The essential guide for success in songwriting In this comprehensively updated 3rd Edition, John Braheny teaches you the craft of songwriting and then goes behind the scenes of the music business to unearth insider secrets that will make your songs stand out. You'll find exercises and anecdotes to help you: Develop a "songwriter's consciousness" for picking out original ideas Collaborate effectively with co-writers Break into songwriting for film & TV, children's music, and commercials Use the internet to best advantage for pitching songs, networking, and publicity Understand the business of demos and song contracts Braheny also brings you up to date with ongoing changes in online digital song distribution, podcasting, song-pitching services, home recording technology, production music libraries, and web hosting services. It's everything you need to know to make your mark on the world of music!
Author: James Peterik,Jim Peterik,Dave Austin,Cathy Lynn
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
This edition shows readers how to develop songwriting skills and take their skills to the next level. It addresses the new face of the recording industry and its shift from traditional sales to downloads and mobile music, as well as covering the numerous social media networking sites.
How do you turn songwriting talent into a professional career? This essential guide tackles that question, alongside many others, taking songwriters through all the developmental phases and commercial experiences along the way in order to inspire and encourage the reader to find their own voice and write successfully within their chosen genre. Collating the best-available expertise with fresh ideas about the industry, Andrew West equips the reader with what every productive songwriter needs to know: how to write communicative songs that express meaning and convey individuality; how to develop songs into records; how the writer can function as a marketer and seller of original work; how domestic and international markets operate; and how to act and interact meaningfully within the culture of those market. Armed with this knowledge, the songwriter is able to engage creatively and financially to make the most of their potential.
Wer eine Karriere im Musikgeschäft anstrebt, kommt an diesem Buch nicht vorbei! Ob bei der Planung eines Auftritts, bei Vertragsverhandlungen oder der Verwaltung der Finanzen - im Musikbusiness lauern viele rechtliche und finanzielle Fallen. Branchen-Kenner Wolfram Herrmann hat den US-Bestseller des Staranwalts Donald S. Passman auf die Musik-Szene in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz übertragen. In diesem Ratgeber enthüllen die beiden Experten ihr umfangreiches Insiderwissen - fundiert und eingängig. "Hätte ich dieses Buch bereits zu Beginn meiner Karriere gehabt, wäre ich heute zehn Mal reicher und hätte ein Vermögen an Anwaltsgebühren gespart." Ed Bicknell, Manager der 'Dire Straits'
(Book). An excellent and essential primer for the aspiring tunesmith, Songwriting: The Words, the Music & Money offers authoritative tips on everything from basic song forms to the hard facts of succeeding in the music business. In between, veteran songwriter Dick Weissman shares his insights into composing effective lyrics, melodies and hooks, as well as detailed breakdowns of every musical style from folk to cabaret to hip hop. The first book on the topic to be accompanied by audio covering all the musical concepts explored within, this is an invaluable resource for anyone engaged in the serious study of songwriting. No knowledge of musical notation is required.
Understanding the Music Business offers students a current overview of the music business. Going beyond what most music business texts offer, Weismann delivers a contemporary approach that addresses the unanswered questions for today's music students, such as, "Is it really possible to make a living as musician?" Understanding the Music Business covers the basics in the first part of the text. This first section deals with the fundamentals of the industry, including recording, music publishing, agents, managers, radio and television, unions, the internet and new technology, and regional and international music markets. However, it is the second half of the text that breaks new ground by covering the career paths of new artists in the industry, the development and need for entrepreneurial skills, and the ways that individuals forge careers in the industry.
Wie analysiert man eigentlich populäre Musik? Nach zwei Jahrzehnten eines überwiegend kulturwissenschaftlichen Blicks auf den Gegenstand besinnt sich die Popularmusikforschung wieder auf ihre Kernkompetenz: auf die Beschreibung von Musik als akustisches Phänomen. Die etablierten Techniken der Untersuchung von Kunstmusik erweisen sich hier jedoch als nur bedingt transferierbar. Die Beiträge dieses Bandes diskutieren daher alternative Methoden zur Analyse populärer Musik und erproben sie am Beispiel von Songs aus Pop, Rock und Jazz.
The new Eighth Edition of the Music Business Handbook and Career Guide maintains the tradition of this classic text as the most comprehensive, up-to-date guide to the $100 billion music industry. This new Eighth Edition expands on hot-button music business issues such as digital downloads, piracy, and record company transformations. Thoroughly revised, the Eighth Edition shares a particular emphasis on online music and its impact on the rest of the industry. The Eighth Edition also includes complete coverage of all aspects of the music industry, including songwriting, publishing, licensing, artist management, promotion, retailing, media, and much more.
The key to building a dream career, this text provides songwriters of every kind of music, from rock and hip-hop to classical and country, with all the essential information they need to build and maintain a successful life in songwriting.
