Ka-Ching: How Your Song Makes Money
In This Chapter
Predicting the future potential of your song
Selecting your PRO
Making money at retail
Getting up to speed, digitally speaking
Using your song to sell a product
Taking your songwriting talents to the movies
If you’ve written a song and either you or someone else wants to record it, you’re now at the point in the songwriting process where you may just get paid for all your hard work and effort. In this chapter, we introduce you to ways of getting paid and some important organizations you need to know about — the ones that handle the royalties. We also discuss how your song can find opportunities in commercials and movies.
Most of us write songs because we love to. Songwriting helps us express our deepest feelings and allows us to share them with the world. It’s nice to know, however, that there can be a pot of gold at the rainbow’s end, that we’re not writing songs only for our mental health — we’re earning a living at it!
Sources of income
The major sources of income for a songwriter are as follows:
Performance royalties: The performing rights organization that the songwriter and publisher are affiliated with, such as American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), or Society of European Stage Authors & Composers (SESAC), calculates this sum every time his songs are played — whether through radio, television, movie theaters, or anywhere else in public, ...