► The CBI Board of Directors has released entry information for the 13th annual Student Production Awards. Entry information is available online at www.askcbi.org, and submissions are now open. Submissions will close on Friday, May 9. Awards will be presented as part of the third annual National Student Electronic Media Convention, to be held Oct. 23 – 25, 2014 at the Renaissance Seattle. The National Student Production Awards honor outstanding student work in electronic media, and include more than 20 submission categories — including promos, news reporting, best DJ, comedy, entertainment, many sports categories and more for TV/video and radio — as well as general categories in station imaging, website design and the new Social Media Presence. For each category, up to four finalists are chosen and announced before the conference. Winners and finalists are honored at the awards presentation. www.askcbi.org.

Warner/Chappell Production Music, Warner Music Group’s production music arm, announced the launch of its improved website and search platform at WarnerChappellPM.com. The improved website and search platform offer a responsive layout with simplified controls, easier access and improved functionality to the company’s library of music through its search platform. In addition, Warner/Chappell Production Music has incorporated the logo of its legendary parent company, Warner/Chappell Music, to achieve a closer alliance. “Warner/Chappell Production Music follows in the great tradition of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing with its reputation for developing incredible music by some of the world’s best composers, and this new brand synergy honors that,” said Randy Wachtler, President & CEO, Warner/Chappell Production Music. The new website has also integrated a more fluid feel and greater compatibility with mobile devices, adopting HTML5 technology. As it always has, WarnerChappellPM.com hosts all of Warner/Chappell Production Music’s 80+ catalogs of music, allowing users to preview all of its tracks and view them sorted by brand, catalog, style, or purpose. The site also features video and audio montages of the various uses of Warner/Chappell’s production music, including sports programming, news, music packages, and advertisements, among others. Warner/Chappell Production Music’s 80 catalogs include 615 Music, Non-Stop Music, Groove Addicts, Full Tilt and CPM.

Hal Leonard has published 2 new books on Ableton Live 9. Sound Design, Mixing, and Mastering with Ableton Live 9 deepens, inspires, and improves your tracking, audio production, and performance skills with Ableton Live 9. From in-depth discussions of mixing and mastering that you would expect to learn in an audio production school to recipes for audio magic and mayhem, this book is designed to help you find your way into a much larger musical world. Filled with audio-making and audio-mangling recipes, tips, and mixing and mastering techniques, it takes you far beyond the basics. $19.99 (US). Producing Music with Ableton Live 9: Whether you’re making beats, remixing, live recording, DJing, live looping, producing songs, or creating sound design, electronic music, or hip-hop, Producing Music with Ableton Live 9 provides important tips and techniques designed to help you succeed. $19.99 (US). www.halleonardbooks.com. ▲