How to make BIG money from your music and live like a king


Make BIG money from music
Make BIG money from music


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be able to sell your song, earn some money and gain recognition? In this article we will be talking about some good ways to go about publishing and licensing your songs. To make a living by writing songs can be a really enjoyable job, but the only problem is no one knows how to make it.


The first and most important thing to do is to obtain a copyright of your production to protect it and yourself, by registering it in the Library of Congress and in a performance right organisation with a company like BMI, SESAC and ASCAP. 

Once you’ve have complete copyright over your song its time to obtain/research various type’s of licences. There are 3 main type of licenses which we will discuss:




This first is Mechanical Rights: License granting the right to record and release a specific composition at an agreed-upon fee per unit manufactured and sold. Right to use a song owned by someone else on a recording. In other words, when another artist is interested in in making a recording of your song, copyright imposes  to everyone who will record a version of your song, mechanical royalties on each reproduction or copy sold.


The second is Performing rights: Performing rights are the right to perform music in public. When someone else will play your song before an audience, the band has to pay you a rate.  It is part of copyright law and demands payment to the music’s composer/lyricist and publisher (with the royalties generally split 50/50 between the two). Public performance means that a musician or group who is not the copyright holder is performing a piece of music live, as opposed to the playback of a pre-recorded song. Performances are considered “public” if they take place in a public place and the audience is outside of a normal circle of friends and family, including concerts, nightclubs, restaurants etc. Public performance also includes broadcast and cable television, radio, and any other transmitted performance of a live song.


The third is Synchronization royalties or synch licenses: They are paid for the use of copyrighted music in audiovisual productions, such as in DVDs, movies, advertisements and video games. Synchronization can extend to live media performances, such as plays and live theatre. They become extremely important for new media – the usage of music in the form of mp3, wav or flac files.

Don’t forget to always check with a reliable publisher about the rules and regulations of foreign countries. Now that you have your licencees to protect you and your production, its time to increase awareness about your song. No matter how good your song is, if no one in the industry knows about, your revenue potential will be very low. For this reason, the most artists decides to sign with producers who are very close to licensor’s  and who use songs very similar to theirs. This trade off usually requires the share of all the licensing income on a 50-50 basis with the publisher. We have to think, on the other hand, that is the publisher who has to provide visibility and fame to the author’s production, and to secure appropriate licenses which let the author to earn money.


To get some tips from a music licenser, we have reported some advice given by Michael Lorda, Concord Music Group’s Director of Publishing, who handles dozens of licensing deals weekly for the more than 17,000 song catalogue he helps administer. He says:

“There are several ways for songwriters to get their music to publishers, ASCAP and BMI have regular events, workshops and conferences for songwriters. Participating in those and networking at them can be very helpful. Participating in song writing competitions is a great way to expose your material to publishers, too. There are several songwriter groups on LinkedIn, as well as other publishing and music industry groups on that site. I have noticed some publishing companies announcing that they are accepting demo’s.”


One essential thing when you are in the music publishing business is to get a knowledge of how it works properly, by read up about the subject, meet and get to know people experienced in music business market and it makes sense to consult with a music attorney or other experienced music licensing professional if you have questions before entering into any license agreements.

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Falcon Media SmartGuard versus JVC (Taiyo Yuden) Watershield- we test it.


In today market it’s really important to create and produce a products that stands out from the crowd, but; this isn’t just concerning the content you create. The presentation of your product will make the difference between whether someone picks it up, or leaves it on the shelf, or perceives it as a premium product or a value product.


When producing CD and DVD product it can be quite easy to create the right lasting impression thanks to glossy water resistant discs like WaterShield and SmartGuard. These discs work with all the inkjet disc printers available from and allow your artwork to be presented in the best possible way.

Standard inkjet printable discs can be prone to bleeding and smudging, specifically when they come into contact with atmospheric moisture or water (think rain and tears – both known to accompany many a tune). But thanks to the unique coating on water resistance discs you can produce discs at home that look better than than those that can be produced in a replication facility.

There are several variations on the market but we decided to test 2 of the most popular.

