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Feb 22 - Feb 26 -- Encoding Music Issues

(See also Encoding Music Issues 2)

Hello everyone. It is Feb. 22. Glad to see you all! I have had so many questions from writers who have been writing songs for a long time, but just now starting to approach Publishers and the Industry, that they are terribly confused about "what to do next". I'm going to start posting a column link to that soon, just to help out, I think, because I say the same thing in most emails on these topics. In the meantime, if you are in this catagory, PLEASE read the "song critique checklist" on the How To Submit Material page, as this relates to the BUSINESS aspect of your songs, as well as their form.

One of my experiences this week has been in pursuing encoding, (the application of a "code" to your recording of a master, so that it might be tracked totally as a work, i.e., the song, writer, publisher, singer, date of cr, etc.) It is a bit more complex than I had first heard (what in new technology is not?) I am almost to the mastering stage of a new project. I had hoped that our PRO's would reach an agreement on an encoding process, but they have not. The biggest entity using encoding at the moment in broadcasting (as far as I know) is NBC, with their sports and olympics broadcasts commited to encoded works. They are using the ARIS "musicode", and it seems to be enormously accurate. But, unfortunately only available to major catalogues, companies or SESAC writers at the moment. (You can work with encoding now as a writer for about $100 per hour, but an album project might really add up at this rate for an independent.) I'm not sure which direction I'll go in yet.

I'll keep you posted. If you have encoding experience, please email and tell me about it, alright?

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Those of you earning or about to earn Royalties, learn how to protect your future and how PRO's work to collect your performance royalties. The educational AACO hosts GEMA on Feb. 22, in Beverly Hills. See Affiliations page.

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