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Issue 6.1 - April 2003
ISSN 1480-6975

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I n   T h i s   I s s u e :

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Copyright & Publishing Q&A with Nancy A. Reece from Carpe Diem
    Copyright Management
@-- Music Reviews - Ben Ohmart, Stacey Board & David Lockeretz
@-- Songwriting Book Review - by James Linderman
@-- Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
@-- Muse's Clues - Songwriting Web sites that inspire - brought
    to you by singer/songwriter & teacher, Irene Jackson.
@-- Featured Article - FLYING HIGH: An Airport Discovery 
                     - By Adam "Pops" Nierow
@-- Message Forums In Spotlight - Here are some of the great 
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

Hi again, folks.  Here we are at the end of another month - and
it's finally starting to get warmer out there!  I'm very relieved.
My husband and I moved into a new place around the end of November
and we haven't seen our backyard uncovered by snow until now. :)

Anyway, enough about the weather.  

The raffle winners for this month are Nicole Collins from
St. Petersburg, FL, who has won a copy of Samuel D. Gilleylen's "In
The Right Direction: A Beginners Guide to Starting a Record Label"
(reviewed below), David Moscrip from Carmel, IN who has won a copy
of's "Musician's Toolkit" (for details on this
package of useful indie musician-related tools, see ), and Andrea Dupree from
Seattle, WA, who has won a copy of VSS's helpful songwriting
organization product (for a review of Lyricist & information on a
discount offered, see ). 

Once again, there's a packed newsletter for you so I'll just let
you get to it.

Keep writing and keep well, 


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Win a grand prize of over US$50,000 in cash and merchandise and
exposure, making this the largest prize package in any annual
songwriting competition! Winning songs get radio airplay. Judges
include record labels such as Warner/Reprise Records, SONY Music,
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  C o p y r i g h t   &   P u b l i s h i n g   Q & A :
        With Licensing executive Nancy A. Reece


I am a producer and run an independent label....very similar to a
major label structure, but I am a music man, not a lawyer  =).
We have recorded a "collection" of songs from various artists on my
label and have FM DJ's ready to help us out on the radio.  The
dilemma?  How do I register the copyright(s) for the album so that
I own all the reproduction rights (as a major label would) but so
that each artist gets credit for their lyrical contributions in
order to collect the applicable ASCAP royalties?  Would they just
be work for hire?  How many different copyright forms would I need
to register, particularly since there are several artists on one

Should I register with ASCAP as a publisher?  I don't want the
artists to have reproduction rights to the album or my music but I
do want them to receive the proper credit. I wrote and recorded all
of the music and produced the album, the artists wrote and
performed the lyrics and vocals.   I know it's a little
complicated.  I really appreciate any help you can give me.


First, it is good to acknowledge that you indeed are not an
attorney.  You need to absolutely find a qualified entertainment
counsel that can help you with forms of agreement and general

Registration can be done through the Library of Congress
( - and specifically, the US Copyright Office at  As the owner of the copyright in
the Sound Recording, you will need to register with a SR Form. The
paperwork and instructions can be found on their website.
The next question concerns whether or not you are also the owner or
partial owner of the individual compositions on the sound
recording.  Each song could have its own separate Single Song
Publishing Agreement indicating the publisher and songwriter credit
agreed upon.  Based on those Agreements, the copyright holder would
register the compositions with the Library of Congress using PA
Forms. This form and its instructions can also be found on the
Library of Congress website. 

Both the individual songwriters and the publisher(s) would then
need to also register their compositions with the appropriate
performing rights organizations with whom they have written
agreements.  Both ASCAP and BMI offer online registration to

Your written Agreement with the performers as a record label should
address all ownership and royalty questions.  If you recorded
without written agreement, your very first order of business is to
get together with qualified counsel and set these forms in motion.



I have avidly been reading the arguments from both sides of the
copyright debate in the digital era as a part of an essay I am
doing for college.  Personally I think there is no real answer. I
would be very interested and grateful if you would express your
views on whether or not you think that music copyright in the
digital era is an irresolvable contradiction. 
-- National University of Ireland, Galway.


