UK collecting societies explained. An Interview with Stuart Belsham of PRS for Music

PROs

Collecting societies, also known as PROs (Performing Rights Organisations), are extremely important for all songwriters careers. Such organisations help songwriters get paid for their music by collecting royalties every time their music is broadcast, played in public or performed live. Unfortunately, many artists don’t realise that if they don’t register with a PRO they are … Read more

What are Neighbouring Rights?

Royalties

You may have heard of the term Neighbouring Rights before but what exactly does it mean? As a songwriter, it is vital to be aware of all possible revenue streams to make the most out of your music. That’s why Neighbouring Rights are so important. Firstly, it’s important to be aware that there are two … Read more

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

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