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Issue 5.3 - June 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 - MUSIC PUBLISHING 101 by Steven Hudis
@-- Songwriter In Spotlight - Randy Jackson
@-- 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!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ E d i t o r ' s M u s i n g s : ----------------------------------------------------------------- Hi everyone. I'm going to keep this Musing pretty short. There are lots of new articles on the site contributed by the columnists. Have a look at for more info. There are more sections in the works so stay tuned. My apologies for the delay in new Radio Muse shows. The show is still going strong, but life has gotten in the way recently. I'll make an announcement when the next show is available for folks to listen to and until then, I thank you all for your patience. The raffle winners for this month are Rodney Overton from Austin, TX, who has won a copy of VSS's extremely useful Lyricist product, (for a review of Lyricist, see ) and Shawn C. Downs from East Dublin, GA, who has won a copy of SONG WRITING - FROM IDEAS TO ROYALTIES by Joe Keene (also reviewed later on in this newsletter). Have a wonderful month, everyone! All the best, --Jodi 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!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ DEADLINE LOOMS: USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION HURRY! Don't miss your last chance to enter this year - enter the 2002 USA Songwriting Competition now! This is an international songwriting competition with entrants coming from 70 different countries. 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. All entries must be postmarked no later than June 4, 2002 - exclusively only for Muse's Muse readers. Click here for the application form: ================================================================= 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 ----------------------------------------------------------------- TOPIC: COLLABORATION Q: Hi. I have written some songs with a co-writer and we have agreed to a 50/50 split on everything. I would like to assign a percentage of any royalties from the publisher's share to a sponsor. Can I do this from my half of the publisher's rights or does it have to be a joint decision between myself and my co-writer? Thanks for any help you can offer. -------- A: You may assign any portion of your ownership. You may not assign more than your 50%. You will want to give notice to your collaborator of the publisher relationship so that they are current with records as well. ----------------------------------------------------------------- TOPIC: REGISTRATION Q: Dear Nancy, I am a songwriter, my question deals with the 9/11 event. I heard the copyright office is 2-3 months behind schedule because of this. I am in the process of submitting a song to a major act, if copyrighting is pending, I know to indicate this on material. But doesn't the publisher/label of the artist claim a copyright on the song also? Or because I would have submitted this independently, will all rights be mine to keep? -------- A: The delay at the US Copyright Office is not a problem to you, don't let it frustrate you. If you are asked for the copyright registration number just tell the inquiring party that it is PENDING. Do not confuse the copyright of the underlying work; the song, with the copyright of the sound recording. The party owning the recording does NOT automatically have ownership in the song. ----------------------------------------------------------------- TOPIC: PUBLISHING AGREEMENTS Q: Hello Ms. Reece, What an excellent service you provide through muse muse that I discovered recently! Thank you so very much for lending a hand to us who are working so hard to fulfill our dreams and aspirations. I am an author and photographer, with my own publishing house. Since I am a songwriter also, I am considering using my pub house for my songwriting also. But can this be done legally? -------- A: Thank you for the compliment. Anyone can be a publisher. Being an effective publisher is the challenge. I would suggest considering a music publishing division of your existing book publishing company. Please read the How TO Start You Own Publishing Company article on the Muse's Muse site. ----------------------------------------------------------------- TOPIC: PUBLISHING DEALS Q: I have a music library/publisher interested in one of my instrumental compositions, If the deal goes through the publishing will be 50/50 and the instrumental will potentially be placed on film/tv. I also want to pitch this piece as a song (with lyrics), can I do this? would the publishing still be 50/50 even though the song has been added to? What would happen if I get a different publisher interested in the full song... how would I accommodate a royalty split for the publisher? I hope... know you can help me with this one, it must happen frequently in the business. Thank-you so much! -------- A: The content of your agreement is extremely important. The song is more than likely one copyright with or without lyric. A publisher split would leave you with ownership of 50%. If you have another publisher interested you may only assign that left over 50%. Administration rights are important to understand so that you know which owner is responsible for those duties. Also, it is important to understand the right to assign. Please have an entertainment attorney help you with the paperwork. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Miggs - Anyway (by Eliot Popkin) Miggs is a 4-piece outfit with a real engaging pop/rock sound. The disc begins with the radio-friendly "I Won't Lie To You" in which the very honest lyric says "I've done some awful things before and I'm bound to do so many more." I always like it when people just lay things on the line. Hearing just 20 seconds of this disc, you know this is a great band to see live. Another real winner here is "Grace" in which yet another real in-your-face lyric grabs the listener with "So now that you've stepped down from grace, can you look me in the eyes and see, it's just you and me and the one I wanted you to be." Well, alrighty then. My favorite here is "Taste", in which lead singer Don lets his voice rise and fall into a beautiful falsetto "Let me go, let me be..." Miggs has a great sound overall. Their musicianship is very strong, the disc is mixed and mastered professionally and their songs have pleasing melodies with very memorable stories. Even their CD jacket is cool to look at. I can see them making it in the big leagues. They have a great product and hopefully with a little luck, they can get their shot at a home run. Way to go guys. To give out my 3rd coveted Top 10 spot of the year: "Anyway" by Miggs is one the top 10 CDs of 2002. Congratulations. Contact: (415) 290-2463 ------------------ OTHER NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE: Jen Chapin & Stephan Crump - (by Ben Ohmart) Return To Serenity - (by Ben Ohmart) David Steele - (by Ben Ohmart) Tribal Groove (Compilation) - (by Ben Ohmart) Larry Kucharz - (by Ben Ohmart) 69 Duster - (by Eliot Popkin) Arctic - (by Eliot Popkin) Leah Zicari - (by Eliot Popkin) Andie Pierkins - (by Eliot Popkin) The Residents - (by Ben Ohmart) Tricia Greenwood - (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 Writing - From Ideas to Royalties - By Joe Keene ----------------------------------------------------------------- This book begins with the quote "It all begins with a song" which is the motto of the Nashville Songwriters association and the perfect expression of how most songwriters feel about their importance in the music business. That's why it's great to see another book that