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:

From ASCAP.com:
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.

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: April 4, 2014

4 Apr


Island Def Jam Motown has reorganized into three standalone labels, Island, Def Jam, and Motown Records. Each label will be restructured with a new CEO and team to better fit their respective artists. The goal of this change is to re-establish the brand and story of each label in particular Motown Records who has a long history of traditional R&B and gospel acts. This label will permanently relocate to Los Angeles.

Total worldwide music sales in the U.S. has remained high with a total of $4.47 Billion in 2013. This represents an increase in sales growth by .8%. An annual global sales report called “Recording Industry In Numbers” from IFPI indicates that Japan falls 2nd with a total $3.01 Billion. This was followed by Germany who surpassed the U.K. for the world’s 3rd position. Their sales totaled to $1.37 Billion while U.K.’s totaled $1.30 Billion. According to the report, digital music made up over 60% of recorded music revenues with subscription based services growing by 65.4% in 2013.

Spotify has launched a new redesign for iPhone, desktop and web apps. With a darker background and more subtle icons, the new design allows for the album art to be more visible and “pop”. There is also a new feature called “your music” that serves in place of “playlists” that allows the user to more easily store the music they like. Spotify released a YouTube video on Tuesday to introduce the new layout.

5 Of Today’s Biggest Artists Who Started As Songwriters

1 Apr

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Stephanie Joanne Angela Germanotta, now known as Lady Gaga always had big plans of becoming a huge star. She did however, begin her career in the world of songwriting and music publishing. In 2007, after leaving school at NYU, she served as an intern for Famous Music Publishing. That company was later acquired by Sony/ATV, to whom she then signed with as a songwriter. Before her break out single, “Pokerface”, Lady Gaga wrote songs for several acts including Britney Spears and New Kids On The Block.

Before country music star Hunter Hayes was headlining arenas across America, he was a songwriter. At the age of 17, Hunter Hayes moved to Nashville and signed with Universal Music Publishing Group. He went on to co-write the Rascal Flatts song “Play” from their 2010 album “Nothing Like This”. Hunter began working on his debut album after signing with Atlantic Records in 2010.

Taylor Swift’s signature songwriting style caught the attention of major music publishers far before it caught the attention of major labels. In 2004, at the age of 14, Taylor Swift was hired as a staff writer for Sony/ATV Publishing House. She was the youngest ever staff writer. Here she co-wrote with many of her songwriting idols and honed her craft before releasing her first hit “Tim McGraw” in the summer of 2008.

Before winning Grammy’s for hits such as “Merry Go Round” and “Blowing Smoke”, Kacey Musgraves was a songwriter. Before signing with Mercury Records in 2012, she signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell and went on to write hits for Martina Mcbride and Miranda Lambert

At the age of 18, Kesha Rose Sebert, now known as Kesha moved to L.A. and signed a publishing deal as a songwriter with Dr Luke’s “Prescription Songs”. Before her “Tick Tock” fame, As well as working as a backing vocalist, Kesha wrote many commercially released songs including “This Love”, by Australian group The Veronicas, and “Disgusting” by Nickelodeon star Miranda Cosgrove.