Craft and Business of Songwriting

ISBN-10: 1582970858

ISBN-13: 9781582970851

Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)

Authors: John Braheny

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In this book, Braheny shares insiders' secrets to help songwriters make their work competitive in the marketplace. Readers also get anecdotes, exercises and examples from dozens of songwriters.
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Book details

List price: $22.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: F&W Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/21/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 322
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

Introductionp. 1
The Craft
Creativity and Inspirationp. 7
Creativity: What Is It and Do You Have It?p. 7
Developing Your Creativityp. 8
Motivation--Overcoming the Barriersp. 11
Craft and Inspiration Writers: Philosophiesp. 12
Developing a "Songwriter's Consciousness"p. 13
Finding Your Own Creative Processp. 15
Breaking Writer's Blockp. 18
Stream of Consciousnessp. 20
Problem Solvingp. 22
Developing Good Work Habitsp. 22
Subject Matterp. 24
Finding Ideasp. 24
The Commerciality of Subject Matter--Mass Appealp. 25
Relatable Themesp. 26
Being Believablep. 26
Clevernessp. 27
Crossover Recordsp. 27
Themes of Lovep. 28
The Censorship Issuep. 30
Message Songsp. 30
Novelty Songsp. 34
Christmas Songsp. 35
The Media and the Listenersp. 37
The Mediap. 37
A Poem Is Not a Lyricp. 37
A Song Is Not a Recordp. 39
Writing for Radiop. 40
Singles, Albums, Live Performances, and Videop. 41
The Listener: Know Your Audiencep. 45
The Imagination of the Listenerp. 46
Writing Lyricsp. 57
Simplicityp. 57
Focusp. 58
Titlesp. 60
First Linesp. 61
Rhymep. 62
Poetic Devicesp. 70
Problems With Pronounsp. 71
Prosody and Meterp. 72
Constructing a Songp. 77
Formp. 77
Hooksp. 89
Chorus Constructionp. 90
Repetitionp. 92
Song Dynamicsp. 93
Rewritingp. 97
Writing on Assignmentp. 101
Writing Musicp. 103
Melodyp. 103
Harmonyp. 111
Groovep. 118
Collaborationp. 123
Why Two (or More) Heads Are Better Than Onep. 123
Meeting Your Matchp. 125
Can This Marriage Work?p. 128
Business Considerationsp. 132
Preliminary Business Meetingp. 134
Writing As a Band--Working It Outp. 137
The Business
Protecting Your Songsp. 143
The Importance of Taking Care of Businessp. 143
Your Song Is Your Propertyp. 144
Copyright Registrationp. 147
Copyright Infringement/Plagiarismp. 151
Online Resourcesp. 155
Avoiding the Songsharksp. 155
Where Your Money Comes Fromp. 160
Methods of Paymentp. 160
Split Publishing or Copublishingp. 162
Mechanical Royaltiesp. 162
The Compulsory Licensep. 164
Controlled Composition Clausesp. 164
Samplingp. 165
Performance Royalties: BMI, ASCAP, and SESACp. 166
Synchronization Royaltiesp. 171
Music in Printp. 172
Researching Print Music Dealsp. 174
New Income From Digital Sourcesp. 175
Publishingp. 177
What Publishers Dop. 178
Exploring the Possibilitiesp. 180
Finding a Publisherp. 181
Checking Out the Publisherp. 182
Getting Feedback From Publishersp. 184
Uncontracted Songpluggingp. 185
Single-Song Contractsp. 186
Your Chances for Advancesp. 197
Exclusive Staff Writing Positionsp. 198
How Staff Deals Happenp. 203
Self-Publishingp. 205
Why Publish Your Own Songs?p. 205
Start Your Own Publishing Companyp. 206
Business Expenses and the IRSp. 208
Castingp. 210
Successful Pitching Strategiesp. 213
Negotiatingp. 215
"Holds"p. 218
Foreign Subpublishingp. 220
Administration Dealsp. 222
Independent Songpluggersp. 223
Demosp. 226
Why You Need Themp. 226
Types of Demosp. 227
Who Gets What and How Elaborate Does It Need To Be?p. 228
What You Can Do at Homep. 231
Choosing a Studiop. 233
The Recording Processp. 242
Choosing the Songsp. 245
Arrangementsp. 247
Demo Production Servicesp. 252
Tape/CD Copiesp. 254
Presenting Your Demop. 255
Using the Internet: Your Demo as Audio Filep. 258
Marketing Yourself and Your Songsp. 260
Where Do You Start?p. 260
Writers, Writer/Artists, and Writer/Producers in the Marketplacep. 264
Researching the Music Industryp. 265
Getting Ready to Face the Industryp. 274
Query Letters or E-Mailsp. 279
In-Person Interviewsp. 281
Getting Heard in a "No Unsolicited Material" Worldp. 282
The Options of an Out-of-Townerp. 291
Marketing Your Lyricsp. 292
Organize Your Song Shoppingp. 293
Showcasingp. 296
Contestsp. 299
Web Sitesp. 304
Additional Marketsp. 306
Film and Televisionp. 306
Commercial Jinglesp. 311
Start a Local Agencyp. 315
Production Music Librariesp. 318
Children's Musicp. 321
Musical Theaterp. 323
Music for Gamesp. 326
Corporate Eventsp. 327
Local Eventsp. 327
Getting a Record Dealp. 329
The Artist vs. the Writer/Artistp. 329
The Demop. 331
The Live Performancep. 332
Marketabilityp. 334
The Professional Teamp. 336
The Campaignp. 344
Why a Major-Label Deal May Not Be Best for Youp. 345
Should You Do It Yourself?p. 346
Internet Record Companiesp. 347
Appendixp. 349
Bibliographyp. 360
Permissionsp. 365
Indexp. 367
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