puts songwriters first, by providing an overview of the entire process of making songs from ideas and then having some idea of how to turn those songs into money. Money to help pay for the Porsche, the yacht, the summer home in the Hampton's and of course all the other fun, life has to offer. Joe Keene has a Nashville past, co-writing a song on a Charlie Pride record but has the added bonus of being the author of several fiction books and stage plays. The first chapter, as the title suggests, illustrates where a songwriter might look for song ideas to get started... like a good story line... like how they write songs in Nashville every day. Chapter two takes a look at titles, expressing their importance and offering up a few examples. This is another Nashville convention, where it is sometimes said that once you have a great title, you already have your song half written. The third chapter explains how to use synopsis, a capsulation of your song's "story" into a few lines of who, what, where, when, why and how. This is a good idea that is shared by many songwriting experts and is great advice for those purely "organic" songwriters (those who just write from inspiration) and who might be looking for a more reliable and methodical approach. There are also short chapters on rhythm, melody, chords and imagery, right through the process to copyright, and as the title suggests, royalties. This would be a good little book for someone just starting out in Nashville-style songwriting and wanting a basic overview of how the process works before moving on to the more in-depth Jason Blume or Pat Pattison kinds of books. ****** 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!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 ================================================================= 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. ----------------------------------------------------------------- EPIC RECORDS VP OF A&R LOOKING FOR SONGS FOR MANDY MOORE! Tonos hosts many songwriting contests and Industry Opportunities specifically for songwriters every month. March contests include: * Epic Records VP of A&R Looking for Songs for Mandy Moore! - Mandy is getting ready to record her fourth album and her A&R exec at Epic Records has come to Tonos looking for great pop songs for possible inclusion on her upcoming CD. * Babyface Wants Songs for Toni Braxton! - Tonos co-founder Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds is looking for songs for R&B superstar Toni Braxton. Toni is ready to climb the pop and R&B charts again. Do you have a hit song for her? Babyface will be listening to tonosPRO material submitted to this INCREDIBLE Industry Opportunity. * Jive Records Wants Tonos Rock Artists Or Bands!- Jive Records, best known as the home for pop sensations Britney Spears and 'N Sync, R&B crooner Joe, and rappers A Tribe Called Quest, is now ready to conquer the rock market. This is the chance for tonosPRO rock acts to get their music heard by Jive's VP of A&R, However, he's not looking for just any performer, but performers that have a fan base, have already sold some CDs, and are fully armed with radio-ready songs.
(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.) ----------------------------------------------------------------- NEW ONLINE LYRIC WRITING COURSE WITH PAT PATTISON Pat Pattison, noted author of three Lyric writing books: Writing Better Lyrics, (Writer's Digest Books), Songwriting: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure and Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming (Hal Leonard) is writing online lyric writing courses for Berklee College of Music, where he teaches lyric writing for the only songwriting major in the world. The Berklee program Pat developed has produced many successful songwriters, including two time Grammy nominee Gillian Welch. The first of his three online courses will be launched in September 2002. For information go to ----------------------------------------------------------------- UK SONGWRITING CONTEST This prestigious UK contest is staged by the BRIT Trust (of BRIT Awards fame), Roland UK, The World Music Foundation, and other well known and respected industry names. It is a non-profit event that is committed to promoting the art of songwriting and it offers a genuine opportunity to be heard and discovered by the biggest names in the UK music business. Prizes include publishing deals, career development, Roland recording equipment and subscriptions to All entries must be postmarked by October 31, 2002 or earlier. Full details and an entry form can be found at ----------------------------------------------------------------- BADFINGER TRIBUTE ALBUM RELEASED April 27, 2002 - Virtual Studio Systems, Inc., through its subsidiary label Phantom Records, is proud to announce the release of "Remembering Badfinger," a ten-song tribute to the famed (and ill-fated) 70's rock band. Artists from around the world have contributed their talents to this effort, the proceeds from which will benefit VH1's Save The Music Foundation. The story of Badfinger is a classic rock 'n' roll tragedy; but a generation later, their music continues to entertain and inspire. Details on the new release are available at the VSS website, ----------------------------------------------------------------- ATTENTION TORONTO AREA SONGWRITERS: You are invited to the Open Songwriter's Circle. This group will meet at 7PM on the second Sunday of each month starting May 12 at Addis Ababa, located at 1184 Queen Street West. This little restaurant has a piano, a PA and a very welcoming and creative vibe. Bring your instrument, your latest tune, lyric sheets if you have them, and an open mind. Feel free to pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested. Reply to with questions or to be added to the mailing list. Hope to see you there. ----------------------------------------------------------------- GREAT ARTICLES TO CHECK OUT COURTESY OF GALARIS INDEPENDENT MUSIC: Breaking Into The Film/Tv Music Markets The Road to Artistic Greatness Thoughts For the Aspiring Musician How to get the Music Career Results You Want Writing A Music Business Plan That Works Sign up for the Galaris Independent Musicians Newsletter. Simply send a blank email to and twice monthly you will receive FREE, direct to your email box, articles containing: Promotion tips, Career advice, Recording tips, Practicing tips, Legal advice, Musician's health, Radio promotion, Songwriters tips and much more. ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE SIBL PROJECT ANNOUNCES SECOND INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST for "SONGS INSPIRED BY LITERATURE" - CHAPTER TWO benefit CD to promote literacy worldwide! Entries accepted from June 1st and ending September 6th. Win $2500 and be on a CD Tom Waits and other great writers inspired by reading! Details and registration at (415)553.3330. ----------------------------------------------------------------- STORMY MONDAY BLUES WEEKEND WORKSHOP Boulder, Colorado - June 27th-29. This weekend is totally devoted to living, loving and learning the Blues. The workshop designed for intermediate players gives musicians the experience of playing Classic Blues tunes in a supportive jam session environment while playing with local Blues band Delinquent Borrower and the Librarians. The weekend is the perfect stepping stone for players who want to make the transition from practicing in the woodshed to playing out at a live jam session and develop confidence at the same time. The workshop is limited to 10 people and the cost is $200. For more information call Mark Heinemann at 303-664-5154 or
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M u s e ' s    C l u e s :  by Irene Jackson

