Let’s Hear From the Songwriter Part 2 – Scarlet Keys

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Scarlet Keys is a songwriting professor at the Berklee College of Music where she also attended receiving a B.M. in 1991. Scarlet is a talented and nationally touring vocalist and pianist. She has played solo piano for the past fourteen years in San Diego, Nashville, Boston, and New Hampshire. She has performed with Anna Wilson and with the hit songwriter/producer Monty Powell at the New Orleans Arena at the Bass Masters Classic for ESPN. She was a full-time staff songwriter for Warner Chappell Music/The New Company for two years in Nashville, and has written and performed with some of the best songwriters, producers, and artists in Nashville and Sweden. Her recordings include “Gonna Dance,” cowritten with recording artist Anna Wilson, “I Wanna Be Rich” by Canadian artist Krysta Scoggins, and “So Much Love to Make” by Swedish artist Jill Johnson, which went gold in its first month. She released her first CD, Pieces, in 2000 and is planning another CD of original music soon.

“I create an environment in the classroom that is relaxed, fun, and creative because although craft is an intellectual pursuit, creativity needs to run rampant. It’s like a child learning to walk; it needs to have the freedom to try things out, to play and discover itself.”

–       Scarlet Keys

 

Here is an interview held with Ms. Scarlet Keys.

Interviewer: How did you get into music? Songwriting?

Scarlet Keys: My mother was a singer and a piano player and my dad was a singer.  He had his own daytime t.v. show where he sang and interviewed guests etc.. a lot like Merv Griffin at the time.  My brother was also a professional singer and it all felt like a very natural path to pursue.

I used to write lyrics to my piano teacher’s melodies but really found songwriting while I was a student at Berklee.  It was something I tried once after of course, a heart break and it all felt so natural and fun and I fell in love with writing.

Interviewer: Who are some of your influences?  

Scarlet Keys: As with any music lover, my influences are vast.  For piano playing, I love Bruce Hornsby.  For singing, Ella Fitzgerald, Bonnie Raitt, Ray Lamontange.  And For songwriters, I would say: Joni Mitchell, and many Nashville writer’s who I have studied, like Gary Burr for example.  All the Tin Pan Alley writers of the Great American Songbook era and just everyone from Ellington to John Mayer.

Interviewer: What was one of your biggest songwriting dreams? Most valued career accomplishments/collaborations?

Scarlet Keys: My biggest dream that came true was to get signed at a publishing company as a full time staff writer and then, to teach at Berklee in the Songwriting Department.  My biggest accomplishments have been getting my publishing deal, having cuts with artists, having a song go Gold and getting the chance to work with great singers and writers such as Blue Miller (India Arie’s guitar player/co-writer), and many great writers in Sweden, Nashville and Boston too.  I am still finding the next dream in my writing, but so far, I have enjoyed the ride of each co-writing session and each class I’ve taught.

Interviewer: How do you feel about the way technology has changed the music industry? Recording, Distribution, Kickstarter, Youtube, Blogs…?


Scarlet Keys: I think the changes are great! I think the craft of writing is the same, it’s just the process that’s a bit different and how track writing has become such an art in itself.  I think all of the new ways to get your music heard is wonderful for artists because they control their careers, their music and have a much better chance of reaching an audience than through the old channels of the music executives. They have a better chance of writing for the sake of art without the pressure of a corporation behind them and maybe music will have even more heart and art in the future.

Interviewer: Have you heard of, used or encouraged others to use any of these platforms? Ramen Music, Taxi Music, Reverbnation, Soundcloud, Blogspot.   

Scarlet Keys: Yes, I belong to Taxi.

Interviewer: There are many ways to break into songwriting. What are few helpful ways?

Join a performance rights organization: A.S.C.A.P, S.E.S.A.C. or B.M.I and meet the writer representatives and get them interested in your writing so they can help you get meetings with publishers or set you up with co-writers.  You can also join Taxi, and collaborate with as many people as you can, especially artists who need songs, meet the talented people here at Berklee now, they are going to be the next big thing.

Interviewer: What are your plans for the future?

