Event: Homemadesoul Music presents: The Music Business Workshop | April 28, 2018 | Hosted By Curtis Clark




Philadelphia Eagles are SuperBowl Champions!!! #FlyEaglesFly #SuperBowlChampions #SuperBowl52

I’ve been an Eagles fan for as long as I can remember, so I’ll just say that this is a day that I’ve always wanted to see since I was a kid. The Philadelphia Eagles are World Champions. Super Bowl 52 was legendary and will go down as one of the best Super Bowls in history. I’m so happy and proud of our team, for our city and all the past years of not being able to bring home the Lombardi Trophy home!!! We are the best football team in the world!!!

#FlyEaglesFly #SuperBowlChampions #PHinally #LetsGo

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Music Business: Mailbox money: How cuts can increase your money-making potential

Written: By Brent Baxter 

January 18th 2018

A “pitch” is when a song is presented to an artist in the hopes the artist will record it. When an artist records your song, it is commonly called a “cut.” When you get a cut, it can lead to a wonderful thing called “mailbox money.”

You’re an artist. You love being in front of an audience and doing what you do. You get a rush from leading a crowd into the palm of your hand and watching them sing every word back to you. Putting it all out there during a show and gaining some new hard-core fans by the end of the night can be really satisfying.

And selling CDs and some merchandise sure doesn’t hurt, either.

Money matters

After all, guitars don’t buy themselves and groceries don’t mysteriously appear in your fridge. You need money to get these things, and money doesn’t always come easily for artists, does it? If you’re a live act, you have to get on a stage somewhere. If you aren’t on a stage, you probably aren’t making any money. But even when you are out there, as high-energy and amazing as your shows might be, you can still only be on one stage at a time. And if you’re not getting significant radio airplay, you’re only making fans one show at a time, one night at a time.

And what if you’re a non-touring artist? If you’re a YouTube, SoundCloud, or Spotify artist, it can be even more difficult to monetize your music. YouTube ads? Sending fans to your Patreon page? There has to be a way to make money outside of just hitting the highway or passing the digital tip jar.

Consider this way to monetize your songs, without selling your own CDs from a stage or a computer screen: get other artists to record your songs.

This begins with someone pitching your song to another artist. A “pitch” is when a song is presented to an artist in the hopes the artist will record it. When an artist records your song, it is commonly called a “cut.” When you get a cut, it can lead to a wonderful thing called “mailbox money.”

Mailbox money

We call it mailbox money because royalties literally show up in your mailbox (or email inbox). If your song gets recorded by a major artist, the money can be amazing. But even if one of your songs gets recorded by another indie artist (much more likely, especially at first), it can help keep gas in the van and new strings on your guitar.

Here are some of the major royalties your song can earn when it’s recorded:

  • Mechanical (digital downloads, streaming services, physical product sales (CDs, vinyl, etc.), ringtones, and more)
  • Public Performance and Broadcast Fees (streaming services, radio, TV performances, live performances)
  • Synchronization (TV, film, commercials, video games, etc.)

This post isn’t a deep-dive into every type of royalty stream. I suggest you use this as a starting point for your own research. The main point here is to make you aware that these revenue streams exist and that they could be working for you.

Multiply your money-making power

When you record your own songs, you’re making money through all the promotion and sales efforts you make to sell your music and get it played — and that’s great. But when another artist cuts your song, you’re making money with those efforts in addition to making money when the other artist is doing the same, selling his or her recording of the song YOU wrote.

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll dive into how to get your song to an artist, outline additional benefits of writing for others, and detail some pitfalls to avoid. But first, there are reasons why writing songs for other artists might be something you should NOT do.

This strategy isn’t for everybody

This approach won’t work for everybody. For instance, writing songs for other artists is probably NOT a winning strategy for you if you don’t love to write songs. If you only write songs so you aren’t labeled a “cover band,” this is not for you. If you only write songs because it’s time to put out some new product, this is not for you. Getting cuts is not simple, and if you don’t enjoy the songwriting process, you’re going to be miserable. And you probably won’t be very good at it, either.

But if you love songwriting, if you write even when you don’t “have to,” this could be a profitable path for you.

If you are a true songwriter, you probably write more songs than you can release. And maybe not every song you write is for yourself as an artist, anyway. You probably have songs you really feel good about, but they don’t fit your artistic voice or band’s profile. Maybe you’re known for good-time party songs, but now and again you write a tear-in-my-beer heartbreak song. Or you’re a Christian artist who mostly plays churches, but you sometimes write about being a country boy who loves getting mud on his boots. Or you’re in a southern rock band, but you love writing pop songs every now and then. You get the idea.

You know you’re probably not going to put an “off-brand” song on your next album, but you write what you write because you’re a songwriter. It’s what you do. And as a songwriter, you can follow the muse wherever she leads. But as an artist, you usually have to stay “on-brand,” and it can be frustrating to write good songs that never see the light of day. But there is good news: If they are high-quality tunes, your “off-brand” songs don’t have to sit on a shelf. They might actually make you a little bit of money.

