The home of songwriting for all songwriters, composers, singer songwriters, performing artistes, lyicists, DJs, poets and all those involved in the music industry. The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers are the publishers of Songwriting & Composing Magazine since 1986, which is the songwriting magazine for songwriters & composers getting you connected with the music industry.

This is the website of The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers containing information on songwriting, composing and music publishing for songwriters, composers & lyricists. Our website also contains information for musicians, performing singer-songwriters, artistes, groups, bands, singers, djs, producers, copyright owners, poets, publishers, record companies, record labels, management companies, studio owners, in fact all those with an interest in the music industry (where those personnel are represented by the Guild as members), and all aspects of songwriting, composing, lyric writing, performing, singing, recording, music publishing, copyright protection, songwriting contests, management, songwriter collaborations and songwriting partnerships, songwriters songwriting assessments, song promotions, music industry contacts.

SONGS & INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC WANTED: The music industry is always seeking new songs songs for singers, bands, record labels, music publishers , producers, management companies, etc. New songs and artiste performances are the "life blood" of the music industry. Production companies, production library publishers, radio, tv, film, audio-visual, advertising, multimedia and games industries world wide are always seeking quality tracks for programming and use

The Guild's Certified Copyright & Intellectual Property Rights Witnessing Service

PROTECT YOUR COPYRIGHTS: International Copyright / Intellectual Property Rights Registration Centre

The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers International Copyright / Intellectual Property Rights Registration Centre, has been registering Guild members copyrights and intellectual property rights for the last thirty years. We are
the leading independent music International Copyright / Intellectual Property Rights registration witnessing service for certified copyright & intellectual property rights of songwriters, composers, lyricists and the music industry in general. This is a free service for all Guild members. The Guild will supply, where there is ever any copyright dispute certified information and a copy of works registered with the Guild, as an official declaration of a members registration, to solicitors, lawyers or any member's other legal representatives in any country in the world where cases of copyright disputes arise, to support our members' copyright registrations and claims. More information on copyright registration is on our services page within this website.


The Guild's International Copyright / Intellectual Property Rights witnessing Service provides lifetime copyright and peace of mind for songwriters and provides the opportunity for songwriting and composing members of The Guild of International Songwriters and Composers to register FREE within their membership with the Guild's Copyright Registration Centre for copyright protection their songwriting and composing copyrights and ownership of their own and any co-written (with other Guild members) works copyrights & intellectual property rights FREE of charge, therefore helping safeguarding the Guild members’ songwriting copyright and other intellectual copyrights. Guild members can use the International Copyright / Intellectual Property Rights witnessing Service service either as an online email service or a postal mailing service.

A Copyright Certificate issued to the Guild member outlines details of the copyrights registered on any specific date to help protect against any copyright theft, claim, infringement or dispute. Copyright protection through the Guild's members free Copyright Service can be used for the registration of songs, instrumental themes, manuscripts, lyric sheets, paper documents, poetry, traditional arrangements of songs/instrumentals, musicals, advertisements, spoken word, literary (consisting of or occupied with books), musical tutorials, manuals, literature or written composition, artistic, belletristic, poetic, dramatic, recorded works, sound recordings such as demos, commercial releases, library recordings, archive recordings, videos, films, etc, in formats to include cassette tape, DAT (Digital Audio Tape), compact disc, vinyl, mini-disc, computer disk (floppy disk / CD ROM), VHS video, DVD.

The Guild will supply where there is ever any copyright dispute certified information and a copy of works registered with the Guild, as an official declaration of a members registration, to solicitors, lawyers, courts of law or any member's other legal representatives in any country in the world where cases of copyright disputes arise, to support Guild members' copyright registrations and claims.

International copyright protection through the Guild's Copyright & Intellectual Property Rights witnessing service is FREE to all members of The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers who wish to register to protect their copyrights / intellectual property rights.

How much does the Guild's Copyright Service cost? The Guild's Copyright service which is only available to Guild members is a free service within the songwriters and composers membership and can be used as many times as the Guild member wishes.

How Long does the Guild's Copyright registration last? Once you have registered your copyright (intellectual property rights) with the Guild then you do not have to register the work with the Guild again (unless there is a significant change to the work - songs/instrumentals). Your certificate is proof of the registration and your claim is held on our files as evidence of your registration.