A Troubadour's Guide to Writing, Performing, Recording, and Business Second Edition
Author: Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
(Book). The Complete Singer-Songwriter is the ultimate guide for the modern performer, chock-full of tips, tools, and inspiration for both aspiring troubadours and those looking to take their craft and career to the next level. Author Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers draws on firsthand interviews with songwriting legends and rising stars; expert advice from managers, agents, lawyers, and publishers; and his own experiences as a performing songwriter. He offers this invaluable companion for singer-songwriters on their journey from idea to song to the stage, studio, and beyond. New in the second edition: * A songwriter's guide to chord progressions * Understanding song form and rhyme * Dozens of songwriting games and exercises * Essential info on copyrighting your songs, music publishing, and digital royalties * Online companion at completesingersongwriter.com with playlists and additional resources Songwriting tips and techniques from more than 100 artists, including Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Paul Simon, Rosanne Cash, Jewel, Jeff Tweedy, Ani DiFranco, James Taylor, John Fogerty, Brandi Carlile, Richard Thompson, Jason Mraz, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Garcia, Dar Williams, and more.
(Berklee Guide). Become a more productive songwriter! Learn to organize the full range of your creative content, from starting inspirations to finished songs. This book offers pragmatic tools, resources, practices, and principles for managing the many kinds of creative materials gathered or generated across a song's life cycle. Organize your ideas and sources of inspiration, sketches and drafts, versions and revisions, to streamline your songwriting process. Create and use "song seed" notebooks and lists, song journals, and writing and co-writing session logs, as you develop your overall song catalog. You will learn to: * Capture and access inspirations of all types lyric, melodic, chordal, rhythmic, or concept in songwriting notebooks, journals, and lists * Energize and improve your creative work writing by organizing all your song ideas for easy access at every stage of songwriting * Manage the full lifecycle of your songs, from sketches and drafts, through versions and revisions, to "fair copies" and demos * Develop an efficient songwriting workflow that connects inspirations to opportunities and projects * Rapidly access your strongest creative material in high-stakes, deadline-driven writing and co-writing sessions * Develop your song catalogue to support publishing, administration, and licensing * Use the organizing process to gain insights for advancing your craft and range as a writer
(Book). Confessions of a Serial Songwriter is an amusing and poignant memoir about songwriter Shelly Peiken's journey from young girl falling under the spell of magical songs to working professional songwriter writing hits of her own. It's about growing up, the creative process the highs and the lows, the conflicts that arise between motherhood and career success, the divas and schemers, but also the talented and remarkable people she's found along the way. It's filled with stories and step-by-step advice about the songwriting process, especially collaboration. And it's about the challenge of staying relevant in a rapidly changing and youth-driven world. As Shelly so eloquently states in Confessions of a Serial Songwriter : "If I had to come up with one X factor that I could cite as a characteristic most hit songs have in common (and this excludes hit songs that are put forth by an already well-oiled machine...that is, a recording artist who has so much notoriety and momentum that just about anything he or she releases, as long as it's 'pretty good,' will have a decent shot at succeeding), I would say it would be: A universal sentiment in a unique frame ." Peiken has tapped the universal sentiment again and again; her songs have been recorded by such artists as Christina Aguilera, Natalie Cole, Selena Gomez, Celine Dion, the Pretenders, and others. In Confessions of a Serial Songwriter , she pulls the curtain back on the music business from the perspective of a behind-the-scenes hit creator and shares invaluable insight into the craft of songwriting.
How to Make It in the Music Business - The Real Way – In this book the Author Ron Knight shares with readers the ins and outs of the Music Business. He hopes that his experiences over the past 4 decades as a successful international entertainer can help newcomers in the industry to understand how to deal with the Business of Music. Through this book Ron Knight shares his story and experiences in the Music Business; the live gigs, working solo or with a band, touring and traveling, the television shows, and much, much more............he explains both the good and the bad and he holds back nothing about the dirty side that this business brings. It is this true story told with heart and passion for music that enables Ron to shares with you his know-how of dealing with this industry we call the Music Business.
Author Jennifer MacKay focuses on songwriting from a craft standpoint. Because the lyrics themselves are only one part of songwriting, she also covers melody, tempo, and rhythm, and explains how this can differ between genres. A few key influential singers and songwriters are discussed along with the general craft.
You may be the next Hank Williams, Mozart, and Bob Dylan all rolled up into one. But if you don't get the right people to hear the songs you've written, then the best you can hope for is to be an undiscovered genius. If You've Got a Dream, I've Got a Plan is written by one of Country Music's most successful songwriters. In this informative guide, aspiring songwriters will learn: What is a demo? And do I need a demo? What is a single song contract? How do royalty rates work? What is ASCAP? BMI? How much money can I make if my song hits number one on the charts? How do I get the right people to hear my songs? If You've Got a Dream, I've Got a Plan will not guarantee that you will become a successful songwriter. But it does arm aspiring songwriters with the information they need to enter a highly competitive world, one that is potentially rewarding both financially and artistically sense. It tells what to do, and maybe more importantly, what not to do. Kelley Lovelace is an award-winning songwriter who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the co-author with Brad Paisley of the book and the song He Didn't Have to Be. He is also the songwriter of the hits "Wrapped Around", "Two People Fell in Love", "The Impossible", and "I Just Wanna Be Mad".