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- October 2003 -

The Indie Bible: Independent Music Promotion
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Sites Where You Can Get Your Music Reviewed
3. Radio Shows that will Play Your Music
4. Online Services that will Help to Sell Your Music
5. Sites Where You Can Upload Your Band's MP3s or Videos
6. Helpful Music Resources
7. What Are Performance Rights Organizations (ASCAP, BMI etc.) by Jer Olsen
8. Copyright Basics: Joint Works - PART II by author Bobby Borg


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If your e-CD sells for $10, you get paid as much as $9.50 on every sale!

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Now indies can sell more CDs at live events with this durable mobile listening station! Comes complete with integrated CD player. Easily portable, it closes to contain and protect all items neatly. Simple, quick and easy to use... just open it and set it on your merch table. Purchase price includes one set-up fee for IndieGate.com.
For those Indie Artists that are wishing to develop their musical careers, advance a business model that ensures a substantial portion of their royalties accumulate to them, and also to have an option to help society through a parallel GoodCauseEntertainment effort, we invite them to check out this location online: http://www.nextgenradio.us

Or send an email to nextgenradio@aweber.com


Winners of "Start & Run Your Own Record Label" NEW, EXPANDED EDITION. (visit http://www.daylle.com for details) are:
- Dawn DeSimone, New York, NY
- Chris Arenas, New Orleans, LA

This month's winner of the Sennheiser E835 microphone (visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com )
- Jean Ockuly, New York, NY

This month's winner of a pair of Sennheiser HD280Pro headphones (visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com )
- Paul E. Wright, Berwyn, PA

This month's winners of a one year subscription to Electronic Musician Magazine (visit http://www.emusician.com) are:
- Dennis Murray, Mundelein, IL
- Jefford J. Humes, Chicago, IL
- Jose Banuelos, San Ysidro, CA
- Ellen Robinson, Oakland, CA
- Garret Swayne, Canoga Park, CA
- Smokee-K, Killeen, TX

This month's winners of the A&R Directory (for more information visit http://www.musicregistry.com ) are:
- Ryan McIntyre, Waukesha, WI
- Larry Williams, Pasadena, CA
- Mario Gordon, Detroit, MI

This month's winners of the Publisher's Directory (for more information visit http://www.musicregistry.com ) are:
- PurrGirl Music, Boulder Creek, CA
- Fil Campbell, Rostrevor, Northern Ireland
- Dan Siemert, Livonia, MI

The winners of the Musician's ToolKit CD (for more information visit https://www.bookingagentsdirectory.com ) are:
- Kelley Clute, Chicago IL

The winner of "100 Miles to a Record Deal" by Bronson Herrmuth (for more information on this book, visit http://www.songrepair.com )
- Donna Lynne, Reno, NV

The winner of "How To Successfully Promote Your Music on the Internet" e-book by David Nevue (for more information on this book, visit http://www.promoteyourmusic.com ) is:
- Greg Stare, Brooklyn, NY

The winner of the Sumadek (for more information visit http://www.sumadek.com/indiebible.html ) is:
- Sarah Wolfe, New York, NY

The winner of the Galaris Musician's Directory (for more information visit http://www.galaris.com/GMD.html?icb ) is:
- Liz Nowak, Gilbert, AZ

The winner of a 3-month subscription to the Bandit Newsletter (for more information visit http://www.banditnewsletter.com ) is:
- Tony Gagarin, Santa Rosa, CA

The winner of the CD Trophy Clock (for more information visit http://www.cdstands.com/index.shtml?icn ) is:
- Larissa Lam, Diamond Bar

The winner of the Enjoymusic Enjoylife shirt (for more information visit http://www.enjoymusic.com ) is:
- Laura Wolfe, New York, NY

