Pitching Or Catching? : The Way Synchs Work in the Real World

This is a guest post by attorney and music publisher, Bob Donnelly. Bob is a 40-year music industry veteran. He is a partner in Modern Works Music Publishing. He is also a partner in the law firm of Lommen Abdo. _______ Allow me to dispel a common misconception…music publishers do not “pitch” music for synchs
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Four Advantages for Songwriters Starting Their Own Record Labels

Above and beyond the wailing and gnashing of teeth that accompanies most conversations about the changes in the music industry, it’s worth mentioning that it has never been easier to make and distribute your own recordings. Choosing the glass half full perspective, I’ve decided to focus on some of the exceptional advantages available to you
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Four Critical Reasons Songwriters Should Pitch Their Own Songs

So, when’s the last time you pitched one of your songs? Really? That long? I’ll bet I know why. It’s not much fun is it? Dragging around your song children and showing them off to potential “buyers” bears a surprising resemblance to work. Actually, when you think about it, it IS work. OK, I’m with
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Four Reasons Why Every Songwriter Should Visit Nashville

For any songwriter interested in furthering their professional career, the “industry towns” that come to mind are New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. The reason Nashville stands apart in my mind is that while New York and Los Angeles have a high concentration of songwriters, they also happen to have a high concentration of many,
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Four Compelling Reasons Songwriters Should Be Organized

When it comes to pursuing a career in songwriting, there is very little room for songwriters to indulge in stereotypical “artistic” behavior. The reality is that flighty, irresponsible and disorganized creative geniuses rarely have any significant commercial success. Being organized yields measurable benefits above and beyond the obvious ability to find a pair of matching
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Four Things Songwriters Need – But Might Not Want – to Hear

When I think about the mental state of my younger songwriting self, I see a mixture of bravery, idealism and a healthy dose of misinformation. While I wouldn’t trade any of my experiences, it might have been nice to receive a friendly warning or two along the way about the realities of my chosen profession.
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Six Calculated Risks for Songwriters

When I first started writing songs, I was inspired and fearless. I was so deeply immersed in my creative process that I didn’t give any real thought as to how the rest of the world felt about what I was doing. However, when I decided to start thinking of songwriting as a potential career, I
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Five Ways I Balance Songwriting & Life

Ever wonder how pop stars keep it all together while still staying creative? Singer/Songwriter, Lisa Loeb, has graciously agreed to give us some insight into her approach. Introduction I made a brief list of a few things I’ve come up with that help me balance my life to include creativity and songwriting. Above all, I try to
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Three Ways To Make Being Your Own Publisher Make Sense

So often as songwriters we hold the publishing deal out there as some kind of holy grail. I understand the mindset as so much of our work is solitary and the kind of industry acknowledgement that a publishing deal represents can be a very tempting proposition. In fact, signing with a publisher is a business
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The Right Way to Attend Music Conferences For Songwriters

For songwriters who don’t have the luxury of living in a music industry town like New York, Nashville or Los Angeles, music conferences are an exceptional way of concentrating your education and networking efforts into a much shorter time frame. The key is to maximize your preparation so that long before you actually arrive in
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