Don't be fooled into paying for further copyright registrations after a few years to some organisations, companies or individuals who have set up a fee paying copyright registration service at an expense per song. There is no need to do this. In the UK for instance your copyright is valid for 70 years after your death where the work then passess into Public Domain. Your membership to The Guild entitles you to register as many of your works as you wish FREE of charge within your membership. The Guild's Copyright Registration Centre has operated its copyright service for its members for the past thirty (30) years

How do I register my works with the Guild? Registration is extremely simple and quick. You can use either the postal mailing service for registration of your copyrights, or the online copyright registration service. All the information on how to use the FREE members copyright service is outlined in the comprehensive membership pack you receive when you become a member.

Is there any reason for me to register my works / copyrights / intellectual property rights? Absolutely, yes. Registration is evidence of your claim to the fact that you wrote the work and that you have taken steps to identify yourself as the true legitimate owner of the work(s) from a certain date in time. If you have a copyright case to defend where someone has plagiarised/stolen your work, how are you going to prove that you wrote it and that you are the legitimate owner of the work. The Guild's copyright certificate is evidence that you took steps to register the work as your own and that the intelectual property rights are yours. It is extremely important to protect your copyrights which could be a valuable asset where royalty income/money is being generated.

I have posted a copy of my works to myself, but have heard this referred to as a poor persons copyright. Mailing a copy of the work(s) to yourself is not a good practice in itself. This type of evidence is problematic If the packet/envelope is sealed with sellotape or stapled then it could be argued that it has been opened and resealed, and could be fake/corrupted evidence. We strongly advise against this type of registration as a main registration but may good as a secondary back up to a main registration in support, but is questionable.

At what point should I register my works for copyright? As soon as you have finished writing / composing your song / instrumental, (or any other copyright material that you have completed), and you are satisfied that the work(s) is finished then the moment it is writen down (lyrics / manuscript / or any other copyright material that you have completed or recorded), then that is the time to register your copyright. You should do this as quickly as possible before it is given to anyone or promoted for any purpose.

When promoting my song / instrumentals (or any other copyright material that you have completed), should I undertake to do anything to help protect my copyrights? The main priority is to ensure that you keep a copies of the letters you have written that you are sending with your demo, and to ensure that you get a certificate/proof of posting with the name of the person/company, to whom you are sending your copyrights. Evidence that your work(s) are in circulation is very important. Always use the copyright symbol © or the word copyright on your lyric sheets and recordings along with your name and the year date. Ensure that you label everything (lyric sheets, manuscripts, recording media i.e cassette, CD, DVD, Video etc and their cases) with you name, address, telephone number and email contact.

International Copyright. Intellectual property rights of nationalities is recognised world wide under various treaties such as The Berne Convention, Treaty of Rome, The Universal Copyright Convention, The World Intellectual Property Organisation Copyright Treaty (WIPO Copyright Treaty), TRIPS Agreement etc., as qualifying treaties and conventions. Basically it could be argued that there is no such thing as international copyright, as there isn't a single governing body or international government body representing exclusively the world of intellectual property. To get a "one world" exclusive body to protect whether by registration or automatically intellectual property rights in every territory of the world is not going to happen, hence the qualifying treaties that currently exist to help protect copyright owners on an international basis and this depends also upon the laws of any specific country and how they interpret the international treaties and conventions,The Berne Convention, Treaty of Rome, The Universal Copyright Convention, The World Intellectual Property Organisation Copyright Treaty (WIPO Copyright Treaty), TRIPS Agreement etc., As long as you take steps to register your work and to at least make an effort to prove and claim that you created the work and it belongs to you on a given moment in time, then at least you can show that you have evidence it is yours and that you took steps to register your work in case of any infringement.

The Guild is the UK's premier songwriting organisation for international songwriters, composers, performing artistes, musicians, lyricists, singer songwriters, djs, poets, music publishers, record labels, managers to all those working and involved in the music industry.

Where Do I Begin? How do I progress from my current status (amateur, semi pro or professional)? - questions you may ask.
Analysis of your current situation will help you begin moving in the right direction with your songwriting, composing, recording and business developments. You may be a novice songwriter, composer, artiste or you may be established and require a better understanding of issues that need further explanation and clarification. As a Guild member, talking to us will help us to identify your specific aims in the music industry and try to help you with your market direction for exploitation of your copyrights and performances and understanding of how to get your money being royalties from the exploitation of your copyrights and performances. Our member consultants work full time in the music industry as music publishers, record company owners, producers, distributors and promotors, and are experienced professionals.


