THIS BUSINESS OF SONGWRITING, Revised, 2nd Edition is the first book to demystify the process of doing business as a songwriter. Learn everything you need to know about how to pitch, publish, and place your songs with artists—and in TV/Film.
Includes Work for Hire/Vocalists' & Musicians' Waiver Agreement and samples of every contract a songwriter would be likely to ever encounter--translated one paragraph at a time from “legaleze” to plain English.
This Business ... walks readers step-by-step through the process of effectively pitching songs to publishers, artists, managers, A&R representatives, and producers. It explains the process of "clearing" music, and the functions of music supervisors and production music libraries, as well as offering resources for reaching these decision-makers.
The mechanics of how songwriters generate and collect royalties
The functions of music publishers, record labels, performing rights organizations
The Harry Fox Agency
Mechanical, performance, and print licensing
Amounts earned for synchronization and master use licenses; and performance royalties for radio, television, and Internet broadcasts
Digital licensing and royalties
Single Song Publishing Agreement; Staff-Writing Agreement; Administration Deal; Collaborators' Agreement; Work for Hire Agreement; Mechanical License; Synchronization License; Lyric Reprint Licensing Agreement; Subpublishing Contract; and Copyright Form PA. Additional chapters explain self-publishing, and address the business considerations unique to performing songwriters, as well as those who are targeting special markets, such as Christian music, children's music, video games,
and musical theater.
Also includes sample lyric sheets and cover letters, as well as advice about how many songs to include--and how to attract attention--when approaching music industry professionals. It includes a detailed explanation of how the singles and album charts work, and throughout, provides valuable information about how to make money writing songs. This Business of Songwriting is a one-volume resource that teaches the skills and knowledge every songwriter and music publisher needs to succeed.
“If you are serious about being a professional writer, Jason has compiled the most comprehensive how-to guide I have ever read. All the way from getting a writing deal to understanding it once you get one. This is a must read! -- Tom Luteran, V.P./Creative, Sony Music Publishing
Jason Blume's latest book is a must read for anyone serious about songwriting, whether you're just starting out or you're a seasoned professional. The writing is clear, concise and comprehensive, covering everything from how to dress for a pitch meeting to how to decipher sub clauses in a sync license. Highly recommended. -- Bob Regan, Grammy Nominated Songwriter/Adjunct Songwriting Professor, Belmont University/Former President, Nashville Songwriters Assoc. International
“Jason Blume has created songwriting’s Rosetta Stone.
Encyclopedic in scope,
This Business of Songwriting unravels industry enigmas and firmly imparts a sense of direction to tomorrow’s hit makers.” -- Paul Corbin, VP Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI
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