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

Do I Need More Than a Performance Rights Organization?

Many of Songtrust’s most frequently asked questions focus on how we work with Performance Rights Organizations, or PROs. Many times songwriters will ask “I’m already registered with a PRO, do I still need Songtrust?” or “Do I need to register with a performance rights organization (PRO)?” The answer simply is yes, but it’s important to understand why you need one and why you still need publishing administration from a company like Songtrust.

Mar 13, 2018

Music Publishing Deals in 2018

Administration vs. Co-Publishing Deals

Which is Right for You?

You’ve heard the story before - about the budding songwriter who dreams of making it big by getting an offer for a publishing deal from a big, reputable company that then makes them famous. It’s what any artist aims for, but with the rising numbers of independent artists coming into their own, a traditional publishing deal isn’t the only option anymore. Now songwriters have to ask themselves a variety of questions including - How much ownership are you willing to give up for the benefits that a traditional publishing deal will give you today?

Feb 27, 2018

5 Things You Had Wrong about YouTube Royalties

What site has over 300 hours of video uploaded every minute and 7 billion hours watched every month?  Well if you have been living under a rock, get ready, because YouTube is here to stay. With over $4 billion in revenue in 2014 alone, you may be wondering “Where does all this money go?” and “How can my songs make money from it?” Well here are some common misconceptions on how songwriter royalties work with this service.

Apr 16, 2015

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Registering Songs

Kraftwerk enjoyed registering their songs while adorned in ultraviolet suits. 

Mar 28, 2012

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Lyrics

For most bands, the songwriting is the key factor in their success. And while we certainly don't want to underplay the importance of writing unique music, it is the lyrics that often make the difference between remarkable and unremarkable songs.

Mar 26, 2012

5 Ways To Write The Perfect Love Song

There are many reasons to write a love song…

Feb 13, 2012

5 Simple Ways To Conquer Songwriter's Block

Feb 6, 2012

5 Big Mistakes To Avoid When Recording In-Home

It is becoming more common than ever before that songwriters are setting themselves up with their own in-home recording studios to forgo the process of booking and paying for studio time that they need to rush through in order to get everything done within the allotted time.

Jan 17, 2012