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Songwriter's Market 2003: 1300 Places to Market Your Songs [Paperback]

Ian Bessler

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29 Aug 2002 Songwriter's Market
Readers can get their songs published, recorded and on the air with 2003 Songwriter's Market, the No.1 resource for making a mark - and making money - in the US music industry. Whether their songwriting focuses on classical, country, or rock'n'roll, all the leads they need are here under one cover, including listings for record companies, music publishers, managers, agents, record producers and more. Using easy-to-reference symbols and indexes, they'll quickly partner their song stylings with the industry insiders that matter. And only 2003 Songwriter's Market provides interviews and Insider Reports from some of music's most respected, talented and creative minds, such as Harriet Schock, songwriter, recording artist; Susan Gibson, songwriter for the Dixie Chicks; Nina Storey, opening act for Earth, Wind and Fire; and Brian Perera, CEO and President of Cleopatra Records. Plus, they'll find special sections on choosing a songwriting association, understanding copyright law, new music trends, and much more.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Revised edition edition (29 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582971234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582971230
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 17.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,291,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ian Bessler has been the editor of Songwriter's Market for five years. When he's not editing Songwriter's Market, Ian is a musician, songwriter and sound engineer. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Resource but... 16 Oct 2000
By Eddie Landsberg - Published on Amazon.com
I have mixed opinions about this book. There's a lot of useful information, and the lay out is nice, but I think it would be a mistake to use it as a first and last resource as many people do and rate your sucess and failure upon those answered and unanswered query letters. A good example is the fact that most major labels only except submissions from management companies, and most management companies often want to see that you local recognition before they take you on. Some of the better ones may only represent one or two artists because a lot of time and money is required, and those that don't often do little more than keep you in their rolodex and throw a gig here and there and take commish when their main act is unavailable - - And Indie labels too want local name recognition, especially if it requires an investment as any production does. Art aside, music IS a business... if a louzy sounding group has a following of a few hundred and plays out regularly, the odds of selling enough CDs to recap the production cost are obvoiusly much higher than say a talented songwriter/performer with a great home studio, but no band or name recognition. The answer then is to make sure you're playing out. You also need to study the grapevine and the "scene" of the music you play. Many of the management companies and indie labels that your favorite bands were on before they made it big may not necessarily be in The Song Writer's Market, yet those were the people who positioned those artists for recognition to get "discovered" - - doing a bit of research and using the internet might yield surprizing results. Many record companies even have up to date A & R pages explaining criterea for submission with surprizing detail and others will answer e-mail. Also note : the info in this book is based on what was submitted to them. They don't actually look up each of the 1,000s of listings. By the time each edition hits print, many are already out of business, some are bombarded with more tapes than they can handle, and others weren't legit to start ("Sorry, we're not excepting material except for our songwriting context. Please send a check for...")
So my suggestion would be, get this book as a supplemnetary resource, but scope out resources in your own scene first, including local ones as well as examining the trail groups or artists with similar vibes took. Be aware of labels and management for new and older resources and the links on their web sites (which also include links to groups with similar vibes lower down the label on more accessible but good labels.) Do what you have to move up the ladder... and that involves being seen and going from one class of venue and management to the next... then use this book for "extra credit" and who knows... you might get lucky ! ! !
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the first best steps for songwriters! 20 Sep 2000
By jacob - Published on Amazon.com
Songwriter's Market 2001 is an updated edition of only the best publishers for your potentially written songs. The book also contains very helpful hints on almost every aspect of writing and publishing a song. It even contains a key to show which publishers are accepting beginning writers, intermediate writers, professional writers, and tolerable publishers that do not accept unsolicited material at all. I'm glad I waited for the 2001 - every issue is always better than the last.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Industry Naviagation Tool for Songwriters/Composers 27 Dec 2001
By D.Lesley - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a great tool. In the "Articles about the Business of Songwriting" section - this book gives detailed perspectives from industry professionals on how/where/why to market your songs as a Songwriter/Composer.
In the "Markets" section - it details the people/entities that are usually interested in hearing new material: Producers, Record Companies, Publishers, etc.
The "Resources" section has contact information for a number of organizations, companies, and conferences all focussed on the songwriter.
This is a must for songwriters new to the music business... trust me - I KNOW.
D.A.L. 12/2001
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A big diretory 15 Aug 2002
By Dad_of_3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is more than 70% a list of publishers, managers, agents etc. The list is good if that is what you are looking for. It tells if they accept unsolicted material, formats, etc.
The "how to" aspect of the book is weak. Not a lot of material or personal stories from songwriters or publishers.
If you are looking for a adresses of where to send songs, then this is the book for you.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Get With The Times 25 Feb 2006
By Sebastian Leotard - Published on Amazon.com
I've been reading these books for the last decade... nothing has changed. They (like many major labels) refuse to adapt to today's music industry and continue to sell the same, lame stuff. Their advice is dated, their resources are still limited, the attitude from the majority of labels and managers is down right mean, and at least half won't even listen to your demo. If you feel dicouraged after reading, you're not alone. Honestly, times are changing... start your own website!
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