Scarlet Keys: My plans as a writer are to continue doing what I’m doing, writing, co-writing and learning to be a better producer and to create better tracks for my own songs.  To travel more for co-writing sessions and to continue to grow as a writer.

Interviewer: Any advice to upcoming songwriters.

Scarlet Keys: My advice for upcoming songwriters is to WRITE! Get as good as you can, learn an instrument and especially learn protools so you can create your own tracks.  Meet as many people as you can, don’t burn bridges, be professional, be on time, work hard and be fun to work with and be good!

Cd baby http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ScarletKeys

LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/pub/scarlet-keys/4/549/973

http://berklee.edu/faculty/detail/scarlet-keys

http://www.berkleemusic.com/school/faculty-member?person_id=735168

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Let’s Hear from the Songwriter Part 1 – Moana A.

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Coming straight from the Caribbean island of St Martin, Moana Avvenenti is a singer-songwriter full of exotic grooves blended with pop flavors. Her unique style is influenced by pop/rock and soul from the United States, combined with the carnival traditions of the Caribbean. She’s been surrounded by musicians and constantly attended live performances her whole life, as her father is a bass and guitar player. Following his footsteps, by the time she was 13, she was performing for music festivals, ceremonies, and talent showcases, singing and accompanying herself on piano, and later on guitar.
At age 16, Moana had her own musical group, and recorded her first album as a lead singer: “Moana and the Toopah Peas.” Moana attended the great contemporary music school, Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA, on generous scholarships. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2011.

Moana is currently working as a Stage Manager (Live Sound, Light Design and Stage Set-Up) in Berklee’s prestigious venues, as well as devoting her time teaching music classes, while maintaining a highly active performing career.

Moana is in the process of recording an album. Surrounding herself with top musicians from all over the world, Moana will release this album of exclusively original music in the Spring of 2013. She recently released the first single of the album “Anything” and you can watch the video HERE.

Here I conducted an interview to learn more about Moana.

Interviewer: How did you get into music?

Moana A.: My father is a musician, so I grew up going to his concerts all the time. Every few years, he would experiment with a new style, and since rehearsals were usually at my house, I got to be exposed to a lot of genres. There was always music in my house; in fact, I remember complaining a few Sunday mornings for being waken up by loud bass at 7AM. I always sang. It felt natural. My mom always tells me that I was singing before I was speaking, and that I would sing so loud in my stroller that tourists would stop and listen to me. So I guess I was an early performer! 
My dad and I formed a band when I was 17 and we started performing regularly around the island. 
I don’t know when I started writing songs. I feel like I’ve always done it. Since I was a kid, I’ve been recording ideas on old cassettes, and hiding lyrics in a locked box, wearing the key to the lock as a necklace. I was really shy with my compositions until very recently. Actually, I still am, but I’m forcing myself to get over it. It’s just so personal. I express a lot of things in my songs, and I feel like I’m giving people my open heart with my songs, which is terrifying!

Interviewer: Who are some Influences?

 Moana A.: I’ve had a lot of musical influences, of course. I am a big Michael Jackson fan. I just love the arrangements of his songs. They are so well done. You can distinctively sing any part of any instrument of any of his songs, and people will know what song you are singing! That’s really rare. I think we have to thank Quincy Jones for that. What brilliant writing. 
Other singers I have been inspired by are Erykah Badu, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Esperanza Spalding, KT Tunstall, Amy Winehouse, etc. And if I am honest, I have to admit that the Spice Girls and Avril Lavigne were a big influence at some point in my life, too. Style-wise, I’ve had influences from Caribbean artists that were big for carnivals, like Destra Garcia for soca, or Beenie Man for Dancehall.

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Interviewer: How do you feel about the way technology has changed the music industry? Recording, Kickstarter, Indiegogo…?


