It Takes at Least $500,000 to Break a New Artist

December 4th, 2014

  If you don’t have half-a-million dollars, then maybe you should go home.  According to a study released this morning by major label organization IFPI, breaking…

Source: www.digitalmusicnews.com

A huge investment is required to break a new artist.  Estimates say it is around 500K to make that happen.  It may seem like a huge amount of money but should the artist make it big, the potential payback could be in the 10Million range if not more. 

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Are Songwriters Getting Ripped Off?: Video

December 4th, 2014

National Music Publishers’ Association CEO David Israelite discusses the music industry and digital models for consumption. He speaks on “Market Makers.”

Source: www.bloomberg.com

As the music business is constantly transforming and evolving it is vital that songwriters make adjustments in how they are compensated for the songs they write.  Streaming models are really great for the music consumer but the compensation models are leaving songwriters with little revenues.  The lure of getting music out and being discovered, although very easy. may be hurting the music creator. 

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The Songwriting Experiment

December 4th, 2014

The Youth Programme has teamed up with sex researchers and London’s Roundhouse for The Songwriting Experiment, a project for people aged 16–19 that combines sex research with songwriting. As part of the project, young researchers will conduct their own research, which will be used to inspire the songwriting process.

Source: www.wellcomecollection.org

This is quite interesting.  It is a project geared toward teenagers.  I just wonder how this will work and what will be the results.

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Willie Dixon On Songwriting And The Facts Of Life

November 30th, 2014

What can you say? The man has a way with words. The Chicago blues king weighs in on when to write. Continue reading →

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Willie Dixon influences many early rock n roll artists.  Here he speak about songwriting.  It’s a bit like listening to grandpa sharing words of wisdom.  Sometimes it is just that on nugget of wisdom that will carry and inspire you forward.

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Storytelling – Advertising vs Songwriting

November 28th, 2014

So what makes me listen to a song and afterwards want to buy it?

Is it because it is emotive.

Is it because there is some form of nostalgia within the song.

Does it make me want to sing.

Does it make me want to dance.

Is it because my friends like the band.

Am I entertained, is it fun?

I like the beat, the rhythm, the lyrics.

I like who is singing it, I like how they look, I like their personality.

Is it because, I can relate to what is being said.

I like the story it tells.

Could the same be said for Advertising? What makes me look at an ad and then make that final purchase decision?

Source: www.anthonyorourke.ie

Song are great ways to share a story.  The real craft is to create a 3 minute story that people can relate with and want to listen to over and over again.

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48 Quick Thoughts on Songwriting

November 28th, 2014

We love to build music into our transmedia franchises, so here are 48 thoughts on songwriting via Nicholas Tozier • a flaw in a song should not threaten your self-worth
• collaboration leads to…

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Need quick inspiration here are some quick thoughts on songwriting

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How to split the music publishing pie

November 28th, 2014

By Steve Rennie
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.

Source: blog.discmakers.com

Publishing is the life blood of the songwriter.  It is through publishing that income is earned.  Oftentimes several songwriters work on the same song.  How the contribution is divided must be established to eliminate any problems latter on.  In general everything is split evenly but that is not always the case.

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