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The Business of Songwriting: Co-Writes and Split Sheets

As a songwriter, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the creativity and excitement of writing and forget about the business side of things. A lot of times, the very subject of business, royalty splits and copyright can change the atmosphere of the room and dry up whatever creative juices were flowing. However, it’s important to remember that it’s your copyrights that...
Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Concert - Duluth, GA

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA

Christmas came early to Georgia when the Trans-Siberian Orchestra brought their Live Debut of The Christmas Attic tour to The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth. The stunning show, replete with flashing lasers, bright videotrons, blazing pyrotechnics and billowing smoke machines dazzled the sold-out crowd as every member of the touring group...

Getting Out of Your Songwriting Comfort Zone

One of the many challenges we songwriters face is that we’re tasked not only with creating something from nothing but also our “somethings” need to be unique not only compared to what others have written but also compared to what we’ve written before. This is no small thing and the moment you think you’ve "figured it out" as a...

15 Ways to Make More Money From Your Music This Christmas

The Holiday Season is (practically) here, which means that a musical bonanza is about to begin. 20% of industry-wide music sales take place in the last six weeks of the year — and 30% of all sales on CD Baby happen during that same period. It’s a frenzy! And people are searching for all kinds of music during the holidays, so you don’t...

How to Split the Music Publishing Pie

Collaborating with a producer or co-writer? How do you come up with a fair percentage split of the music publishing? Figuring it out up front is a good first step. Working with partners when songwriting is inherently collaborative and is often how great songs get written. Plus – for musicians, songwriters, and producers – the music creation...

1970s Hit Makers America Nail It In Concert Celebrating Understated Legacy

While it seems unlikely that America will win a place in the Rock and Roll of Fame anytime soon, there is something to be said for a band that has scored a number of enduring hits, won a best new artist Grammy Award, worked with producer George Martin and has influenced several generation of other musicians.

Vid O’The Week: Marksman Lloyd – You Won’t Be The One ft. Whisky Winter

We have some great rising hip hop artists coming out of Australia and the one in this piece is undeniably in that mix. Whether you’ve always listened to this genre or you are a new convert, this music has the power to create assurance, understanding and inspiration – speaking the truth that we are too scared to confess...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...
Jeremy Christian

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...

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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