My thoughts on this are based on my limited knowledge of the US
Copyright Law (Title 17) and the Digital Music Licensing Act
(DMLA). There is indeed a real answer and that is the one of
ownership and motivation. 

Do you know what makes napkins and music similar? People think both
are free.

The United States Constitutional Provision Respecting Copyright is
in Article 1, Section 8.

"The Congress shall have Power ... to promote the Progress of
Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors
and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and

If there is no longer ownership in a patent, trademark or
copyright, then the motivation to create and invent is diluted to
the point of dissolution. 

Why should a drug company spend a billion dollars trying to find a
cure if they have no way to recover those funds through patent?
Why should a songwriter spend time and money on writing the next
hit if there is no recovery of investment?

Okay, so the arts are slightly different than the sciences in that
there is a muse motivating irrational behavior to create for the
sheer enjoyment of creation... However, both the US Constitution
and the current US Copyright Law and its addition of the DMLA agree
that monetary motivation is, in the end, very very powerful.

Since 1998, Nancy Reece has been providing a question and answer
forum for Muse's Muse readers. Now all of the articles, forums and
Q&A's are being compiled into a book. Nancy is wanting to be sure
that you have the opportunity to receive a copy of the book as soon
as it is ready. If you are interested in getting an E-mail
notification to indicate that the book is ready for purchase,
please send your request to .

How to Ask a Question:
If you have a question for Nancy about publishing or copyright
administration, you can e-mail her at Please
indicate in the subject of your e-mail that your submission is for
The Muse's Muse guest forum, Real Answers to Real Questions.

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M u s i c   R e v i e w s :  

by Ben Ohmart, David Lockeretz & Stacey Board

String Theory, "Triptych" (by David Lockeretz)

String Theory is a unique performing arts ensemble that mixes a
wide variety of sounds to come up with something original. On how
many other CDs can the listener experience surf music, folk music,
alternapop and Ravel's "Bolero?" That a document this diverse,
thoughtful, skillful and soulful could exist today helps renew my

The first part of the CD's musical trilogy, "Classical", features
interpretations of Ravel and Tchaikovsky along with other
traditional-style pieces in which brooding strings blend with
ethnic-influenced percussion to create a sound that is dark yet
vibrant. "Pop", the second part, features sophisticated, well, "pop
music" with unlikely melodies and surreal lyrics that still manage
to form a cohesive unit. "Surf Surge", with its pulsing groove and
interesting counterpoint, is a favorite of mine. "Experimental",
the last part, consists of short examples of film music. These
pieces are the most abstract on the CD and perhaps the least
memorable, but they still represent a strong sense on the group's
part of both modernism and tradition.

There are many ways to describe String Theory: Hypnotic,
meditative, lyrical, ironic, exploratory and more...but the bottom
line is that this music speaks for itself. It defies
categorization; it bypasses conventional thinking (and marketing)
to do what so much music fails to: communicate.

For more information, visit



Mike Longo Trio (by Ben Ohmart)
Besh o droM (by Ben Ohmart)
Clarelynn Rose (by Ben Ohmart)
Garaj Mahal (by Ben Ohmart)

John Brighton (by David Lockeretz)
Bill Colgate (by David Lockeretz)
String Theory (by David Lockeretz)
Norman Fell (by David Lockeretz)
The Kicks (by David Lockeretz)
Diane Ward (by David Lockeretz)

My Fine Friend Phil (by Stacey Board)
Garrett Sawyer (by Stacey Board)
Amy Angeline (by Stacey Board)


For bios on each of the reviewers, see . If you're considering
sending in your own CD for review, you can also view that page to
find out which reviewer reviews your genre. Thanks!

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S o n g w r i t i n g   B o o k   R e v i e w : by James Linderman

In The Right Direction: A Beginners Guide to Starting a Record
Label - by Samuel D. Gilleylen


I have watched a few of my friends start up record labels. Some say
it is the best of all experiences, some say it is the worst of all
experiences, and most say it is a little of both.

The joy in it seems to come from seeing undiscovered talent get its
day, being your own boss, changing the destiny of entertainment
history, and all that other "master of the known universe" stuff.

The drag of starting your own record label seems to be all the
things that fall under the category of "you didn't know, that you
didn't know it, untill you suddenly know you should have known it
when you didn't know it, and now it's too late and you know it."

