What you need to know
Labels and publishing houses are having a tough time in these days
of digital downloads. There is less money for new acts and you really
have to show that you have a product that is going to sell and sell
big. The thing is, no matter what the "industry says"
- Labels need new songs and new artists to sell.
"I think people who create and write,
it actually does flow -just flows from into their head, into their
hand, and they write it down. It's simple". - Paul McCartney
Yes, it’s really terrifyingly simple, simple because it’s
an easy concept to grasp, terrifying because it can be hard to do.
Quality always speaks for itself and sets you head and shoulders
above the rest. Your song, the music, the hook, the vocals, the
sound, all these elements plus more must be high quality. Look for
a good story for starters and then do everything in your power to
capture the listener with your song structure. This is where the
craft of songwriting comes into play and how this site can help
you get noticed.
"A famous person to themselves, they
don't get up in the morning and think, I'm famous. I'm not famous
to me. Famous is a perception. Being famous was extremely disappointing
for me. When I became famous it was a complete drag and it is still
a complete drag". -Van Morrison
A good music publisher is pretty important to your
career. Your publisher is usually responsible for promoting your
songwriting talents. A publisher is like your business partner and
should be placing your songs with artists for performance and recording
purposes. Your publisher should also be promoting your songs for
use in TV, Movies and other synchronization rights opportunities.
(Read more on the publishing page).
Somebody said to me, 'But
the Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John and
I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, let's write a swimming
If you wrote one song that sells a million copies,
and you retain full rights, you would recieve over $500 000. Plus
there are all kinds of residual income, this is just from the mechanical
rights. Usually you will have to split your earnings with your publisher,
but this still leaves you with over a quarter million dollars. Check
out the publishing page and the royalties article for more. Song
writing money can add up pretty quick once you have successful song,
and if you have a string of hits, your children and your children’s
children will be able to live from the royalties.
Definition of Persistence.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not, there is nothing more common than an unsuccessful
man with talent. Genius will not, unrewarded genius is almost a
proverb. Education will not, the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent” - Calvin
Perserverance, this may be one of the most important qualities
for success in any area. The music business is one of the most critical
and competition is fierce and plentiful, but the rewards are truly
amazing. You will find a place, a niche where you belong if you
never give up.
This site has amazing new articles and products
to help you write your best song. All the links to the right feature
incredible products that can literally solve all your songwriting
problems. There are many bonus items and free lessons as well as
some great products that are well worth the price. Nobody does it
alone, take some advice from experienced pro's who have been making
money, making music, for years!