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 membersí 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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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 Details of how to use the service are printed below

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.


Get your songs and music noticed by entering the Future Music's songwriting competition.

Have you been writing a song? Do you think itís good enough to be a hit and want the opportunity to get it heard by music industry professionals? Future Music's song writing competition has various events all over the UK for your songs to be heard by an industry judging panel starting in January. View the Future Music song writing competition judging dates below.

Songwriting competition: Future Music have launched a brand new competition just for songwriters. The songwriting competition is set to find the best songwriters in the UK. The songwriting competition will provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to get their music heard and potentially get signed.

A prestigious panel of music industry judges are at every stage of the songwriting competition, offering songwriters the opportunity to have their music heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry, including A&R representatives who work for the UKs three major record labels Ė Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music. View our songwriting competition judges here.

If you make it to the songwriting competitionís winnersí Grand Final showcase in London, youíll perform at the legendary Dingwalls in the hub of Londonís music scene in Camden. This world-renowned music venue has hosted the likes of Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding, Coldplay and the Foo Fighters.

The Future Music Songwriting competition is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of many of the best songwriters in the UK song writers such as: Atlantic Record's Jacob Banks, Warner Musicís Birdy, Sony Music's Luke Friend, Columbia Recordís Lucy Spraggan.

SONGWRITING CATEGORIES: The songwriting competition will be open to all, with regional and national winners plus additional categories for songwriters under the age of 15 and 18. There will also be additional songwriting awards for categories of genres including; Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Urban, Christian, Gospel, Latin, Electronic and Folk.

You donít need a professional recording to enter the songwriting competition as entries will be being judged on their originality, melody, composition, lyrics (where applicable) and their potential to be a hit song.

UK songwriting competition prize list for those who know how to write songs

If youíre a songwriter who knows how to write songs or even if you're just starting out you could be in with a chance of some amazing prizes. The UK songwriting competition offers song writers the chance to win thousands of pounds worth of prizes throughout the competition, including:

The overall winning song writer will receive £5,000 to have their song professionally recorded, remixed and remastered with one of the UKís top producers. The winner will also star and or produce your very own music video -Songwriting masterclasses.Recording studio time at some of the countryís best studios. Footage of your songís performances, filmed in HD. Photographs of actís live show performances.

With the focus being on developing song writers, the competition offers song writing tips and the music industry judges will give feedback to your songs too.


The song writing competition will be open to all, with regional and national winners. The competition is divided into the following age categories: 18 and over; 15-17; Under 15

There will also be song writing awards for categories of genres including; Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Urban, Christian, Gospel, Latin, Electronic and Folk.

There will be awards for song writers who know how to write songs, with awards for the best song in each category.

You donít need to be a professional recording artist to enter the song writing competition as entries will be being judged on their originality, melody, composition, lyrics (where applicable) and their potential to be a hit song.

As well as offering great prizes, the competition is a chance to get your music heard by the right people. Acts can expect to perform live in front of music and entertainment industry judges including A&R from the three major record labels, with judges getting more prestigious as the UK song writing competition progresses.

Judging panel days are limited - SONG WRITING JUDGING PANEL REGIONS: The judging panel will be going to the following regions across the UK making it the largest search of UK song writing talent. Book your song writing efforts into the competition now to secure your place!

London (Central): Camden; London (East) & Essex: Essex; Midlands: Birmingham; Midlands: Milton Keynes; North: Sheffield; North East: Newcastle; North West: Liverpool; North West: Manchester; Scotland: Glasgow; South East: Kent & Sussex; South West: Bristol; Southern England: Brighton; Southern England: Portsmouth; Southern England: Reading.


Saturday 31st January at Concourse Suites 28-30, National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, B40 1NT.

Sunday 1st February at Studio 25, 25 Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PE.

Sunday 1st February at Dingwalls, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB.

Sunday 15th February at Marconi Social Club, Tydemans off Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9FH.

Saturday 21st February at TouchBase, 43 Middlesex Street, Kinning Park, Glasgow G41 1EE

Sunday 22nd February at The Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AG.

Sunday 22nd February at 4th Wall Hazlitt Theatre, Earl Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1PL.

Saturday 28th February at Engine Rooms, West Quay Road, Southampton, S015 1GZ

Sunday 1st March at Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, S1 2JA.

Sunday 1st March at The Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1TF.

