GUILD OF INTERNATIONAL
SONGWRITERS & COMPOSERS
- The Guild's website introduces you to the UK's premier songwriting organisation
- The Guild of International Songwriters and Composers and outlines some
of the many aspects of songwriting, composing and the music industry.
Guild of International Songwriters and Composers is
a UK songwriting organisation based in England UK serving the international songwriting,
composing and performing artiste community. The Guild of International Songwriters
& Composers members are songwriters, composers, lyricists, poets, performing
singer songwriters, musicians, groups, DJs, music publishers, studio owners, managers,
music industry personnel, etrc., of many categories from many countries throughout
The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers has been publishing
& Composing Magazine since 1986, which is issued free to all
Guild members throughout their membership. The Guild of International Songwriters
and Composers offers advice, guidance, assistance, protection, information,
encouragement and services to Guild members with regard to helping members try
to achieve their aims, ambitions, progression and advancement in respect to the
many different aspects of the music industry. Information, advice and services
available to Guild members throughout their membership includes assistance, advice
and help on many matters such as but not limited to:
to get your money, royalties and income streams from the music industry, how to
earn royalties from songwriting, composing and performing, copyright protecting
your songs, lyrics and instrumental themes from being stolen, songwriting song
assessments, promoting songs and songwriting talents to music publishers and your
songwriting and performing talents to record companies and management companies.
Who requires songs and instrumental themes for music publishing and recording,
getting a publishing deal, getting a record deal, setting up your own music publishing
company, setting up your own record company and label, songwriters' songwriting
collaboration register for lyricists and composers, contact information for music
publishing companies seeking songs and songwriters, record companies, management
companies, artistes and music industry personnel, recording, music publishing,
management, producer contracts, distribution and licensing deals, internet promotions
and releases, etc.
Understanding terms, conditions, clauses and statements in contracts, Equity and
the Musicians' Union (MU), Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS)(PRSforMusic),
Performing Right Society (PRS)(PRSforMusic), Phonographic Performance Limited
(PPL), Video Performance Limited, (VPL), Royalty collection organisations outside
the United Kingdom.
How songwriting royalties are collected and paid, who pays the songwriting and
performing money (royalties), songwriting and the Internet, setting up a home
recording studio, songwriting song contests, songwriting and songwriters legal
issues, promoting and marketing instrumental themes, Music industry contact information,
releasing records on your own songwriting label and the Internet, music publishing
your songs yourself, guarding against being ripped off, avoiding the sharks, recording
old songs in public domain, songwriting and composing for radio, television, film,
audio-visual and advertisements, recording demos, sub-publishing your songs in
foreign territories, pitching and plugging songs, songwriting promotion opportunities,
licensing your recordings to companies for release, distribution (digital and
physcal) , getting a songwriting partner, songwriting partnership agreements and
how they work, MP3 and music on the web, digital downloads, Digital Service Providers
(DSP's), Internet aggrgators, and much much more, these are just some of the many
diverse aspects of the music industry and songwriting, composing and performing.
Guild of International Songwriters & Composers aim is to assist and help its
members to gain knowledge of the songwriting, composing and performing aspects
of the music industry and to help maintain the rights of The Guild of International
Songwriters & Composers members, being the new, amateur, semi-professional
and professional songwriters, composers, lyricists, poets, performing songwriters,
musicians, home, semi-pro, professional studio owners, music industry personnel,
etc, working within the music industry, especially with the marketing and placement
of Guild members' songs, instrumental themes, performances and copyright material,
thus trying to assist Guild members to achieve commercial success and financial
reward for their songs and songwriting.
Guild's website introduces you to the premier UK songwriting music industry organisation
The Guild of International Songwriters and Composers and also outlines
some of the many aspects of songwriting, composing and the music industry.
successful for songwriters' songwriting royalties
(PRSforMusic) royalties increased 45.3% in 2011 to £38.5m
Over £545m of songwriting and publishing royalties were paid to PRSforMusic songwriter,
composer and publisher members in 2010. For the first time PRSforMusic's revenue
has topped £600 million, which is an amazing achievement. PRSforMusicís record
results have seen: Licensing revenue growth of 8% on 2009. Double digit growth
in three of our four licensing areas effective licensing of new online services
Growth of 9% in net distributable revenue on 2008.
The PRSforMusic's July
2011 distribution totalled just over £91million. In total the PRSforMusic
July 2011 distribution contained more than 2,274 separate usage sources,
generating 126million transactions. There were some 35million unique performanmces
during the quarter made up of 674,905 distinct works to include Guild
PRSforMusic October 2011 royalty distribution totalled just over £127 million
to its publisher and writer members. In total the October 2011 royalty distribution
contains more than 2,400 separate usage sources, generating 109 million transactions.
There were some 37 million unique performances during the quarter, made up of
more than 8000,000 distinct works.
(PRSforMusic) who represents 85,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers
in the UK saw royalty collections rose 3.2% to £630.8m last year after a
surge in revenues from overseas and digital services. As part of this uplift money
from services including itunes , Spotify, Amazon and we7 increased 45.3% in 2011
to £38.5m and made up a record 6% of total PRS collections. The licensing
of new digital services enabled PRSforMusic to pay additional royalties to their
members last year.
figures also reveal there was a big increase in money collected for the use of
UK music overseas with this sum rising 10.6% to £187.7m. The lift came on
the back of successes by British songwriters such as Adele, Taio Cruz and Coldplay
last year as well as improvements in working with overseas collecting societies
to collect what was owed.
from live music were up 8.2% to £225.5m, helped by the likes of the UK festival
market and Take Thatís Progress Live stadium tour, while money brought in from
businesses such as shops, pubs, hotels, restaurants and work places for publicly
playing music went up 0.9% to £131.4m. Broadcast income increased 1.2% to
£149.0m with the only area of business experiencing a fall being recorded
media. Here royalties fell 13.3% on the year to £101.6m with royalties from
CDs, DVDs and covermounts all dropping.
licensed online digital market is now delivering a significant royalty income
stream for MCPS/PRS (PRSforMusic's) writer, composer and publisher members.
and publishing royalties are a substantial source of income for songwriters and
to join The Guild or renew your membership
members link to the Guild as a friend on myspace - visit: myspace.com/guildofsongwriters
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