Songwriting, Composing, Performing If you perform a song or composition, written by yourself, in any venue you could be due a payment for your songwriting performances. This counts for any genre of music so if you are playing a gig in your local pub, community centre, hotel, in a club, or a jazz recital or performing your classical piece at a music society, you can make a claim for royalties for your songwriting performances. As a Guild member we can work with you to ensure that you understand how to make claims to receive royalties.

If you are unsure if there are any royalties/money owed/due to you, then please contact us to discuss. because we have extensive research facilities for songwriters, composers and singer songwriter/ artists who are unable to collect their royalties. Our research facilities provide us with information on copyrights, publishing, license requests, and releases. If you have been unable to collect royalties, or obtain the proper licensing of your product, as a Guild member, please contact us.

Our associated music publishers working on an international basis, can audit, back claims and collect UK and foreign royalties relating to your releases as a songwriter, composer singer songwriter/ artists on record labels/commercial releases for up to 6 years from the date of release and forever thereafter and also for any radio and/or television broadcasts that may have taken place we can go back for the last 3 years from the date of the broadcast and then collect your royalties / money forever thereafter.

Our associate music publishers also administer publishing rights / intellectual property rights for songwriters, composers, businesses, partnerships and companies where they do not wish to have the day to day administrative duties music publishing and royalty collection entails.


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Past issues of the Guild's SONGWRITING & COMPOSING MAGAZINE which is only available to Guild members have contained informative articles on writing instrumental music for the radio, television, film, audio-visual, advertising, multimedia and the games industry worldwide, along with member profiles, how to negotiate publishing agreements along with clauses and the terms and conditions that should be contained in publishing agreements to make them reasonable and fair, contact information for artistes, record companies and music publishers along with information on leads to music publishers and record companies seeking songs for music publishing and artiste record deals, collaboration register for composers seeking lyricists to co-write with, the USA songwriting competition information and entry form, The Tipperary Song Contest, The Benelux Song Contest, The Unisong Song Contest, The American International Song Contest, The International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA), Billboard, a songwriters collaboration agreement for members use to protect their share interest in co-written works, terms and clauses in music publishing contracts, how to write for film and television, members artistes profiles such as Charlie Landsborough, DJ Gammer, AudioJunkie & Stylus, Kevin Kendle, Rik Waller, Shanelle, Zoe McCulloch, Pete Arnold, Toots Earl & Clown, The Glen Kirton Country Band, Bram Stoker,etc, etc, to Guild members biogs profiles and releases etc, along with much other useful information and articles.

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The 1st quarter Songwriting & Composing magazine has now been published
and was distributed to Guild members by email as an ezine on Thursday 12/02/2014.

Songwriting & Composing Magzine 1st qtr 2015


Updates providing information on how to use the Guild's new online copyright / intellectual property rights registration service that is available for all members from November 1st 2014 have been sent to all members by email. Details have also been published in the 4th quarter 2014 publication of Songwriting & Composing Magazine published in November 2014

The new online copyright / intellectual property rights registration service will be an addition to and support the existing mailing/postal copyright / intellectual property rights service, which will also stay in service should members still wish to use the service that way.

Therefore, members will have the option of either using the existing postal mailing copyright / intellectual property rights service or the online copyright/intellectual property rights service.

The online copyright / intellectual property rights registration service will see financial savings to members, where postage and packaging costs are eliminated (as with the online assessment service), and where immediate automated confirmation of receipt emails will be sent to members

All members should now ensure that they have updated and keep us updated us with their current email address, home address and telephone numbers if there has been any change, to ensure that our member services can be delivered quickly and efficiently.

An important note on information relating to SPAM. Even permission-based lists, of which we are, can fall prey to aggressive spam filters, which we estimate block 10-20% of email from subscribers' inboxes. These are called "false positives" and we, therefore, ask all Guild members to ensure that they check their spam files and adjust their spam filters, if they are aggressively set, to avoid missing our emails and mailings.

