acceptance for Publication.  The Journal is pleased to accept the Article for publication, and it is currently scheduled for publication in the ____ issue of the Journal.


2.  Author Does not Assign the Copyright.  Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as an assignment of the copyright in the Article to the Journal.


3.  License to the Journal.  The Author hereby licenses to the Journal the irrevocable, nonexclusive, and royalty-free rights as follows:

3.1  The Journal may publish the Article in any format, including electronic and print media.  Specifically, this license includes the right to reproduce, publicly distribute and display, and transmit the Article or portions thereof in any manner, through any medium now in existence or developed in the future, including but not limited to print, electronic, and digital media, computerized retrieval systems, and other formats.

3.2  The Journal may prepare translations and abstracts and other similar adaptations of the Article in furtherance of its publication of the Article.

3.3  The Journal may use the Author’s name, likeness, and institutional affiliation in connection with any use of the Article and in promoting the Article or the Journal.

3.4  The Journal may exercise these rights directly or by means of third parties.  The Journal may authorize third-party publishers, aggregators, and printers to publish the Article or to include the Article in databases or other services.  [Examples of such third parties include Westlaw, Lexis, and EBSCO.]

3.5  The Journal may without further permission from the Author transfer, assign, or sublicense the rights that the Journal has pursuant to this Agreement.

3.6  In order to foster wider access to the Article, especially for the benefit of the nonprofit community, the Author hereby grants to the Journal the authority to publish the Article with a Creative Commons “Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives” license.  [The Author should consult the Creative Commons website ( for further information.]


3.7  This license of rights to the Journal shall take effect immediately.  In the event that the Journal does not publish the Article, this license to the Journal shall terminate upon written notification by the Journal to the Author, or upon termination of all publication by the Journal.  To the extent that moral rights may apply to the Article, this agreement does not affect the moral rights of the Author in or to the Article.


4.  Rights of the Author.  Without suggesting any limit on other rights that the Author may have with respect to the Article, the Author retains the following rights.  To the extent that the Journal holds similar rights with respect to the Article consistent with this Agreement, the Author shall hold these rights on a nonexclusive basis.  To the extent that the Article includes edits and other contributions by the staff of the Journal, the rights of the Author in this Paragraph include the right to use such edits and contributions.


4.1  The Author may publish the Article in another scholarly journal, in a book, or by other means.  The Author may exercise this right of publication only after the date of first publication of the Article in the Journal in any format.


4.2  The Author shall, without limitation, have the right to use the Article in any form or format in connection with the Author’s teaching, conference presentations, lectures, other scholarly works, and for all of Author’s academic and professional activities.


4.3  The Author shall at any time have the right to make, or to authorize others to make, a preprint or a final published version of the Article available in digital form over the Internet, including, but not limited to, a website under the control of the Author or the Author’s employer or through digital repositories including, but not limited to, those maintained by scholarly societies, funding agencies, or the Author’s employer.  This right shall include, without limitation, the right of the Author to permit public access to the Article as part of a repository or through a service or domain maintained by the Author’s employing institution or a service as required by law or by agreement with a funding agency.  The Journal may in its discretion deposit the Article with any digital repository consistent with deposits permitted by the Author under this paragraph.  [Examples of such repositories include SSRN,, PubMed Central, and Academic Commons at Columbia University.]


4.4  Any of the foregoing permitted uses of the Article, or of a work based substantially on the Article, shall include an appropriate citation to the Article, stating that it has been or is to be published in the Journal, with name and date of the Journal publication and the Internet address for the website of the Journal.


5.  Author’s Representations.  The Author represents and warrants that the Author owns the copyright in the Article.  The Author represents and warrants that the Article has not been published before, constitutes the Author’s own original work, and does not violate, in whole or in part, any existing copyright.  The Author also represents and warrants that to the best of the Author’s knowledge and belief, the Article does not defame, invade the privacy of, violate the civil rights of, or otherwise infringe the rights of any person.  The Author represents and warrants that the Author has full power to enter into this Agreement and to convey the rights herein granted.  If the Article has more than one author, the Author by signing below represents that he or she has authority to act on behalf of all other authors.


6.  Editing of the Article.  This Agreement is subject to the understanding that the ordinary editing processes of the Journal will be diligently pursued and that the Article will not be published by the Journal unless, in its final form, it is acceptable both to the Author and to the Journal.


7.  Jurisdiction.  This Agreement shall be construed as a contract made under the laws of the State of New York, and copyright issues shall be governed by the federal law of the United States.