And don’t forget the music you’ve already released yourself. Nothing says another artist can’t record those songs too. There are several examples of songs plucked from indie or minor-label albums and turned into hits by a completely different artist.

Today’s homework

So today, you have homework. Take out your stack of songs, released and unreleased. Ask yourself: “Could this song be amazing for another artist? Who would that be?” Then tune in next week and catch my next post in this series. We’ll dive into how to get your songs to other artists, so stay tuned.

To BE a pro songwriter, you need to THINK like a pro songwriter. The FREE ebook, Think Like A Pro Songwriter, will transform your thinking, your songwriting, and your success. Get it today at www.GiftFromBrent.com.

Brent Baxter is an award-winning hit songwriter with cuts by Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, Joe Nichols, Gord Bamford, Ray Stevens, and more. He’s written a top 5 hit in the US, a #1 in Canada, and a top 10 in Texas… so far. He teaches songwriters how to write like a pro, how to do business like a pro, and he connects them to the pros through his websites,SongwritingPro.com and Frettie.com. He also produces “The CLIMB” with fellow Disc Makers’ Blog contributor and music-industry pal Johnny Dwinell.

source: Discmakers



#FreeWrite: Self Destruction

The destruction of our youth is rampant.  I don’t claim to know the solutions but we must as a community come out and start to be more vocal of what we are willing to accept in our neighborhoods because at the rate we’re headed we will destroy ourselves. Seeing so much violence is a product of issues festering and brewing so I propose an opportunity for us to come together as a community to have an open forum to discuss some solutions for the future of our community. These precious children need guidance, love and opportunities.

– Zech Wilson


#SingerSpotlight: Kirby x “Vain” [Audio]

KIRBY wrote a song for you. Will you listen?


Available Now Itunes: https://goo.gl/tR6kHz Spotify: https://goo.gl/5fjNbX Apple Music: https://goo.gl/mQuyNw Amazon Music: https://goo.gl/fdsR8u Google Play: https://goo.gl/Bu5e4B Soundcloud: https://goo.gl/awZjdt Follow KIRBY: https://www.instagram.com/singkirbysing/ https://www.facebook.com/singkirbysing/ https://twitter.com/singkirbysing


New Video: Danē Wyler x “Dear Karma” |Dir: @manbehindtheeye

Realm II – KARMA
“Been in this realm for a month now and finally landed this job as the local Karma Administrator….
But it turns out me and Death have a debt or two we need to settle. Smh”

– Dane Wyler

Artist/Songwriter: @danewyler
Videographer/Editor/Director: @manbehindtheeye
Producer: Jee Juh Beats Productions
Engineer: Kevin Lassiter @thebeatdungeon
Fight Choreography: Darrell Beasley and Antonio Stephen
Background Vocals: Timorris Lane and Sativa Minerva
Make Up: @makeupave
Shoes: Delores Polite
Truck: Tamera Grandiot

Death: Antonio Stephen – @asthebrand
Father Time: Ron Broughton
Girlfriend: DeAjah Hall – @thatgirldee_
Salesman: Michael Jackson
Saleswoman: Momma Toni
Love: Courtland Marriner – @pro.waxman
Envy: Alexandria Burns – @d.burnz


New Book Release: The User’s Guide To Everything You Need To Know About Cryptocurrency by Sir Lawrence Albritton @EyeSkyPhantoms

Ask people about cryptocurrency and you’re likely to get a blank stare.The average man or woman on the street is as likely to tell you that it’s the currency of Superman’s home world of Krypton as they are to correctly identify it a virtual money.You can even use it to buy coffee at Starbucks. You cant technically hold it in your hand. Yet cryptocurrency is quickly becoming an international asset as well as an investment arena. This users guide will help you overstand blockchain technology to help you determine which cryptocurrencies are worth your investment, how to develop various trading strategies , as well as how to protect your money through various trades from a users perspective.

Read Below

The User’s Guide To Everything You Need To Know About Cryptocurrency by Sir Lawrence Albritton

Book Design By: Jonathan Banks



New Video: CJay x “Submissive” | Filmed & Edited: Fernando Films

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5nJCX…
Apple Music: https://itun.es/ca/xwMdhb?i=1192126108

Submissive’ is also available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Deezer + more retailers

Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/hescjay/submis…

CJay – Submissive (Official Music Video)
Shot and edited by Fernando Films
Produced by Babe

Snapchat: @hescjay


New Video: Brizz Rawsteen x “Better That Way” | Dir: GENE GOT VISUALS

Brizz Rawsteen Drops Video for 1st Single “BETTER THAT WAY” off upcoming EP “RAWTHENTIC”..
Track is available for Pre order on Amazon currently.. will soon be on all platforms!!


Financial Literacy: 10 Things The Rich Do That The Poor Don’t x Why You Are Still Broke [Video]

Explaining 10 things that rich people do that poor people don’t that determines each one’s financial success

Music By: Ben Sound


We Are In This Together

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