The Guild has created an easy to use online interface that allows members to upload their songs, instrumentals, lyrics, or any other intellectual property rights. The new online copyright registration service is an additional service to the existing postal service, which will continue to be in use, if Guild members still prefer to post their copyrights to the Guild for copyright registration.

NOTE: If you still wish to send your copyright registrations by normal postal mail, then from November 1st 2014 there is a new mailing address for the Guild's Copyright Registration centre (notified in the emails we have sent to Guild members), as we have opened another office in the UK
to support our head offices activites of service to Guild members.

20th Annual USA Songwriting Competition begins and is now open for entries


The USA Songwriting Competition has a long history of having winners getting recording and publishing contracts, have their songs placed on the charts as well as having their songs placed on film and television. The top two winners of 2011: Nenna Yvonne and Alexander Cardinale were signed to Interscope Records after their win. The 2007 winner hit Top 10 on the Billboard charts with his winning song. The 2005 Winner of the Country category had his winning song cut by Country Superstar Faith Hill. The 2005 winner of the Pop category was signed by Interscope Records; she went on to hit Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Album charts. Our 2008 winner appeared on David Letterman TV show and was signed to a record label.

Last Year's Winners.: Two teenage songwriting sister team Justine Dorsey and Kerris Dorseywon Overall Grand Prize at the 19th Annual USA Songwriting Competition


Sisters Justine Dorsey, 19 years old and Kerris Dorsey, 16 years old wrote their song “Best Worst Day Ever”. Kerris Dorsey breaks the previous record of the Youngest Overall Grand Prize winner at just 16 years old. The previous record was held by Sarah Lonsert, 17 years old at that time in 2010.

The song has just been signed to Walt Disney Music and appeared in the box office hit movie "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. This is the second year in the row that the top winner has a song placed in a box office hit movie. Last year’s winner American Authors’ song was placed in the hit movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine and Sean Penn. American Authors is a rock group from New York City. They hit #1 on the Billboard Charts after they win at the 2013 USA Songwriting Competition. The song has been certified double platinum. They have performed in the prestigious Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade with Pop stars such as Meghan Trainor, Taylor Swift and Nick Jones.

The overall second prize winner goes to Luz Rios & Ralf Stemmann, also from Los Angeles, who wrote the Spanish language song “Enamorados”. This is the first time a song from the Latin category has been placed in the top 2 positions. Luz has hit top 40 on the Billboard Charts.

Luz Rios

The overall third prize goes to Lawson Rollins, who wrote an instrumental “Shifting Seasons”. This is the first time a song from the Instrumental category has been placed in the top 3 positions. Lawson has hit top 10 on the Billboard charts.

OVERALL GRAND PRIZE: "Best Worst Day Ever" by Justine Dorsey & Kerris Dorsey; OVERALL 2nd PRIZE:
"Enamorados" Luz Rios & Ralf Stemmann; OVERALL 3rd PRIZE:"Shifting Seasons" by Lawson Rollins;


LYRICS ONLY "Fall Before You Fly" by Paul Kealy & Jack Carey; DANCE/ELECTRONICA "Down to the Science" by Ananda Goldsmith, Sugarbeats, ft Em Harriss; LATIN "Enamorados" Luz Rios & Ralf Stemmann; WORLD Waloyo Yamoni Christopher Tin; HIP-HOP/RAP "A Mile In Their Shoes' by Ryan Traughber & RASAR; R&B "Snow" by Matt Palmer, Hidde Huijsman, Massimo Cacciapuoti & Michel van der Zanden; NOVELTY/COMEDY "May As Well Laugh As Cry" by Stan Carew; Nova Scotia, CHILDRENS "Dancin' In The Kitchen" by Cathy Fink; JAZZ "Between Me And My Heart" by Don Breithaupt & Jeff Breithaupt; INSTRUMENTAL "Shifting Seasons" by Lawson Rollins; GOSPEL "Beautiful" by Chris Misterek; FOLK "Let It Go" by Jeremy Garrett (of the Infamous Stringdusters) & Jon Weisberger; COUNTRY "The Best Songs Come From Broken Hearts" by Bonnie Bishop & Ronnie Rogers; ROCK "The Edge" by David Benji Kuriakose, Tom George, Tony George (Built To Be Broken); POP "Best Worst Day Ever" by Justine Dorsey & Kerris Dorsey;

In it’s landmark 20th year, the 20th Annual USA Songwriting Competition is currently accepting entries from now till May 29th, 2015. For more information contact: Karen Randle - email:



Win a Record Deal with Focusrite & iTrack Pocket - Terms & Conditions

The Competition starts at 09.00 GMT on 10th March 2015.

