Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Registering a song with a PRO, part of Getting Started in the Business of Songwriting.
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…As soon as you've written a new song and you know what the splits are,…in cases where you've co-written the song, it's in your best interest to…register the song with your performance rights organization as soon as possible.…Especially in cases where you anticipate your song getting played on the radio,…used in a show, or…performed live on the road, you'll want to take care of the registration right away.…Not doing so is like leaving money on the table.…If you're acting as your own publisher, you should register your music yourself.…If you've signed a publishing deal, your publisher may complete the registrations…on your behalf, but make sure they're doing so.…
Let's assume you register your own songs.…The first step is to register as a songwriter with a PRO, and again,…in the U.S. you choices are ASCAP and BMI.…As I previously mentioned, SESAC is invitation only.…So for example, if you've decided to register with BMI, go to www.BMI.com/join.…Here, click Join BMI.…Next, choose whether you're registering as a songwriter or as a publisher.…
The second half of the course is geared toward the DIY musician. Garrick discusses ways to self-distribute and promote your music with TuneCore, CDBaby, Topspin, Bandcamp, and ReverbNation. Plus, learn the importance of websites, social promotion, and music placement, as well as making music videos, signing with a record label, and building a solid team.