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Issue 5.2 - May 2002
ISSN 1480-6975

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I n   T h i s   I s s u e :

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Copyright & Publishing Q&A with Nancy A. Reece from Carpe Diem
    Copyright Management
@-- Music Reviews - by Ben Ohmart & Eliot Popkin
@-- Songwriting Book Review - by James Linderman
@-- Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
@-- Muse's Clues - Songwriting Web sites that inspire - brought
    to you by singer/songwriter & teacher, Irene Jackson.
@-- Featured Article - VOCAL FITNESS By Diana Yampolsky
@-- Columnist In Spotlight - (New!) Cheryl Mullen's "Sounding Off"
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
    viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
@-- Contact information
ISSN 1480-6975.  Copyright 1998 - 2002, Jodi Krangle.  For more 
contact information, see end of issue. ================================================================= S p o n s o r M e s s a g e : (Please support the sponsors that support this newsletter! Thanks!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THE USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN: Enter the 2002 USA Songwriting Competition now! Win a grand prize of over US$50,000 in cash and merchandise and exposure, making this the largest prize package in any annual songwriting competition! Winning songs get radio airplay. Judges include record labels such as Warner/Reprise Records, SONY Music, Epic Records, etc. EARLY ENTRY BONUS: First 1,000 entries will receive a free gift. Info: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ E d i t o r ' s M u s i n g s : ----------------------------------------------------------------- Well folks, the response to my inquiry about a get-together in the summer was a bit underwhelming. Ah well. I think it's probably a bit short notice, actually, so I'd like to try for something for next year. I'll keep you all posted on developments. If you have suggestions for a Muse's Muse gathering in Toronto next year, please do feel free to write to me about it. Your opinions would be most welcome. --> The new Muse's News Special Announcements E-list received a timely offer on a discount to The National Association of Record Industry Professionals' panel discussion on "HIT RECORDS and BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES: A Match Made in Heaven", taking place on May 7th. I put offers like that in that separate newsletter because the regular Muse's News newsletter only comes out once a month and these sorts of announcements can't usually wait that long. There will be more such offerings through the Special Announcements newsletter, so if you're interested in hearing about them see . :) I'm very pleased to announce that there's another new columnist this month. Cheryl Mullen has joined us to talk about bands and artists we should know more about. You can find out all about her new column by reading the "Columnist Spotlight" section further down in this newsletter. I invite you all to check it out and read her (very entertaining) first article! The raffle winners for this month are Penny Coventry from Duffy, ACT (Australia), who has won a copy of VSS's extremly useful Lyricist product, ( for a review of Lyricist, see ) and Branislav Vrbaski from New Westminster BC (Canada)who has won a copy of SONG SHEETS TO SOFTWARE by Elizabeth Axford (also reviewed later on in this newsletter). Have a wonderful month, everyone! All the best, --Jodi Back to Menu ================================================================= C o p y r i g h t & P u b l i s h i n g Q & A : With Licensing executive Nancy A. Reece ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: Is there a web source which will tell who owns the rights to specific works? Is there a list of titles such as childrens fairy tales which are in the public domain and can be published if rewritten for your own publication. - Gary F. -------- A: For music, ...are all on the list to search for information. Book publishing is not my field, but I suppose the Internet is the best place to search. Look by title and by author. Find a copy in print and you'll find the copyright information. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: Hello Nancy. I have been subscribing to The Muse's News for a couple of years now and have enjoyed reading your insights/contributions on the music industry. I placed by original music on MP3 back in December 2001 and also submitted my CD to the Copyright Office in November 2001. Supposedly, the copyright office is STILL not receiving any mail (since Oct 17). Is there another alternative to submitting your material to the copyright office in Wash. DC? Are there any risks in distributing my music without the copyright? It seems as though it's going to be a long wait. Thank you. - Dennis A. -------- A: It does take a long time. There is no way around that. Keep in mind, once the work was in a fixed format, it held the copyright. Your registration is pending, but the date of copyright is the date you first put it on paper or on tape. If you feel there is an infringement taking place prior to your registration coming back, contact an attorney right away for assistance. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: I'm collaborating with another musican and we are trying to determine how to settle who gets what percentage of publishing. I came to the table with the music/arrangement completed and he added the melody and lyrics. He believes melody and lyrics make up two thirds (66%) of the publishing. I believe music is 50% and lyrics/melody is the other half. Can you help us settle this dispute? Thanks, L.G. -------- A: No I can't. You both must come to that conclusion on your own. Typically, however, the lyric and the melody are the song, the arrangement is not part of the underlying copyright. If he is willing to give you credit for 50% of the music therefore creating a 25/75 split, I'd take it! The important thing is that you both keep writing together. ----------------------------------------------------------------- TO VIEW OTHER QUESTIONS AND RESPONSES, SEE NANCY'S "COPYRIGHT & PUBLISHING Q&A" ONLINE AT Please note: She receives a *lot* of e-mail in a month. If you sent in a question but have not heard a reply, it's very likely it already *has* an answer online. It's always a good idea to thoroughly look through the Q&A's online to see if your question has already been asked before you send in a request. Thanks! ----------------------------------------------------------------- ***** ABOUT NANCY A. REECE: Carpe Diem Copyright Management's owner and president, Nancy A. Reece has been involved in the music business since 1983. She was the president of an independent advertising agency for eight years as well as a successful personal artist manager for nine years. She represented the careers of several recording artists and songwriters including those with EMI, Zomba and Liberty Records as well as Benson, Starsong, WoodBridge, Temple Hall and N'Soul Records. She also represented, for a number of years, a Grammy and Dove nominated record producer. Reece has won awards of excellence in print magazine advertising and has been named as one of 2,000 Notable American Women (1995) as well as being listed in the International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women (1993). She was also named Cashbox Magazine's Promoter of the Year (1989). In addition to her work at Carpe Diem Copyright Management, Reece works at a performing rights organization in the United States and is an accomplished contemporary artist working in abstract and multimedia on canvas and wood. **If you would like to ask Nancy a question, you can send your e-mail to Nancy at . She can't guarantee she'll get to all of the questions, but she'll certainly try.** Back to Menu ================================================================= M u s i c R e v i e w s : by Ben Ohmart & Eliot Popkin ----------------------------------------------------------------- Clark Yost ­ On the Ball (by Ben Ohmart) Clark Yost's 9 tracks are on the ball, and filled with the night eyes of jazz. Smooth vocal jazz, you might call it, and definitely some of the smoothest from an unknown. Well. He's certainly not a novice to the world of lite guitar jazz. He’s been playing since he bought his first acoustic guitar in 1965. Yost's element is in the field of melody and laying down a hot bed of underlying sound onto which the leads can ease themselves. Great bass and snappy drums make this a small but tight sounding band. But ya know what? It's not a band, it's Yost doing all sounds. Of special importance are the 1st and last tracks, instrumentals that show off Yost's subtle and almost new age style approach to the guitar as an echoey chamber of charm. Perhaps one of the best melodies comes from 'Here Comes That Ending Again.' Yost's ghost vocals bleed over the deepness of the midnight. The guy knows how to construct Cool. You don't do it with hammer, nails and tongs, you buy yourself some strong fingers, a little heartbreak, some synth, a bottle of rye and enough skill to last 30 years. That's all you need. Yost's got all that, and you might want to check yourself for a 2nd opinion. ------------------ OTHER NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE: Gold Coast - (by Ben Ohmart) The Jazz Police - (by Ben Ohmart) The Residents ­ (by Ben Ohmart) Kari Tieger ­ (by Ben Ohmart) Carltonfisk - (by Ben Ohmart) Ed Hale and Transcendence - (by Ben Ohmart) Reed Dickinson - (by Ben Ohmart) dial M - (by Eliot Popkin) Firebug - (by Eliot Popkin) Judith - (by Eliot Popkin) Kiki Ebsen - (by Eliot Popkin) Unisex Salon - (by Eliot Popkin) Ramones Forever - (by Ben Ohmart) Honey Barbara - (by Ben Ohmart) --------------- ****** Ben lives in Boalsburg, PA where greedy people want to put up condos in place of a nature preserve. He spends his off hours listening to radio comedy - especially British - loves reading and watching horror, and hates trying to make ends meet. Send him money and gifts. While waiting for bribes, he's currently writing the