Doniryeed Records 2003 "Underground" Compilation CD with DVD

Doniryeed Records 2003 Indie Talent Search offers a unique opportunity for up and coming unsigned bands and artists of all musical styles to create a "buzz" surrounding their music. Submit your original songs now at www.sonicbids.com/doniryeed or by mail, for a chance to win a spot on Doniryeed Records compilation CD and DVD containing each artists live concert footage, and share in over $20,000 worth of prizes. Winners to be chosen through online voting by music fans like you!! Major label A&R reps. are looking to sign the bands and artists who are actively developing a "buzz". This is your chance to catch a "buzz". Visit www.doniryeed.com for more info.
For the past 15 years, sourcing contacts in the Australian and New Zealand music industries is easy through the constantly updated online and print AustralAsian Music Industry Directory which painstakingly details listings in 70 music business categories. From artists cross- referenced by managers and labels, publishers, promoters, agents, music media, venues and more, the AMID is the only sourcebook for that part of the world and available in a six or twelve month online subscription or as a 232 page print edition. The cost is US$50 for the print edition delivered by airmail anywhere in the world, US$40 for a six month online sub or US$80 for 12 months. Extensive information and a six year old sample are online at http://www.immedia.com.au/amid or you can email directories@immedia.com.au for details.


Welcome to the October Edition of The Indie Contact Newsletter.

This month Jer Olsen, CEO of MusicBootCamp.com, presents a short and easily understandable article on the importance of Performance Rights Organizations. These are the companies that monitor where your music is being played, and collect your royalties. Jer also lists the websites of the Performance Rights Organizations of several nations so that you can follow up and find out which ones best suit you and your career.

The second article is by Bobby Borg, author of "The Musician's Handbook". In Part Two of his Three part article, Bobby continues focusing on the key issues involved with "Joint Rights". Bobby gives a breakdown of the legalities involved with song collaboration.

You may have noticed in the list of monthly prize winners that there was a bonus prize this month. My good friend, Daylle Deanna Schwartz has just released an updated version of her classic book "How to Start and Run Your Own Record Label". Daylle was kind enough to donate two autographed copies as prizes this month. To find out more about the book, or Daylle's upcoming seminar, visit http://www.daylle.com

As is the case every month, there is a large group of new contacts listed that can help you to gain more exposure for your music. So dig in, and enjoy the October issue of The Indie Contact Newsletter!

David Wimble
The Indie Contact Newsletter


Below are the contacts that were submitted to me in September. The contacts listed are sorted into FIVE sections.

1. Publications that will review your music
2. Radio stations/shows that will play your music
3. Services that will help you to sell your music
4. Sites where you can upload your band's MP3s or videos
5. Helpful resources and promotional sites for recording artists




CHC Neo-Zine@earthlink.net
A webzine for all underground and extreme recording styles. Reviews and interviews are conducted.

Shelly Towne shelly@rockreviews.net
Specializing in detailed and professional rock, indie pop, and various other genres of reviews. Currently over 400 reviews, make yours be the next!

South Of Mainstream
Mallie Dein reviews@southofmainstream.com
We're reviewing CDs released between 2001 to present. Folk, punk, pop, electronic, metal, country and more. Each reviewer will rate the CD on a scale of 1-5, and will also provide detailed commentary about what they thought of the particular album. Depending on time and genre, the CD's may get more than one reviewer. We will only post constructive reviews. We will not lambast, harangue or beat-up any of the discs we review. We'll provide links to band/artist/ record label web sites so you can hear samples and/or purchase the discs you like.

Brand X Media
Jesse jesse@brandxmedia.org
Cultural Dumpster Diving In The Garden City - Live Reviews, Album Reviews, Artists Profiles, Show Listing, D.I.Y. Resources, Mp3s - Retaliation Through Art

SA Music Scene
Jess Garcia jess@SAMusicScene.net
Helping promote Texas bands and all acts touring through there. Reviews, interviews, on and offline promotions available upon request.

Grady Smith ftworthmusic@hotmail.com
The online guide to the Fort Worth local music scene!

Indie Bible is pleased to announce that, in association with NeXtGenRadio.US, that a new online training and marketing system, based on the successful industry patterns used for software, is now available. Also, we're seeking 200 Studio/Producer professionals to join our VAM(Value Added Musicians) program, to share in our business growth. For more information, see http://www.nextgenradio.us
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John Jorgensen info@indiefan.com
A community of independent bands, labels and fans. Many IndieFan contributors are in bands or involved in the indie scene in their regions. IndieFan is the home of IndieFan Radio broadcasting the best independent music with hour-long blocks of alternative rock, punk, metal, hip-hop and electronica nightly. Other features include genre focus sections, regional scene sections, live chat, forums, interviews, reviews, articles, links and resources.

Radio X
Charles Leet promos@livexradio.com
Independent and Alternative Internet Radio ... playing the classics to the cutting edge of modern rock.