Moana A.: There are some good and bad things. I feel like we are still in the transition phase, trying to figure it out. I understand the frustration of artists not selling as many physical copies, and I certainly feel it myself as well. But at the same time, I really enjoy being able to type in the name of a song or even just a line from the lyrics and being able to listen to it in seconds. We still need to find a way to make it more lucrative and effective for the artists, but I feel like Spotify and Youtube advertisements are a step in the right direction. We will get there…

As far as Indiegogo and such fundraising platforms are concerned, I obviously think they offer a great alternative for our new trend of Indie artists. You don’t get all the support that a label would give, but you can keep your independence and your artistic freedom, which is amazing! I also find it interesting that they reversed the stress: with the advance of a label, you take a big risk when you record without the assurance that the project will make enough money to pay back what the label invested. Whereas with those online campaigns, you sell your project before you make it; that’s just genius! You are nervous for the duration of your campaign, but once you reach the goal, you can go to the studio stress-free. You’ve already sold CD’s so whatever happens; and on top of that, all the support and encouragement you get during the campaign motivates and inspires you even more. It’s a triple win.

Interviewer: How was your experience with Indiegogo?

Moana A.: Overall, It was great for the simple fact that I have reached my goal! 
I personally think that there are still some flaws in the system and if I could go back, there are a few things I would do differently. But I don’t have time to think about what can’t be undone: I have an album to make!

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Interviewer: When is the album planned for release? What will be on the album? Styles, stories, content?

Moana A.: I originally had 13 songs for the album. But I cut one of them out. I might replace it with a strange vocal arrangement that I did, but I want to hear the other songs first before making a decision. 
It’s always hard for me to describe my general “style” because I have a lot of fun writing each song in a different style. But I think the common thread is pop-rock with an occasional Caribbean influence. At the same time, there will be a Blues, a Hip Hop and a NeoSoul song on there too, but I feel like they are all still somewhat pop-rock-Caribbean tainted, if that makes any sense. 
We started recording the rhythm section and I am working with a producer on 2 electronic tracks. For the electronic tracks, we had a lot of fun. I sequenced a demo of one of my songs and I brought it to this producer that makes really cool tracks. I also brought him another one where I was singing every single instrument line. He made his own version of the 2 songs, but he liked the idea of singing the instruments, so we decided to experiment with that. So he played the tracks and made me improvise. I was singing “ooh’s” and “ah’s,” Instrument lines, strange percussion sounds, etc. It felt so good and I felt really creative! He “robotized” some of the sounds I sang too. The mix of the vocal stuff with the very electronic instruments is very interesting! I love it. Sometimes, it has kind of an Imogen Heap style to it, and then it flips to dubstep, and then pop. I’m excited to hear the final results! As far as the “real instruments” tracks, I am currently recording the overdubs. I’m adding steel pan (which is very Caribbean), and strings in the same tracks. So here again, the mix of the styles should be original. It’s all coming together but it takes time because I want to use so many instruments: drums, bass, electric and acoustic guitars, percussion, piano, organ, synth, string sections, steel pan, etc. 
I want to be involved in everything, so I’m busy writing string parts, working on the graphic and album art, and supervising every single editing and overdub session. It’s a tremendous amount of work, but it’s a job that I love. 
I can’t wait for you to hear the end result! Keep an ear out for the release in late spring!

Interviewer: What are your plans for the future?

Moana A.:
I’ve spent a lot of time being a GB band singer, and now I want to try and do more with my own music. This album is the first step to a long journey as an original artist.

Visit Moana HERE and HERE

Join Moana’s mailing list HERE

Anything video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtsPuzCVP0c

http://www.moanaa.com/#!contact/c21nl

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/moana-a/id598076799

https://www.facebook.com/MoanaA?fref=ts

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http://www.youtube.com/moanasxm

http://moana-a.bandcamp.com/

Songwriting Associations: Here for You

A great way to get connected with other inspiring and veteran songwriters is to join a songwriting association. There are many, many associations out there to support you and your music. They all offer different things but on a general basis you can receive attention and sponsorship for your music, assessment and direction with your songs, gain a larger network, receive better opportunities, chance to attend workshops, seminars and conferences and you will also be apart of different development programs.