The Competition ends at 16.00 GMT on 10th June 2015.

These terms and conditions (the "Rules") apply to the iTrack Pocket Record Deal Competition (the "Competition"). By entering the Competition, entrants agree to be bound by these Rules.

The Competition is organised by Focusrite Audio Engineering Limited incorporated and registered in England and Wales with company number 02357989 whose registered office is at Windsor House, Turnpike Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP12 3FX (“Focusrite”).

To enter the Competition for a chance to win the prize you must film and upload a YouTube video of yourself singing and performing live on an instrument (Performance). The Focusrite iTrack Pocket is a great device for capturing your performance. You must then fill in the form on the competition landing page on the Focusrite website (Website), including the URL link to your video in the appropriate field.

For your Performance you must ensure that your material, belongs to you or you have expressed rights to use the material for the Competition, is original (i.e. not a cover), written by or for you and performed by you. You must ensure that your Performance does not infringe any third party intellectual property rights including copyright.

There is one prize provided by Caroline Music International a division of Universal Music Group. The prize is a record deal with Caroline Music International a division of Universal Music Group (Prize).

The record deal with Caroline Music International is an exclusive licence agreement for the digital only release of an agreed number of musical recordings and the associated marketing of such recordings as deemed appropriate for such a release throughout the territories in which Caroline Music International operates. The winner will be required to enter into a written agreement with Caroline Music International which will set out the terms on which recordings are to be released and the rights and obligations of the parties to that agreement.

Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. Caroline Music International and Universal Music Group reserve the right to substitute prizes for prizes of equal or greater value at any time.

Ten performances with the most potential (as judged solely by a Focusrite panel) will be handed to Universal Music Group, where a panel from Caroline Music International alongside an independent judge will pick the winner.

The entrant grants Focusrite a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, licence to use the Performance as part of promoting the Competition and for any marketing activities in connection with the iTrack Pocket, YouTube or the Competition. Focusrite shall ensure the entrant is given credit for the Performance whenever the Performance is used by Focusrite.

Only one entry per person. The Competition is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

The email address you provide on the Competition entry form will be used to contact you in the event that you win so please make sure this is correct. If you are a prize winner then Focusrite may require you to prove your identity including a proof of your address. Examples of identification documents would include, passport, driving licence and utility bills.

All winners will be advertised on our social feeds (Facebook, Twitter, Google +). There is no charge for using the Website. Entrants must hold a valid YouTube account to enter the competition.

By claiming a prize, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete. Focusrite reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants.

By entering the Competition (and you warrant that) you at least aged 18 or that you have the expressed permission of your parent or guardian to enter the competition and that you are not an employee (or a family member of an employee) of Focusrite, Novation or any company (including any subsidiaries) involved in operating or sponsoring the Competition or awarding any prizes including but not limited to Caroline Music International or Universal Music Group.

By entering the Competition you warrant that you are not currently signed under an exclusive or non-exclusive deal to any other recorded music label or distribution company anywhere in the World.

Focusrite reserve the right to disqualify any entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of the Rules.

The Competition starts at 09.00 GMT on 10th March 2015.

The Competition ends at 16.00 GMT on 10th June 2015.

The winner shall be notified by email not later than 29th June 2015.

Failure to claim a prize by 14th July 2015 may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.

Focusrite cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the Competition or as a result of accepting any prize. Focusrite is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment or software, failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, or any combination of these, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer or mobile telephone related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the Competition. Nothing shall exclude Focusrite's liability for death or personal injury as a result of its negligence.

The winner may be requested to take part in promotional activity and Focusrite reserves the right to use the name of the winner, any equipment the winner may use, their photographs in publicity related to the Competition.

Any personal data relating to entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and subject to these Rules will not be disclosed to a third party without the individual's prior consent. Please see Focusrite or Novation's privacy policy for further details. Data relating to entrants will be retained by Focusrite or Novation for a reasonable period after the Competition closes to assist Focusrite or Novation to operate competitions in a consistent manner and to deal with any queries on the Competition as well as sending information about Focusrite's products to entrants.