official biographies of The Bickersons, Paul Frees and Daws Butler. His latest bit of immortality? The text for Contact him at: Eliot is a Boston born singer/songwriter who saw his debut album "Down Along This Road" have 3 songs find their way into movies, radio airplay on more than 100 stations across the country as well as countless wonderful reviews and feature stories. He currently is writing songs for various major label and film projects, and is in the studio working on his follow up album. He lives in Los Angeles, enjoying a nice view of the Hollywood sign. To hear his music, drop by his web site at . Contact him at: If you're considering sending in your own CD for review, please drop by to find out which reviewer reviews which genre. Thanks! Back to Menu ================================================================= S o n g w r i t i n g B o o k R e v i e w : by James Linderman Song Sheets to Software - by Elizabeth Axford ----------------------------------------------------------------- If there had been only a concept for this book and no author to write it, I do believe that at least 4 out of 5 publishers would have picked Elizabeth Axford for the job. She is a musicologist, a teacher, a songwriter, an accomplished musician, an historian, a computer whiz and a very good writer. She therefore was able to write a very comprehensive, historical to contemporary collection of music related information that is...very cool. So what's in the book that you might want to check out? It's divided into 5 main parts, with chapter 1 detailing the history of printed music, really, really interesting actually. It also offers a primer to all kinds of early American music. Tons of stuff I didn't know...but should have. Chapter 2 explains present day print music royalties and copyrights and explores the forms and terms of music's legal side. Good to read if you think that The Harry Fox Agency is a taxidermist or that Reproduction Rights mean... oh never mind…you get the idea! Chapter 3 is a massive listing of current software for musicians with a brief description and some source information. Since I'm in the process of upgrading my studio I found this section invaluable. Chapter 4 is another very large listing, featuring websites for musicians' needs. I tried out about 40 random e-addresses and found them to be accurate, legitimate, and interesting. Chapter 5 offers up all the tech talk and Internet language you never wanted to be geeky enough to know but, of course, need to know to make most of the music being made in this millennium. I find that I can pick up Elizabeth Axford's Song Sheets to Software, open it to any page, and have a really hard time putting it down. ****** James Linderman lives and works at theharmonyhouse, a music lesson, songwriting and music pre-production facility in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. He has worked as a collaborating songwriter and consultant for The Toronto Office of Catholic Youth and leads a music workshop program for Life 100.3 Christian radio. James writes songwriting articles for The Muse's News web magazine, Canadian Musician Magazine and Professional Musician Magazine. Contact James at: Back to Menu ================================================================= S p o n s o r M e s s a g e : (Please support the sponsors that support this newsletter! Thanks!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THINK YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO SIGN A MUSIC PUBLISHING DEAL? Brought to you by Universal Music Group, Songwriting and Publishing is an instructional video that teaches you everything you need to know to write a successful song and sign a lucrative publishing deal. Purchase the video and we GUARANTEE a Universal A&R executive will review your lyrics and send you WRITTEN FEEDBACK. We'll even give you the chance to win a $1,000 publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group. ================================================================= M u s i c a l N o t e s : Songwriting Contests & Market Info. In the interest of conserving space, I will only be including changes to this listing in this newsletter. All other contests and market information that have already been listed here, are displayed at & . Please check there regularly for updates! ----------------------------------------------------------------- 'RADIO MUSE' WEBCAST FOR INDEPENDENT SONGWRITERS - SEEKING MUSIC! The Muse's Muse & Host, Jan Best of Independent Songwriter Web-Magazine, are putting together a series of shows, one every month, featuring the songs of independent songwriters just like you! See for details on how you can send in your own music for consideration. ----------------------------------------------------------------- NEW MAJOR LABEL ARTISTS LOOKING FOR POP SONGS! Tonos hosts many songwriting contests and Industry Opportunities specifically for songwriters every month. March contests include: * New Major Label Artist Looking For Pop Songs! - We are looking for some groundbreaking Pop/R&B songs for Stacie Orrico. Stacie is 18 years old and is signed to Forefront Records. Her debut album is approaching gold status, plus she was on Destiny's Child's last tour. With that success a major label has picked her sophomore album and they need some fresh songs! * Top Song Plugger Is Looking For Great Songs! - A leading L.A.