Some great associations include the International Songwriting Association, which has been around since 1967. They offer beneficial advice and information on the industry for the songwriters and members, a broad network of current industry professionals, songwriters and artists, they offer contests and contracts that can help further your writing career and more. This as well as serving their current roster of member in the best ways capable is their mission. HERE is the link to their testimonials page.

The American Songwriting Association has three main locations with several studios in Atlanta, Birmingham and Nashville. They provide many resources such as sponsors, a large network, songwriting contests, and information and consultation regarding publishing, copyrights and other songwriting matters. Their mission is to support the songwriter in their music, publishing, career moves, network and in any other way, while also supporting the songwriting community and industry. They strive to bring together all types of writers to increase creativity and great music for the public.

From our songwriting capital, the famous Nashville Songwriters Association International is likely the world’s largest trade organization. “It all begins with a song” is their slogan.  They have over 5,000 members of all types of genres from folk, to country, to Christian, to rap and more. Their mission is to have dedicated songwriters who strive to protect the songwriting industry and keep it moving forward.

 

Other associations are New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, West Coast, California and there are so many others to choose from.

 

 

 

http://www.addicted-to-songwriting.com/links-song-associations.html

http://www.taxi.com/members/links-associations.html

International http://www.songwriter.co.uk/

American http://www.americansongwritersassociation.com/

Nasville http://www.nashvillesongwriters.com/

American Christian Songwriting Association http://christiansongwriter.org/

Ny, NC, Ohio http://www.songwriteruniverse.com/newyorksa.html

Central Carolina http://ccsa-raleigh.com/

West coast http://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/

Canada http://www.songwriters.ca/faq.aspx#Question%206

http://songwriters.ca/whatweprovide.aspx

Strategy: Innovation

Remember how cool the Polaroid camera was?

I fondly remember my first – oh how vivid the memories. With each fresh box of ten opportunities, I loaded that behemoth with confidence. Hordes of onlookers marveled at my ability to forego the darkroom, reviewing and enjoying the results of my framing within mere minutes of taking the picture itself. In essence, I held in my hands the future and by extension, I was the future. I had found the coolest thing – the newest, most innovative thing to hit the music photography industry for years. I was maybe nine years old at the time, but I’d say I recall quite confidently that all of my friends were after my camera!

 

So what happened? To where went the magic I’d once held in my hands? My friends all of who gravitated towards me for the machine I had – for what sudden reason had I none?

Long story short – the digital camera robbed me of my friends. Grr. The leather-jacket, slicked-hair, greased-lightning cool technology of the Polaroid didn’t sustain itself. It’s complacency as the most innovative camera at the time was the nail in its own coffin. Yes, it figured it out once. But it didn’t stay on board. Instead, the digital camera saw past the buzz of in-camera chemical processes and took a step in a new direction.

Don’t let that happen to you.

You’ve figured out how to stay afloat – but things are changing faster than ever. The way I see it, all of the technology, start-ups, ideas, consensuses, consumer moods, are drifting towards the artists – people are instinctively shortening the distance between themselves and the actual creators of the content they value. These days, the utility belt of tools you wear as an artist holds batarangs of options. But, these options won’t be the answer forever. In order to avoid becoming another polaroid camera amidst the vacillating unpredictability of the music industry, it’s imperative to be responsive and on the forefront of the doing things differently grind.

You just doubled your social media engagement by implementing an if/then trigger system, which aggregated and reposted fans’ instagram photos to Facebook based on your custom concert hashtag – effectively creating a fan-generating, artist-hosted stream of visual content effortlessly? Ballin’.

 

What’s next?

 

Buzz words are pervasive in the entertainment industry, but chances are if what you’re doing is buzzing too much, it’s not a very stable strategy. Being creative is what got us into this mess; it’s truthfully going to be the only thing keeping us in it.

Amanda Palmer earned over a million dollars on Kickstarter. That’s probably not going to ever happen again and should not be a fundamental goal in your indie-approach model. Instead, take a look at some of the newest services available to you and think about how your following might react. Compile an RSS feed and stay on top of some news sources that you find interesting. Don’t stop learning about new artists, businesses, and ideas. Filling the shoes of those who have succeeded before you is a nearly surefire way to guarantee career stagnancy.