©1998-2002 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. Used By

When I started writing the Muse's Clues a couple of years ago, one
of my first columns referred to an article called "Clichés:  The
Sleeping Puppy".  Many times since then I have referred people to
that article not only because it is well-written, but because it
gets to the root of what many songwriters unconsciously struggle
with, lyric after lyric.  And a true songwriting guru knows how to
explain in very clear terms how you can improve your craft.

Songwriting "experts" abound, but there are some names that pop up
again and again when it comes to songwriting advice, simply because
of their ability to cut to the chase.  One of those names is Pat
Pattison.  Pat developed a curriculum for the ONLY Songwriting
Major in the US, and has written several books and loads of feature
articles on the topic of lyric writing.  Lucky you, he has made
four more of them available on his website!  These are from a
number of chapters in his book "Writing Better Lyrics".

The articles are titled "Making Metaphors", "Looking For the
Perfect Match", "Spotlighting with Common Meter" and "Managing
Couplets" and each of them is a very thorough investigation of the
topic as you would expect from Pat :-) You'll find them here:

"Making Metaphors" was of particular interest to me.  I find
metaphors one of the most difficult but necessary aspects of
songwriting.  Over and over again we hear "paint pictures with your
words" or "show me, don't tell me".  The effect of a good, fresh
metaphor can solve all of these little problems.  Pat also includes
some group exercises that you can do...gather together four or more
other songwriters and try them out!

