New Collaboration “Baby Be My Valentine” Released on iTunes

I have to put a plug in for my brother, C. Kim Shrum, whose collaboration with the artist, Lance Songs, Baby Be My Valentine was released this week on iTunes.  You can check out the production here.  My brother has been writing songs as long as I can remember, and is one of the reasons [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:08-05:00February 14th, 2011|Client Activity, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on New Collaboration “Baby Be My Valentine” Released on iTunes

“Not Accepting Unsolicited Material”

What songwriters can do to protect their ideas when submitting demo tapes to publishers Every songwriter has heard the words "sorry, we’re not accepting unsolicited material" from at least a dozen publishers. In fact, in a recent informal survey conducted by Law On the Row, two-thirds of the thirty publishing companies contacted indicated that they [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:10-05:00September 9th, 2009|Entertainment Law, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|Comments Off on “Not Accepting Unsolicited Material”

WSM’s “Bluegrass Underground” moves to Saturdays

Beginning this Saturday, Feb. 14, legendary radio station 650 AM WSM will move its acclaimed Bluegrass Underground series to a new time slot. The program will now broadcast on WSM every Saturday night from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. CST and stream worldwide at www.WSMonline.com. A performance by Nashville bluegrass band, The Steeldrivers, will be [...]

By |2009-02-10T17:41:38-06:00February 10th, 2009|Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Row News|Comments Off on WSM’s “Bluegrass Underground” moves to Saturdays

The long tail wags the dog! An independent artist succeeds using the Internet

I have often advised my clients in the past that the new direction for independent artists is what I refer to as "guerilla" marketing, meaning finding alternative means of marketing your product.  One of the most explosive methods of doing that over the past few years has been the Internet.  One of the problems with [...]

By |2007-11-07T15:43:57-06:00November 7th, 2007|Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News|Comments Off on The long tail wags the dog! An independent artist succeeds using the Internet

Taming the “Big Bad Record Company”

What songwriters can do to improve their negotiating strength in an entertainment deal A very common theme among my songwriter and artist clients is the subject of how they were "ripped off" by their record label and/or music publisher (for purposes of this general publication, I'll refrain from using the actual, more vivid terms often [...]

By |2015-03-21T22:26:58-05:00March 21st, 2001|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Law, Music Publishing, Songwriting|Comments Off on Taming the “Big Bad Record Company”