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The Guthman competition is looking for futuristic instruments – and you can apply

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 2 Sep 2020 7:53 pm

It's what The Guardian called the "Pulitzer of the new instrument world." There are paid commissions and star judges. And this year is different, because (of course) the whole event goes online. Welcome to the 2021 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.

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Zoom added a music friendly high-fidelity audio mode – here’s how to find it

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 2 Sep 2020 6:31 pm

An update to Zoom today helps address its woefully low-quality audio - essential, as classes, music rehearsals, and even conferences rely on this tool.

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FCC Releases Order on Regulatory Fees – No Widespread Waivers of Fees But Some Deferred Payments Possible – Payment Dates Coming Soon

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Wed 2 Sep 2020 4:38 pm

The FCC’s order on this year’s annual regulatory fees was released by the FCC this week.  The FCC rejected calls to forgive broadcast regulatory fees because of the economic fallout of the pandemic, noting that only Congress could pass such relief, as the FCC is required by law to collect fees sufficient to cover the costs of its operations.  The Commission did, however, offer some terms for the payment over time of the fees by companies that are hard-hit by the economic conditions that resulted from COVID-19, and simplified the waiver process for stations that can demonstrate that they cannot pay the fees without imperiling their service to the public.  The order also rejected the NAB’s request to revisit the fees for radio, though some minor downward adjustments were made in those fees based on the FCC’s finding that it had undercounted the number of radio stations that were to share in the payment of these fees.

The FCC determined that it could not waive all regulatory fees for broadcasters, or broadly excuse them from the 25% late-payment penalty, because these obligations are in the statute and cannot be waived without Congressional authorization.  The FCC is required by law to collect these fees before the October 1 start of the next fiscal year in an amount sufficient to reimburse the US Treasury for the costs of operating the Commission.  While the FCC felt itself powerless to totally waive the rules, it did simplify the process for individual stations to make requests for waiver of the fees if the payment of the fees would imperil their ability to serve the public or to extend the payments out over time – without the need for any upfront payment of a significant portion of the fees.  The FCC noted that the Office of the Managing Director will be issuing a separate Public Notice establishing the process for asking for waiver or deferral, so watch for the notice coming soon as these request will likely need to be filed before the payment deadline, which will also be established in a subsequent public notice.  But the Order does say that the requests for waiver and payment over time can be made in a single email to the FCC, and that the Managing Director’s office is to work with broadcasters to try to help them provide the necessary documentation to support the waiver or deferral of payments.

The fees for television stations are set out in an attachment to the order, and basically follow what was proposed in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking several months ago.  For radio, the FCC rejected arguments that the NAB had advanced, arguing that the FCC’s methodology of allocating its employees to different services regulated by the Commission (the basis for the computation of fees) allocated too many to broadcast services, and resulted in too big of a burden on radio broadcasters in excess of the benefits they get from regulation.  But the FCC did note that it had undercounted the number of radio stations subject to the fees and thus slightly lowered the amount of the fees for radio broadcasters, as set out on the table below:





AM Class A AM Class B AM Class C AM Class D

FM Classes

A, B1 & C3

FM Classes

B, C, C0, C1 & C2

<=25,000 $975 $700 $610 $670 $1,075 $1,225
25,001 – 75,000 $1,475 $1,050 $915 $1,000 $1,625 $1,850
75,001 – 150,000 $2,200 $1,575 $1,375 $1,500 $2,425 $2,750
150,001 – 500,000 $3,300 $2,375 $2,050 $2,275 $3,625 $4,150
500,001 – 1,200,000 $4,925 $3,550 $3,075 $3,400 $5,450 $6,200
1,200,001 – 3,000,000 $7,400 $5,325 $4,625 $5,100 $8,175 $9,300
3,000,001 – 6,000,000 $11,100 $7,975 $6,950 $7,625 $12,250 $13,950
>6,000,000 $16,675 $11,975 $10,425 $11,450 $18,375 $20,925


Watch for further Public Notices from the FCC about the waiver and installment payment process, as well as specific notices as to payment dates and instructions for broadcasters for paying their fees.  These notices should be out soon as these payments must be made in September.

Club Future Nostalgia Is Dua Lipa’s Wildest Flirtation With The Underground

Delivered... Caroline Whiteley | Scene | Wed 2 Sep 2020 4:19 pm

Top Notes: Saccharine sweet—like marzipan Mid Notes: A cocktail of syrupy pop music nostalgia and boisterous club rhythms Base Notes: A rare major label feat bridging the gap between dance music’s history and 21st-century hitmakers Is Dua Lipa a house music head? The question first arose two years ago with the release of the infectious “One Kiss,” her collaboration with Calvin Harris.


Continental Drift: 20 Club Tracks to Strengthen Our Virtual Community

Delivered... ztippitt | Scene | Wed 2 Sep 2020 10:29 am

How does a dance music archive function without clubs? Over the past several months, the premise of a stable future for in-person clubbing has almost entirely collapsed. Despite several controversial attempts by high-earning European DJs to kick-start the circuit, clubs remain closed, and the impending economic collapse and inevitable wave of austerity will further hamper their return.


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