"Managing Couplets" is an excellent discussion of how to make your
rhyme schemes more effective, taking you through an example of a
less-than-interesting verse and working it until it practically
jumps off the page with new-found energy!  "Looking For the Perfect
Match" is another excellent read, and gets into the nitty gritty of
the natural stresses in lyrics and matching them perfectly with
melodies.  "Spotlighting with Common Meter" takes the same verse as
is used in Managing Couplets, and shows how changing the emphasis
and meter can make an audience sit up in rapt attention.

Essentially in these four articles Pat gives the tools to change
those dull, uninteresting lyrics into something people want to hear
more of.  And that's what we're all looking for, right?

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:
Songs on MP3:
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F e a t u r e d   A r t i c l e : 

          MUSIC PUBLISHING 101 - By Steven Hudis 
    Lyn Ashley Music ASCAP, Aliso Conejo Publishing BMI	  

© 2002 Steven Hudis. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission      

I have been asked many times to clarify certain subjects of
publishing and will take the time to give you some insight as to

There is more to publishing than record sales. That's pretty
straight-forward stuff. Publishing is usually set up and split up
in so many different ways that it confuses people. The part that
freaks everyone out the most is when publishers talk about 200% of
100% of a song. That's really an old-fashioned and traditional way
to explain copyrights, songwriter royalties and publishing, and it
hardly ever makes sense to anybody. 

In reality, all artists have to understand is that there are three
basic rights that publishers deal with. When a song is written, the
writer owns the entire copyright; all the publishing rights and the
writer's share of those rights. Publishing usually refers to only
50% of the writer's royalty, which is known as the publisher's

If a songwriter signs a co-publishing deal, those rights will be
shared equally with the publisher. If a songwriter wants to hold
onto the rights, they might want to simply sign an administration
deal where the publisher merely takes care of business, including
all of the paperwork, but usually does not share in all of the
rights. Whether you think of it as 200% or 100%, the bottom line is
the same, no matter what kind of a publishing deal you do. If you
work with a publisher, you're going to share in the proceeds from
the song you wrote. 

When a songwriter writes an original song, several rights are
included as part of the copyright. They are: (1) the right to
reproduce the song; (2) the right to distribute copies of it; (3)
the right to perform the song in public; (4) the right to make a
derivative work based on the song; and (5) if it's a multi-media
creation, the right to display it publicly. Publishers will help a
songwriter exploit all of those rights in as many areas and mediums
as possible so that income can be made from the work. 

Any reputable publisher should be able to handle all areas of
publishing. However, there are different types of publishers based
on their size and dominance in the market. First, there are the
major players, who are usually affiliated with record labels, like
Warner/Chappell, Universal Music, BMG and EMI. Then there are major
affiliates, which are independent companies that work with a major
player in certain areas or territories, like Famous Music and
Quincy Jones Publishing. 

There are also independents, which are companies not affiliated
with a major, though they may do some work with them. Lastly, of
course, there are songwriters themselves who hold onto their
publishing and act as their own publishers. But, generally, that
only works if they're so well established that people come to them
for songs. 

A good publisher knows how much to pitch a song, how much to charge
for various licenses and where to look for money, especially in the
foreign market. They will know how to exploit each source of income
so that the songwriter can make as much as possible from a single
song. Also, a publisher with good connections can help a songwriter
hook-up with the right people and prevent them him/her getting lost
in the shuffle. 

Lets discuss royalties: First, there are mechanical royalties which
is the money paid, usually by a record company, for the right to
use a song on a record. A mechanical royalty is subject to a
maximum statutory rate set by law (around 8 cents per song). It's
customary, though, to discount the rate to around 75% of the
maximum allowed, or about 6 cents per song. 

Second, there are the public performance royalties that are
collected and administered by the Performing Rights Organizations,
such as ASCAP and BMI. They grant licenses for radio, television,
tours and a few secondary areas. Many publishers also focus on
synchronization licenses, which are used whenever music is combined
with a visual element-like in movies, television, videos and
computer games. 

Lastly, there is print income that comes from sheet music and

These are the major areas that most publishers deal with, and the
ones that most songwriters generate income from. Nowadays, there
are also two other areas that can be fairly lucrative: they are
samples (when another artist uses a portion of a song) and karaoke

Often times, you'll find that a smaller publisher will be more
aggressive when it comes to pitching sings and getting them used.
They have to work harder in order to compete with the majors who
work with thousands of songs. Songwriters are also more likely to
get more attention at a mid-size or small publisher, but a large
company has its benefits too. They'll usually offer a larger
advance and have a wider network of contacts. Large companies can
also use their weight to negotiate major deals. Artists should just
be aware that publishers who handle major stars will usually work
them harder because they produce the most income. Sometimes it's
simply a personal choice and really boils down to whether or not a
certain publisher can help an artist build their career. 


