THE GUILD OF INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITERS & COMPOSERS
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.
The 3rd quarter 2015 edition of the Guild's Songwriting & Composing magazine has now been published and was distributed to all Guild members by email as an ezine on Wednesday 5th August 2015. This latest 37 page publication of Songwriting & Composing magazine is packed with songwriting information and tips, where and how to contact music publishing companies, record companies, artistes. How to licence / sync your songwriting, composing and performances for release or into film, tv, audio-visual applications, member profiles, how to get your songs heard, pitching - plugging & promotiong your songs and performances, using social media to make contacts, YouTube, Topics - News & Songserach, Songwriting collaboration register, songwriting collaboration contract, etc, etc,etc.
& 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.
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.
SONGWRITING COPYRIGHT PROTECTION
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 is a free service which is only available to Guild members within the songwriters and composers membership active 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. Your claim would last for 70 years after your demise.
Don't be fooled into paying for further songwriting 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 songs / compositions 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.
As a songwriter / composer, should i register my songwriting copyrights / intellectual property rights? Absolutely, yes. Registration is evidence of your songwriting / composing copyright claim in the fact that you wrote the song(s) / composition(s) and that you have taken steps to identify yourself as the true legitimate owner of the songs / compositions from a certain date in time. If you have a copyright case to defend where someone has plagiarised / stolen your wsongs / compositions,, how are you going to prove that you wrote it and that you are the legitimate owner of the work? The Guild's copyright registration and 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 songwriting / composing copyrights which could be a valuable asset where royalty income / money is being generated. The Guild's members free Copyright Service can be used for the registration of not only songs, instrumental themes, traditional arrangements of Public Domain songs / instrumentals, musicals, manuscripts, lyric sheets, recorded works, sound recordings such as demos, commercial releases, library recordings, but for paper documents, poetry, advertisements, spoken word, literary (consisting of or occupied with books), musical tutorials, manuals, literature or written composition, artistic, belletristic, poetic, dramatic, , 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.. (NOTE: you are unable to copyright a title or an idea. Your work must be complete and finished, written down or recorded).
I have posted a copy of my songs 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 songwriting point should I as a songwriter / composer / singer -songwriter 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 song / composition is finished then at 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.
Relating to songwriting, when promoting my songs / instrumentals (or any other copyright material that you have completed), should I do anything to help protect my copyrights other than regsitereing my copyright claims with the Guild? The main priority is to ensure that you register your songwriting / composing copyright claims and that you keep copies of the letters /emails you have written that you are sending with your demo(s), or directing others to your website/cloud where others can hear your songs and compositions. Ensure that you get a certificate/proof of posting with the name of the person/company, to whom you are sending your copyrights/songs to be auditioned if youn are sending through the post. 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 that you actually wrote the song. 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 Songwriting Copyright. Intellectual property rights / copyrights 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.
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.
As a songwriter / composers, 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.
A SONGWRITER / COMPOSER, ARE YOU OWED SONGWRITING ROYALTIES?
(public performance, broadcasting, streaming, download, mechanical songwriting licensing royalties)
(performing artiste / singer songwriter royalties)
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.
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, licensing your recordings, 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), John Lennon Song Contest, 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, P.J.Proby, Scamp Music Publishing, Digimix Records, etc, etc, to Guild members biogs profiles and releases etc, etc etc etc, along with much other useful information and informative articles.
SONGWRITING NEWS - INFORMATION & UPDATES
Songwriting & Composing magazine
The 3rd quarter 2015
edition of the Guild's Songwriting & Composing magazine has now been published
and was distributed to all Guild members by email as an ezine on Wednesday
5th August 2015. This latest 37 page publication of Songwriting & Composing
magazine is packed with songwriting information and tips, where and how to contact
music publishing companies, record companies, artistes. How to licence / sync
your songwriting, composing and performances for release or into film, tv, audio-visual
applications, member profiles, how to get your songs heard, pitching - plugging
& promotiong your songs and performances, using social media to make contacts,
YouTube, Topics - News & Songserach, Songwriting collaboration register, songwriting
collaboration contract, etc, etc,etc.
