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Webinar to cover artist revenue streams

The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s Creative Industries Division and The Mechanical Licensing Collective will host a free webinar for Hawaii’s music community at 11 a.m. Thursday.

The webinar will share information with local artists on receiving the revenue streams they are owed.

All self-administered songwriters, composers and lyricists are encouraged to attend.

The MLC is responsible for administering the blanket mechanical licenses for streaming and download services effective Jan. 1, and for collecting the royalties due under those licenses to pay songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers in a more efficient manner.

“Many self-administered artists in Hawaii, especially independent songwriters, have opportunities available through recent legislation and The MLC to ensure they are getting the digital audio mechanical royalties they are entitled to be compensated for their music, be able to access unclaimed royalties and maintain control of their musical works in the digital age,” said Georja Skinner, chief officer of DBEDT’s Creative Industries Division.

To register, visit https://the mlc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2xMeYKcWS6G2e2-drZb_Xg.

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Forum to answer vaccine questions

A live telephone forum sponsored by AARP Hawaii will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday to answer any questions that kupuna might have about the COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Acting state Department of Health epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Kemble and Lt. Gov. Josh Green will both be available during the forum, which is open to those with or without internet access.

Participants do not have to be AARP members.

“Kupuna who join the Telephone Town Hall will get a chance to ask about the process to get vaccinated and what they should know about the vaccine,” said Keali’i Lopez, state director of AARP Hawaii. “The state and federal government vaccination plans are constantly evolving so we set up Saturday’s forum so that even kupuna who do not have internet access can get the information they need to make an informed decision about getting vaccinated.”

To participate in the free Telephone Town Hall, visit vekeo.com/aarpHawaii to sign up to receive a phone call Saturday morning. Participants can also call (866) 295-7282 to register or watch a Facebook Live simulcast on the @aarphawaii Facebook page.

AARP has also set up a state vaccination webpage at aarp.org/HIvaccine with information on the COVID-19 vaccine and how kupuna can get vaccinated in Hawaii.

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