JVC (Taiyo Yuden) WaterShield

The best known of the water resistant inkjet discs, water shield comes from the most highly regarded disc manufacturer in the industry. The watershield discs have a very consistent and uniform print surface. With default setup we encountered no ink pooling or bleeding. Additionally it should be noted that ink usage with watershield discs is lower due to the less permeable nature of the print surface. Full face printed discs look stunning and water resistance is just as expected. The main negative point with watershield is the difficulty in achieving a true black finish in large areas. Blacks printed on WaterShield appear grey, brown or purple (but only once your attention is drawn to it) Black is a very relative colour and open to interpretation by the individual. It should be noted that glossy watershield discs are the most expensive DVD-R discs we sell, so make sure you factor the high price into your margins.

Falcon Media Smart Guard

Traditionally at we are Taiyo Yuden people – we like to stick with what we know and we know that Taiyo Yuden (JVC) are great performing discs. But, we were intrigued to see how Falcon Media’s Smart Guard glossy water resistance discs would compare. The look and feel of the Smart Guard is of a quality disc that you expect to print well, and it doesn’t disappoint. We tested it on both Primera and MicroBoards disc printers and found it to perform exceptionally. Solid colour fills were flat and text was sharp. The gloss finish was fantastic and most interestingly the performance of the black ink beat the Taiyo Yuden discs hands down. On the Smart Guard disc the black certainly does look blacker (please see out test images below). Both discs performed similarly in our ‘Under the tap test’. Furthermore it should be noted that Smart Guard CD-R and Smart Guard DVD-R cost significantly less that the equivalent discs from JVC (Taiyo Yuden).


The bottom line : Anyone looking for water resistant and glossy prints should consider Falcon SmartGuard. You will save some money and your blacks will print better.

See this PDF which will explain more about the SmartGuard Water Resistant Media

Here’s a link to our glossy / water resistant CD-R
Here’s a link to our glossy / water resistant DVD-R


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Happy 30th Anniversary CD’s

The great “CD” we all know what it is and we’ve all used it, but what is the actual value of having a CD (in your hands), just the way the manufacturer sold it?  Since 1974 Philips audio industry had been working on the developing and manufacturing CD’s and CD player, but in 1977 they established a research lab to facilitate there needs. Philips decided on naming this new product the “Compact Disc” in succession of there most recent release the  “Compact Cassette“. At the same time, Sony had also been working on developing there own type of CD revealing its first efforts in 1976. In 1982 Sony and Philips partnered up for the release of there new 12cm disc, with the Sony CDP-101 and  Billy Joel’s sixth studio album, 52nd Street, in a CD format.

Can you remember when you had to go to your local record store or wait for a song to come out on the radio just to listen to a song?  Since 1977 until now, there has been products that have come and gone like the audio cassettes, Mini Disc and now the CD. Sales in the UK last year have reported a fall by 13%, while sales for Vinyl albums have increase from 2.8 million records to 3.9 million. Other newer video formats such as DVD and Blu-ray use the same physical geometry as CD, and video players can usually play audio CDs as well. By the early 2000’s, the CD largely replaced the audio cassette player as standard equipment in new auto mobiles with 2010 being the final model for any car in the UK to have a factory-equipped cassette player. So could the CD still have a bright future?

 At first, MP3’s were burned from CDs onto computers, traded on peer-to-peer networks such as Napster and the Internet’s back alleys. Then Apple released the iPod, and its iTunes store turned digital music files into a legitimate business. Now popular services like Spotify and Pandora let users stream music from anywhere, and Amazon and Apple are encouraging people to store their digital libraries in the cloud. Like CDs before them, this new format is changing both the creation and consumption of music. Listeners have more flexibility than ever, with unlimited mix-and-match options. And increasingly, they’re opting to download single songs over albums.

Is this the future?....

With the quality being the same (or better) on a non physical format then a CD, could we be entering a new era where compact discs (CD’s) are known as just a thing of the past? But it goes without saying that the CD helped bring the music industry into the modern digital era. But inspite of all that, I believe that the CD will always have its place in the office and in our homes.

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