Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup April 18, 2014

18 Apr


Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons will receive the David Starlight Award at this year’s Annual Induction and Awards Dinner for the Songwriters Hall of fame. His Grammy-winning band released their album, Night Visions in the fall of 2012 to critical acclaim and Billboard success. Created in 2004, the Hal David Starlight award honors up and coming songwriters who are making an impact in the business. Previous winners are John Legend, Taylor Swift, and Benny Blanco.

Prince is reassigning the rights to his catalog to newly formed independent publisher, NPG Music Publishing. According to a recent press release, Prince along with the help of “some of the best talent in the industry” will be independently controlling his catalog of hits such as “Purple Rain”, “Kiss” and “When Doves Cry”. This is the first time in twenty years Prince’s publishing is being independently controlled and administered. His previous publishing deal was with Universal.

Round Hill Music signed a worldwide publishing deal with Trey Bruce. A Nashville songwriting veteran, Trey Bruce’s hits include Shelby Lynn’s “Things Are Tough All Over”, Randy Travis’ “Look Heart, No Hands” and “Whisper My Name.” Bruce has also worked with high profile artists such as Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, and Carrie Underwood.


The Best Educational Sites for DIY Musicians

17 Apr

We will always keep you up to date on the latest music news, advice, and educational tools. Here are some other great sites for DIY musicians to learn about the business.

The DIY Musician
The CD Baby DIY Musician Blog and Podcast give independent artists direct access to the advice of industry experts and top sellers. Updated weekly, and covering topics as diverse as marketing, songwriting, social networking, recording, copyright, viral videos, and booking, you’ll want to check back often for another dose of do-it-yourself inspiration.
We recommend: How Music Publishing Works

Berklee College of Music
Browse and explore courses in various fields from Berklee College of Music.
We recommend: “Modern Musician” Songwriting Course

Music Think Tank
A music industry and artist advice blog, managed by Hypebot.
We recommend: Music Publishing Contracts

ReverbNation Blog
Great DIY advice from ReverbNation.
We recommend: Musicians: Work Like a Pro to Become a Pro

Indie-Music Making Music
Online magazine and news feed serving music creators and the industry that supports them.
We recommend: 7 Reasons You Should Have a Songwriting Process

Everything You Need to Know About the 2014 ASCAP Expo

15 Apr

It’s that time of the year again – registration is now open for the ASCAP EXPO! Here are the basics:

What:  2014 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO

Where: Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles

When: April 24th-26th, 2014

More Information & Links:

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO puts you face-to-face with some of the world’s most successful songwriters, composers, producers and music business leaders, all who willingly share their knowledge and expertise and give you the know-how to take your music to the next level.

Launched in 2006, the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is the first and only national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing. Selling out in its inaugural year, the EXPO immediately provided a unique opportunity for songwriters, composers, publishers, producers – and those in the industry that support them – to come together in an unprecedented way to share their knowledge and expertise. In its short history, the innovative programming offered to attendees has grown to include celebrity Q&A’s, master classes, songwriting and composing workshops, publisher and business panels, One-on-One sessions, DIY career building workshops, showcases and performances, song feedback panels, state-of-the-art technology demos as well as leading music industry exhibitors.



How to Register: Click here.


Songtrust Presents NMPA Platinum Award for “Say Something”

14 Apr


Songtrust writer Mike Campbell is a contributing writer on multi-platinum hit “Say Something” by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera. Mike Campbell co-wrote “Say Something” with Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino (A Great Big World). Since its release in November 2013, “Say Something” has become an international success, peaking at #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and earning #1 spots in Australia, Belguim & Canada. The song has sold over 3 million copies in the US alone and appeared on several television shows including So You Think You Can DanceThe Voice, American Music AwardsThe X Factor.

The Songtrust team is proud to present Mike Campbell with a National Music Publishers’ Association Platinum Award for his writing on “Say Something”.


“Say Something” remains charting for the 22nd consecutive week.  Songtrust would like to congratulate Mike, Chad, Ian, and Epic Records on the recent success! “Say Something” is available for download on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup April 11, 2014

11 Apr


PRS For Music has released its overall numbers for 2013. The U.K. Performing Rights Organization increased their annual revenue by collecting £596 million in 2013 to distribute to its collective estimated 100,000 members. Public performance royalties were the highest for the PRO with a total of £162.3 million. The majority of this was from U.K. television and radio broadcasts. A new law was also passed this week within the U.K. Government to ensure that U.K. collection societies comply with a regulated “Codes of Practice” when negotiating performance licenses with businesses.

Diane Warren received International Music Industry Person of the Year Award at MusExpo on Tuesday, April 8th at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Warren is best known for writing hit songs such as Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me”, Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” and Toni Braxton’s “Un – break My Heart”. Universal Music Publishing North America President Evan Lamberg moderated a Q&A session that Warren gave after the award show here.

SESAC has acquired the catalogue of Kurt Cobain for performance licensing in America. The deal that covers Nirvana hits like “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Come As You Are” was acquired by the U.S. Performing Rights Organization earlier this week. This deal comes along with a resurgence of the catalog due to the 10 year anniversary of Kurt Kobains death. The catalog was previously represented by BMI.