JEREMY SPENCER - FLEETWOOD MAC GUITAR PLAYER, JOINS THE GUILD
Jeremy Spencer was born in Hartlepool, County Durham. Known as one of the guitarists in the original line-up of Fleetwood Mac since Fleetwood Mac's inception in July 1967. Jeremy's speciality became the slide guitar, and he was strongly influenced by the American blues musician Elmore James. Jeremy remained with Fleetwood Mac until February 1971. After a couple of solo albums in the 1970s,Jeremy continued to tour as a songwriting musician, but did not release another album until 2006. Jeremy's songwriting talents came to the fore on the album "Jeremy Spencer in Session" recorded in August 2005. Releasing further solo albums in 2012 and 2014. Jeremy Spencer has also recorded as part of the folk trio Steetley.
In the summer of 1967 Spencer came to the attention of ex-Bluesbreakers guitarist Peter Green, who was looking for another musician to join him in his new Fleetwood Mac project. Peter Green had recruited drummer Mick Fleetwood and temporary bassist Bob Brunning, and wanted a second guitar player to fill out the sound onstage. Jeremy Spencer was then playing with blues trio The Levi Set, and was already an accomplished slide guitarist and pianist. He fitted in well, and soon after his arrival Fleetwood Mac's intended bassist John McVie eventually joined.
This line-up of Fleetwood Mac recorded two albums of traditional blues songs, with Spencer contributing many variations on the Elmore James theme, particularly centred around James' version of "Dust My Broom", plus a few songs of his own. Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac brought in a third guitarist, 18-year-old Danny Kirwan, after 1968's album release Mr. Wonderful. This album featured several of Spencer's Elmore James tunes.
Jeremy Spencer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 for his work as part of Fleetwood Mac. Music and songwriting wise Jeremy Spencer's sole recordings/releases are well worth buying
IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR MEMBERS - Songwriting Copyright protection
Updates providing information on how to use the Guild's updated online copyright / intellectual property rights registration service that has been operating since 1986, that is available for all members has been sent to all members by email. Details were also been published in the 4th quarter 2014 publication of Songwriting & Composing Magazine published in November 2014
The online copyright / intellectual property rights registration service supports the existing mailing/postal copyright / intellectual property rights service, which has been in operation for twenty nine years, and will also stay in service should members still wish to use the copyright registration 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 email 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 online copyright registration
service is an additional service to the existing postal service, which continues
to be in use, if Guild members still prefer to post their copyrights to the Guild
for copyright registration rather than use the online service.
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 songwriting, composing and performing artiste services to Guild members.
Benelux International Song & Culture Festival
Entries for the Benelux International Song & Culture Festival are now open and will be accepted until the 1st December 2015. The Guild is pleased to continue to support Song Expo which it has done for many years now.
Song Expo is a unique opportunity for Guild members to promote their songs and/or performances not only in the Ntherelands but also in many other countries, as Song Expo as an organisation has stong links with international festivals, radio, televison, press and the music industry in general.
Since 1997, Song Expo has served as a launce pad for songwriters, composers, lyricists and performing artistes. Many songs entered into the Song Expo competition have gone on to win at other international events.
Full details and an entry form will be available to all Guild members in the May publication of Songwriting& Composing magazine.
UK SONGWRITING CONTEST 2015
The 2015 UK Songwriting Contest supported by The Guild for the last 12 years, is now open for entries.
DEADLINE APPROACHING - The deadline for Session One of the 2015 UK Songwriting Contest is 30th June. All Session One Semi Finalists will be announced in July, so the sooner you enter your songs the sooner you will know if you made the Semi Finals. Last year many semi finalists from the first session of the UK Songwriting Contest had excellent career boosting early media coverage that continued all through the second session until the end of the UK Songwriting Contest. This provided great publicity for a number of songs and writers with the media watching out to see if these songs and writers eventually made it to the finals or became winners.