Radio Gets Wild
Tim Daymond tim@radiogetswild.com
A community radio station with 20 djs from around the world. Indie artists interviewed live on air All types of Artists. Have your music featured. Free membership.

One Kind Radio
John Bowles jbowles@onekindradio.com
A monthly webradio dedicated to bringing the best in local and indie music from NW Indiana, Chicagoland, and beyond to a world wide web listening audience.

THURSDAY NIGHT SHOW on RocklandWorldRadio.com
Rich mr_kweevak@yahoo.com
We play great music from the Kweevak.com Music Library, music news, contests & special call-in guests! To have your songs played on this show you need to be first become a member of the Kweevak.com Music Community. Visit our site for details.

Rich mr_kweevak@yahoo.com
Listen in every Monday for our hour-long "Top-10" countdown show. Airing live every Monday at 11 a.m. (EST) and re-broadcast every Monday through Friday, 5-nights a week at 7 p.m. (EST). To have your songs played on this show you need to be first become a member of the Kweevak.com Music Community. Visit our site for details.

Shades of Classics CKUW
John Iverson jiverson@mts.net
Wake up SUNDAY MORNING to a unique blend of classical and new age music... We are committed to promoting the music and activities of local musicians and ensembles.

WCH Radio
John ODay wchradio@yahoo.com
We are an internet based radio station out of St. Louis, MO. The station is operated strictly by St. Louis area youth. At this time our hours are limited, but we do try to play as much indie music as possible. We are also members of the DJ Record pool where we rate new music from indie to major record labels.

CKZP 102.7 FM Radio
Al leblanc.gma@sasktel.net
We are a new multicultural community campus based radio station seeking to promote independent up and coming Canadian talent. We are presently seeking Artists to broadcast. If you have material that you would like for us to play please send it to: CKZP 102.7 FM Radio, P.O. Box 100, Zenon Park, Saskatchewan, S0E-1W0 Canada.

Fusebox WRSU
Mary Nichols aka DJ Fusion shortmary@ureach.com
In existence since 1999. Our focus is on hip-hop and r&b, but we are very diverse. We are also open for conducting interviews with new, unknown and un(der)exposed music artists, writers, filmakers, music companies, community activists and others.

African New Dawn WRSU
Mary Nichols aka DJ Fusion shortmary@ureach.com
Our musical focus is from the music influenced by the African Diaspora (rap, house, drum & bass, breakbeat, disco, jazz, r&b, reggae, soca, etc.). We are also open for conducting interviews with new, unknown and un(der)exposed music artists, writers, filmakers, music companies, community activists and others.

KRCK 97.7
The Big KC kc@krck.com
The Rock of the 80's....and a lot more! We feature independents .....reissues, covers, new issues and anything REAL GOOD!

NadaMucho.com Radio
Matt info@nadamucho.com
We are launching and online radio station this month. We'll have it cross-referenced with our online music publication and try to feature songs by artists we cover. Any labels, bands, publicists, solo artists etc interested in the promotional exposure of having music played on Nada Radio should email us. We can download tracks online, give you an FTP location to upload the files or use compact discs mailed to NadaMucho.com, 10608 244th St, Kent WA 98030.


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Zyfex Entertainment
Masta Recka Mastarecka@zyfex.com
Indie label dealing with New Artists, screenplays and music publishing.

Burning Light Entertainment
Lloyd Smith Lloyd@burninglight.ca
We are an independent promotion/booking company that promotes indie artists on the East Coast of Canada, Punk/Metal/alternative.

The Indie Hot 100
Onno info@commuse.com
Wanna be in The Indie Hot 100? If you have a quality CD available for 5.99 dollars, send us: bandname / hometown / cd-title / cd-price / storelink / audiolink / pressquote. Any genre, no setup fees, no commission. We offer music fans access to quality indies.

Medu Records LLC
Honeil Nelson honeil_nelson@medurecords.com
An independent record label based in Atlanta, Georgia. In the long- term Medu will focus on five major genres, including but not limited to hip-hop, R&B, Pop, Reggae and Rock.

eXtreme Sports Music
Jeff Kozuch jk@extremesportsmusic.com
A place for indie musicians into extreme sports to sell/distribute their CDs to loyal fans. Band sites offer pics, streaming mp3s, lyrics, fan club, reviews, gigs and the ability to upload pics and stories.

