Songtrust Spotlight: Lisa Hauptman


A FLORIDIAN AT HEART, Lisa Hauptman moved to New York City after graduating from Florida State University with one goal - to be in the music industry. After a brief stint at a magazine publishing company, she was offered an opportunity to be the first employee at an entertainment law firm founded by Fred Davis. Sixteen years later, that same law firm had three offices in the US and over 45 employees. That opportunity was what started her career in Human Resources. As the Global Head of People at Downtown and Songtrust, Lisa oversees the global expansion of Downtown’s brand and is responsible for attracting, developing and retaining the best talent. 
 

Sep 12, 2018

Songtrust Spotlight: CJ Olivieri


A LONG ISLAND NATIVE, CJ manages the Client Acquisition Team for Songtrust throughout New York, Atlanta and Nashville. His team focuses on identifying rights owners, songwriters, and producers in need of global publishing administrative services and seamlessly transitioning them onto the Songtrust platform. CJ is also tasked with providing tools and education to prospects to help them better understand the music publishing landscape and learn how to further take control over their own publishing situations. 
 

Aug 22, 2018

What Are Counterclaims And What Do I Do If I Have One?

A frequently asked question we get is about conflicting claims (also known as counterclaims or duplicate claims) which occur when there is a miscommunication between co-writers and/or publishers about the correct songwriting splits and/or ownership. As a result of this dispute, the registered song has unclear, differing claims that often add up to more than the required 100% total shares.

Aug 21, 2018

Top Ten Reasons You Need Songtrust

We’ve gone on and on about music publishing in general - discussing the various deals songwriters might encounter to the type of royalties their songs can earn them - and of course, we’ve talked about how Songtrust can help songwriters not leave any money on the table. But, we’ve shared all these ways in a variety of ways and it’s time we highlight the top ten reasons why Songtrust is really an ideal option for songwriters at any stage of their career. Below, you’ll find the top ten reasons, out of many, you need Songtrust:

Aug 14, 2018

Songtrust Spotlight: Jedd Katrancha

AS EVP AT DOWNTOWN MUSIC PUBLISHING, Jedd Katrancha oversees the company's global creative department, including efforts as they relate to placement of catalog in film, television, video games, product placement, advertising, and more. Jedd has personally worked on licenses with dozens of brands, including Anheuser Busch, Kia, Yahoo, Chevy, Vitamin Water, Mountain Dew, Sprint, and Cadillac.

Established in 2007, Downtown Music Publishing is one of the leading rights-management firms in North America, with offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London, and Amsterdam. The company's catalog spans over seven decades of popular music, including the works of such diverse writer/artists as John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, Hans Zimmer, Mötley Crüe, Jewel, Santigold, and One Direction.

Aug 8, 2018

Overcoming Songwriter's Block

Even if songwriting is your passion, writer’s block can still happen or you find yourself stumped on what to write about next. It can be the most frustrating thing being unable to create new songs because you're unable to think of new ideas, stuck on the same idea, or unable to move forward with one you've already started - we totally get it. Here are just five different methods you can try to break through your writer’s block:

Aug 7, 2018

Behind the Songtrust Community

Before I started at Songtrust, my knowledge of music publishing was very limited. In fact, the only real knowledge I had of the music industry was about music supervising and sync licensing, but the thought about “how do songwriters earn money off their songs?” had definitely crossed my mind more than a few times. I grew up, for the majority, in a small town north of Dallas, TX. Four out of five of all my friends were musicians or in a band, and I spent most of my highschool evenings attending some obscure venue to watch my friends pour their heart and soul out on stage to a bunch of strangers.

Aug 2, 2018

Songtrust Spotlight: Joe Conyers III

JOE B. CONYERS III is Co-founder & General Manager of Songtrust and VP of Technology for Downtown Music Publishing. Songtrust helps music makers and rights holders collect their music publishing royalties by powering global royalty collection with simple term deals, completely online working with 40+ societies and 120+ territories making it easy to get paid publishing royalties from YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, Radio, Movies, TV and more. Joe has grown the company to service over 150K creators and 20K publishers with works recorded by Brandy Clark, Bruno Mars, Selena Gomez, Frank Ocean, and other Grammy nominated artists. At Downtown, Joe leads product, technology, and digital service partnerships focusing on maximizing client royalty collection by advancing digital licensing efforts. Billboard Magazine has consecutively named Joe a Digital Power Player ('16, '17).

Jul 31, 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