by Robin Munson
For as long as I can remember, music has had a profound effect on me. It was my comforter when I was sad, my companion when I was lonely, my protector when I was scared, my cheerleader when I was unsure of myself. I sang to myself constantly as a child. It was so second-nature that I didn’t realize I was doing it. One day as I was walking through the halls of my elementary school I was singing without realizing it. I don’t remember the song, but it was probably something cheerful – maybe “I Whistle A Happy Tune”, or something like that. A teacher stopped me and said, “You must be a very happy little girl! You’re always singing!” Little did she know. I was singing to bolster my spirit because school was such a misery for me! (a topic for another day.) Continue reading
Over the last few years I, probably like most, have gotten overwhelmed with uploading music to the various libraries as well as tagging and writing descriptions for each piece. Every library’s requirements and procedures are different which only adds to an already time consuming process.
Initially the tendency was to get as much music out in the marketplace, to as many libraries as possible. It did get a bit crazy though and the end result would be that many times it wouldn’t get done. I finally came up with a routine that makes it all much less frantic.
I now only work with 5 or 6 libraries so I assign each one to a day of the week and only upload one song, per week, to each library. That gives me plenty of time to focus on that one piece of music and give it my best effort as it pertains to each library’s requirements. A much more relaxed way to do it, at least for me. I feel I have a few more years left in me so I’m in no rush and it leaves me plenty of time to write and have a life!
How about you? What’s your routine?
I got this press release from the folks at Tunesat and thought some of you might be interested. Full disclosure: They are an advertiser on MLR but I was (and still am) a client, long before they became an advertiser here.
TuneSat, an audio monitoring service aiding music copyright holders track song use on television, has put together a low-price offer for smaller publishers.
A thread popped up over at Jungle Punks about making music and getting paid for it. I think we can all agree that we got into music for the love of it but we all want to be paid and we all expect to be paid. How much we get paid is something else again. Regardless, I think most of us would continue to make music if money was suddenly taken out the equation.
I’ve moved those comments over here.
Why should you, as a composer care? From what I have learned, and experienced, Scripps demands that all of the music for it’s shows be “direct licensed”. In other words they do NOT pay any performance royalties to composers. How do they get their music? Most likely from libraries that do a blanket license with the shows producers which, in most cases, means that you, as a composer, will not share in any of those blanket license fees. To be fair Scripps is not the only company that refuses to pay PRO monies. I believe ESPN is another company and their are probably more.
How will you know if your music is being used on these shows? You will probably never know unless you happen to be watching and recognize your music or have a Tunesat account. Occasionally these shows will air internationally and you will see some performance monies though it will be miniscule. This makes it more insulting as they do not have to pay in the U.S. but are forced to in other countries.
Music libraries have different points of view on this dilemma. Some refuse to work for any shows that air on Scripps Network. Others feel that because some production companies have shows on both Scripps and non-Scripps networks they they have to take the bad with the good. One library has gone so far as to start paying their composers a small royalty for any Scripps shows that happens to use their music. Certainly a step in the right direction and I applaud them. But really, shouldn’t Scripps be stepping up to the plate? I think the lack of respect for composers and their music is appalling!