The 2015 UK Songwriting Contest opened for entries on Sunday April 11. Prizes this year include a unique once-in a-lifetime opportunity to work with, and be mentored by, the legendary british producer Stuart Epps and join the Epps Music Productions stable of songwriters and artists. Stuart Epps has worked closely with some of the biggest names and most famous songwriters in the business including Elton John, Oasis, Robbie Williams, Led Zeppelin, George Harrison and many many more. Meet the award winning judges, thre are also many other great prizes and the free gifts this year
Supporting songwriting composing and songwriters with a £300,000 ($500,000) PRIZE FUND
The contest was formed in association with The BRIT Trust (of BRIT Awards fame) with support from The BRIT School and The BRIT Studio in 2002 with the aim of discovering new talented songwriters and encouraging and supporting the craft of songwriting. In keeping with these original aims no one goes away empty handed. All entrants have the chance to be featured in the UKSC Awards Show and receive international promotion. Prizes include professional studio recording sessions, valuable songwriting software, personal mentoring and coaching and advice from top professionals, UKSC Certificates for every entrant and much more. Everyone who enters receives vaulable song pitching opportunities and a package of very useful songwriting courses from SongU plus automatic free "TV and Film" membership of Broadjam.com (worth $100 - around £80 - for every entrant), and everyone who enters is also awarded an official UKSC Certificate for each song with details of their song's position and achievement in the contest - it looks great framed on your living room or studio wall, as a prop in publicity photographs, or use it in your press kit or for when you apply for courses or jobs etc. Every writer is also told the judges score for each song entered which provides valuable information and feedback on how their song compares to all the others in the contest. There are also many other prizes.
Alysha Brilla, pictured below, was announced as winner of last years 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.
2015 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Session 1 is now open for entries.
Session I Open - February 14, 2015 - Deadline - June 15, 2015 - 11:59PM PST
About the Songwriting Contest: The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997. The Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories. The JLSC is open year-round and features two Sessions -- with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 "Song of the Year." All entry fees from the contest help support the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus mobile recording studio.
You don't need a professional recording. Entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics (when applicable). Your songs may be entered in any of the following categories: Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Gospel/Inspirational, Latin, Electronic, Folk, and Children's. Instrumental compositions are encouraged.
George Clinton, The Black Eyed Peas, Prince Royce, 311 and Jim Steinman are some of the members on our Executive Committee of Judges
This year, we're giving away our biggest songwriting prize package yet totaling over $300,000.00! Every year, there are a total of 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 “Song of the Year.” Winners, based on their level of achievement, will receive studio equipment from Yamaha, OWC, Audio-Technica, Epiphone Guitars, Propellerhead, Neutrik, Genelec, SKB, Mackie and Ampeg, ZVEX Effects. The writer(s) of the “Song of the Year,” the highest honor bestowed in the contest, will receive a $20,000 check as well as $1000 prize pack from Mackie/Ampeg, ZVEX Effects loaded pedal board: Vexter Fuzz Factory, Vexter Box of Rock, Mastotron, Distortron, Vexter Instant Lo-Fi Junky, Vexter Sonar, Wah Probe, Vexter Box of Metal, Pedal Train board with power supply & cables, 200 12" Vinyl w/ full color Euro jackets from Disc Makers, SESAC prize package and a $1000 scholarship to Digital Media Academy.
Each songwriting entry requires the following elements: One song five (5) minutes or less (mp3, CD or cassette; A lyric sheet -- no lyrics necessary for instrumental compositions; A payment -- $30.00 per song;B A completed application
Please read the Rules & Regulations carefully before entering.