-based song plugger is looking for R&B and pop songs to place on upcoming albums. His company reps the industry's top writers and they have placed songs on albums by Christina Aguilera, Usher and LeAnn Rimes over the years. * Linkin Park Attorney Looking to Shop New Rock Acts! - Veteran music attorney Daniel Hayes, partner in an elite law firm, has negotiated hundreds of contracts and has successfully shopped many artists, including Linkin Park, Tantric and Phantom Planet. Daniel is the best in the business at shopping bands for deals, but he doesn't accept unsolicited material! Your only chance is through Tonos.
(It's a bit long, I know - but if it doesn't work as a clickable link in your email, just copy and past the link into your browser.) ----------------------------------------------------------------- SONGLOUNGE.COM -THE WEB'S FIRST QUARTERLY SONG CONTEST SITE awarding over $4,000 in cash and prizes every three months to the best three songs- $1,000/1st, $500/2nd, $250/3rd plus products from AKG, Cakewalk, Ernie Ball, certificates, web sites and more. Come and visit us at ----------------------------------------------------------------- The National Association of Record Industry Professionals presents: "HIT RECORDS and BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES: A Match Made in Heaven" To be discussed: Their symbiotic effect on both record sales and box office; Artist development vehicles for new and developing acts; Label and studio economics; International impact; Cross promotion and merchandising opportunities; Soundtrack market share; and Talent leveraging. Please join us for our panel discussion with special guest speakers: ROBERT KRAFT, President, Twentieth Century Fox Music Division; JOHN KIRKPATRICK, Vice President of A&R / Soundtracks, Elektra Entertainment Group; DARREN HIGMAN, Vice President of Soundtracks, Atlantic Records; JOHN HOULIHAN, Soundtrack Music Associates; and TESS TAYLOR, Moderator and President, National Association of Record Industry Professionals * Tuesday, May 7th, 2002 * For more info, please go to ----------------------------------------------------------------- HOW CAN SONGWRITERS, SIDE-PLAYERS, ARTISTS AND PRODUCERS PROTECT THEIR RIGHTS AND THEIR MONEY? In October of 1998, the book, Confessions of a Record Producer: How To Survive the Scams and Shams of the Music Business hit the streets and the industry has not been the same. For the first time real numbers of what everybody in the music business earns, how artists are ripped off with clever accounting and common methods of copyright fraud were exposed. Now, on June 22 and 23, 2002 / 9:00am - 5:00pm at the Davidson Conference Center - Downtown, Los Angeles, Confession's author, multi platinum record producer, Music Business Consultant and Industry Activist Moses Avalon, speaks live in an in-depth workshop that will leave you feeling empowered. See for details on how to attend. ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE ROYANS SPRING VOICE AND MOVEMENT WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE Date: Sunday, May 26, 2002 Location: Holiday Inn Hotel, Ellesmere West Room 7095 Woodbine Ave., Markham, Ontario · Singing Workshop presented by Master Vocal Coach Diana Yampolsky · Dance/Hip-Hop Movement Workshop · Singing Performances by Royans School students · Italian Buffet Dinner For more info: ----------------------------------------------------------------- 2001 GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED Songwriter Devon Copley of New York City is the Grand Prize award winner of the Great American Song Contest 2001. He earned the prestigious top award for his song "The Wreck Of You and Me." Nashville songwriter Jen Foster won the First-Place award in the Pop category for her song "She" and Mark Lightcap of Chico, Calif., won First-Place in the Country category with his song "You See the Rose." Jason Atkinson of Van Nuys, Calif., was top winner in the Rock/Alt category with "What Girls Say" and New York songwriter Rachael Sage triumphed in the Contemporary Acoustic category with her song "Satellite." Donna Lee of San Diego won the First-Place award in the Contemporary Christian category with "I Will Worship You" and Russian composer Anna G. Nazaruk won the Special Music category with "Agnus Dei (Lamb Of God)." Jim Robitaille of New Bedford, Mass., topped the Instrumental category with his composition "Miro" and John Dantona of Simi Valley, Calif., won top honors in the Lyrics Only category with "Shut Down the Night." For more details or to hear these winning songs, please visit: 2002 GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES! Featuring multiple awards and prizes for 40 winners in 8 different style categories. Top music-industry judges include publishers, producers, recording artists and