Samuel Gilleylen has written a book called "In The Right Direction
- A Beginners Guide to Starting a Record Label" that has all of the
start up and initial operating details, mapped out in a very easy
to understand format so that you can "know it."

While this author was going through the learning process of
starting up his own label, he seems to have done what all good
explorers do - he documented everything.

That isn't to say that this is a massive book with every possibly
relevant and possibly not so relevant detail of his life. This book
is 60 pages of the facts and nothing but the facts and it starts
right away with what you need to know about starting a business. 

From registering a name and logo and getting technologically hooked
up, to stockpiling all of the artists' contracts, copyright forms
and other assorted paperwork, it's evident that being able to
function as a working business is as important as getting good
artists and getting them to make good music. This book deals with
the "music" and the "business."

I cannot think of anything you would need to start out successfully
that this book does not cover. It gets into stuff like copyrights,
music publishing and royalties, recording and production, design
and manufacturing, distribution and radio, and how to pay people
like musicians and songwriters and how you get paid yourself. 

What I like about this book is that, wherever there is a reference
to a product, contact or resource there is always contact
information like a phone number, address, or web address. The
author even includes the prices of the things he recommends so you
can know some of the costs you will incur from the very start.
There are lots of Internet references and 4 appendix pages packed
with extremely useful lists of resources. 

This is my favourite kind of book: packed with mountains of
relevant content and detail but condensed so you do not have to
devote the next 3 years to reading it.   

You might find the fairly substantial amount of work and money
listed to start up your own label (however realistic) a little
intimidating, but what a great time to find out that, yes, it's a
lot of work and yes, it's expensive. It's still a totally cool job,
no matter what.

This would also be a great read for anyone wanting to know what to
expect from a label, what the label should provide, what they
should be doing for you, and how they generally operate as
representatives of your art. 

In the Right Direction - A Beginners Guide to Starting a Record
Label can be found at

James Linderman lives and works at theharmonyhouse, a music lesson,
songwriting and music pre-production facility in Newmarket,
Ontario, Canada. He is the Songwriters Association of Canada
regional coordinator for Newmarket and leads a music workshop
program for Life 100.3 Christian radio. James writes songwriting
articles for The Muse's News web magazine, Canadian Musician
Magazine and Professional Musician Magazine.

Contact James at:

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M u s i c a l   N o t e s : Songwriting Contests & Market Info.

In the interest of conserving space, I will only be including
changes to this listing in this newsletter.  All other contests
and market information that have already been listed here, are
displayed at & . Please check there
regularly for updates!

Cooch Music has launched it's sixth "Amateur Songwriting Contest"!
January 18th, 2003 thru August 31st, 2003. Songwriters, Bands and
Musicians are now able to enter a contest that is aimed for
amateurs only! Songs are to be judged on originality, lyrics,
melody and composition by our panel of judges. Our panel consists
of professionals from Publishing, Producers, Management, Artists
and Songwriters. We also have a voting member of The Grammy Awards
on our Panel. Quality of performance and production will not be
considered. Entry fee is only $10.00 per song. All prizes are
designed to help amateur songwriters further their career. Cooch
Music will run it's Amateur Songwriting Contest twice a year. For
information on how to get an entry form, rules regulations and the
prize list visit 

** As a visitor to The Muse's Muse, Cooch Music is offering a
special discount to You! Get One FREE Entry when you enter Two
songs into our 6th contest! Just copy and paste this article and
send it in with your entries to receive the discount! 
Tonos hosts many songwriting contests and Industry Opportunities
specifically for songwriters every month. The newest contests

- Unsigned Pop Artist Looking For Songs! - A 20-year-old female pop
artist is looking for songs for her upcoming independent release.
She has gotten the attention of a producer/engineer who has worked
with such artists as Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand and Kenny G.
They are looking for memorable Top 40 power ballads like those
performed by Celine Dion, Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey. They are
also open to some up-tempo and mid-tempo songs in the vein of an
artist like Christina Aguilera. 