In addition to the songwriting prizes, one band will win The JLSC Vans Warped Tour Prize presented by Neutrik USA and perform on Warped Tour for one week
Awards and Prizes - 2015
1 $20,000 Song of the Year Songwriting Winner Receives:
ZVEX Effects loaded pedal board: Vexter Fuzz Factory, Vexter Box of Rock, Mastotron, Distortron, Vexter Instant Lo-Fi Junky, Vexter Sonar, Wah Probe, Vexter Box of Metal, Pedal Train board, power supply, cables (MAP $1926)
200 12" Vinyl w/ full color Euro jackets from Disc Makers (MSRP $1598)
Mackie/Ampeg Prize Pack (MSRP $1000)
SESAC Prize Package
$1,000.00 gift certificate to Digital Media Academy
IK Multimedia Total Studio 3 Bundle (MSRP $399.99)
IK Multimedia iLoud (MSRP $299.99)
to Lennon Award Winner package & Grand Prize Winner package
12 Lennon Award Songwriting Winners Receive:
Mackie/Ampeg Prize Pack (MSRP $1000)
1,000 CDs in full color jackets from Disc Makers (MSRP $799)
ZVEX Effects Vexter Box of Rock (MAP $199)
IK Multimedia iRig Pads (MSRP $149.99)
*in addition to Grand Prize Winner package
24 Grand Prize Songwriting Winners Receive:
Over $8,000 in Project studio equipment from Yamaha, Audio-Technica, Epiphone Guitars, Genelec, IK Multimedia, Neutrik, OWC, Propellerhead, SKB Cases and ZVEX Effects.
$1500 worth of gear from Yamaha
$1000 worth of gear from SKB
A pair of Genelec 8030 Active Monitors (MSRP $1,890)
An Epiphone Guitar & Hard Case ($1,655)
OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro 1.0TB USB 3.0 & 2.0 Hard Drive (MAP $95)
Propellerhead’s Reason (MSRP $449)
ZVEX Effects Vexter Fuzz Factory (MAP $179)
ATH-M40x headphones, AT2050 studio condenser mic, AT83314 mic cable from Audio-Technica (MSRP $556.50)
IK Multimedia SampleTank 3 Digital Download (MSRP $349.99)
Neutrik special edition John Lennon Educational Tour Bus connectors and cable.
A one year
subscription to Guitar Player, Bass Player, Keyboard, or Electronic Musician Magazine
72 Finalists Will Receive:
ZVEX Effects Vexter Box of Metal (MAP $219)
OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro 1.0TB USB 3.0 & 2.0 Hard Drive (MAP $95)
IK Multimedia T-RackS Custom Shop Gear Credits (500)
A one year subscription to Guitar Player, Bass Player, Keyboard, or Electronic Musician Magazine
1 band will win The JLSC Vans Warped Tour Prize presented by Neutrik USA
Opportunity to TOUR and PERFORM for one week on Warped Tour 2016
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is now open for entries
deadline date for submissions for this songwriting contest is 10th September 2015
Rules: Each songwriting mail-in entry must include the following: Completed entry form (photocopy is acceptable) with original signature. Song on CD or tape. If you want to submit an MP3, you may enter online.
If you are submitting multiple songs or one song in multiple categories, please put them all on one CD or tape, if possible. If entering a CD, submit the entry in a regular-sized CD case (not an ultra-thin case) and label the spine with entrant's name in black marker.
Also, be certain that the entrant's name is marked directly on the CD, CDR, or tape. If entering a tape, label the spine of the case with entrant's name. Please include a track listing of the songs in the correct order. If you are entering the Lyrics Only category, it is not necessary to submit music, and you do not need to specify a category or kind of music.
You only need to submit the lyrics typed or written legibly. Two copies of the lyrics for each entry (please include English translation, if applicable, and type or print legibly). Please include your email address on the lyric sheets.Do not send sheet music with your entry.
ENTRY FEES: The Eary Bird deadline entry fee is $25 per song or category. For
example, if you enter one song in one category, the fee is $25. If you enter one
song in two categories, the fee is $50. If you enter two songs in the same category
(or in different categories), the fee is $50.
If you enter three songs in different categories, the fee is $75, and so forth. Each time you add a song or category, you need to add $25. Checks and money orders should be made payable to: International Songwriting Competition Payment from countries outside the US must be in the form of a bank check, money order, cash, or credit card. Personal checks are not accepted from outside the U.S. If you want to make a bank transfer or pay with Western Union, please email email@example.com for more information.
Online songwriting entries are accepted; it is a very easy process, and it only takes minutes. To enter online, check out their website. Categories include: Pop/Top 40, Rock, AAA, Adult Contemporary (AC), Country, Americana, R&B/Hip-Hop, Blues, Dance/Electronica, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Jazz, World, Latin, Instrumental; Children's Music; Gospel/Christian, Comedy/Novelty; Lyrics Only, Music Video, Teen* Performance and Unsigned Only.
