Craft and Business of Songwriting A Practical Guide to Creating and Marketing Artistically and Commercially Successful Songs

ISBN-10: 1582974667

ISBN-13: 9781582974668

Edition: 3rd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: John Braheny

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Combines inspirational craft tips with practical business lessons Features examples and career advice drawn from successful artists in a variety of genres, from country to hip-hop Perfect for beginners who want an overview of the business Writing great songs is only half the work of becoming a successful songwriter - you also have to manage your business. Perfect for beginners and working songwriters alike, The Craft & Business of Songwriting features dozens of exercises, examples, and anecdotes from successful songwriters including Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, and Paul McCartney. With all this and more, readers will find the insider secrets they need to make them more competitive in a crowded marketplace.
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List price: $23.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: F&W Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.596
Language: English

John Braheny co-founded and directed the Los Angeles Screenwriters Showcase, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for songwriters to be discovered. Braheny is also a journalist, talk show host, teacher, and consultant.

How Did I Learn What I Know?
Songwriting Principles
Can Songwriting Be Taught?
What's New in This Edition?
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The Craft
Creativity and Inspiration
Creativity: What Is It and Do You Have It?
Developing Your Creativity
Motivation: Overcoming the Barriers
Craft vs. Inspiration
Developing a Songwriter's Consciousness
Finding Your Own Creative Process
Breaking Writer's Block
Stream of Consciousness
Problem Solving
Developing Good Work Habits
Subject Matter
Finding Ideas
The Commerciality of Subject Matter: Mass Appeal
Writing From Emotion
Message Songs
Novelty Songs
Lifestyle Songs
Christmas Songs
The Media and Listeners
The Media
A Poem Is Not a Lyric
A Song Is Not a Record
Writing for Radio
Song Length
Singles, Albums, Live Performances, Video
The Listener: Know Your Audience
Writing Lyrics
First Lines
Second Verse Curse (a.k.a. Second Verse Hell)
Poetic Devices
Prosody and Meter
Lyric Context
Constructing a Song
Basic Principles of Commercial Songwriting
Words and Music Together
Chorus Construction
Song Dynamics
Writing Music
Completing Songs
Scale Context
Why Two (Or More) Heads Can Be Better Than One
Finding Your Match
Can This Marriage Work?
Collaboration Business
Preliminary Business Meeting
Writing As a Band-Working It Out
The Business
Protecting Your Songs
The Importance of Taking Care of Business
Your Song Is Your Property
Copyright Registration
Copyright Infringement
Public Domain
Online Resources
Avoiding the Songsharks
Where Your Money Comes From
Methods of Payment
Split Publishing or Co-Publishing
Mechanical Royalties
The Cumpulsory License
Controlled Composition Clauses
Performance Royalties: BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC
Synchronization Royalties
Music in Print
Researching Print Music Deals
Income From Digital Sources and the Home Recording Act
Royalty Logic
Royalties From the Home Recording Act of 1992
AFM & AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund
What Publishers Do
Exploring the Possibilities
Finding a Publisher
Getting Feedback From Publishers
Uncontracted Songplugging
Single Song Contracts
Your Chances For Advances
Exclusive Staff Writing Positions
Writing on Assignment
Why Publish Your Own Songs?
How to Start Your Own Publishing Company
Business Expenses and the IRS
Casting: The Right Song for the Right Artist
Successful Pitching Strategies
Foreign Sub-Publishing
Administration Deals
Independent Songpluggers
Why You Need Demos
Types of Demos
Who Gets What and How Elaborate Does It Need to Be?
What You Can Do at Home
Choosing a Studio
The Recording Process
Demo Production Services
CDs vs. Digital Audio Files vs. Cassettes
Presenting Your Demo
Using the Internet: Your Demo As Audio File
Marketing Yourself and Your Songs
Where Do You Start?
Writers, Writer/Artists, and Writer/Producers in the Marketplace
Reading Your Road Map: Researching the Music Industry
Getting Ready to Face the Industry
Dealing With Rejection
In-Person Interviews
Getting Heard in a "No Unsolicited Material" World
Getting Through the Doors
Making the Calls
The Options of an Out-of-Towner
Marketing Your Lyrics
Organize Your Song Shopping
Your Home on the Web
Legal Questions About Podcasts
Free Music Marketing Advice and Newsletters
Additional Markets
Writing for Audio-Visual Media
Production Music Libraries
Children's Music
Music for Video Games
Cell Phone Ringtones and Master Tones
Music for Commercials
Musical Theater
Getting a Record Deal
The Artist vs. The Writer/Artist
How Record Companies Listen to your Music
The Professional Team
The Campaign
Your Web Site Is a Critical Factor
Why a Major Label Deal May Not Be Best for You
Should You Do It Yourself?
The Future of the Music Revolution
Songwriter's Resources
For Industry Contacts
For Getting Your Demos Directly to Music Industry Pros No Matter Where You Live
Online Pitch Services
Local Organizations
National Organizations
Local Newsletters
Performing Rights Organizations: BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC
Online Songwriters Resources
Music Industry Information Sites
The Trade Magazines
Songwriters Print Periodicals
Film and TV Trades
Audio-Visual Media Tip Sheets
Additional Recommended Books
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