Q18 Songwriting tips for lyricists, poets and songwriters

Question 18: I read in a magazine ad that they would listen to my song and help get it published, but I would have to pay them a fee. Is this an accepted way of getting your material recorded? NO Beware of the Song Sharks: Don’t ever pay anyone money to listen to, or publish your songs. A Reputable Professional Music Publisher who truly believes in your work will be willing to invest in it at no cost to you. In return they will receive a portion of any future royalty’s (Usually 50 percent) from any income that your song generates. Remember what I said in question 15, the publisher takes care of all the paperwork, and uses his or her reputation and contacts to try to get the song recorded by a major artist. If you think that giving away 50 percent of your royalty’s is a high price to pay, Think again. A Music Publisher knows the business, has the contacts and does the work of placing your song with an artist who is capable of generating an income from it. Your publisher will also take care of all the business dealings associated with your song, and make sure that you receive all royalty’s that are due to you. In the wonderful world of songwriting all money’s earned are earned by royalty’s, shared by the writer’s and publisher’s. songsculptor.com Richard Melvin Brown (Songsculptor) provides a helping hand to lyricists (with little or no musical ability) in realizing their dreams of becoming a Professional Songwriter. Can you write a GREAT lyric but can’t carry a tune in a

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Published: 2011-03-20 18:33:48
Q18 Songwriting tips for lyricists, poets and songwriters

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    Copyright laws change regularly and vary from country to country. It used to be that you (or your heirs) owned a copyright for 50 years from the moment it was written, then it fell into public domain. Later some governments offered the possibility of one copyright renewal that had to be registered (by yourself or your heir) before the end of those 50 years. The renewal was valid for another 50 years from the date of renewal. Now most countries have made them un-renewable, but have augmented the validity of a copyright to 75 or even 100 years. Check with your own country’s laws on the subject and be aware that this can change again over time.

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