I was devoted to my Polaroid. I showed it to all my followers on the playground. As a fan, I was committed to nurturing a viral spread through social. But if the product ceased to say anything remarkable, my friends would stop listening. You know how this metaphor relates to what you do. Best of luck!

Ya Está.

Thanks to those of you who actually do read these, I had a good time writing this semester (even if my topic of choice lends itself to being a bit vague.) I hope to keep blogging, whether it’s here or on a personal site. Feel free to send me thoughts, si quieres.

Most Cordially,

Kyle Billings

kbillings@berklee.edu

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Songwriting Forums and Collaborative Platforms

There are many ways to increasing your skill in the art of songwriting. Some ways are reading books, attending workshops, collaborating in person with other songwriters. An additional, good way to learn more about songwriting is through online forums and online collaborative platforms.

You can often get quality information from experienced writers. It’s helpful in the way that you can just ask questions that you have and writers and even educators involved in that site will respond with their feedback from research and their personal experience.

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Some forums include Songstuff, The Songwriters Forum, Harmony Central, MyBlogBand, Tunesmith forums, Gearslutz, and Songwriting Secrets.

Some collaborative platforms are Kompoz, Mixmatchmusic, WeMix, Indaba Music, MyOnlineBand, and Dopetracks.

One in particular is Songwriting Fever. Songwriting Fever is an online platform that offers the collaboration of songwriters. It was started in 2008 and now has 2100 members. This platform allows for lyricists to find songwriters to collaborate with for music for their lyrics and vice versa.  Here you can find all types of songwriters and musicians in all genres from all around the world here to write with you and to play on your projects.

How it works is you join by making an account and once you’ve done this you can browse through the all the database. There are two main categories of their database: lyrics and music. You can visit the composers profile and reach out to them by direct messaging them through the site. You can also upload your material and wait for someone to reach out to you. On the website there are also forums with testimonies and feedback to topics and questions. There is a page that includes songwriting tips and helpful hints to making your music better and also a page with the company’s blogs written to give updates and news.

Here is a quote from Tracy Chapman who currently uses this site. “I want to express my gratitude to you for your help through this site. I’ve been making more progress than ever with my songs, and being able work with other people who like creating songs keeps me perpetually motivated.”

You can subscribe by email HERE.

 

http://www.songwritingfever.com/

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/SongWritingFever

Twitter profile: https://twitter.com/WritingFever

*NEW* Artist of the Week: ALLEN STONE

The purpose of this blog is to showcase upcoming artists who have either signed with a label or chosen to build their career through a Direct2Fan method.

ARTIST/GROUP: Allen Stone
BIRTH NAME: Same

AGE: 26
ORIGEN: Chewelah, Washington

GENRE: Soul and R&B
LABEL: StickyStones Records (Self-label), ATO Records
WEBSITEhttp://allenstone.com/

FANBASE
TWITTER: 30,646 followers
YOUTUBE: 2,601,950 video views | http://www.youtube.com/user/allenstone?feature=
FACEBOOK: 65,977 likes

WHY ALLEN STONE?

I discovered Allen Stone through a friend referral. I was looking for new artists, but luck just hadn’t on my side these past couple weeks. That is why I have decided to feature three new artists this week, because I will only post about upcoming artist that I truly admire and are serving as inspiration and guidance for aspiring artists who are struggling to decide whether they want to sign to a label or build their own career. So far, four of my artists are signed to a label, three are not, and two have created their own record label. I hope this is helping you all conceive your own possible path in today’s music industry because it was obvious that one of my artists did not want to sign to the label she is currently with, rather she felt forced.