Saturday 7th March at Milton Keynes C.C., Strudwick Drive, Milton Keynes, MK6 2TG.

Saturday 7th March at Sub89, 110 - 117 Friar Street, Reading, RG1 1EP.

Sunday 8th March at Dingwalls, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB.

Sunday 8th March at Britannic Suite, The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, L3 5QB.

WRITING A SONG FOR THE SONGWRITING COMPETITION: At the performance dates you will be showcasing your song in front of music industry judges which include as the competition gets more prestigious, record label A&R from Sony Music, Warner Music Group and Universal Music. Check out the full list of music industry song writing competition judges. What better opportunity to get your song heard by the right people?

Places are limited, so be quick not sorry! Registering well in advance will secure your place in front of the judging panel and avoid disappointment.
PERFORMANCE DATE SCHEDULE: The competition will require a musical and/or vocal performance before a panel of judges where the song will need to be performed by you the song writer or by a singer on your behalf. We ask that you prepare an edit of your song of up to 2 minutes in length per song and no longer. Remember itís all about first impressions, so ensure you put the best of your song in the intro for maximum impact and get the chorus in early! Performances to the judging panel are closed to the public and will be in front of a professional music industry judging panel.

WHAT MUSIC GENRES CAN ENTER THE SONG WRITING COMPETITION? - The song writing competition is open to all genres! There will also be song writing awards for categories of genres including; Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Urban, Christian, Gospel, Latin, Electronic and Folk. Those performing the song whether yourself or another singer can use a backing track, perform acapella or with up to two backing instruments (not supplied), which can be played by yourself or backing musicians.

If you are successful in front of the judging panel you will go on to perform at a Regional Final showcase. The Regional Final showcase will be in the best venue in your region and you will be performing for a place straight into the National Grand Final.

Please contact the contest organisers for more information.


Reeperbahn Festival - International Talents, Trends and Trade

Whether music lover, industry professional, art enthusiast or avid festivalgoer - Germany's largest club festival presents more than 600 wide-ranging events in over 70 venues. Featuring international newcomers, an extensive arts programme, a business platform for companies and organisations in the international music and digital industry. The Reeperbahn Festival is one of the three most important music industry platforms in Europe and an indicator for the state of the international musical culture and creative industries.

Now there are only a few days left to inform you that there's still time to register at the early bird price for next year's Reeperbahn Festival. Please take your chance to get your "all inclusive" Conference Ticket in time - which means until December 31. This ticket will include the complete programme of Reeperbahn Festival 2015: concerts and showcases of international newcomers, music related art programmes, as well as sessions, songwriting, composing, meetings, networking events, or award shows for the music and digital creative industries.


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 is now completed

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

New UKSC co-writing prize with hit songwriter

Entrants to the 2014 contest had the opportunity to co write with hit songwriter MARK CAWLEY

The UK Songwriting Contest was excited to introduce a great new co-writing prize in 2014. As part of the Grand Prize package hit songwriter and UKSC judge Mark Cawley will co-write a song with the winner. Mark has worked with and written for some of the biggest names in the business including The Spice Girls, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Joe Cocker, Wynonna Judd, Kathy Mattea, Russ Taff, Paul Carrack, Will Downing and Tom Scot. He has also worked with legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach and he wrote Billie Piper's UK Number One hit song Day And Night. This is a unique once-in a-lifetime opportunity to work with and co-write a song with one of the best songwriters in the business.

Every songwriter who competed in the 2013 contest has been given the judges score for each song and will receive an official UKSC Certificate for every song entered with details of achievements and placements. Plus, there are guaranteed prizes for everyone including valuable songwriting courses, and more, as well as the main prizes of which the Guild and others sponsor. Many past entrants have received royalty earning radio play and many more have been featured in the press and on TV or have been signed or produced by top industry figures who closely follow this event looking for new talent. In the words of the UK's Channel 4 Television.

 Judges: The UKSC judges were top Grammy, Emmy, CMA and BRIT Award winning Gold and Platinum Album producers and artists. They included Sting's producer and musical director Kipper Eldridge; top UK producer Stuart Epps (well known for his work with Elton John, Robbie Williams, Led Zeppelin, Bill Wyman, Paul Weller, George Harrison, Oasis); BRIT Award winning producer, songwriter and musical director Simon Ellis (S Club 7, Britney Spears); CMA Award winning international country star and songwriter Lucie Diamond; producer, musical director and arranger Richard Niles (Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Boy Zone, Mariah Carey, Take That, Cliff Richard) and the UKSC's very own past winner Natalie Chua (who was signed by Simon Cowell after the contest and went on to receive a Platinum Album Award). Judging panels also include industry executives, publishers, managers, music organisations, experienced songwriters, past UKSC winners, UKSC directors, broadcasters, music journalists, authors and others from the UK and international music industry.

