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February 15, 2014

Music Industry Tips

The Daily Star

---- — Music industry tips

1. If you write music, make every effort to be sure your entire song is original so you can license your music out to others in return for license fees and royalties.

2. If your music is performed as part of a broadcast on radio, television or the Internet, join ASCAP, BMI or SESAC. These organizations will collect performance royalties on your behalf.

3. As the copyright owner of the song, you are the only person who has the right to decide who will make the first commercial recording of your song, but after that, anyone can “cover” your song with his or own recording, providing that person pays mechanical royalties to the copyright owner. Make sure you have a representative who will collect those mechanical royalties for you.

4. If a movie company wants to use your song in its film, find a representative who knows the value of the music to the movie company, and who can negotiate a good deal for you.

5. Consult attorneys, managers or other music business professionals to know your rights and to learn about new opportunities to exploit your music. Let others exploit your music so you can experience your own “Dolly Parton smile.”