Songtrust Spotlight: Laura Brehm

SINGER-SONGWRITER AND COLORADO NATIVE, Laura Brehm is revealing more of her true potential with each song. With releases that hit the top of the Hype Machine popular chart and landed in iTunes Dance Charts and Spotify Viral 50, Laura is one of the most sought after vocalists in the Electronic Dance Music world today. As she continues to work with international producers and artists, Laura is bringing back her solo music allowing her to showcase an increasingly sophisticated style of her own. Combining her experience of different realms of music so far, her new folk/electronic sound will bring the best pieces of her background to the forefront. Laura’s innovative approach to songwriting and way of singing will continue to win over her steadily growing fan base.

Aug 15, 2018

Top Ten Reasons You Need Songtrust

We’ve gone on and on about music publishing in general - discussing the various deals songwriters might encounter to the type of royalties their songs can earn them - and of course, we’ve talked about how Songtrust can help songwriters not leave any money on the table. But, we’ve shared all these ways in a variety of ways and it’s time we highlight the top ten reasons why Songtrust is really an ideal option for songwriters at any stage of their career. Below, you’ll find the top ten reasons, out of many, you need Songtrust:

Aug 14, 2018

Top Six Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Live Performances

Live performances are such an important part of any artist’s career and knowing all the ways you can make money from them is vital. That means it's important to make sure you're getting the most out of each time you hit the stage, from selling merchandise to collecting royalties. Here are six tips for making sure every performance you make results in the most revenue it can:

Aug 9, 2018

Songtrust Spotlight: Jedd Katrancha

AS EVP AT DOWNTOWN MUSIC PUBLISHING, Jedd Katrancha oversees the company's global creative department, including efforts as they relate to placement of catalog in film, television, video games, product placement, advertising, and more. Jedd has personally worked on licenses with dozens of brands, including Anheuser Busch, Kia, Yahoo, Chevy, Vitamin Water, Mountain Dew, Sprint, and Cadillac.

Established in 2007, Downtown Music Publishing is one of the leading rights-management firms in North America, with offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London, and Amsterdam. The company's catalog spans over seven decades of popular music, including the works of such diverse writer/artists as John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, Hans Zimmer, Mötley Crüe, Jewel, Santigold, and One Direction.

Aug 8, 2018

Overcoming Songwriter's Block

Even if songwriting is your passion, writer’s block can still happen or you find yourself stumped on what to write about next. It can be the most frustrating thing being unable to create new songs because you're unable to think of new ideas, stuck on the same idea, or unable to move forward with one you've already started - we totally get it. Here are just five different methods you can try to break through your writer’s block:

Aug 7, 2018

Behind the Songtrust Community

Before I started at Songtrust, my knowledge of music publishing was very limited. In fact, the only real knowledge I had of the music industry was about music supervising and sync licensing, but the thought about “how do songwriters earn money off their songs?” had definitely crossed my mind more than a few times. I grew up, for the majority, in a small town north of Dallas, TX. Four out of five of all my friends were musicians or in a band, and I spent most of my highschool evenings attending some obscure venue to watch my friends pour their heart and soul out on stage to a bunch of strangers.

Aug 2, 2018

Songtrust Spotlight: Joe Conyers III

JOE B. CONYERS III is Co-founder & General Manager of Songtrust and VP of Technology for Downtown Music Publishing. Songtrust helps music makers and rights holders collect their music publishing royalties by powering global royalty collection with simple term deals, completely online working with 40+ societies and 120+ territories making it easy to get paid publishing royalties from YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, Radio, Movies, TV and more. Joe has grown the company to service over 150K creators and 20K publishers with works recorded by Brandy Clark, Bruno Mars, Selena Gomez, Frank Ocean, and other Grammy nominated artists. At Downtown, Joe leads product, technology, and digital service partnerships focusing on maximizing client royalty collection by advancing digital licensing efforts. Billboard Magazine has consecutively named Joe a Digital Power Player ('16, '17).

Jul 31, 2018

Copyright 101

What exactly is a copyright? The simplest definition is it is a form of intellectual property protection enforceable under the law. Despite the term being used in the singular, “a copyright” is actually a bundle of rights granted to an author of an original creative work that has been fixed in a tangible medium, such as song recorded on a CD or audio file.

Jul 26, 2018

Switching Your Performing Rights Organization: What To Consider

DISCLAIMER: Before you even consider this, please know this is a very major decision.

It may have extremely adverse effects on your payments (and your cash flow) from the society for years to come.

When switching to a new PRO, you will almost certainly lose money and you may not earn as much money at your new PRO depending on what kind of performances you are receiving. If you rely on the cash from your PRO to pay your bills and do not have backup income, this can be a very financially irresponsible decision.

Jul 25, 2018