Con-Trad Music Group
James Sayles jamess@contradrecords.com
The leader in Independent and Traditional Gospel Music Artists representation is seeking unsigned global artists for its record label. We specialize in Marketing, Promotional, Distribution of recordings, Artist Management and International and domestic venues and concert bookings.

Piano Press
Elizabeth C. Axford EAxford@aol.com
We are an independent record label and producer of children's music educational products. We license songs and recordings by independent children's artists for projects such as "Kidtunes."

CD Star Music
Anna Lyman cdstarmusic@yahoo.ca
Canadian Online Indie CD Store reaching a global market and accepts all currencies. Prices are in Canadian dollars. Will list international artists too!

oratorio records
Carrie , Tim and Yuri oratoriorecords@hotmail.com
This record label was created to help unknown bands in Montreal get some exposure, and get their music heard. With so many bands coming out of the city, it's hard to get known- especially bands with a new or unusual sounds. We are very new, we Have three band signed. Come check us out.

HG records Humberto Lopez hlopez@hgrecords.com http://www,hgrecords.com A Christian Label that promotes, sells, and plays music through our website. Cobblestone Records
Kevin Schumaker kevincs@cobblestonerecords.com
We are an indie label looking to bring together songwriters and artists. See our site for details.

Real Estate Records, Elephanthaus Records
Veronica Beckman info@elephanthaus.com
Indie electronic label.

Hill Billy Stew Records
Lee xhillxbillyx@hotmail.com
We are a DIY record label that puts out music by indie/punk/folk /country/ artists and everything in-between. Working with artists such as Autumn Picture, Ghost Mice, Saw Wheel, Madeline, & Milkcrate Rustlers.

GHS Productions
Mike or Rick gosty77@yahoo.com
A vendor/label that sells Independent music, offers promotional services, and is a helpful resource that allows Independent artists to gain more exposure.


The Indie Link Exchange is a list of music sites that wish to exchange links with other music related sites. With over 600 current listings, it's a great way to get some FREE exposure

It's a simple one-to-one exchange of text links or banners. ALL styles of music sites are welcome! http://www.indielinkexchange.com/ile
If your CD isn't for sale in CD Baby, you're losing sales! ALL CD SALES FROM mp3.com, garageband.com, iuma.com go through CD Baby. CD Baby has been featured in the NY Times, MSNBC, Wired, CNET and more. 10,000 CUSTOMERS A DAY go through cdbaby.com looking for CDs like yours. Such a popular online store, you HAVE to make sure your CD is there. They pay $20,000 a week to musicians like you (over $1 million so far!) ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO START SELLING is go to http://www.cdbaby.net Takes 5 minutes. Send them a box of CDs. They'll sell them and pay you. Real cool people. Total first-class treatment. Great CD distribution.




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Bands, Artists, Songwriters. Receive guaranteed exposure to major labels, indie labels, film studios and publishers. Your songs appear on dedicated pages that we?ve built for the pros while they view your picture, profile and gigs.


Chicago and musicians in the Midwest finally will get the attention they deserve when organizers launch the first large-scale music conference hosted by a Midwestern city.

Submissions for MECA showcases received before October 31 will have a DISCOUNTED FEE of $20.

Apply at mecaconference.com or SonicBids.com, the Exclusive Online Submission Platform for MECA 2004. http://www.mecaconference.com
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Music Promotion, Downloads and other forms of Entertainment. We are organizing a second press of 1000 retail cds. The first press was awesome last year, and it's time for another.

Musical Index
Davo info@musicalindex.co.uk
The best online search facility and index dedicated to every aspect of the music industy and contacts in the UK.

The Open Mic Directory
Abbie Gardner abbie@abbiegardner.com
An international listing of open mics. Get on stage tonight!

Independent Music Law Advice
Elliot Chalmers elliot@musiclawadvice.co.uk
First ever Independent Music Law site for musicians offering advice and support to a wide range of artists, bands and Record Labels, providing accurate and up to date information on all issues related to music law.

Gigize Mark
Jefford mark@gigize.com
UK based music and gigging guide. Includes a Gigging calendar, forum for discussion and band rating, charts of the best unsigned talent, reviews of gigs and music tracks and much more! Quarterly CD of the most voted-for talent online. Database of unsigned bands. Downloads of the best MP3s.