All songwriters entering the Teen category must be 18 years old or younger by December 31, 2015. All genres of songwriting / music are accepted in this category. Entering this category will not exclude you from entering other categories as well. The Performance category is judged not only on the songwriting but also on the overall delivery/performance of the songwriting and songs.
the Unsigned Only category is open to all genres of music. Entrants cannot be signed to a major label record company or have distribution through a major label or its affiliates. All genres of music are accepted in this category.
may not enter any song that is owned, wholly or partly, by a publishing company.
Any song entered into the Unsigned Only category must also be entered into at
least one other category.
Parodies and stand-up routines are also allowed in the Comedy category in addition
to comedy songs.
Mail entries to: International Songwriting Competition 1307 Eastland Avenue Nashville, TN 37206 USA
All entries submitted must be original songs and shall not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Songs may have multiple songwriting co-writers, but only one name should be designated on the entry form.
Entrant shall, by entering, indemnify and hold ISC harmless from and against any claims inconsistent with the foregoing. ISC is open to all amateur and professional songwriters and anyone regardless of nationality or origin.
Employees of ISC, its families, subsidiaries and affiliates are not eligible. If entrant is under 18 years old, the signature of a parent or guardian is required. Entrant may submit as many songs as desired in each category.
Entrant may also enter the same song in more than one category. It is preferred that entrant put all entries on one CD or tape, and it is required that the song(s) for submission and name of entrant be clearly marked on the CD, tape, or video. It is entrant's responsibility to ensure that the submitted song(s) are complete and playable.
All entry fees are non-refundable. ISC does not give feedback or a critique to entrants. Entry materials (CDs, tapes, and videos) submitted will not be returned to the entrant. ISC is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, postage due, stolen, incomplete, or misappropriated entries.
ISC reserves the right to extend the entry deadline and increase or reduce entry fees for special promotions and/or entry deadline periods.
Entries will be screened by an ISC listening committee who will select the finalists, and the finalists will be sent to the judges who will select the winners. The judging committee consists of high-profile music industry professionals including record label executives, producers, and artists. Songs are judged equally on songwriting melody, composition, originality, and lyrics (when applicable).
Some categories may have additional or alternative criteria. Lyrics may be in any language. Production value and quality of performance will not be considered (except in the Performance category). All prizes will be awarded to the first name as it appears on the entry form, and division of prizes among co-authors is the responsibility of winners. Entrant agrees to accept the final decision of ISC and its judges.
Eligibilty for the Unsigned Only category: Any song entered into the Unsigned Only category must also be entered into at least one other category.
Entrants in this category cannot be signed to or have any affiliation with a major label record company (Sony BMG, EMI Group, Universal Music Group, or Warner Music Group or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries or imprints) or have distribution through a major label or its affiliates.
Entrants who are on independent labels, their own label, or no label are eligible to enter. Entrants may not enter any song into this category that is owned, wholly or partly, by any major label publishing company. These eligibility requirements apply only to the Unsigned Only category.
Entries in this category will be eligible for the Grand Prize. ISC 2015 semi-finalists and finalists will be announced in March, 2016 and winners in April, 2016. ISC will post all results on its website and will notify entrants by email that results are posted.
Entrant is responsible for providing up-to-date and correct email addresses to ISC. ISC is not responsible for entrant's non-receipt of any ISC emails for any reason, including but not limited to, server or email malfunctions. ISC will use its best efforts to announce the winners at the designated time, but will not be held liable for any unforeseen delays.
Winners will be notified by email or phone. Winners may be required to sign an affidavit confirming that winner's song is original and he/she holds rights to the song. Failure to sign and return the form within the required time period or provision of false information may result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected.
Affidavits are subject to verification by ISC and its agents. Entry constitutes permission to use winner's name, likeness, and voice for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.
There will be no transfer and substitution of prizes except as necessary due to availability in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. If it is necessary to substitute a prize, ISC reserves the right to give the winner a cash substitute determined by the wholesale value of the prize.
All songwriting winners agree to release ISC and sponsors from all liability regarding prizes won.