Steven has been writing songs and music for 35 years, and in 1995
decided to take his hobby PROFESSIONAL.  With persistence he
started up Lyn Ashley Music (ASCAP) and Aliso Canejo Publishing

In a short period he has placed music in Film and TV and has Holds
with major artists such as 'THE DIXIE CHICKS, COLLIN RAYE, BRYAN
WHITE, KIM REMUS' and many others.

Steven has toured professionally, and entertained in as many as 57
countries and over 300 cities.  He has been married for 20 years
and has 2 wonderful children, resides in Southern California and
travels quite extensively to pitch his own material and the
material he represents.		 	

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S o n g w r i t e r   I n   S p o t l i g h t :  
           Behind the Door with Randy Jackson
		         by Terri Ann Palumbo
He may have first earned industry recognition as lead songwriter,
vocalist and guitarist with the rock band Zebra, but Randy Jackson
has found the key to music industry success on many levels. Solo
acoustic performances, Zebra concerts and symphony gigs (that's
right, symphony gigs) keep his date book filled most nights - and
he's just completing work on a new Zebra CD that's been three years
in the making. Versatile, innovative and creative, Jackson has a
lot to share in this look behind the door of one songwriter's
Randy Jackson's first foray into recording success began with the
self-titled Zebra debut album, released on Atlantic Records in
1983.  Critically acclaimed for its lush rock sounds, due in large
part to Jackson's searing lead vocals and soaring guitar leads, the
album sold 75,000 copies the first week. "Who's Behind The Door",
written by Jackson, received serious notice in the press, and
helped to form legions of Zebra fans almost instantly.

Today, Jackson's about to complete a much-awaited, long-hoped-for
new CD with Zebra, which promises to be a coming-of-age,
coming-to-awareness opus written by a man who's seemingly never out
of ideas and always in demand.  The material is largely
philosophical in nature, and reveals a songwriter who's come full

"When I was a kid, I had a lot of questions about life in general;
that's how I wrote 'Who's Behind The Door' for the first Zebra
album. It dealt with the same kind of subject.  This whole new CD
is an extension of that - not so much musically, but

After 20 years in the business, he's writing new songs with a new
focus - and doing it on his terms.  Jackson hasn't gone after a
major record label for the new project, partly because he didn't
want to be held to restrictive deadlines and partly because, well,
it's not the same business it used to be - not when you're

"Age. Period. That's it. I've actually had some people tell me
after they've found out I'm not a kid that they don't want to even
hear one song.  If you're over 25, you're already in the danger
zone today.  Record companies are talking about releasing 150,000
copies to start, and they're just not going to risk it with someone
my age."

Bitter? Not in the least. "Hey, at least it's not about the music!
It's not as if they're hearing it and telling me it sucks!"

He's been fine-tuning the project for nearly three years - and
after that much time and effort, he's extremely confident about the
finished work.

"If it doesn't do well in the marketplace, it doesn't matter.  As
long as I can listen and not say 'I should have done this' or 'I
should have done that', it'll be okay.  I did what I needed to do,
and I did it without being rushed.  That's why I didn't go to a
label first.  People have wanted another Zebra album for years, and
many people said 'I can get it out for you this summer' and that
kind of thing.  I had to sit down and think for a second, and say
to myself, 'Wait. If I say yes, the label will want it sent on
time.  And if they front me the money, they'll want their deadlines
met'. That's all understandable, but I just didn't want to do that
- I wanted it to be done when it's done - and now it's within a
week or two of being finished."

The material is introspective and philosophical - the mark of
maturity mixed with compositional creativity shines through songs
with provocative titles such as "Why" and "Who Am I".  Getting to
the point where he was ready to delve into issues close to his
heart was all part of the journey for the versatile songwriter and
For the rest of this interview/article, please click through to:
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    " O N   S I T E "   F E A T U R E D   A R T I C L E :

by Leon and Sheryl Olguin

They continue with their series on the recording process (make sure
you check out their Part I!). They answer the questions: with so
much high-quality, affordable recording equipment currently
available, where can the performing songwriter who wants to record
at home start? Should he or she try to build their own studio?

A very informative article and well worth reading if you're
anywhere near putting together your own CD.

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