and welcome to Issue #009 of Songmaker!Xpress.
Table of contents!
1- Welcome word
2-For all our subscribers, Two FREE!( Download) E-booklets , worth $40.
4-The Articles: - Copy-and performing Rights
5 "Looking For Songs" submission
6- Useful Resources
1) Welcome friends...
Welcome to our subscribers, new and... not so new...
Nice to have you back with us again.
The weather is fine, you can take your guitar out site, sit down in the shadow of a tree, and ( look out for ants nests) be inspired!
But...first of all..read this Issue...
2)The FREE gift for our New Subscribers.
MYSS: Make Your site sell, 1500 pages ( $40), every info you need when starting a business web site!
MYCPS: Make Your Content Presell,
Two great E-booklets for free.
If you're thinking about starting a home based business, or if you know someone who does, then this is something for you( or him/her). Two E-books you absolutely need to read. And.. most of all , they are a gift.
1500 pages of high valuble information!
A must read befor starting an online business!
Visit and download here.
Make Your Site Sell!2002
Make Your Content Presell!
3) - Sad news :
Elvis Songwriter "Ben Weisman" has died after suffering from stroke and pneumonia.
He was 85.
Read article.Elvis Songwriter.
4) Article 1: About Copy Rights and Performing Rights
We'll start with the Copy rights..
In fact, what are they?
Let's say that you are the owner of a music work ,lyrics, melody or both, you owns the rights to that musical work. In other words: The Copyrights.
And because your the owner so you can allow people to:
To reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords;
To prepare derivative works based upon the work;
To distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
To perform the work publicly,
Or, In the case of sound recordings, to perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.
But in reality you try to find a publishing deal with a music publisher.
In the contract we'll state that you are the owner of the work, but you sign your royalties to a publisher. This means that the royalties will be split in a 50/50 deal.
The publisher on it's turn, shall try to find a suitable deal with a record company, or a band-Artists. The band or the artists makes a recording of the published piece of music, or with other words: your song.
Everything shall has to state in a music contract, signed by all parties.
And if it's about a very big deal, with an artist, or a band that had already sold a lot of Cd's, then you better talk with a music lawyer ( solicitor)before signing anything.
First a publishing deal, then a record deal.
In the publishing contract will stand that the publisher get (mostly) his 50 percent of the royalties.
Of course, You can also skip the publisher, and do the publishing yourself. Then you can do this by starting a publishing company yourself . Is it hard thing to do? There are no specific skills that you need , or qualifications that you need, but A nose for good business can be a big help.
If you're interested in starting your own publishing company. On the Internet, you can find literally, everything you want. Also how to start a music publishing company.
Copyright is secured automatically the moment the song is created, and a work is “created when it's recorded for the first time, at your home on your home computer, or your home recording studio.
Every time your music is published, it will be under your name, and you will do it like this: The year the work is created and your name, the same way as you see in an example below.
© 2007 John Kourets All rights reserved.
Normally , this is enough to protect your work.
What's a performing rights organization:
ASCAP -BMI..and so on.
No you don't ..but there are a few advantages if you are member.
Suppose that your song is gonna be a smashing hit, well then every time your song is on radio, TV, or performed on stage, you ( the composer) get paid for it. So it can take some time before you'll see a penny, but when the cash start to flow, it's Christmas all around. A song , broadcast world wide, can bring you fortune. That's a fact.
So... maybe you have to protect your songs from theft, a little bit better then just " Alright, I'm the owner, and no one can make me anything".
When a "big" star has taking your song, twist it a bit,and change it in a way no one will notice that it is the song from a small 'unknown' songwriter. Then, who do you think they'll believe, when it comes to court?
Who has the money to pay all the lawyers, atorneys...
If you wish to know some way's how to protect your songs and your music better,(I've already written an issue on this topic) then visit here ..and if you see an interesting resource, feel free to visit.
About Copy- and Performing Rights: Some tips;
Article 2: Music Promotional Ideas for the Independent Artist
by: Ty Cohen
Are you one of those people who don’t want to waste all their time searching for a record deal? If you have taken the initiative to be an independent artist, then you have come to the right place. Most likely, you have already recording your CD or album, now you are just looking for more music promotional ideas. Who knows, maybe the more you promote your CD, the better your chance is of catching the eye of a label.
For you, the internet is going to be the most powerful musician resource out there for you. The ways to promote your CD online and offline are endless. Over the next few minutes, I am going to suggest some ways that will help you get your music out there and hopefully bring you some profits in no time.
First of all, whether you already have a web page or not, you need to get yourself a MySpace Music page because it is an awesome and free musician resource that is unbeatable. Then, once you get your website and MySpace page up and running, you need to blog! That’s right, blog every singe day! Blogging is not only a way to build a rapport with your fans but it will also bring more traffic to your site and ideally more sales for your CD. Keep them coming back for more!
Launch parties are great music promotional ideas. Once your CD is ready to be released, plan one! Make it huge! Call the local radio stations and everyone else you know. Print up flyers and bring them to all the music stores and spread the word. Make sure the party matches your style and has plenty of CDs and other merchandise to sell.
A great musician resource is the local radio station or school station. Drop off a free copy to these places because they tend to favor local independent artists and may give you some play time. Just remember to return a favor to them when you make it big!
Obviously, you should also promote your CD at your own show--that is a given. But have you every thought of cross-promoting CDs? A great musician resource is often another musician. You offer to sell another band’s CDs if they will do the same. You can even eventually do this with several bands, if it works out.
As an independent artist, it is up to you to get your music heard. I have given you a few music promotional ideas, now the ball is in your court. You can’t sell any CDs or even promote your CD while standing on the sidelines. Remember, as an independent artist, you hold the key to your own destiny.
About the Author:
Ty Cohen, the online music industry's most recognizable voice is the former owner of a successful independent record label, current owner of Platinum Millennium publishing and nation-wide music industry seminar speaker and panelist. He is also the author and creator of over 40 best-selling music business books, reports, courses, audio products and other music industry "How to" resources, that have helped tens of thousands of individuals like you to successfully find their way in the music business.
5) Looking for Songs!
Both parties have to make an agreement,and check the contract (agreement) carefully before signing. If you wish to know more about music contracts.
About the Music Contracts..
First Name: Austin
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
What kind of style of music I'm looking for: No Rap,No Country, but everything else goes as long as I can put my spin on it.
6) Some useful Resources!
The Music Contracts!
The best advice that I can give you is this.
Never ever start a business relationchip with out a contract is been signed ! Period..
The Ultimate Recordlabel!
Starting your own record label never has been easier! Read the story and see for yourself...
SiteSell's Video Tour!
If you're a creative person, and thinking about an online-business..
Please... Check this out before you take the wrong host...
So, we've come to the end of this month Issue.
Up to our next one, I should say.
Thank you <> for sharing your time with us.
Comments! Ideas! Feedback about the subject!
Let me have it, right between the eyes!
I'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this zine and tell me what you think.
May all your dreams comes true..
(c) 2007 Paul Fevrier.