In the event of any dispute regarding the Rules, conduct, results and all other matters relating to a Competition, the decision of Focusrite shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

Focusrite reserve the right to cancel or amend the Competition or the Rules without notice. Any changes will be amended to these terms and conditions.

The Competition and Rules will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England. Focusrite make no representation that materials relating to this Competition are appropriate or available for use at all locations and it is your responsibility to ensure that by entering the Competition is illegal or strictly prohibited by the laws of the country you are in.

For more information contact the Guild.


The Music Publishers Association (MPA )has moved to new premises

As of Monday 17 November you will find the Music Publishers Association (MPA) at 6th Floor, 2 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG, just a wand's throw from platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross station



The 2014 UK Songwriting Contest supported by The Guild has now ended,
so keep an eye out for details of this years competition and entry dates.

Details on the 2015 contest will appear in the Guild's Songwriting & Composing Magazine later this year

The Guild continues to support and sponser the UK Songwriting Contest.

 Alysha Brilla, pictured below, has been announced as winner of the UK Songwriting Contest for her 2014 song entry Never Gonna Get Me Back. This song won both the Pop and the Singer-Songwriter categories and was an outstanding favourite with all the contest judges. Alysha Brilla will co-write a song together with the #1 hit-writing songwriter and contest judge Mark Cawley.


Christopher Ashman 1949 - 2014 - Rest in Peace

C.E.O Red Admiral Records, Cringe Music Publishing, Cringe Music Library, Kent Gigs, Kent Music Biz, Managing Director Digimix Records Ltd

The funeral of Chris Ashman who sadly passed away on Thursday 7th August 2014 in Canterbury, Kent hospital after a short battle against cancer took place on 22nd August 2014 at Hawkinge Crematorium, Kent.

Chris's first involvement in the music business came about in 1968 when his younger brother asked him to help out as roady for the band he was forming. Overnight Chris became the vocalist, manager, transport and dogsbody for a series of bands Infinity, URF, Marshmallow Tree and Tree until in 1969.

In The early 70's Chris experimented with a tape recorder, got hooked, and stayed hooked. Chris then founded his first recording studio "Kripps Studio" which was built in one room of the basement of his house in Harvey St. Folkestone, Kent. As the studio became more successful he expanded as Europa Sound Studios to operate until 1987. Chris had within the studio, started his own record label Red Admiral Records and music publishing Company, Cringe Music. Both have been acquired by Chris to enable local musicians to keep in touch.

In October 1981 Chris was not content with the press coverage of the wide range of entertainment available in Kent and started writing articles for the Folkestone and Hythe Gazette, and then The Folkestone Herald. He created the Kent & E Sussex Gig Guide which now networks "Wotson" to all of the media by any means available including his latest passion

Chris built an extension to the studio, Europa II in Folkestone for a local musician but this was a short lived project producing the Volecanoes Album and some tracks for Judge Dread.

Chris as active as he was on the Kent scene, was selected by radio entrepreneur Eddie Austin to run "The Local Band Show" on RSL radio 'Shepway Sound', 'White Cliff Radio' and 'Thanet Sound' (Eddies projects led to the granting of the radio licence for Neptune Radio). In this period Chris was able to promote Kent bands, musicians and their own music. During his 62 live hours on air of music and chat, no cover band music was played except the music of Internationally recognised Kent bands and writers. Never since the famous BBC Radio Medway Mike Brill "Kent Rocks" radio series has there been such support for 'The Kent Music Motivators'. Chris still did the odd show for Romney Marsh FM.

Chris Ashman had lived in the Folkestone, Kent all of his life. Educated at St Martin's Primary School and Harvey Grammar School Folkestone, he joined The Post Office (BT) as a telecommunications engineer. At the end of his apprenticeship his bosses had already decided they did not like his involvement in the music business and made it quite clear that long hair and a beard was not the image they were looking for. Or was it the pale, tired, late-to-work hippy rocking the boat? Ok, you are reading this with the empathy of a musician so you will understand - Well, it was the 60's, and how do you tell the boss you had not been to bed because your van broke down after a gig at the Marquee. It was becoming clear that the company did not see this lad to be a leader of men. So the music biz still received love and attention after Chris left BT and became an independent Communications and Media Consultant keeping his customers businesses alive.