All federal, state, and local taxes, and customs fees, when applicable, are the sole responsibility of winner. ISC will not pay any winners' taxes or custom's fees.
Prizes will be sent out within a reasonable amount of time, and ISC will use its best efforts to send prizes out in a timely fashion. Prizes which are being sent to winners from Sponsors may take longer than prizes sent directly from ISC.
If after 180 days any winner has not received any portion of prizes, it is winner's responsibility to notify ISC in writing within 30 days, and by certified mail, as to which prizes are outstanding. If winner fails to notify ISC, ISC will no longer be responsible for delivery of prizes. Entrant agrees that should his/her song(s) be selected as a winner, ISC shall have the right to include the winning song(s) on an ISC Compilation CD to be used for promotional purposes only. The CD will not be for sale.
Songwriting entrant retains all ownership rights to all submitted song(s). ISC will not have any ownership rights to any song(s) submitted. Entrant acknowledges that all songs entered may be distributed to judges who will be selecting the winners, and Entrant agrees to release, indemnify, and hold ISC, its sponsors, and judges harmless for liability, damages, or claims for injury or loss to any person or property relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in ISC. By entering ISC, entrant and/or their parents or legal guardian (if such entrant is a minor) agree to accept and be bound by the decisions of ISC and its judges which are final and binding in all matters.
Entrant agrees to be bound by all terms of these official ISC Rules And Regulations as established herein.
Full details in the Guuild's publication of Songwriting & Composing magazine
21st Annual USA Songwriting Competition is now open for songwriting entries
Clsoing date for entries November 16, 2015
ABOUT THE USA SONGWRITING
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 11th annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) competition is now open for entries
Closing dates for the competition is 6th November 2015
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.
UNSIGNED ONLY COMPETITION 2016 is NOW OPEN for entry
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES WHICH MAY BE SUBMIITEDC BY MAIL OR ONLINE IS 16th MARCH 2016
Unsigned Only is a unique music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. The goal of Unsigned Only is to find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the “gem” that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.
Conceived of and produced by the team who bring you the prestigious International Songwriting Competition (ISC), Unsigned Only is a fresh and novel approach to other music competitions. Yes, it offers great prizes, recognition, exposure, and the chance to be heard by a group of judges consisting of high-profile recording artists and industry professionals. But, Unsigned Only also takes it a step further and puts the Grand Prize winner in direct, personal contact with the influential record label executives who are the ultimate decision-makers. For the first time ever, a music competition offers the Grand Prize winner the unprecedented opportunity to be mentored by a group of record company presidents, A&R reps, and more. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to directly network with the top echelon of record company professionals and get guidance, advice, feedback, and networking opportunities.
2015 Judges included: Aimee Mann; alt-J; Robert Smith (The Cure); Sinead O'Connor; Kem; Aaron Shust; Rosanne Cash; The Killers; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Dustin Lynch; Rapsody; Jason Gray; Ray Wylie Hubbard; David Crowder; Lucero; Colt Ford; Frank Foster; Kool & The Gang; Kelly Price; Kyle Anderson (Senior Writer, Entertainment Weekly); Shirley Halperin (Music Editor, Billboard and Hollywood Reporter); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Lucy Jones (Deputy Editor, NME); Hardeep Phull (Music Critic, The New York Post); Michael Hann (Music Editor, The Guardian); and Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post)
Mentors include: Pete Ganberg (Executive Vice President/Head of A&R, Atlantic Records); Mike Elizondo (Senior Vice President of A&R, Warner Bros. Records); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment and A&R, Capitol Music Group); Lenny Santiago (Vice President of A&R, Roc Nation); Taylor Lindsey (Director of A&R, Sony Music Nashville); Dino Paredes (Senior Vice President of A&R/GM, American Recordings); Katie Welle (Senior Vice President of A&R, RCA Records); Gary Paczosa (Vice President of A&R, Sugar Hill Records / Vanguard Records); and Allison Jones (Senior Vice President, Big Machine)
Screen Shot Mentors include: Michelle Bayer (Shelly Bay Music); Michelle Silverman (Modern Planet); Evan Stei (Experience Music Group); Velma Barkwell (East End Music Productions); Jen Taunton (Level Two Music); James Kempner (JMK Connections); Randy Powell (Kicksta Music Group); Carlos Muhammad (Egyptian Man Entertainment Group); Richard Kirstein (Resilient Music LLP); and Jessica Cole (Lyric House Publishing)
The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $10,000 in cash (plus additional prizes) and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives. First Place and Second Place winners will also be selected in each category. First Place winners in each category will receive $1,000 in addition to other prizes. Second Place winners will also receive prizes. The First Place winner in the Screen Shot category will also be mentored by a group of music execs who place songs in film, tv, ads, and video games. All prizes are listed on the Prize page.
