It is my immense honor to introduce and unveil to you all a project that was conceived in early Spring of this year and is finally matured enough for an initial release (and I hope its ok to post it here since it is non-profit and for composers, I know normally posting off topic is enforced pretty thoroughly, I ask humbly that you let this post stay since we arent making money but rather working on our own dime to serve the community). If I am allowed, Introducing:
"The International Alliance of Composers"!
You can learn all about the IAC and join with a free basic membership at http://www.iacomp.org
The International Alliance of Composers is a non-profit organization, currently engaged in seeking 501c6 tax exempt status from the IRS to be a trade organization and to one day in the future lead to building a federal level Political Action Committee as part of its mantra.
While those aspects of the org will take some time, months for the tax status, potentially years for creating the PAC and finding proper funding, we nonetheless have filed for incorporation as a not-for-
profit entity (Ohio filing) and are focused right now on building a free member base built on a grassroots no-budget internet concept.
The objectives currently are two-fold:
Firstly to create a great composer community and website with lots of great features to inspire folks to come and spend 5 minutes joining for free, and to become active members of our new community - and in response we have packed in a bunch of valuable tools, discounts and services;
Secondly we will be creating composer rights advocacy campaigns based on the myriad of issues composers are faced with today. Some of our intended campaigns are PRO specific (like correcting royalty disparity of song vs score), some more global (like alden rochelle v. ASCAP, where, since 1941, composers cannot collect performance royalties from movie houses), some more personal (like creating a program to make suggested minimum salary and rate wages and scales). For a complete description of the composer rights topics we plan to include in our advocacy agenda, please go to http://www.iacomp.org/advocacy.aspx
Joining today is pretty quick (under 5 mins), its free, and it will give access to lots of cool free stuff as well as a concept of community tools where everyone is encouraged to enter their personal events (film release, gatherings, cd release, union march, festivals, workshops, whatever) into the community calendar as well as contribute on our web forums, and even contribute with member written tutorials, editorials, and more. Go to http://www.iacomp.org/join.aspx to find out more!
The free stuff is pretty impressive too! Lots of downloadable goodies, and I have arranged a special discount program for IAC members with Sweetwater where each month we will be offering 1 software and 1 hardware at specially discounted prices available only to IAC members - for this month and October we have EastWest Symphonic Orchestra Gold complete at almost $100 cheaper than you can buy it online anyplace, and Mbox2 at around $50 bucks cheaper.
So join us, like I said its FREE; and while we will have dues-paying membership levels once we have our 501c6 in place and add more benefits fitting of a dues-based membership, we will always maintain the free membership so you can be part of the community and enjoy the forums, calendar, news, downloads, discounts and more for only a few clicks.
Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in the livelihood of composers. Certain IAC programs only perfectly fit composers, but there is still tremendous value for all types of music professionals. While our advocacy campaigns will hold the rights of composers above all as our primary platform, we will work happily for the benefit of all active parties in the music industry: songwriters, orchestrators, copyists, sound engineers, musicians, etc, etc.
I am happy to discuss further any aspect of the IAC and answer candidly any questions about our goals and intentions for the coming years. To read our mission statement and get an idea of upcoming services and long term goals for the IAC go to http://www.iacomp.org/about.aspx
And if anyone is particularly inspired and wishes to help out and participate, we have lots to do and many volunteer positions available. If you are interested in participating past membership levels, please contact me off-list.
Christopher Kennedy Alpiar
International Alliance of Composers
310.339.9603 (Los Angeles)
877.294.0912 (Toll Free)
P.S. Chris Merritt, our Executive Director, will be at the Composer Expo in Los Angeles this Saturday (9/27) with Daniel Alcheh, IAC Director of Business Development. They will be introducing the IAC and handing out brochures and cards and interviewing composers and talking about issues. So stop in if you are in LA and buy them a beer or 4, they will need it with all the talking they will be doing ;-)
P.P.S. the members-only section of the website is in advanced beta mode - so please forgive if some parts are a little quirky. Its all custom C#/asp.net code written by me and I expect the first few weeks to be ironing out bugs ;-)