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What Is A Publishing Deal and Do I Really Need One?

The term "publishing", most simply, means the business of song copyrights. A songwriter owns 100% of his song copyright and all the related publishing rights until the writer signs those rights away. Under the law, copyright (literally, the right to make and sell copies) automatically vests in the author or creator the moment the expression of an idea is...
 
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Six Tips for Improving Songwriting Motivation

As passionate as we are about our songwriting, the reality is that sometimes it’s difficult to motivate ourselves to write. Whether it’s the fear of plumbing our emotional depths or just good old fatigue after a long day, there are often obstacles to overcome when it’s time to write. While flashes of inspiration are great, we can’t always...
 
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The Musician’s Social Media Checklist

Don’t get off on the wrong foot with your social media marketing. Do your research, make a plan, and connect with your target audience from the start.Social-media-checklist. Marketing your band and your music on the digital landscape, it’s easy to get lost focusing your time and efforts on the wrong sites and connecting with the wrong...
 
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Three Reasons To Be Thankful You're a Songwriter

On Thanksgiving last week, I thought I would take a moment to tell you (and myself while I'm at it) a few of the things we have to be thankful for as songwriters. Songwriting is the kind of pursuit that often takes place in a vacuum with little or no encouragement and is, by its very nature, solitary. Also, given that only the tiniest percentage of the songs ...
 
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The Ins and Outs of Licensing Recordings and Cover Songs on YouTube

In past articles, we’ve looked at how to take control of your creative rights online, and how to monetize your music using services like YouTube’s ContentID. But what about when it’s someone else’s rights your worried about? This week, we explore how to properly license recordings and cover songs for streaming video services, so that...
 
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Vid O’The Week: Sahara Beck – Pretender

So now’s a good time to get yourself familiar with this rising artist, best described as a cross between rustic charm and country chic- if an interior design could be represented in a person, Sahara Beck is that person. Now I’ve had to think long and hard about writing this piece. After countless reviews about folk music and almost ...
 
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How to Not Waste Your Time at an Open Mic

Open Mics can really suck! As a new transplant to Philadelphia I’ve been hitting up alot of them – trying to learn the music scene, meet other people, and begin to get my foot in the door. Some Open Mics have been 3 hours of wasted life – listening to music I don’t like by people I don’t know in divey bars I’d rather not be in. But on the...
 
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James Carothers - Bringing Country Back

James Carothers takes a swig of his Yazoo pale ale, looks out the hotel room window, and sighs. He’d like to chill for a while but he’s got another interview to do. This one. Carothers is in Nashville on a two-day whirlwind promotional trip, some 1,200 miles from his Los Alamos, New Mexico home, for meetings and interviews surrounding the success of his Nashville...
 
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A Study in Record Production: Miranda Lambert and Beck

As you prepare to self produce your next recording, take time to study record production that inspires you. We look at tracks by Miranda Lambert and Beck. The role of a record producer is critical to any successful recording project, regardless of budget or intended outcome. In a nutshell, the producer is tasked with helping the artist realize...
 
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Vid O’The Week: Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders – Come On Back This Way

Who said music videos needed to be blockbusters to effectively translate an intricate message . Untainted by theatrics, this could be the most underrated video and song of the year- simply powerful, subtly symbolic, ever endearing and lasting in our minds. Alternative synth-pop/rock band from Sydney, Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders...
 
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Anberlin at Centerstage in Atlanta

It was a bittersweet moment as fans of Florida rock band Anberlin gathered at Center Stage in Atlanta to rock out to the band one last time. In January, Anberlin posted a video that announced their plans to separate by the end of this year. Anberlin chose to end on a high note, with the release of their seventh and final studio album, Lowborn, and...
 
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Fun with Alternate Tunings

If ever you feel like you’re stuck in a guitar playing rut, there’s nothing quite as effective at pulling you out of it as experimenting with an alternate tuning. Alternate tunings take your fingers out of their comfort zone and can lead you to all sorts of melodic discoveries that you might not have made in standard tuning - and then you can...
 
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The Do's and Don’ts of Co-Writing

Looking back over twenty-plus years to my first songwriting efforts, I remember my creative process as so personal and fragile that I was dead certain I would never open it up to another person. This would have seemed like co-painting or more like co-dating...just not going to happen. However, two things DID happen. One, I moved...
 
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How Does a Songwriter Get Paid When Their Song is Recorded?

A song contains two distinct legal parts: 1) the underlying song or composition; and 2) the recorded performance of the song. The underlying song is notes on a page of written music, the composition or that thing created by the songwriter. There can be only one underlying song or composition. Every time an underlying song is performed...
 
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You’re NEVER Yoo Old To Make It In Music

Why your age doesn’t have to hold you back in the independent music world. Youth has always been a component of popular music culture: Sinatra, Elvis, The Beatles, Madonna, Britney Spears, One Direction, Lorde — they all got their start well before the big THREE-O. And some of them were still in their teens!
 
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