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A Beginner Songwriter's Guide to Sync Licensing

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Once was a time, getting your song used in an advertisement made you a sell-out... and that time has come and gone. Sync licensing has become a hot industry for artists looking for money and exposure for their original work. Getting your foot in the door in this rapidly changing and typically very closed-off industry isn't easy, but it's not impossible either. Check out this beginner's guide to the sync licensing business for everything you need to know to get started.

This Infographic Explains Everything Songwriters Need to Know About How the Consent Decree Revision Impacts Them

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If you follow the news in the music industry, you might have been hearing about the consent decree lately. Even if you aren't exactly sure what it means, you may have been able to gather that the revisions made on the consent decree will greatly impact songwriters. There are some songwriters who are starting to sweat, and you may be as well.

If you're wondering what exactly the consent decree is... well, there's a lot to it. Its purpose is essentially to regulate how ASCAP and BMI operate and prevent the development of a monopoly in the industry. ASCAP and BMI are nonprofit companies, and the consent decree binds them to this agreement. However, there are other for-profit companies, SESAC and GMR, that aren't bound. 

Performing Rights Organizations: A Quick Crash Course for Songwriters

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If you've gotten serious about your music, you may have heard someone mention performing rights organizations in passing (PROs, for short) – possibly even by name. Maybe you've always wondered what they were and have been embarrassed to ask. Fortunately, this article is here to help!

The 6 Most Common Mistakes Songwriters Make When Trying to License Their Songs

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Are you making six figures a year with your songs? If the answer is "no," I can show you a way how. I've personally licensed songs hundreds of times for myself, and I represent other artists as well. There are tons of opportunities for indie artists to license their songs to TV, film, and ads. 

3 Online Tools That Make Copyrights and Licensing Way Easier for Musicians (And Everyone Else)

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Our copyright system in the US isn’t exactly known for being high tech, or for making it easy for musicians and businesses to license music and to get the permissions to use music they didn’t write. But the Harry Fox Agency (HFA), the organization that helps musicians purchase rights to record cover songs, is doing its part to bring some copyright and licensing processes into the 21st century.

Though musicians aren’t the primary customers for some of the HFA high-tech tools, you can benefit from knowing more about them and making sure your music is available for others to license through these systems (more on how to do that below). Here are the three tools you should know about.