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

Songtrust at Amsterdam Dance Event

Songtrust is proud to attend and network with music business professionals and songwriters at events around the globe. This month our team headed to Amsterdam for the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the leading conference and festival for the whole spectrum of electronic sub-genres, with more than 1000 events spread out over almost 200 venues.

Oct 25, 2018

Publishing vs. Distribution

Most songwriters know that having great songs and a great sound is only the first step to making music a full-time career. The next step is to assemble a team of professionals to distribute your music and make sure you collect all your royalties. Even songwriters with a distribution deal in place should understand what a publisher does and how they can help you succeed. Working with both is the best way to make sure you effectively manage the business side of your career and collect all the money you earn. Below are the major differences between what a publisher will do for you and what a distributor will do - make sure to know the difference.

Oct 24, 2018

How To Make The Most Out of Your Spotify Account

Spotify has become a wildly popular music streaming service – but for indie songwriters and musicians, figuring out how that popularity can profit them may not be so obvious. The good news is that streaming can mean real money – if you learn how to get the most out of it and treat it like a business. Here are some ways to make your Spotify account work for you as well as how to make sure you get the money owed to you once it does.

Oct 23, 2018