Monday, September 26, 2016

Music - royalties

Royalty Benefits 

*Written by Bianca Kirkham

Royalties, what does that actually mean in the music industry? Artists write and perform songs all the time, but have you ever wondered how they actually get paid for the music they make? Think back to the time you last heard a MC Hammer song on a commercial or a song on Pandora by the artist known as Future. Singers and song writers have rights to their own music-after all, they did create it. The creation and streaming of their music is how they acquire a pay check. In other words, this payment of funds is called royalties.

Royalties are a percentage of gross or net profit or a fixed amount per sale to which a creator of a work is entitled, which is agreed upon in a contract between the creator and the publisher, agent, and/or distributor. These terms and agreements must be signed off on a legal document such as a contract. The contract that states the payment of accrued royalties shall be generated semi-annually on the first day of two selected months that all parties have agreed upon. For example, the first annual payment maybe on December 1st and the second on June 1st. According to the Copyright Royalty Board, the 2016 rates for commercial subscription services is $0.0022 per-performance, and for commercial non subscription services is $0.0017 per-performance. There are several types of royalties such as, performance royalties are for performances in front of an audience, and mechanical royalties are paid by the record label to the publisher for the phono records, digital audio tapes, and other manufactured formats. These are copyright registrations that entitle a musical composer to performance royalties whenever the musician's composition is performed publicly, over radio, or in restaurants, bars, or other public places.

Now that you know how artists receive royalties, the question is where exactly does the money actually come from? How is the money generated? A distributor collects royalties directly from stores/streaming on behalf of the label. These distributors are part of a performing rights organizations by the names of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC). These organizations are responsible for collecting income on the behalf of song writers, performers, and musicians. In an industry like this, members desire accountability for their artistry, and these royalties aid artist receive their cut for the hard work they have put in. This information is provided to encourage you to research payment methods for recorded songs and performances.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

quote of the day

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-- Quote of the Day -- 

"Give yourself the gift of time in coming to answers for your life…

It takes time, and a lot of introspection and soul-searching, 

to get clear about what you really want to manifest in your life.” 

~ David Emerald

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Kill lake and pond weeds

Removing pond and lake weeds 

*Written by: Peter Van Smith

Aquatic plants are beneficial for ecosystem as they are a source of food, shelter and oxygen to the wildlife living in the pond. But they spread quickly and can restrict the activities in the Pond. A lot of ponds gets practically ruined by aquatic plants, these ponds literally choke the pond. Some of the common pondweeds that are usually found in ponds are Milfoil, Hydrilla verticillata or Hyrdilla, Vallisneria spiralis or Eel grass, Potamogeton crispus or Curly leaf pondweed, Typha anqustata or Cat-tails. These weeds ruin the aesthetics of the shoreline and make the pond or lake virtually unusable. Therefore, below find some prominent methods of removing pond weeds.

Manual removal of weeds: 

The first step in this direction is to manually remove the weeds. Though it's very much possible that all the weeds are not removed and some of the weeds are left inside the pond attached to the debris.

Use chemicals:

The second step is to use chemicals and aeration techniques as the plants that grow in nutrient rich soil at the bottom of the pond that helps in killing the weeds that stick at the bottom of the lake. It's advised to use both aeration techniques and insertion of natural bacteria which will ensure that the growth of plants is limited.

Weed Rakes & Harvesters:

In extreme scenarios and to rid of the weeds fort a longer duration of time is to use proper weed cutter and rake as a harvester will take the work out of the job. Specific tool like Weed Razer weed cutter and used to eradicate tough weeds like milfoil and hydrilla. This tool has a thicker serrated blade on both edges which allow for a push/pull sawing action to be used for weed invasions in ponds.

Other Weed Control Products and Strategies

Other methods like AquaScreen, is yet another effective way of controlling the growth of weeds. It is a screen that is placed on aquatic plants and stops them from growing, that is often thought of as a good way to get rid of aquatic plants.
Another way is to use a screen of landscaping fabric or canvas. It's easy and can be done at home. UV strengthened AquaScreen is also available in case you want to use this as a barrier to control sunlight.


In the above scenario, manual removal is ideal and if a mechanical excavation by shovel or bulldozer isn't feasible then using an aquatic tool like the cutter and rake is most cost effective and environmentally safe procedure.

Pond weeds can become nuisance when they make excessive growth. It's easy to control them in garden ponds, but more difficult in larger ponds and lakes. Learn more at: