The Current State of Creative AI: What Songwriters Need to Know

The rise of creative AI understandably has some songwriters and publishers fearing for their future. Will AI-generated music ultimately compete with artists and songwriters for real-estate - and revenue - on terrestrial radio and streaming playlists? Will a fully AI-driven culture devalue human creativity altogether?

Jul 19, 2018

Songtrust Spotlight: Emma McGann

WRITING infectious pop melodies from a young age, Emma McGann grew up with the likes of Alanis Morissette & Imogen Heap on repeat. Small-town girl Emma has since molded those melodies into colossal pop anthems, gaining BBC Radio 1 airplay, nominations for various awards in the US including a Shorty Award and an iHeart Radio Music Award in 2017 and has amassed over 10 million views on her livestreams. Passionate about interacting with her audience, Emma’s TEDx Talk explains the importance of her YouNow livestreams and connecting with her supporters.

She has received recognition from some notably fierce female forces in the industry including Kylie Minogue, Nancy Sinatra and Beth Hart. Emma prides herself on being independent - after successfully raising £21,000 via Kickstarter with the help of her supporters, her recent album ‘B.R.A.V.E’ gained 20,000 streams in its first month as an independent release.

Jul 18, 2018

Electronica: Then & Now

Of all the musical styles jostling for their place in the spotlight, perhaps none is as all-encompassing as electronica. In many regards the first truly global genre, electronica isn’t bound by any specific language, cultural boundary or geographic limitation.

Jul 17, 2018

Music Publishing 101: Webinar Recap

This week we held another webinar - Music Publishing 101 - to dive into the major themes of music publishing that may still be a bit confusing to songwriters and creators. Hosted by Songtrust's own Julia Pernicone, Publishing Operations Manager, CJ Olivieri, Client Acquisition Manager, and Kyle Thiede, Associate Director of Publishing Operations, we covered topics from publishing deals to understanding PROs, copyrights and royalties. The turnout was tremendous and those that attended asked a lot of excellent questions.

Jul 13, 2018

Finding The Meaning of Music Publishing Through A&R


As an independent writer and musician, the words “music publishing” always gave me anxiety. Whenever it was brought up, it felt like someone was reminding me of an essay or test I had yet to start and really didn’t know where to begin. I’d tell myself that if I just dedicated a couple hours to looking up all the questions I kept asking myself about this seemingly irritatingly complicated part of the music industry, I could feel a little more confident in how I was handling my own catalogue of works -- and that all my owed royalties were being collected.

Jul 12, 2018

Financial Planning for Songwriters

Professional songwriters and musicians can potentially make more money today than ever before, however, that doesn't automatically mean they're going to be set for life. We've all seen the hard-luck stories of big stars who somehow wound up penniless after a series of setbacks. Over the years, how many top selling artists have declared bankruptcy - sometimes more than once - to manage debts that exceed their incomes?

Jul 10, 2018

Seven Ways to Get More Streams

Beyonce might say she doesn’t care about streaming numbers, but as a beginning songwriter and musician, it’s important to utilize every avenue to earn more royalties. If you want to earn more streams - on the way to your big breakthrough - here is a brief list of ways you can boost your streams and attract more listeners.

Jul 5, 2018

Are You Talking to Me? Using Conversation in Lyrics

Whenever songwriters use ordinary conversation in lyrics, the song quickly becomes very direct and very personal. It’s a profoundly effective technique, despite its simplicity. Conversational lyrics allows a songwriter to speak one-on-one to the listener, who almost takes on the role of a close confidante, rather than a cog in the wheel of a mass audience. And it creates a powerful emotional connection. Just ask Adele.

Jul 3, 2018

A Resonating Story For LGBTQ & Music

I've always believed that songwriters and musicians are some of our very best storytellers. Storytelling lends itself to visibility and representation, which fosters a sense of community. Community is anything that drives home the idea that you are not alone. Therefore, community does not need to come from a group of people that you know personally. In my closeted journey through high school and part of college, this was true for me. My community became the artists whose records I bought, whose shows I saw, whose words resonated with me.

Jun 28, 2018