8.  Merger.  This Agreement constitutes the sole expression of all understandings between the Author and the Journal with respect to the Journal's agreement to publish the Article and with respect to copyright and republication rights.  This Agreement shall not be modified other than in writing.


Please sign where indicated below.  Return the signed original Agreement to the Journal as soon as possible.  The Journal urges that the Author permanently retain a copy of this Agreement for future reference.


The Author:



Signed: ________________________


Printed Name: ___________________


Date: _____________________


The Journal:



Signed: ______________________


Title: ________________________


Date: _____________________


Kundolab Open Studio: One Takes


You are invited to Kundolab this Tuesday evening (Aug 10) to record a cover during our open recording session. We'll have electric guitar, bass, drums, left and right handed acoustic guitars and amps on hand for you to use and you are free to bring your own instrument(s) as well. Show up any time between 8pm and midnight .

Once at the studio, we'll set up the mics and test levesl, but once we hit "record" - it is your take. Your one take.

We record to four track and will produce a cassette with final mixes for the night's work. If you can, please bring one or more used cassette with you (the more the better) which will recycle them into the session mixtape. The tape will be available for free one week later through Rekomando. It will have only track listings, no names, so feel free to be as wild as you wish in your one take.

TEL:736 674 214
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Kundolab Open Studios: One Takes is a Public Display of Affection.

Call for Papers: EMP Pop Conference 2012, Seattle, WA

Cash Rules Everything Around Me: Music and Money

2011 EMP Pop Conference at UCLA

Feb 24 – 27, 2011

Los Angeles, California

Jointly sponsored by Experience Music Project and the UCLA Department of Musicology

“The best things in life are free, but you can give them to the birds and bees, I need money!” Motown founder Berry Gordy co-wrote it, Barrett Strong sang it, and John Lennon’s vocal in the Beatles cover  offered a fervent affirmation. By the time Wu-Tang Clan recorded “C.R.E.A.M.,” however, chasing bucks in pop found kinship more with high stakes gundowns and teens behind bars.  For this year’s Pop Conference, the tenth annual meeting and first outside of Seattle, we invite presentations on a matter Los Angeles knows well:  the relationship between song and paycheck – or, to invoke the O’Jays hit “For the Love of Money,”  bass line and bottom line. 

Topics can cover any era or style of music and may include, but are not limited to:

 -Selling out:  self-objectification and compromise, but also selling out as breaking out-- codebreaking and innovation

-- The music industry, past, present, and (?) future, from records to radio and retail; impresarios in idolatry; the current slump and pop through boom and bust, affluence and scarcity

--Money, bling, “Life in the Fast Lane,” etc. as a topic in song and discourse: how different genres view commercialism differently; charity and social consciousness as rival impulses

--Class as operating force; profitable music and blurred hierarchy, the working class and “Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’”-- how class-bound assumptions affect musical valuation

--Los Angeles  in the pop imaginary, a place that has never pretended music is a solely artistic enterprise

--“Capital (It Fails Us Now)”: payola blues, the pervasive sense of the business as (to quote Hunter S. Thompson) a “long shallow money trench” and distillation of capitalism’s inequities

--Globalization and monetization: pop as international product, differing national and regional approaches to music merchandising

--Patronage: sponsorships, institutions as  support structures for pop, music in advertising

--Financing musical production: the aesthetics of hi-fi -- as David & David once sang, “all that money makes such a succulent sound”

The EMP Pop Conference, launched in 2002, joins academics, critics, performers, and dedicated fans in a rare common discussion. The conference is jointly sponsored in 2011 by the Department of Musicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and by the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. This year’s program committee members are:  Jasen Emmons (EMP/SFM), Robert Fink (UCLA), Gaye Theresa Johnson (UCSB), writer Maura Johnston, Josh Kun (USC), Katherine Meizel (Oberlin), filmmaker Jim Mendiola, Ann Powers (Los Angeles Times), writer-musician Tim Quirk, Jeffrey Rabhan (NYU), and biographer David Ritz.

Please send proposals of 250 words, with 50 word bio, to organizer Eric Weisbard (University of Alabama) at Deadline for proposals is Friday, October 15. Panel proposals, specifying either 90 minutes 120, should include both overview language and individual proposals/ bios, or overview and bios only for roundtable discussions. We welcome unorthodox proposals and proposals aimed explicitly at a general interest audience. Registration is free for presenters and the public.  For more information, go to