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Advice from a Grammy Award-Winning Songwriter for Songwriters

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In the second installment with interviewing Grammy award-winning music producers and songwriter Printz Board, we dive into his experiences on what it's like working with music publishers and other music collaborators.  We discuss when a songwriter should consider signing a publishing deal and what to expect when doing so.

(Related Post: Printz Board Interview Pt.1: Music Production)

He also addresses his thoughts on signing split sheets and the challenges involved with making sure you get the proper ownership percentage of a record you create.

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I enjoyed this section of the interview because it addresses valuable information for you to consider as a songwriter.

One of a songwriter’s biggest career goals is getting signed to a music publisher.  For those of you who don’t know what a music publisher does: a music publisher (or publishing company) is responsible for ensuring the songwriters and composers receive payment when their compositions are used commercially.

Like many other business partnerships, the more you can bring to the table the better, and a publishing company is no exception.  Continue to hustle and generate your own opportunities to build up your resume.  Do this until you find yourself in a position to negotiate the terms of your publishing agreement if you’re still considering one at that point.  There are other deals that exist that may be a better option depending on where you are in your career.

Having the mindset of looking at yourself as not just a songwriter, but as a business owner will help you understand what it takes to be successful.  As Printz pointed out, even with a publishing deal you are still required to generate work opportunities, which means networking both in person and using social media, scheduling, strategizing, and understanding things like publishing and copyrights.  To find out more on what it takes to build your music passion into a business, click here.

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