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SONICBIDS is an online service that connects musicians and music promoters. Instead of mailing out traditional, bulky press kits, Sonicbids' members email Sonicbids Electronic Press Kits (EPKs). Soncbids EPKs - which contain the MP3 files, pictures, press reviews and contact information - can be easily emailed to anyone, anywhere! In addition, members can directly submit their EPKs to some of the world's biggest festivals, clubs, and conferences for free. Members are also eligible for exclusive Sonicbids spots at some of the hottest conferences around the world. Promote your band in a powerful new way, for only $49.95 a year.

Go to http://www.sonicbids.com/default.asp?pID=1435 today!


? 2003 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission


Performance rights organizations like BMI, ASCAP and SESAC all perform a similar task but in slightly different ways. Essentially, they all perform the duty of collecting royalties for non-dramatic performances of intellectual property. In simpler terms, they collect the income from radio stations, TV stations, programming companies, Internet marketers and any other entity where music and related intellectual property is used. These royalties are then, in turn, paid to the various publishers and authors associated with a particular recording or performance.

The fundamental reason behind the birth of these organizations is the simple fact that individual artists and song writers can't possibly devote the time, attention and research required to collect royalties from the plethora of companies that use their music, even though by law they are entitled to those royalties. Artists depend on these performance rights organizations to do the hunting and collecting for them-a small price to pay for a piece of a much, much bigger pie! There's a saying, "50% of everything is a whole lot better than 100% of nothing!" Well, we don't know exactly how much money these organizations charge for their services, but we can be certain it covers their time an energy (similar to how music publishers earn money for getting music played in movies, TV shows, or recorded by other artists, etc.). The moral of the story is that performance rights organizations are a necessary and helpful tool for musicians and publishers. The toughest decision is choosing which one you want to align yourself with.

Please visit the page of each organization to find on-line information about joining as well as a ton of other terrific resources. Compare and make a decision on which one best suits you. If you don't, you can practically assure yourself of never being paid for airplay - OOPS!

BMI - Broadcast Music, Inc http://www.bmi.com
ASCAP - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers http://www.ascap.com
SESAC (SESAC is no longer an acronym, it's the actual name of the service) http://www.sesac.com

SOCAN - The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada http://www.socan.ca

PAMRA - Performing Arts Media Rights Association http://www.pamra.org.uk
PRS - The Performing Right Society http://www.prs.co.uk
MCPS - The British Mechanical Copyright Protection Society Limited http://www.mcps.co.uk

SACEM - Societe Des Auteurs Compositeurs Et Editeurs De Musique http://www.sacem.fr
CISAC - Conf?d?ration Internationale des Soci?t?s d'Auteurs et Compositeurs http://www.cisac.org

GEMA - The German Society For Musical Performing Rights And Mechanical Reproduction Rights http://www.gema.de

SIAE - Societa Italiana Degli Autori ed Editori http://www.siae.it

SGAE - Sociedad General de Autores y Editores http://www.sgae.es

STIM - Svenska Tonsattares Internationella Musikbyra http://www.stim.se

APRA - The Australasian Performing Right Association Limited http://www.apra.com.au

Note: If you are looking for information on how to start your own publishing company, inquire on each site or call each company on how to obtain membership as a publisher. Becoming a publisher is not as nearly as difficult as performing the duties of a publishing company since a publisher's principal task is exposing compositions and recordings to as many profitable opportunities as possible. Many of the duties of publishing companies can be effectively performed through a membership with the Harry Fox Agency http://www.harryfox.com by the publisher.

Jer Olsen is the founder and CEO of MusicBootCamp.com, home of "Dirt-Cheap CD Replication and FREE Music Business Training!" This article is a sample of the many free resources available on the Web site. Visitors can find stock piles of helpful, hard-to-find information that can otherwise take years to collect. Jer is also an accomplished musician and producer. As half of the team known as Outstanding Productions, he has several top 20 Billboard hit remixes to his credit. http://www.MusicBootCamp.com
We wanted to make you aware of a very special industry event that we are a part of and are sponsoring. It's the Global Entertainment and Media Summit and it is one of the largest pro-active events dedicated to helping artists and industry promote their projects and make valuable connections. At last years Summit, three artists secured national tours, labels secured distribution deals, and songs were chosen for films and television.

