Heart Music – The Christian Musicians Devotional

Heart Music - The Christian Musicians Devotional

As Christian musicians and songwriters, we must always be mindful of the potential impact our ministry has on our fans.  It is our pleasure and also our responsibility to write and perform songs that will sink deep into people’s hearts and then change their minds and lives. Christian art, and especially music, has the unique … Read more

Christian Songwriting Contest

  CMUnited 15th Annual Christian Songwriting Contest CMUnited hosts international songwriting contests quarterly, and this contest is officially the longest-running Christian songwriting contest in existence. This contest features useful prizes, promotional opportunities, and low-cost entry fees. CLICK HERE for their information page. This page has prizes listed, entry fees and submission deadlines for each quarter.

Creative Commons Licenses

Songwriting and recording copyrights perplex even the most knowledgeable of us and the laws are consistently becoming more complex as music goes digital. We want to be paid for our work. We certainly do not want to be stolen from or taken advantage of by the industry. We want to get our music out there … Read more

Performance Rights Organizations: Working with the PRO’s

Performance Rights Organizations are known as PRO’s, which is pronounced by saying each individual letter P.R.O.—like NPR for National Public Radio. Confusion can sometimes set in because ‘pro’ is the short term for professional. PRO’s do not necessarily mean pro (professional). This is important to know not only to sound professional when you are talking … Read more

Notebooks for Songwriters

Are you an avid songwriter? Do you like to write down your songs by hand? Check out these extremely easy to use notebooks: The Musician’s Notebook: Manuscript Paper for Inspiration and Composition This notebook includes: staves for writing music, tablatures for recording chords, and space for writing lyrics. Pages also have quotes from legendary musicians … Read more

The Title of Your Song IS Important

Many songwriters compose the title of the song after the song is written. Most often the song title is pulled from a key phrase or thought within the chorus of the song. Some artists view the song title as the final touch of the work like a painters signature, others see it only as an easy way … Read more

FREE Kindle Edition of Copyright Basics

Do you want to know more about Copyright Laws? You can get a FREE Kindle Edition of Copyright Basics by the Library of Congress Copyright Office. Click Here to get your edition of Copyright Basics. This brochure was created by the United States Copyright Office to give a basic overview of Copyright Laws. Don’t have … Read more

The Poor Man’s Copyright

The Poor Man’s Copyright is not effective in court. In previous posts we have learned who can claim copyrights, what those rights are, and how to get them. Now that we have defined copyrights, we are moving into the area of protecting your bands copyrights. In the songwriting industry, protecting your copyright hinges on two main ideas: • … Read more