In 2004 Chris re-focused on Red Admiral Records and Cringe Music Publishing which operates as a production music library and Commercial Music Publisher - and of course, the Kent MusicBiz. In 2007 Chris was appointed as a Managing director of Digimix Records Ltd by the C.E.O of the company who is also the Guild's chairman.

Chris Ashman will be sadly missed.

Christopher Ashman 1949 - 2014 - Rest in Peace



The 11th annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) competition is now closed for entries

The 11th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) promotes excellence in Acoustic Music Performance and Artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition, so keep an eye out for the next competeition and entry closing dates.



Last year, after careful consideration, the decision was made to increase PRS administration fees by approximately one percentage point. This change was necessary as PRS had agreed with MCPS to temporarily bear a larger proportion of the costs of running PRS for Music Limited.

PRS are pleased to announce the end of this temporary arrangement. PRS for Music is now able to reduce PRS administration fees back to the levels applied before 1 October 2012. The revised fees will be deducted from royalties distributed by PRS after 31 March 2014.

PRS's policy is to review administration fees at least once a year to ensure that they properly reflect the costs incurred in administering and protecting the value of PRS members rights. PRS are also committed to reducing thier operating costs over time in order to maximise the songwriting royalties they distribute to songwriting, composing and publisher members.




Commercial Radio And PRS For Music Agree New Licensing Deal.

Commercial radio companies have agreed a new licensing deal with PRS for Music, the body that represents songwriters, composers and music publishers for their songwriting and composing.

The deal was agreed with RadioCentre, the industry body for commercial radio, and will apply to more than 300 licensed commercial radio stations in the UK. It will run for a minimum of 5 years and replaces the previous agreement, which has been in place since 1993.

In summary, under the new licence: (1) Stations will continue to pay a percentage of net revenue and an annual lump sum payment. (2) Rights will be granted for radio broadcast; simulcast and catch-up listening.

RadioCentre Chief Executive, Andrew Harrison, said: "I am delighted that we have reached this new agreement together. This deal provides freedom for radio stations to use and promote music, while making sure artists and rights holders are rewarded appropriately. We look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial partnership with artists and songwriters for many years to come."

PRSforMusic, Chief Executive, Robert Ashcroft, said: "Radio is a core part of our licensing operation. The changing listener environment, digital music delivery and the growth of radio's music services mean it's very important that we continue to have appropriate licensing arrangements for our radio partners . Therefore we are very pleased to have concluded a modernised contract with commercial radio, on behalf of all our members."




Songwriting, Composing & Musical Performances

The Performing Right Society (PRSforMusic) are connected to a network of similar overseas international organisations, which collect royalties for the use of songwriters, composers songs and performances, and transfer those royalties to rights holders i.e music publishers, songwriters and composers. Through this network, their members’ works are represented in most countries worldide for royalty collection. If you are unfamiliar with the workings of The Performing Right Society (PRSforMusic) or your right to receive royalties for your songwriting, composing and performances of your songs in PRS licensed venuse then as a Guild member we can help with your enquiries.

Production Music - Songwriting & Composing

Production Music (also known as library music) is high quality and cost-effective music specifically written for synchronisation or dubbing into audio and audio-visual productions, from TV to radio adverts to films, multimedia, websites and even viral marketing campaigns. The Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) (part of the PRSforMusic group) represents 600,000+ tracks and sound effects from over 200 libraries spanning all genres of music. If you are unfamiliar with the workings of The Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) or your right to receive royalties from your songwriting, composing or you wish to make contact with production music library companies, then as a Guild member we can help.





EMI Records Nashville

Capitol Records Nashville, U.S.A, has founded a new label imprint, EMI Records, Nashville, U.S.A, to source new artiste / songwriting talent and to be a creative hub of developing new country songwriter / performing artistes. EMI Records, Nashville, U.S.A, will operate side by side with Capitol Records, Nashville, U.S.A


Berklee College of Music

The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers partners up with the Berklee College of Music which is the world's largest independent music college and the premier institution for the study of contemporary music. The college's 4,000 students and 480 faculty members interact in an environment designed to provide the most complete learning experience possible, including all of the opportunities and challenges presented by a career in the contemporary music industry.




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