Copywrite or Copyright?

Here’s the video transcript: After the band has written their first original song, and with each subsequent song, there are decisions to be made about how best to protect the song. Christian band members tend to use the words copywrite (with a ‘W’) and copyright (with an ‘R’) interchangeably, but they are definitely not the … Read more

Do Real Bands Play Cover Tunes?

Here’s the video transcript: YES! Bands that do not play cover tunes are either already famous (so other people are covering their songs) or aren’t playing out much at all. Even if your band never intends to perform live, there are still many great reasons to learn cover tunes. One of the most important reasons … Read more

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.

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

Performing Cover Tunes – Performance Rights and Licenses

“Is it legal for my Christian band to perform cover tunes at live gigs?” and “Do I have to get a license or pay royalties?” are two very common questions Christian performers ask. Despite information to the contrary… Yes, in most cases it is legal to perform cover tunes and most of the time you … Read more

Registering Songwriting Copyrights

Registering your songs copyrights does not give you more copyrights. It does make them easier to prove. Registering your bands songs with the Copyright Office is somewhat confusing to many Christian musicians. Why should you register or not register? When should your register? How do you do it? How much does it cost? These are … Read more

Copyright Notice – Your First Line of Defense in Copyright Protection

Copyright Notice is your Christian bands first line of defense for Copyright protection. Your Christian bands copyright notice is like a speed limit sign. Picture driving down the freeway in a brand new Lamborghini, borrowed from a friend. The music is loud, the sun is setting, and the day is perfect… until you see red … Read more