hit songwriters. Everyone who participates receives a written evaluation of their work. The Great American Song Contest is sponsored each year by Songwriters Resource Network, a free online news and education resource for songwriters and lyricists everywhere. This year's contest is open through November 7, 2002. Information is available at: or by visiting Songwriters Resource Network at: . Contest brochures are also available by email at: ----------------------------------------------------------------- SONGWRITERS, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen will present a Songwriting Workshop June 17-21, 2002 at the Nemo Guest Ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Steve and Cindy's website is . The five day workshop will cost $200 if paid by 6-1-02 and $250 after that date. Various accomodations are available. For more information e-mail us: Hank and Marianne Fridell - Cory Tompkins - Back to Menu ================================================================= M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson ©1998-2002 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission ----------------------------------------------------------------- Were you ever in a basement band? I was :-) Most of the time we were actually in an attic, but it was really the same thing. We got together a couple of times a week and practised, and drove the neighbours crazy (not to mention the guy who's parents' house we were practising in!). The whole purpose I suppose, at the time, was just to enjoy this wild and crazy thing called music. I'm always interested in what the media observes in terms of what is happening on the internet when it comes to musicians. In a recent article online ( , USA Today tackles the topic of "Basement Bands". It isn't what it used to be! In fact, you don't even have to be in the same room anymore to jam or collaborate, or whatever. The article discusses how the internet has given us all the opportunity to literally be heard on a global level. It discusses the fact that we can all, with very little start up money, create our own recordings and put them "out there" for the world to scrutinze. Does this simply mean a more level playing field in terms of getting heard? Well, yes, and no. It also means that just about anyone with the desire and dedication can throw their music into the pool, which makes for a very crowded pool! The article points to a number of websites that feature digital recording and editing tools, many of them very affordable, but the main intention of it is to highlight a couple of artists/bands who have made use of these tools and created a web presence for themselves. Is a level playing field worth it? You be the judge! ****** Irene Jackson is a performing songwriter from Victoria, BC in Canada. Aside from writing, recording and performing, she also maintains a website for songwriters that includes tips, articles and more links of interest. Her eagerly anticipated CD "Catnip" is finally here, and her earlier recordings have had attention everywhere from Japan to South America. Songwriting Tips: Homepage: Songs on MP3: Back to Menu ================================================================= S p o n s o r M e s s a g e : (Please support the sponsors that support this newsletter! Thanks!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ UNLEASH THE FULL POTENTIAL OF THE INTERNET WITH SONGSCOPE.COM! SongScope is a valuable tool enabling you to build an on-line song catalog, accessible only by proven industry professionals. Receive FREE email informing you every time record producers and industry professionals make requests. Song listings are only $29.95 per year. An ecommerce enabled marketing/promotion page and tour calendar are also available for performing songwriters to get further artist exposure. See for details or contact: ~ Tel: 770.754.4543 ================================================================= F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : VOCAL FITNESS By Diana Yampolsky © 2002 Diana Yampolsky. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission ----------------------------------------------------------------- "It's all about balance." You will hear everyone from new age gurus to marriage counselors to characters in beer commercials proclaim this statement. It's pretty much a cliché but there is something of a universal truth in every cliché. With respect to being a vocalist, balance is extremely important. As I have said again and again successful singing performances are the result of a combination of the correct technical aspects, a healthy vocal anatomy and a willingness to share your "spirit" with the audience. Ultimately then successful singers must find the correct balance between the physical, emotional and spiritual components of singing. Another cliché that often gets repeated is that "your voice is your instrument" and again it is so commonly stated because it really is a fundamental truth. Your voice is your instrument and its performance is a direct result of how well you take care of it. You wouldn't