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How Songwriters Can Get Their Songs to Artists. SHOWBIZ EDUCATION with Kwamina Basty ( WEEK-9 )

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Many songwriters who are just starting out struggle with having a drawer full of songs they feel are ready, but they don’t have the resources to get them to an artist. I’ll admit this can be a daunting task. To help guide songwriters through that sometimes stressful process of connecting with artists who might want to record their songs, we’ve compiled these four helpful tips. Have one of your own? Let us know in the comments!

START WITH a DEMO:
Make sure you’ve got a demo – guitar and vocal is okay — or even a decent home recording. Just don’t send a work tape where you start, stop, or stumble over the words to an artist! Remember, this may very well be an artist’s first impression of you as a writer – make it a good one.

Another important thing is to make sure your song is appropriate for the artist to sing – are you pitching a reggae song to a heavy-metal act? Can you realistically hear this song sung by the artist you’re pitching given their persona and previous song choices? This is all legwork that should be done before you even get to the pitching stage.

APPROACH UP-and-COMING ARTISTS:
If you’re currently someone without industry connections or credibility, it’s a waste of effort to try to get your demo to someone like Beyonce or George Strait. If you happen to know someone who knows someone – go for it! Use that! But if you’re like most writers starting out, anything you do manage to send will be refused by the sender or tossed in the trash.

Set your sights lower and get some notches on your belt with indie cuts. Try to look for artists with a good local or regional following. They may not be packing arenas (yet!), but they might be getting people into the smaller clubs and bars.

Sometimes you can even aim a little higher (usually once you’ve got some credibility) to more mid-tier artists. Artists tend to be less and less accessible the more successful they get, but you might still be able to make headway with some who haven’t quite hit it big yet.

GET OUT on YOUR LOCAL SINES:
If you live in or near a music hub, go to as many different artists’ shows as you can. This serves a couple of purposes. First, it helps you get to know the artist you’re pitching. Maybe you thought you had the perfect song, but after seeing them live, another might fit them better.

Second, it helps them associate a face with a name. Rather than a cold e-mail or Facebook message, it’s a lot more personal. You can then always follow up with a nice, “It was great to meet you!”-type note on social media.

Remember, every interaction is going to be different – some artists you might find to be very approachable, and you can connect with right away. Some may be more aloof (perhaps they’re tired or sick, etc.), and it may be best to wait before handing them a demo. Be polite and respectful, and don’t be pushy!

CONTACT THE ARTIST ONLINE:
If you don’t live near a music metropolis, or aren’t able to travel to one, you might be stuck with emails and messages. That’s still no excuse not to do your homework, however. Listen to a number of an artist’s songs, read their bio, and really get a sense of what they’re about. Then, send them a polite message along the lines of, “Hello, my name is so and so, and I’m a songwriter. I have a song or two you may be interested in – would it be okay if I send it over?”

Email the MP3 – with a lyric sheet – if they say yes. Some artists may be okay with people just firing off demos, but I personally think it’s more professional to ask for permission first. Please don’t bombard the artist with multiple songs. Nobody has time to listen to 10 or 12, even if they’re really good! Pick three at the absolute most.

If the artist turns you down – or they don’t say anything – don’t pester them or berate them. Send a nice follow-up email thanking them for their time in about 10 days, and leave it at that.

FIND YOUR NEXT GIG…
Other options exist as well, obviously – though they can be a little bit tougher. Finding a publisher to pitch your songs is ideal, but difficult to do as an unknown and untested writer. Hiring an entertainment attorney to shop your music is another option, but that can require a substantial investment.

There is also always the option of singing your songs yourself, too! There have been quite a few successful artists that began life as songwriters – only to discover their true passion was being on stage singing their own songs.

There is no one tried and true path – only general guidelines. The important thing is to keep writing your best songs, present your music in the best possible light, and keep knocking on doors!