Allen Stone reminds me of Clay Aiken – not necessarily vocally, but appearance-wise. When Clay Aiken first appeared at his audition for American Idol Season 2, the judges were dumbfounded by the amazing voice that came out of a seemingly nerdy young male. Not that Allen Stone looks nerdy, but I definitely didn’t expect him to sound as incredible as he does. I also didn’t expect him to be singing the genre of music that he sings. This immediately attracted me to the Soul singer. His charming voice stops your racing thoughts and cause you to focus solely on him and what he’s singing. Here’s the first song I heard him sing:

After hearing this song, I realized I had heard him before, but I didn’t realize who it was. I assumed it was just another R&B singer. Well, boy am I glad I discovered this diamond in the rough. Allen Stone grew up singing Gospel music in church, so he often engages the audience in call-and-response tunes that demonstrate his charm to the audience. Here’s “Say So”:

Stone has been managing his own career for a few years now. Touring across the country to perform at various local clubs, Stone has been selling out shows from coast to coast. His first album Allen Stone made it into the Top 10 Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and entered the Top 5 iTunes R&B/Soul charts. He made an appearance on national television after the talent booker saw Stone’s living room video (the first one I saw as well). He has since been featured on Jimmy Kimmel LiveLast Call with Carson Daly and Live from Daryl’s House followed by being named as an artist to watch on Esquire, CNN and Billboard.

Recently, Stone signed with ATO Records after having reached a considerable amount of success on his own. Perhaps this is what Emeli Sandé was referring to when she sang “I’d be patient if I had the time.” It took Stone years to acquire the level he reached on his own. It probably took more work too than if he had the support of label professionals. However, I would assume that since Stone had already demonstrated his ability to succeed without a label prior to their approach, that he had a bit more negotiating power to his contract than Sandé. In fact, since he was probably discovered then approached by the labels themselves, he probably did not have to worry about accepting a less-than-acceptable offer because if was clear that he was doing just fine on his own.

I hope Stone is able to continue his music career the way he intends. He has a gift and he is naturally talented with the ability to charm his audience. I look forward to following the progress of his career. He is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Here’s more of my favorite videos:

Allen Stone “Sleep”:

Allen Stone “Contact High”:

Stay tuned!

Prayre Finley

Sources:

“Allen Stone.” Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Stone

*NEW* Artist of the Week: LENNON AND MAISY

The purpose of this blog is to showcase upcoming artists who have either signed with a label or chosen to build their career through a Direct2Fan method.

ARTIST/GROUP: Lennon and Maisy
BIRTH NAME: Lennon and Maisy Stella

AGE: 13 (Lennon) and 8 (Maisy)
ORIGEN: Whitby, Ontario, Canada

GENRE: Country
LABEL: None
WEBSITE: http://www.lennonandmaisy.com/

FANBASE
TWITTER: 109,866 followers
YOUTUBE: 36,274,446 video views | http://www.youtube.com/user/lennonandmaisy/videos
FACEBOOK: 75,886 likes

WHY LENNON AND MAISY?

I discovered Lennon and Maisy on Facebook. One of my friends shared a video of them covering “Call Your Girlfriend” and I loved what I heard. Their video went viral having reached over 8.5 million views within six months, and it has since doubled to nearly 17 million views since October. The girls sound amazing, but for some reason, I was oddly attracted to the rhythm thing they were doing with the plastic cartons in the video. Usually, this would serve as a sort of distraction from the vocals, but their blend is incredible! They don’t need a distraction! In fact, I was semi-glad when they stopped doing the thing with the cartons because it allowed me to hear their amazing voices together. Check out the video!

Lennon and Maisy are daughters to the Country music duo The Stellas. Therefore, it makes sense that these girls are so talented. Both of their parents sing too! Their big break has been them being cast on ABC’s new show “Nashville” as Maddie and Daphne James (the daughters of a falling country music star). Here’s Maddie and Daphne making their debut on the show!

Lennon and Maisy are just getting started, but there is surely a promising future ahead for these girls. Due to their recent success, not much more information is available on them on the Internet. They are not signed to a label yet, but I am sure that is next to come. I wonder who they’ll sign with? Will they sign to a label? They are very young. Are they ready for that kind of pressure to make and sell records? Their parents are signed to EMI Music Canada. Perhaps, they will provide the proper guidance for these ladies’ developing music career. Only time will tell..

Here are more of their acoustic videos. Aren’t they amazing?!

