The Do’s and Don’ts of Sampling and Arranging

Sampling

Drake, Ed Sheeran and Rihanna, what is one thing they all have in common? They have all used samples in their music. Sampling as we know it today has been around since the late 70’s and early 80’s. Hip-Hop artists would use breakbeats which would be taken from funk music because the rhythm was good … Read more

A Beginners Guide to Music Copyright, Part One

Guide

A few months ago, we hosted a Q&A over on our Facebook page with music copyright expert Jataneel Banerjee. Along with being a specialist on the Asian territory for PRS for Music, Jataneel runs an independent label, Music Mandi, and is an artist and performer. For those of you who missed it, or would like a … Read more

Sync in Numbers

Numbers

Now you know all about what sync is and why it is important to songwriters, you’re probably wondering how it exactly works when your music gets chosen to be used by a music supervisor. We’re going to take you through what this means for you as a copyright owner. Let’s talk sync in numbers. The synchronisation license … Read more

Avoiding the Dreaded Writer’s Block

Writers Block

It happens to all of us, you’re in the middle of writing your best song yet and boom the dreaded writer’s block strikes. You can’t figure out the right chord to end the chorus or the next line of the lyrics. Despite trying every combination, nothing seems to work and you can’t get back into … Read more

The Ins and Outs of Library Music

Production Music

This is a guest blog from John Meredith, owner of our library music partner Arms Production Music. Ever noticed the music on Masterchef whilst they’re finishing off their mouth-watering posh beans on toast? Or on documentaries about clock building? And who can’t fail to be moved by that ‘reveal’ music when Kevin McCloud shows us … Read more

Show Me the Money! – Different Revenue Streams For You, the Songwriter

Money

As a songwriter, there are multiple ways in which you can earn money for the songs that you write. If you want to seriously make a living out of being a writer, it’s important that you not only understand what these revenue streams are but know how to make the most out of them. So, … Read more

What is Sync and Why is it Important?

Sync

Remember the last time you saw a movie and got excited at a scene with an appropriate soundtrack? Ever wondered if your music could be part of the soundtrack in that blockbuster summer film, or that new Netflix series? Yes? Right, let’s talk sync. What is Sync? Sync (or synchronisation) is a process where songs are … Read more