Understanding Split Sheets and Lyric Sheets

Songwriters should know how to show off their work with the best advantage and how to make sure they are paid for their work. While not used by every songwriter, lyric sheets and split sheets are two important documents that may be of use to you as you grow, and something that you need to know how to create and use.

Apr 24, 2018

Avoiding Songwriter Burnout

"The more you know who you are and what you want, the less you let things upset you.” - Lost in Translation

Songwriting comes to each person in a different way - for some, it’s easier than others. It's not uncommon for songwriters to experience burnout, and many careers have plateaued or ended completely because of it. It's important to remember that burnout is usually the culmination of issues that are troubling you – whether it's friction with collaborators or a negative reaction to your songwriting from loved ones – and this can eventually rob you of the joy you used to take in it. Even though burnout has leveled many talents, you can avoid it – or, if you burn out, fight your way back. Here are a few ways to jumpstart yourself:

Apr 23, 2018

The Basics of International Publishing

Songwriters dream of hearing their music in every far-flung corner of the world. Right now your music could be wafting through the streets of Tel-Aviv, Tijuana or Tokyo. Keeping track of what has been played where and by whom across the globe can be complicated, expensive and time consuming, but since international markets are a great source of revenue it makes sense to understand some international music basics.

Apr 19, 2018

Covering and Sampling: The Basics

Despite its deep roots in musical tradition, covering and sampling other artists’ work is a sticky topic. Some songwriters have no issue with drawing inspiration from existing songs and sounds, while others insist it’s “cheating” and prefer a more traditional approach to songwriting.

Apr 18, 2018

From a Dream to a Reality

At the ripe old age of thirteen, I had a badge around my neck and was attending my first songwriting conference - The Durango Songwriters Expo in Colorado. Later that Spring, I was off to the ASCAP “I Create Music Expo” in Los Angeles. I was a kid on a mission - dragging my mom to panels, workshops, meetups and listening sessions. During high school, I took extension courses in music business at UCLA and read oversized textbooks in my free time - all to wrap my brain around the complexities of the music industry and, more specifically, music publishing. Now, having recently graduated from NYU with a degree in Music Business, I realize that I have still only scratched the surface and that the music world only continues to change and evolve every day.

Apr 17, 2018

YouTube 101: A Beginner’s Guide

Savvy musicians know that YouTube is one of the best ways to locate fans and potential fans around the world. If you’ve started your own YouTube Channel, you’re on your way, but are you taking all the right steps to earn royalties from your songs on YouTube?

Apr 12, 2018

Songtrust Spotlight: Drvmroll

BASED IN Ghana, Africa, Derek Amoah Asare, also known as Drvmroll, is a music producer who has been making beats since 2010. His career was launched after rapper, and fellow Ghanian, Sarkodie released a song called “Oluwa is Involved” in 2014. His songs blend the sonics of different genres, giving him a mature sound. He’s always looking to grow and collaborate with songwriters and artists of different genres on new projects.

Apr 11, 2018

The Importance of Setlists

While many setlists have been (and undoubtedly will continue to be) hastily scribbled on napkins and scraps of paper, that doesn't mean they're not valuable – a handwritten Nirvana setlist, complete with a dirty footprint, sold for a cool $10,000, after all. A setlist doesn't have to be a collectible item or concert souvenir for it to have worth. In fact, songwriters earn performance royalties from when their songs are played in public, and submitting their setlist is key to getting those royalties.

Apr 10, 2018

I've Written a Song, Now What?

You finally finished writing/producing that perfect song, worked out all the kinks and chosen the perfect words, and now you’re ready to share it with the world. How you move forward from here can define who you are as a creator/writer. The most important next step is to record, master, or mix your song. You can’t start collecting royalties or get public interaction until your songs are complete, so decide the way that works best for you and get finalizing.  

Apr 5, 2018