Lennon and Maisy singing Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up”:

Lennon and Maisy as Maddie and Daphne in Nashville singing “Telescope”:

Lennon and Maisy “Bright Side”:

Stay tuned!

Prayre Finley

Sources:

Lee, Tiffany. “‘Nashville’ casts 13 and 6-year-old YouTube viral singing stars Lennon and Maisy Stella.” Yahoo! TV. 09 OCT 2012: Web. 6 May. 2013. http://tv.yahoo.com/blogs/fall-tv/nashville-casts-13-6-old-youtube-viral-singing-204411890.html

Weatherby, Jager. “Who Are Lennon and Maisy Stella, the Girls Who Play Rayna’s Daughters on Nashville?.” Wetpaint. 03 APR 2013: Web. 6 May. 2013. http://www.wetpaint.com/nashville/articles/who-are-lennon-and-maisy-stella-the-girls-who-play-raynas-daughters-on-nashville

“The Stellas.” Wikipedia. 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stellas

Songwriting Platforms & Business Innovation: Sell Your Song Here

As I have written in my previous blogs there are many ways to get your music heard and there are also many platforms to sell your music. Researching, I came across two additional platforms that would be very helpful to the songwriter and helpful to the business minded leader in search for innovation.

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To start with, there is MusikPitch created by Scott McIntosh. The company is based in Nashville, TN and was launched in April of 2011. Scott McIntosh came up with an idea to offer songwriters a way to earn money with their music.

How it works is, as the songwriter, you sign up (for free) on the website and set up your profile. From there you search the database for contests that people or company’s present. When you have found an appealing contest all you have to do is submit you project in mp3 form and wait to hear back. There are options for other MusikPitch members to rate your song or project by giving you a number out of 6. Before submitting it you are able to read the license agreement that was created by the person or company who created the contest. Most agreements you will be agreeing to give all rights to that contest holder in exchange for a fee you will earn. You would have to consent to that agreement to submit your project. If you are the winner your prize is the amount of money the contest holder has listed on the contest profile. These prize money amounts can range from $100 to over $2000. Each contest holder makes his own price. This is a great way to earn some cash while doing what you love.

Here is a screen shot of the license deal that was offered by a contest holder.

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Here is a screen shot of contest that they have run. It gives the time it will be running and the date it will end, how much money you will win, other MusicPitch members who have submitted to the contest ( you can also listen to what those members have submitted), about the company or person offering the contest and all the requirements of the contest.

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MusikPitch FAQ’s HERE

Second, we have Ramen Music, which was created by Sadura Williams. Ramen Music is based out of Vienna, Austria and is a site where Songwriters present their music on the profile they have made. An online issue of Ramen will be released every 2 months. On this issue will be downloadable tracks of the chosen artists of that time span.  So if your music is chosen you will be featured in the issue of that period with information of yourself and your music.

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There are two types of Ramen members: the Artist, who produces the music and the subscriber, who buys the subscription. The subscription cost is $39 annually and it comes with 6 issues for the year. In case of a subscription cancellation, Ramen Music refunds 100% for all subscriptions within 60 days of purchase. After 60 days, they issue refunds to paypal accounts.

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Sadura and his team launched RamenMusic in 2010. As an innovator, Sadura created this platform for songwriters to have more options for pushing and distributing their music online. Sadura also has a platform called alonetone used for musicians and writers to distribute their music.

The members who are selling their music keep all rights and only grant Ramen Music non-exclusive and non-terminating rights to publish and distribute the music. This brings no harm to the writer, but as a company Ramen Music wants to have your music readily accessible for its consumers forever. Those chosen for the issue also get paid. Ramen pays its artist members right before that artists published issue. The members receive funds by paypal account, transfer or direct deposit.

Sadura is a musician and understands the struggle musicians face in creating and releasing an album or any music for that matter. He wanted musicians to be able to get their music out to the public easily and for free.

Ramen Music FAQ’s HERE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXdq8Div3VE&feature=player_embedded

http://ramenmusic.com/faq

http://alonetone.com/