The World of Music Publishing Royalties: Webinar Recap

Throughout November and December, we held a webinar series revolving around The World of Music Publishing Royalties. Over the course of five sessions, hosted by Songtrust's own Noelle Gambuti and Elizabeth McBride, Publishing Specialists, and various special guests, we dove into the major themes of music publishing royalties. We covered topics from the types of royalties your song can earn you to specialized royalties like YouTube and streaming royalties. The turnout was tremendous and those that attended asked a lot of excellent questions.

Dec 13, 2018

Retirement Planning for Songwriters

As a songwriter, retirement isn’t exactly at the forefront of your mind - finishing your song, setting up that next gig, and getting new equipment is more likely. However, retirement is ultimately still a top financial goal that you should be working toward.

While it may be the furthest goal out, any good financial plan starts with calculating how much money you’ll need to live on during your retirement years (aka your golden years), putting a strategy in place to get there, and then addressing your shorter-term needs, like upgrading your equipment or booking studio space. Many financial professionals believe you’ll need approximately 80 percent of your peak pre-retirement income to maintain your current lifestyle in retirement - seems like a lot right?

Dec 4, 2018

Songtrust: Business and Technology Partner to the Creative Community

Shortly after I started at Songtrust and during the early conversations I had with candidates for roles on our team, we talked about how we would speak to the creative community about why it might make sense for them to work with us. Much of what brought me to Songtrust was the chance to be a part of an organization that gives access to an area of the business long made mysterious and seemingly unavailable to a large swath of songwriters and producers. The fact is that, by law, simply by having recordings of their compositions in distribution earns them royalties. Yet it can seem nearly impossible to access these royalties due to the complexity of the global rights system. This unfairness is something that motivates me every day.

Nov 29, 2018

Producers & Publishing

The beat of a song (the drum, digital, or other percussive "beat" that serves as a core element in the song) can sometimes be as important – or even more important, especially in EDM and hip-hop music – than lyrics or melody in making a song a hit. But when a beat is created by someone other than a songwriter, such as a producer, what rights do they have to publishing royalties or writing credits? The short answer is – it's complicated.

Nov 27, 2018

How To Get The Most Out of Your Apple Music Account

Apple Music is one of the best known of all the online platforms where most fans are likely to have an iTunes account and will head there first to check out new music. Making it easy for fans to find you and engage with you is a guaranteed way to generate more downloads and streams. After you upload your music to the service, take advantage of Apple’s tips and features to encourage more streams and downloads.

Nov 21, 2018

Then & Now: Country

Of all the musical genres we’ve studied in this series—electronica, soul, synthpop, punk and hip-hop thus far—perhaps none is as divisive as today’s topic: Country.

Nov 7, 2018

Seven Essential Tips For Home Producing Your Vocals

As a singer who records and produces her own vocals, I’ve been through that lengthy process of “learning by doing.” After years of hitting record without a plan for my session, the mistakes I’ve made over time have led me to develop some systematic techniques that allow me to dive in more quickly and confidently every time. These solutions often save me time and headaches when I enter the mixing process, as well. Here are some elements of my system that you can use to figure out your own. 

Nov 6, 2018

Songtrust at Halifax Pop Explosion

Songtrust is proud to attend and network with music business professionals and songwriters at events around the globe. Last month our team headed to Nova Scotia for the Halifax Pop Explosion (HPX), a growing conference dedicated to bringing together industry professionals, artists, and fans from around the world to discuss current trends, topics, and issues in the music industry.

Nov 1, 2018

Six Tips For Finding Your Ideal Venues on Tour

Touring with your band is a great experience no matter what, but the feeling of driving for hours to a new city to perform for a new audience and then showing up at a venue that just doesn’t fit the vibe of your music can be extraordinarily deflating. At some point, your band is going to get to a place where you can adequately control that sort of stuff, but for now, on a DIY level, it’s up to you to put in the hard work of researching the right spaces for your music to make sure each stop on your tour is a success. With that in mind, here are six tips for finding your ideal venues on the road.

Oct 30, 2018