- Popular music -- Vocational guidance.
- Music trade -- Vocational guidance
- 0415977568 (hbk.) :
- 9780415977562 (hbk.)
- 0415977576 (pbk.) :
- 9780415977579 (pbk.)
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- Includes bibliographical references (p. 173-188) and index.
- Introduction Chapter 1 Just starting out/background and important information *Different Kinds of Composers * Copyrights for your songs * Performing Rights Organizations (PROS) Chapter 2 First Steps, songs and gigs in becoming a working composer/performer * First professional engagements and how professional composer/performers obtained them * Insights from featured songwriters and others on writing early songs, and how others made the decision to pursue composing and performing as a career * putting together an effective demo/early album of your songs * The role of formal music education in being a successful composer * Songwriting influences and importance of traditional music and melody in being a composer Chapter 3 Where do I go from here? Getting your songs heard!..on stage and beyond * Performing using your original compositions *Contracts *Songwriters Associations *The Musicians Union/AFTRA/other professional organizations *Booking your own small concerts *Turning Points in Artists Careers, and how they occurred. *Arts Council Concerts, Community Concert Series, and other cultural presenters * Recording your first album * The role of radio and other media in establishing a career as a composer; how to get your songs played. CHAPTER 4 Today's Album/ CD/ record business Chapter 5 The equipment you need to do the job Chapter 6 Next Steps; Moving Forward * The importance of festivals and songwriting competitions in a composer's career * The Songwriting Process, continued; editing your songs; expanding your songwriting subjects and horizons. * Recording and distributing your own album or signing with an established company? *The importance of Producers in the recording process Chapter 7 Creating an audience for your songs/making your audience aware who you are; Promotion, booking, and placing songs * The role of publicists, booking agents, and managers in a composer/performers life *Touring, Domestically and Internationally * dealing with the dreaded "writers block" * MTV, Music Videos, and Promotional DVD's * Distribution!..CD Baby, Amazon.com and other ways to sell your CD's. Chapter 8 Other Opportunities for Songwriters and Musicians Chapter 9 Reasons for it all/ The Lovin'of the Game * Reflections by featured artists on the lifestyle of a composer/performer * Perspectives by the authors on a life in the music business from songwriter/composers viewpoint
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