dip your guitar in glue and then expect it to sound good, would you? Unfortunately, this is akin to what many people often do! To be able to deliver a correct technical singing performance and prevent yourself from doing any damage to your vocal anatomy and thus maintain a healthy voice, you really do need to be in good physical condition. So how should you exercise in order to be in the ideal physical condition for a singer? Again, you guessed it, the answer is balance. Not only should you be aiming for a balanced workout that includes aerobic (cardio training), anaeorbic (weight training) and flexibility exercises but you should be trying to achieve a balanced physique. What exactly is a balanced physique, you may ask? Essentially, it is when both the upper body and lower body are in proportion. For example, if you go to any gym in your city you will probably see some men that are so obsessed with having big arms and chests that they exercise their upper bodies way more than their lower bodies. They have huge upper bodies and skinny legs. Conversely, some people that are into activities such as skating or soccer may develop large muscles in their legs while being practically emaciated with respect to their upper body. In both cases, the result is that they are not in balance. Singers who are out of balance with very muscular legs and skinny upper bodies tend slouch quite a bit and this type of posture is very detrimental for singing. Their whole body is pointed downwards towards the ground and this in direct opposition to what good singers do - they tend lift their entire body upwards as a way of lifting the sound off the vocal chords so that it can resonate within their vocal chamber. A metaphor for a singer who slouches is a plane that takes off but due to excessive weight cannot reach the proper height and crashes to the ground. Singers who are physically out of balance due to a big upper body and skinny lower body are at an equal disadvantage. Again, while most people assume that singing is purely the domain of the throat and mouth, the truth is that most good singers use their legs to support the required posture necessary to lift the body upwards while singing. If the upper body is so heavy that the legs struggle to lift it upwards then the sound will again not be lifted off the vocal chords and into the vocal chamber. Furthermore, if the singer tries to overcompensate for a weak lower body by flexing his chest and neck, this overstressing of the upper body will result in weak, shrill and unpleasant-sounding singing. Therefore, the recipe for success is the right blend of a balanced body, mind, and soul. The reward will be a great sounding voice! ****** Diana Yampolsky is a Toronto-based Vocal Coach/Consultant. She is the creator of the Vocal Science Program, which has been designed to achieve Accelerated Vocal Development and guarantees to turn a beginner into a professional singer in a matter of hours. This technique focuses on the idea that the voice is an expression of the emotional, physical and spiritual state of the person singing and Diana therefore works not just on the voice but on the performer as a whole. The Royans School for the Musical Performing Arts ( specializes in Accelerated Artist Development, including Vocal Coaching/Consulting, In Studio Vocal Production Expertise, Style Identification & Differentiation, Voice Repair and Psychology of Performance. Back to Menu ================================================================= C o l u m n i s t I n S p o t l i g h t : Sounding Off - by Cheryl Mullen ----------------------------------------------------------------- ABOUT THE COLUMN: Cheryl Mullen seeks out cool and talented music-makers, then tells us about them in the hopes of converting us into becoming fans of these music makers. Looking for cool, different music? Check here for Cheryl's picks. ABOUT THE COLUMNISTS: While Cheryl Mullen sang and played flute in high school and college, she can't write music to save her life. This naturally makes her eminently qualified to write about people who can. Her close proximity to Manhattan gives her a multitude of opportunities to hang out in dimly lit clubs and hear phenomenally-talented-yet-toiling-in-obscurity artists. This column's mission is to make those artists a little less obscure. She is a professional groupie (having seen Rockapella more than 30 times), a World Trade Center survivor (not a joke), and an animal lover (her favorite animal being Le Mew, her 14-lb. black cat). Back to Menu ================================================================= " O N S I T E " F E A T U R E D A R T I C L E : CONVERGENCE AND CONTENT by Jerry Flattum Two buzzwords for the new millennium are Convergence and Content. The convergence of technology and entertainment and the "morphing" of content will prove critical to the future of entertainment in the 21st century. For songwriters, filmmakers and artists of all types, such change will open the doors for many new opportunities. --- Make sure to also check out the newly updated Entertainment Cyberscope at !
