This month’s blog post features a Q&A session with our Vice President of Business Affairs and The California Copyright Conference President, David Quan, about the music industry and some of his personal advice! Check it out below.
- How important is Music Publishing in the Music Industry?
DQ: Music publishing is very important because it represents one of the two types of music copyright. Thus, with music publishers over seeing the copyrights that protect the music and lyrics, it is vitally important to protect and monetize these types of rights. Basically, we are the business partners of songwriters that don’t normally know this part of the business.
- What inspired you to have a career in the Music Industry?
DQ: Growing up, I was always a huge fan of music. I aspired to work in an industry that I admired so much. After graduating from college, I sought out how to get a job in this industry and I was fortunate enough to land an internship at Warner Chappell.
- What advice would you give to aspiring songwriters that want to join the Sync world?
DQ: I would recommend that songwriters continually work on their craft to ensure that their songs are at their highest quality and staying current. Lyric content and production should be at the highest of quality for the sync world. The reason being, if you do not have a good product, there will be no placement in sync.
- Why do you love music?
DQ: Music speaks to me in many dimensions, such as emotionally and physically. Sometimes you want to be engulfed in a sad love song or there are other times you want to rock out to some heavy metal! I can’t explain it but that’s kind of where it’s at.
- What are your thoughts on the Music Modernization Act?
DQ: That piece of legislation moves the entire music industry in the right direction because it allows us to protect musics’ rights. It is really important for us to make sure that the MMA passes so everyone can get proper compensation for their craft.
- What is your favorite album of all time?
DQ: Tapestry by Carole King (amazing album) and Rumours by Fleetwood Mac!