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  •  The EvO:R-Pedia Musicians Tips Section

    Welcome to the EvOR Tips Section. We call this section EvOR-Pedia because it is like a complete reference library for Indie musicians...Just about every tip has been used successfully so you won't find false promises and a series of books to buy after reading each tip.

    This section was painstackingly put here by musicians, for musicians so that artists that followed can take this knowledge and use it's full power.

    It's not always who you know, sometimes you just have to read the road signs.
    Charlie Harrelson
    Founder of EvO:R

    Co-Publishing Deals In The Music Licensing Business
    By Aaron Davison

    Typically when a song is licensed into a TV or Film project there is only one publisher. If the writer of the song hasn't assigned his or her publishing rights to a third party, they are by default the publisher of the song. In other words, if you write a song, you are the songs' publisher and are entitled to all publishing rights unless you give them to someone else.

    Having a good publisher on your side can be a valuable asset if they have solid relationships with music supervisors. In fact I typically suggest songwriters seek out publishers and/or licensing agents and the like when they are first starting out, because in most cases it's easier to get music placed this way than functioning as your own publisher and trying to cultivate relationships with music supervisors yourself. There are always exceptions and every case is different, but as a general rule I suggest songwriter seek out third parties to help them pitch their music and this almost always entails giving up some or all of your publishing royalties for songs that are successfully placed on your behalf.

    Yet another variation on the typical songwriter/publisher relationship is something known as "co-publishing". The way this type of deal works is really simple. Under a co-publishing arrangement, a third party will shop your music, but instead of taking all of the songs' publishing for music they successfully license, they only take a percentage, usually 50%. This leaves the remaining 50% of the publishing as well as 100% of the writer's royalty. The remaining 50% of the publishing could go directly to you if you as the writer if you initiated this type of deal, or someone else if they've initiated this type of deal on your behalf.

    This is the route I suggest new publishers and licensing agents take in the beginning of their ventures. New publishers probably don't have the necessary relationships in place to start licensing music. Co-publishing deals offer an alternative to traditional licensing deals. The benefit to the established publisher is that someone else is bringing them music they probably wouldn't have know about otherwise, and the benefit to the lesser established publisher is that they are able to benefit from the connections of those they enter into co-publishing arrangements with.

    Aaron Davison is a Berklee College Of Music Alumnus who has been working in the music business for over ten years. His songs have been heard on a variety of television shows and he has performed live throughout the world. Visit Aaron's website, http://www.howtolicenseyourmusic.com, for more information on getting your songs placed in TV and Film.

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  • Charlie Harrelson- Founder of EvO:R and solo guitarist TL2
    A Message from the founder of EvO:R
    The Independent Music world has become so fragmented that anyone entering into this arena will be lost without having a chance of survival. What every independent musicians needs is information, understanding and a path that leads to success. Sure, you can buy a few books from authors that never played a note or loaded a single amp into a moving van. Pipe dreams are all over the Internet.

    At EvO:R we pride ourselves with sections dedicated to Independent Music News called (The EvO:R Street Journal), Musicians Success Stories and Tips called (EvO:R-pedia) and a Musicians Testimonial Section called (The Goods) dedicated to Internet based companies that deliver on their promises.

    All this news and information and we don't charge a single penny. We also respect your online privacy by refusing to track your browsing habits while on our website. We simply want to deliver the BEST news, information and success stories for the Independent Musician.

    Thank-you for visiting EvO:R and tell the world that we are out here..
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    Founder of EvO:R
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