The 2016 Categories include:
AAA (Adult Album Alternative)
AC (Adult Contemporary)
EDM (Electronic Dance Music)
Screen Shot (original songs in all genres suited for placement in Film/TV/Advertising/Gaming)
Teen (for artists 18 years old and younger)
PRSforMusic begins legal action against SoundCloud
After careful consideration, and following five years of unsuccessful negotiations, PRSforMusic now find themselves in a situation where they have no alternative but to commence legal proceedings against the online music service SoundCloud.
When a writer or publisher becomes a member of the Performing Right Society, they assign certain rights to their works over for PRSforMusic to administer, so it’s their job to ensure they collect and distribute royalties due to them. SoundCloud actively promotes and shares music. Launched in 2008, the service now has more than 175m unique listeners per month. Unfortunately, the organisation continues to deny it needs a PRSforMusic licence for its existing service available in the UK and Europe, meaning it is not remunerating PRSforMusic members' when their music is streamed by the SoundCloud platform.
PRSforMusic aim is always to license services when they use members’ music. It has been a difficult decision to begin legal action against SoundCloud but one PRSforMusic firmly believe is in the best, long-term interests of their membership. This is because it is important PRSforMusic establish the principle that a licence is required when services make available music to users. PRSforMusic have asked SoundCloud numerous times to recognise their responsibilities to take a licence to stop the infringement of their members’ copyrights but so far their requests have not been met. Therefore PRSforMusic now have no choice but to pursue the issue through the courts.
PRSforMusic understand SoundCloud has taken down some of their members’ works from their service. With PRSforMusic's letter of claim, PRSforMusic sent SoundCloud a list of 4,500 musical works which are being made available on their service, as a sample ofPRSforMusic repertoire being used, so that they understood the scale of PRSforMusic members’ repertoire and its use on the service. PRSforMusic asked them to take a licence to cover the use of all PRSforMusic members’ repertoire or otherwise stop infringing.
SoundCloud decided to respond to PRSforMusic's claim by informing them that it had removed 250 posts. Unfortunately, PRSforMusic have no visibility or clarity on SoundCloud’s approach to removing works, so it is not currently clear why these particular posts have been selected by them given the wider issue of infringement that is occurring. Ultimately, it is SoundCloud’s decision as to whether it starts paying for the ongoing use of PRSforMusic members’ music or stops using these works entirely.
If the streaming market is to reach its true potential and offer a fair return for PRSforMusic members, organisations such as SoundCloud must pay for their use of PRSforMusic members’ music. PRSforMusic launched their Streamfair campaign in June to raise awareness of this issue and highlight how music creators need to be properly remunerated from streaming. PRSforMusic believe that all digital services should obtain a licence which grants them permission to use PRSforMusic members’ music and repertoire, in this case the works of songwriters, publishers and composers.
The streaming market cannot fairly develop unless this happens. PRSforMusic have always been pro-licensing and pro-actively work with organisations in order to propose an appropriate licensing solution for the use of PRSforMusicmembers’ works.
PRSforMusic remain hopeful that this matter can be resolved without the need for extended litigation. PRSforMusic members will appreciate that this is now a legal matter and our ability to communicate around it is therefore limited by the legal process. However, PRSforMusic will try to share information and updates to members whenever they can.
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
SONGWRITING & COMPOSING - THE GUILD OF INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITERS & COMPOSERS
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.
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,
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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