The UK Songwriting Contest is often described in the media as "prestigious" and it is certainly the only songwriting contest in the world that has had winning writers and finalists signed by top producers such as Simon Cowell, and the only one established in association with respected and important bodies such as The BRIT Trust and Music Aid International. Many entrant's have gone on to success through the contest as an example last year's Acoustic Category winning song went to number 2 in the Amazon Download charts within hours of release, the recent Olympic Theme winner was signed to a deal and released during the 2012 Olympics under the direction of top Juno Award winning producer Mel Shaw (Founding President of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences), the 2011 Rock winner was chosen to open and launch the major European music awards show "Label Expo" in Brussels, and last year's Pop winner was produced and remixed by top UK producer and contest judge Stuart Epps (well known for his work with Elton John, Robbie Williams and many others).

Past songwriting winners and finalists have had entries recorded by established artists, have signed publishing and recording deals, been asked to write for major artists and have been interviewed and had their winning songs featured to millions on national TV in Australia, the USA, the UK and other European countries. Many have also received extensive royalty earning radio play. None of this would have happened if these songwriters had not entered their songs in the songwriting contest. Anyone who enters this contest can have similar success and could be noticed by the many top industry professionals worldwide who follow this event very closely every year looking for new songwriting talent.

Every songwriter who enters is given the judges score and position for each song and also receives an official UKSC Certificate for every song entered with details of their achievement and placement. Plus, there are guaranteed prize gifts for everyone who enters, worth many times the entry fee, including valuable songwriting courses and membership from SongU and six month Broadjam memberships, as well as the main prizes. The prize fund this year totals over £300,000. Sting's producer Kipper Eldridge will be offering personal one-to-one mentoring to the winner, there are professional production packages with world class musicians and much more. But perhaps the main reason people enter this prestigious competition is the genuine and unique chance it offers to all songwriters to be noticed and discovered by those in the music industry. In the words of the UK's Channel 4 Television: This is a real chance for new songwriters to break into the music business".


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. Win a Top Prize of US$11,000 worth of Prizes!

The IAMA are proud to be in their landmark 11th year. Entrants come from all over the world: Australia, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Germany, USA, South Africa, etc. Judging is based on excellence in music performance, songwriting/composition/song choice, music production and originality/artistry. You can enter in a number of categories such as: Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group, Folk, Alternative, AOG*, etc.

Win awards in 8 different categories: Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo Folk, Americana/Roots/AAA, Instrumental, Open (any musical style or genre), Bluegrass/Country. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth over US$11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US & Canada.

Last years' winners include: Kelley James - overall grand prize winner and best male artiste, (pictured below), AJ Croce, Maddy Rodriguez(Canada), David Francey (Canada), Liz Longley, Charlie Dore (Hit Singer-Songwriter from UK), The Refugees, Kate Lush (Australia), Wayne Southards (USA), Larry Pattis, Omega (Uganda), El McMeen, etc. Last year's winner went to Acoustic Pop singer-songwriter Kelley James who won the overall grand prize as well as the Best Male Artist. Independent Singer/songwriter And Recording Artist Kelley James faced Stiff Competition And beat out notable music acts at The 10th Annual IAMA that included Grammy winner Alannah Myles and Billboard #1 Hit Artist Pepper MaShay.

One past winner Meghan Trainor has been #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts for the past 7 weeks. She has beaten the biggest names in music today: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, etc..

IAMA is sponsored by: D'Addario Strings, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, Airplay Access,, Sirius XM Radio, Acoustic Café Radio Show,, Kari Estrin Management & Consulting,, and

FREE EARLY ENTRY BONUS: First 1,000 entrants will receive a free Songwriter/Musician profile page on worth $99, Hurry, enter here online with your mp3 file, YouTube or SoundCloud URL o r enter by mail

Entries now closed - The deadline entry date was 7th November 2014

Sponsored by:© USA Songwriting Competition



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 membersí 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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