New York GEMS: April 3-4

Los Angeles GEMS: June 12-13

Website: http://www.globalentertainmentnetwork.com

Previous speakers, panelists and participants have included recognized innovators in media, humanitarianism, music, film and video.

Attendees include: A&R, publishers, producers, directors, media outlets, agents, casting directors, music supervisors, marketing directors, music licensing, record companies, talent directors, performing artists, songwriters and performing rights associations.

Indie-Music.com - Where Serious Musicians Surf

One of the original musician resource websites, Indie-Music.com offers thousands of contacts - venues, studios, media, radio, labels, and more. Plus, an extensive archive of how-to's for the music business, and up-to-date commentary on the industry. The Indie News newsletter provides a free tip sheet with listings for radio airplay, record label submissions, gig opportunities, and more. https://www.bookingagentsdirectory.com

8. COPYRIGHT BASICS: JOINT WORKS PART II by Bobby Borg author of "The Musician's Handbook: A Practical Guide To Understanding The Music Business"
? 2003 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission


The "All for One, One For All" Philosophy

With all this talk of what's copyrightable and who's entitled to what, you might ask what happened to the "all for one, one for all" philosophy that most young bands and writers swear to. After all, if a group of writers stuff themselves into a practice room to spend hours of their valuable time experimenting with song ideas and recording demos, is it really fair that the harmonica player gets zero interest in a song just because he wasn't feeling as lyrically or melodically creative as the others that day? And what happens when all the writers make relevant suggestions and have to determine whose chorus idea gets used? Can this potentially turn the writing process into a competitive game of who's getting credit rather than a group attempt to focus on writing the best song possible? I know this all sounds a bit immature, but it's a very real problem. Consequently, many bands have an initial agreement stating that all of its members will receive an equal split in the songs regardless of who comes up with what.

The "all for one, one for all philosophy" makes perfect sense at first, and works for many years of a relationship. However, once a group becomes successful and everyone in the industry begins telling the vocalist or guitarist that he or she's the real star and genius of the band, trust me-the divisions in the new songs will quickly change in their favor. This is also when the Jimmy Pages and Robert Plants of the world begin wandering off on their own and demoing complete song ideas to bring back to the band. In other words, this is when other members get cut out all together! It may be a harsh reality, but there's usually one or two writers in a group dynamic who are the principle creators, and it takes a great amount of maturity on the part of the other members to recognize this.


The next issue of importance regarding joint works involves how the control of the rights to a song is shared. Let's take a look at your licensing rights under copyright law, then cover exceptions to copyright law per written agreement, and finally focus on the transfer and sale of copyright.

Rights Under Copyright Law

Under US copyright law, each individual writer of a composition can issue as many "non-exclusive" licenses as he or she wants (to record companies, film companies, etc.) as long as he or she accounts to, and pays, all of the writers their respective shares. For example, if four writers each own 25 percent of a composition, one writer can license (grant permission) the use of the complete song in a film for $4,000, as long as he or she pays each of the other three writers $1,000. But, as one can only imagine, too much freedom among the writers can eventually cause problems. One co-author might not want to see a composition licensed in a specific film, while the other co-authors may be thrilled by the idea.

To complicate matters, suppose the members of a band all collaborate on writing a large repertoire of songs, only to end up separating after a disagreement occurs. If any of the members form new groups, procure recording agreements, and then want to record the same song on their album, each author is technically entitled to the "first use" of the composition. It basically comes down to which writer beats the others in recording first.

******* continued next month ********

Bobby Borg is the author of "The Musician's Handbook: A Practical Guide To Understanding The Music Business," by Billboard Books. Available on-line at Amazon.com

For more information: http://www.bobbyborg.com
Mail to:bborg@earthlink.net
Bobby Borg, PO Box 18564, Beverly Hills, CA 90209
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Artist Development 101: How to Get a Record Deal - or Do It Yourself.

The focus of this seminar is developing yourself as an artist to make money from your music. It covers all aspects of how to develop a career while in pursuit of a record deal, or to earn a living from your music without one.

Date: November 22, 2003
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM (one hour break for lunch)
Place: The New Yorker Hotel, 34th Street & Eighth Avenue NYC, NY.

For details on this seminar, visit http://www.daylle.com/seminar.html or e-mail Daylle at: revenge@erols.com
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