- New Teen Latin Girl Group Looking For Songs! - A Latin girl group
signed to an L.A. management company is looking for songs. This
teen group consists of girls aged 16-18. Here is an opportunity to
get your song on a project and build a relationship with a female
group and their management company. They are looking for songs to
put on their demo project that could possibly lead to a placement
on a future label release.

- Indie Label with Major Distribution Looking for Songs! - A
well-established independent label with major distribution and a
track record of gold and platinum hits is seeking pop and R&B songs
for their latest crop of teen groups; not unlike the material
recorded by such pop groups as Dream Street and No Secrets.  

See for details on these
opportunities and more!

After nearly two years in development, Berklee College of Music has
launched its web site. This ambitious new offering
provides songwriters opportunities to take online music writing
courses and explore new music career directions. Users can create a
personal or band web page containing bios, MP3s, images, reviews,
news, and links that are useful resources to potential employers,
collaborators, and students.

For more information visit:
ASG SCHOLARSHIP to the OLD NO 9 Songwriting Workshop with Lloyd
Maines and Terri Hendrix 

Austin Songwriters Group in conjunction with Old No.9 Corporation
for the Arts is providing one ASG member with a Full scholarship to
attend the old # 9 songwriting workshop in Waring Texas from Fri
Apr 4 - Sun Apr 6 with Terri Hendrix, songwriter artist & Grammy
winner, (she co-wrote Lil' Jack Slade, which won best intrumental.)
and Lloyd Maines, grammy winning producer / songwriter (also a
cowriter on Lil' Jack Slade). 

For more details drop by or email 
Featuring Song Evaluations With Music Row Publishers! 

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) will
present Songwriter's Symposium 2003 April 4th & 5th, 2003 at the
Ramada Inn & Conference Center in Nashville, TN. The two-day event
will feature song evaluation sessions with Music Row publishers,
panel discussions, workshops led by industry professionals and
special guest performances. 

Space is limited to 300 registrants accepted on a first come, first
served basis. Very few registration slots remain, and as in
previous years, this event will sell out. To obtain a registration
form, or for more information about NSAI’s Songwriter’s Symposium
2003, please visit  

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Jez Wing (21) from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts has won
the first Peter Whittingham Award for Song Creation, a new award
for 2003, administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund in
collaboration with the University of Westminster. The adjudication
panel chose Jez as the winner following performances of his songs
at the showcase final at the Kashmir Klub on Monday 10 March. He
has been offered £4,000 towards a project of his choosing and
intends to use the prize towards the cost of recording and
promoting a CD of his music. Panel members were: Errollyn Wallen
(Chair), Boo Hewerdine, Juliet Roberts, David Stark and Christopher
Whittingham. The showcase final was attended by music industry
specialists and was broadcast live on the web at . For further information please contact , website: . 

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M u s e ' s    C l u e s :  by Irene Jackson

©1998-2003 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. Used By

When you're sitting down to write those fabulous lyrics for your
next hit song, do words often fail you? :-)  I happen to enjoy
finding new ways of saying old things, and I'm always on the hunt
for that elusive line or phrase that wraps the whole song up in a
neat little package.  In fact, during a recent online hunt for
something lyrically stimulating, I found a website called The
Phrase Finder (  This
is a UK-based website, and some of the expressions and phrases
quoted come from a LONG way back. In fact, do you know what the
oldest known expression is in English?  Go and find out :-)

This is a fun collection of proverbs, quotes, euphemisms and even
selections from Shakespeare if that's what turns your
fact, it's hard not to leave this site without a bit of a brain
buzz.  And how would you put such a website to good use?  What
immediately comes to mind is that anytime you read anything clever,
it can literally (pun intended!) jumpstart your creative juices.
The proverbs section alone looks like a whole list of song titles!
Some of the phrases are predictably cliché but others go a little
deeper than that in terms of meaning.  In fact, you might want to
use some of them in an exercise, writing a whole song around a song
title.  But beyond that, sometimes you are simply looking for a
phrase that you can't quite remember, and The Phrase Finder website
would be the perfect place to start that search!

Irene Jackson is a performing songwriter from Victoria, BC in
Canada. Aside from writing, recording and performing, she also
maintains a website for songwriters that includes tips, articles
and more links of interest.  Her eagerly anticipated CD "Catnip" is
finally here, and her earlier recordings have had attention
everywhere from Japan to South America.

