|IF I GET MY SONG PUBLISHED, DOES THIS MEAN I WILL BE
HEARD ON THE RADIO?
Many songwriters who are also performers contact us with the interest of having their song/s published. After sending them an agreement for a certain song that we believe is marketable We find that these uninformed songwriters are actually expecting them to be signed as performers as they do not understand the difference between the role of a music publisher and that of a record company. While most record companies have their own music publishing department, having a song signed is different to getting signed as a performer. We are not a record company, but we shop songs to record companies for their artists. Unless a record company signs you, your song might become a hit making you successful and not you as a performer.
I AM A GREAT PERFORMER MYSELF, WHY WOULD I WANT OTHER ARTISTS TO SING MY SONGS?
We hear this over and over: "I don't think I want anyone else singing MY song unless it's me."
We've seen even the best songwriters thinking that someday they will break through the music industry and therefore not allowing other renowned artists to perform their songs while others who do understand the business of writing great songs are struggling to get that same opportunity. We mean opportunities like studio execs and A&Rs lining up to swoop through songs to give to their Top 40 artists.
At this point in time, you may be ready to share your songs with the world, but as of now no one really knows you in the industry or cares to see your band's Myspace page. It's played out. But walking into a club and instead announcing that you were the writer to that new Britney Spears, Justin Bieber or Black Eyed Peas song that everyone is bobbing their heads to, I am sure you'll get the immediate attention of people and the definite attention of industry professionals. Its all about positioning yourself and that's what we are here to help you do. Think of it as coaching. Many people have paid their dues making it in this town, and though everyone's path is different, we all pay them. However, while you're taking on your journey here, we are here to help you and give you these honest bits of experience.
If Rhianna or Robbie Williams would perform your song, what do you have to lose? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. You have indeed EVERYTHING TO GAIN since the song is always yours. If you want to release it on your own CD and sell them to family and friends and beyond, you can still do that. You can always perform your song in clubs and shows. But you have the advantage of receiving an income for your song playing on the radio by Rhianna or Robby WIlliams. Carol King is known to be the first woman in the music industry to market her songs successfully since she didn't start her career as a famous solo performer but as a songwriter. The Shirelles for example performed 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow' in the 60's. That didn't stop Carol to release her own album with the song she wrote included. Carol might have never been known by the industry if she had only thought of singing all her songs herself.
There's more chance to achieve your dream if you are a great performer in allowing already established artists to perform your songs or you might only be a dreamer and never making it in the music industry if you do not understand how it all works. While there are doors that will remain locked to untalented artists and writers, there are doors already open to many talented ones that may never be found and there are also doors wide open to talented songwriters who refuse to walk through because of either their ignorance about the music business or just their ego.
WHY SHOULD I SELL MY SONGS?
First of all the term 'selling a song' has caused a misconception about song licensing throughout the music industry. Though it is used as such, you are not really selling a song, but licensing it for use by someone else, generating an income for you. Whether you write for film or allow somebody else to perform your songs, even if you have offered your publishing share to a music publishing company (unless you have signed a Work For Hire agreement), your name should always remain into the writers credit of that song.
By licensing their songs many songwriters today are making a living from the songs you hear on the radio, yet you probably do not know their names. Perhaps you've heard about Diane Warren with her credits on so many hit songs including How Do I Live (Lee Ann Rimes), Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion), Don't Want To Miss A Thing (Aerosmith) etc. You've probably heard of Desmond Child, David Foster... But what about names of writers who writes for artists who do not write their own songs such as Anders Bagge (Cover On My Heart - Guy Sebastian), Andreas Carlsson (I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys), John Reid (You're The Voice - John Farnham) , Jorgen Elofsson (Sometimes - Britney Spears & Angels Brought Me Here - Guy Sebastian), Tom Nicholls (Touched BY Love - Eran James), Klaus Derendorf (Somewhere In The World Tonight - Altiyan Childs) and Sydney based songwriter Adam Reily (All I Need Is You - Guy Sebastian) amongst many others. These talented writers aren't signed to record companies as performers and have no intention into becoming one, even though they could sing wonderfully beside writing the most marketable songs, but now make a fortune simply by writing materials that fit the standards or formula expected by record companies.