5 Concepts Songwriters Should Always Keep In Mind

[Editors Note: This article was written by Joan Selby.]   Writing a song that captures our feelings and conveys them to an audience is often more difficult than it seems. Sure, it is easy for us to understand every metaphor and to relate to certain emotions that our lyrics describe, but will a perfect stranger […]

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An Examination of the Songwriter & Music Publisher Relationship [PART 1]

[Editors Note: This is a guest blog written by Justin M. Jacobson, Esq.]   UPDATE: Read Part 2 of this series here! We will now examine the music publisher and its exclusive publishing agreement with a songwriter. In addition to the standard exclusive publishing agreement explored below, there are other types of related agreements a songwriter could […]

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How To Finally Break Up With a Co-Writer

[Editors Note: This was written by Dan Reifsnyder and originally appeared on the Sonicbids Blog. Late in 2016, TuneCore Blog contributing writer Mason Hoberg also covered fractured relationships among artists in his article titled, “How To Kick Out a Band Member”.]   Sometimes, it’s time to pull the plug on a relationship. It happens all the […]

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An Updated Look at Neighboring Rights

[E[Editors Note: This is a guest blog written by Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Justin is an entertainment and media attorney for The Jacobson Firm, P.C. in New York City. In 2012, we published an article titled “Neighboring Rights: What They Are & Why They Matter”. This newest installment includes a current exploration of today’s neighboring […]

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Five Tips To Increase Your Value as a Performer

By Mason Hoberg   Contrary to what you may believe, learning to play an instrument well is only the first step in becoming a musician who is commercially valuable. To really be an asset to labels, or even just other musicians in your scene, you need to constantly be improving your skills and marketability. The […]

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August Songwriter News

By Stefanie Flamm From Rio to the US Presidential election, it’s been a busy summer for everyone, including songwriters around the world: Rio turns out to be as much a competition for artists looking to get sync placement as it is for the Olympic athletes. Donald Trump stirs even more controversy by using “We Are […]

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Interview: Justin Klump on His New Album & Finding The Small Successess

Singer/songwriter Justin Klump found his love of music as a teenager and applied his work ethic toward making it his life ever since. He’s got three independently released albums (distributed via TuneCore!) under his belt and his self-titled fourth coming this Friday, May 13th. With success on SiriusXM’s The Coffeehouse, iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter Charts, and over 100,000 miles of touring […]

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April Songwriter News

By Dwight Brown As spring settles in, songs, activists and artists are creating news. The iconic civil rights song “We Shall Overcome” may be headed to Public Domain territory. Government regulations are stymying songwriters, but there may be a way out. Led Zeppelin may have a “Whole Lotta Love” for borrowing tunes. There’s a lot […]

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March Songwriter News

By Dwight Brown Spring forward. Get ahead. The publishing industry is becoming an investment goldmine. Artists who applied to a songwriting competition TV show get a wakeup call. A Berklee professor sues Spotify, while Spotify settles with NMPA. A hot debate over the length of copyright terms erupts. There’s a lot going on for songwriters. […]

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The Wealthy West: Brandon Kinder on Balancing Solo & Band Life

It’s a story you hear often: bandmates meet at college, start writing songs and playing locally, gain post-college indie success, start touring with hot bands and even get songs licensed on TV! Just as often, we learn that a member of the band decides on releasing solo work on the side. As fans or upcoming artists, […]

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