Songwriting Tips:
Songs on MP3:
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EDITOR'S NOTE: You never know what will happen when you freely give
of your music... Here's an example that I thought you all might
enjoy. :)

F e a t u r e d   A r t i c l e : 

Flying High:  An Airport Discovery - By Adam "Pops" Nierow
© Adam "Pops" Nierow, 2003 All Rights Reserved. 
  Printed with Permission.

Whenever I travel, I always have my guitar with me.  So in February
of 2000, en route to Lima, Peru for a little vacation, I showed up
at John F. Kennedy airport in New York City.  While waiting around
for an 11pm flight to Lima, I was approached by some airport
employees who wanted me to entertain them (the guitar gave me
away).  I really wasn't in the mood, but I obliged and sang a
Spanglish tune of mine called "Sí, Amor."  Well, when I finished
playing, an enthusiastic gentleman approached me and said that he
really enjoyed the music.  This gentleman happened to be a music
producer named Oscar Pasache, the son of Felix Pasache, a
well-known Peruvian songwriter who had passed away a few years
before.  Anyway, Mr. Pasache gave me a business card with
information about his Lima Limón Records, and told me to call him
when I got to Peru (he splits his time between Lima and New York).

When I got down there, I gave Mr. Pasache a call.  He told me that
he was putting together a tribute album of different artists
singing his father's songs, and he wanted me to record a "balada"
version of Felix Pasache's "Se acabó y punto."  I ended up
recording that in the studio of a top producer in Lima named Oscar
Cavero, also the musical director/guitar player for Peruvian
superstar Eva Allyón.

Later on, Mr. Cavero became interested in recording my song "Sí,
Amor," so we co-produced that along with Mr. Pasache acting as an
executive producer.  We actually recruited some of the talented
musicians from Eva Allyón's band.  It was such a thrill, and I
learned a great deal from everyone involved.

Mr. Pasache introduced me to a different world of music
business/culture during my extended stay in Lima.  We checked out
various clubs/venues for live music (this included an invitation to
a fantastic show by Eva Allyón).  We stopped by a major radio
station to meet a programming director.  I visited Lima's largest
CD manufacturing/distribution plant, a modern facility complete
with recording studios containing the latest technology.  I even
had the opportunity to tour one of Peru's premier guitar-making
factories owned by the Falcon family.  Of course, after I met some
of the Falcons, they offered to make me a custom acoustic guitar
for a ridiculous low price.  I got to design every last detail, and
my "dream guitar" became a surreal reality.

One of the coolest aspects of my musical adventure was
meeting/hanging out/jamming with all kinds of artists/musicians
from the street.  At the time, a lot of these people were into
"cumbia" music, with origins stretching back to the local dance
music of the black community of Colombia's Atlantic coast.  There
were some fun cross-cultural exchanges.  And I even did some
playing around in a local recording studio with egg cartons on the

I have to thank Oscar Pasache for such wonderful experiences.
Eventually, I did return to New York, but only after I had stayed
in Lima for almost a month (I was originally supposed to be there
for five days).  And all because I was "forced" to sing at the
airport.  I guess Peru has a certain magic for me.  By the way, I
also met my wife down there...but that's another story.

Adam "Pops" Nierow is a pop songwriter/producer, and a founder of
Musical Mind Productions, a music production facility out of
Brooklyn, NY.  Along with his partner Peter "Pan" Habib, they offer
services including songwriting, production, arranging, recording,
mixing, and artist development.  You can listen to some of their
music at  
Contact Adam at 			 	

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    " O N   S I T E "   F E A T U R E D   A R T I C L E :

Interview with Robin Krasny, Eddy Fischer and Denny Doherty: 
Part Two - Conducted by Leon & Sheryl Olguin

Here's the second part of the interview that you got a peek at last

In this relaxed and spontaneous interview, taken from Leon &
Sheryl's local TV show "Session 31," Central Florida folk duo Robin
and Eddy, along with Denny Doherty of the Mamas and Papas, talk
about their lives in music, and the creative process. We think
you'll find this interview great fun, and very insightful.

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