( AUTHOR )
Nelson Nana Agyeman, popularly known as Kwamina Basty. A SONG-WRITER, BLOGGER, PUBLICIST, BROADCAST JOURNALIST.

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Top 20 Famous And Inspirational Quotes About Music.

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Looking for the best music quotes? We’ve compiled a list of some top 20 famous and inspirational quotes by legends Artists or Musicians.

1. “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel

2. “Music has a poetry of its own, and that poetry is called melody.” – Joshua Logan

3. “Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.” – Martin Luther

4. “The cool thing about music is no one can take music away from you, writing wise.” – Darren Criss

5. “Music’s always been really cathartic. It’s the best drug for me to get away from the everyday pressures just for a second via a good song.” – Ville Valo

6. “Music is the emotional life of most people.” – Leonard Cohen

7. “Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.” – Eminem

8. “Old music is the same as new music – it’s just a different way of delivering it.” – Jeff Lynne

9. “Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” – Alphonse de Lamartine

10. “Music is all about training in harmony, training to understand and use musical energy for our greater pleasure by attuning to the natural laws of the universe.” – Jane Siberry

11. “It’s almost charity work, what people have done, turning other people on to my music.” – John Mayer

12. “Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” – Leonard Bernstein

13. “Music is a very big participant in everything I do, from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed.” – Zoe Saldana

14. “My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.” – Bob Marley

15.”Music is love in search of a word.” – Sidney Lanier

16. “I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.” – Adele

17. ” I’ve always felt music is the only way to give an instantaneous moment the feel of slow motion. To romanticise it and glorify it and give it a soundtrack and a rhythm.” – Taylor Swift

18. “I wanted to prove the sustaining power of music.” – David Bowie

19. “Music is the tool to express life – and all that makes a difference.” – Herbie Hancock

20. “Music became a healer for me. And I learned to listen with all my being. I found that it could wipe away all the emotions of fear and confusion relating to my family.” – Eric Clapton

( AUTHOR )Nelson Nana Agyemag popularly known as Kwamina Basty. A SONG-WRITER, BLOGGER, PUBLICIST, BROADCAST JOURNALIST ( Media Personality ).FOLLOW:Facebook: Kwamina Basty / Kobby GossipsTwitter: @kwaminabastyWhatsapp: +23354961666Kobby: +233557204784Youtube: Kobby Gossips Tv

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What makes a record contract bad? SHOWBIZ EDUCATION

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There’s a few ways to answer this question…

Allow me to get philosophical for a moment: Any contractual terms that unduly benefit one side of a record contract more than the other will cause bitterness and resentment in the future.

Any contractual terms that unduly benefit one side of a record contract more than the other will cause bitterness and resentment in the future.

Those feelings will end up poisoning the relationship between an artist and record company when they both really need to work with each other in order to succeed.

What most good lawyers try to do when negotiating a record contract on behalf of an artist is make sure that the contract’s terms give each side what they need.

In any commercial venture where creativity is important, the most prudent way to proceed is to create a relationship where both sides are happy and are willing to work with each other. In most cases with a major label that relationship can last for 5 to 7 years or longer.

If the relationship is a failure it can often mean the ruin of an artistic career. So be careful.

Here are some examples of specific deal points to avoid depending on your situation. There are entire books on this but I will just provide three off the top of my head:

A recording commitment that is too long, where so many records are required to fulfill the contract that it takes too many years to complete.

Loss of creative control. The terms of the contract allow too much interference from the record company that might dilute the artist’s vision for their music. That drives artists crazy and they start looking for ways to get out of the deal.

Contractual terms that permit the record company to make too many deductions for packaging, foreign territory sales and free goods when calculating the artist’s royalties.

There’s tons more to consider when avoiding a bad contract. But for the sake of this discussion, these three points are worth keeping in mind.
What makes a record contract good are terms that enable each party to benefit from the deal.

What makes a record contract good are deal terms that enable each party to benefit from the deal.

