Capsicum Records CEO and Director of A&R Roger Meltzer Leads TropicalFete.com Workshop on Copyrights & Royalties

      
 
TropicalFete.com CEO Alton Aimable says his organization will again sponsor an introductory workshop on Copyrights and Royalties:What You Don't Know Can Hurt You for aspiring Caribbean songwriters, producers and artists interested in learning "the business of the business. The seminar will be led by 36-year industry veteran Roger Meltzer, founder, CEO and Director of A&R of Hartford, CT-based indie Capsicum Records LLC and producer and host of The Capsicum Show, an internationally syndicated reggae radio program. 
 
The 2014 seminar will be held Saturday afternoon at the Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center, 670 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. Meltzer also led Tropicalfete's 2013 workshop.
 
"When I was coming up in the business, I was fortunate to be mentored by some of the music giants at that time -- Kenny Gamble, Thom Bell, McFadden and Whitehead, Jerry Butler, Lou Rawls, Bruce Hawes, Sherman Marshall, Bill Bloom, Phil Asbury and others," said Meltzer, "guys who not only taught me how to hone my craft, but also how the business operates. They had the patience to stand there in the hallways with me day after day and answer a thousand new questions.
 
"This is just my way of giving something back in their honor and memory.
 
"Even after I left the staff of Philadelphia International Records, its publishing arm Mighty Three Music and Gamble-Huff Productions to go independent, the things they taught me stood me in good stead over the years. I'm not an attorney, and certainly not a specialist in entertainment and intellectual property law like Asbury, but I understood the fine print in the contracts presented to me by other labels and knew what I could reasonably negotiate on behalf of the writers, producers and artists we assembled on our side of the table.
 
"That experience has also helped me put a stop to some of the more notorious abuses in the industry and avoid them when I founded my own indie," Meltzer explained.
 
"I have a special fondness in my heart for Tropicalfete," said Meltzer. "The organization was among the earliest to recognize the popularity of Capsicum's artists and Caribbean-flavored songs in the marketplace; last year three of our label's songs found their way to the Tropcalfete Top 100 International Caribbean Countdown. I love being able to assist this great organization in its educational mission."
 

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