================================================================= C l a s s i f i e d s & U s e f u l S e r v i c e s : ----------------------------------------------------------------- WINDRIFT MUSIC SONGWRITING COMPETITION 2002 Windrift Music and Sonic Foundry(Sound Forge/ACID), are sponsoring the 2002 Songwriting Competition. Fabulous Prizes * $1000 in cash * Sound Forge 5.0. * ACID PRO 3.0 * Vegas Video 3.0 * Five loop libraries * Make Your own demo CD * 50 CDs courtesy of Windrift Music * Web Hosting of Your Song on Windrift Music Site * Artist Home Page with download of music * 1000 promotional Flyers of CD * Free promotion of artist CD to major labels. The deadline is June 30th, 2002. $10 entry fee. Contest details are located on the Windrift Music web site: ----------------------------------------------------------------- LYRICIST! VERSION 2.1 HAS ARRIVED - INCLUDES CHORD CHARTING/WIZARD. Virtual Studio Systems, Inc. is proud to announce Lyricist V2.1 - The Songwriter's Best Friend: the first-of-its-kind word processor designed for musicians, songwriters, and poets. The software includes a rhyming dictionary, spell checker, thesaurus, album categorization, chord charting, chord generator, song arrangement and much much more - all in a user-friendly package. Check out the review at . Muse's Muse visitors can take home the product for $5.00 off the regular selling price just for purchasing through the form provided off of the review! For more information, visit the review url above or call us at 888.732.1176 inside the U.S.A. or 603.726-4499 outside the U.S.A. ----------------------------------------------------------------- CUSTOM DEMO ARRANGEMENTS FOR SONGWRITERS Excellent quality at a reasonable price with quick turnaround using the latest in synths and samplers with Pro Tools 5.1. Credits include national commercials, album productions and demos. Visit for more information or contact Rick at 813-689-6066 or References and demos available upon request ----------------------------------------------------------------- GET YOUR COPY OF THE INDIE CONTACT BIBLE & START MAKING WAVES! This is an absolutely priceless resource for indie musicians. If you want your music reviewed, on the radio, *heard*, THIS is the resource you need to have. It's not going to tell you "how" but it will *certainly* tell you "who". I highly recommend you pick it up in order to compliment your other music marketing techniques. Have a look at this url and read through a few sample pages to see what I mean: (Full review at ----------------------------------------------------------------- INTERESTED IN YOUR VERY OWN MUSE'S MUSE SHIRT, MUG OR MOUSEPAD? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SELL YOUR OWN MERCHANDISE? Drop by today! And while you're at it, think about starting your *own* store. It would be pretty cool to sell your own band's logo or design on promo items, wouldn't it? And starting up a store requires no investment of money on your part at all. Details on how to do that are only a click away... ================================================================= ADVERTISING RATES: For Classifieds: US$25 Max. 8 lines, where a line = 65 characters including spaces and punctuation. All contracts must be prepaid. Write to: For Newsletter Sponsorship rates and other advertising opportunities, please see . Back to Menu
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