Both sides have to benefit or else the relationship is going to bottom out and become unproductive.

Particular contract terms will depend on the bargaining power of the artist. Which is why it’s important to monitor and track your own stats and bring them to the table as part of a contract negotiation.

A new artist with no real history of earnings will not get the same terms as a artist with a proven record of strong earnings.
TO BE CONTINUE…

Note: The contents of this article are not to be taken as legal advice. Always seek the counsel of an experienced entertainment attorney when signing contracts or otherwise working in the music industry

CREDIT: Mark Quail

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Nelson Nana Agyeman, popularly known as Kwamina Basty. A SONG-WRITER, BLOGGER, PUBLICIST, BROADCAST JOURNALIST ( Media Personality ).

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Terms You Need To Understand Before You Sign To Any Record Label. SHOWBIZ EDUCATION with Kwamina Basty ( WEEK-11 )

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Terms You need to understand before you sign to any Record Label.

These terms include:

Royalty Rates.

The number of singles to be delivered.

Whether the record company will pay for a video.

The amount of money the record company will spend on social media campaigns.

Whether the record company will also participate in the moneys earned from music publishing, merchandising and live performances

From a technical, legal standpoint a contract that is well written and contains clear and unambiguous deal terms can also be considered a good contract.

Poorly written contracts create more questions than they provide in answers. More questions means more money spent on lawyers which may mean going to court to argue the matter before a judge.

What are the benefits of long-term record contracts?

In all honesty, I do not think there are any benefits for artists in a long-term contract that requires more than three albums to be delivered.

All record contracts are structured as a series of options that are completely at the discretion of the record company. While an artist might think they have a guaranteed distributor for their music for a long period of time, in actual fact they could be dropped at any point by the record company.

A short-term contract allows artists to move to another record company upon fulfillment of the first record if they want to. Circumstances can change quickly and it’s good to keep your options open.

Circumstances can change quickly and it’s good to keep your options open.

The best case scenario is a situation where the artist builds their popularity in the marketplace over a period of two or three albums, completes the first contract and is then in a position to do another record deal while their career is on the upswing and while they have much better negotiating leverage.

What is a 360° Record contract?

As the name suggests, 360° contracts aim to cover all parts of artist income and label services.

There are generally four sources of income that an artist has:

Income from sound recordings

Income from songs that the artist composes

Income from sales of merchandise (T-shirts etc.)

Live performance income

360° contracts encompass all or most of these four elements.

A 360° contract seeks to allow the record company to receive monies from all four streams of income listed above, and ideally provides services to artists in order to maximize the monies from each of these areas of revenue.

Are 360° record contracts good for artists?

Some artists will need a large injection of money into their careers in order to get to the next level. If that’s the case, they may have no other choice but to permit an investor like a record company a more secure way, like a 360° contract, to recover that investment.

With sales of records declining and with streaming income being very small at this point in time, a record company needs better ways to secure their investment.

With sales of records declining and with streaming income being very small at this point in time, a record company needs better ways to secure their investment.

Getting a piece of the other income streams like merch and touring is one way to do it. This is why record companies seek these types of deals.

If an artist cannot get funding or the marketing muscle they need without the help of a record label, then having to deal with the terms in a 360° record contract may simply be the business proposition the artist will have to decide on.

Note: The contents of this article are not to be taken as legal advice. Always seek the counsel of an experienced entertainment attorney when signing contracts or otherwise working in the music industry

CREDIT: Mark Quail

( AUTHOR )
Nelson Nana Agyeman, popularly known as Kwamina Basty. A SONG-WRITER, BLOGGER, PUBLICIST, BROADCAST JOURNALIST ( Media Personality ).

FOLLOW:
Facebook: Kwamina Basty / Kobby Gossips
Twitter: @kwaminabasty / @kobbygossips
Whatsapp: +23354961666
Kobby: +233557204784
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