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This is the website of The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers containing information on songwriting, composing and music publishing for songwriters, composers, lyricists, musicians, performing singer-songwriters, artistes, groups, bands, singers, djs, producers, copyright owners, poets, publishers, record companies, record labels, management companies, studio owners, in fact all those with an interest in the music industry (where those personnel are represented by the Guild as members), and many aspects of songwriting, composing, lyric writing, performing, singing, recording, music publishing, copyright protection, songwriting contests, management, songwriter collaborations and songwriting partnerships, songwriters songwriting assessments, song promotions, music industry contacts.

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SONGS & INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC WANTED: The music industry is always seeking new songs songs for singers, bands, record labels, music publishers , producers, management companies, etc. New songs and artiste performances are the "life blood" of the music industry. Production companies, production library publishers, radio, tv, film, audio-visual, advertising, multimedia and games industries world wide are always seeking quality tracks for programming and use.

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PROTECT & REGISTER YOUR COPYRIGHTS as a member through the Guild's FREE International Copyright / Intellectual Property Rights Registration Centre.

Members can register as many copyrights as they wish free and unrestricted through being a member of the Guild of International Songwriters & Composers. Guild members can use the International Copyright / Intellectual Property Rights witnessing Service service either as an online email service or a postal mailing service.

The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers International Copyright / Intellectual Property Rights Registration Centre, has been registering Guild members copyrights and intellectual property rights for the last thirty years.

The Guild of International Songwriters & Composer are an established leading music industry independent music International Copyright / Intellectual Property Rights registration witnessing service for certified copyright & intellectual property rights of songwriters, composers, lyricists, poets, and the music industry in general, in fact all those with an interest in the music industry and who wish to protect their rights.

This is a free service for all Guild members. The Guild will supply, where there is ever any copyright dispute certified information and a copy of works registered with the Guild, as an official declaration of a members registration, to solicitors, lawyers or any member's other legal representatives in any country in the world where cases of copyright disputes arise, to support our members' copyright registrations and claims.

Much more information on the Guild's FREE copyright registration service is on our services page at: Songwriting Copyright Protection Service

The Guild's International Copyright / Intellectual Property Rights witnessing Service provides lifetime copyright and peace of mind for songwriters and provides the opportunity for songwriting and composing members of The Guild of International Songwriters and Composers to register FREE within their membership with the Guild's Copyright Registration Centre for copyright protection their songwriting and composing copyrights and ownership of their own and any co-written (with other Guild members) works copyrights & intellectual property rights FREE of charge, therefore helping safeguarding the Guild members’ songwriting copyright and other intellectual copyrights. Guild members can use the International Copyright / Intellectual Property Rights witnessing Service service either as an online email service or a postal mailing service.

A Copyright Certificate issued to the Guild member outlines details of the copyrights registered on any specific date to help protect against any copyright theft, claim, infringement or dispute.

Copyright protection through the Guild's members free Copyright Service can be used for the registration of songs, instrumental themes, manuscripts, lyric sheets, paper documents, poetry, traditional arrangements of songs/instrumentals, musicals, advertisements, spoken word, literary (consisting of or occupied with books), musical tutorials, manuals, literature or written composition, artistic, belletristic, poetic, dramatic, recorded works, sound recordings such as demos, commercial releases, library recordings, archive recordings, videos, films, etc, in formats such as digital Mp3 audio files, digital Mp4 video / film / audio-visual files, WORD/TEXT /PDF documents, JPEG/IMAGE picture files.


As a songwriter / composers, where Do I Begin? How do I progress from my current status (amateur, semi pro or professional)? - questions you may ask. Analysis of your current situation will help you begin moving in the right direction with your songwriting, composing, recording and business developments. You may be a novice songwriter, composer, artiste or you may be established and require a better understanding of issues that need further explanation and clarification. As a Guild member, talking to us will help us to identify your specific aims in the music industry and try to help you with your market direction for exploitation of your copyrights and performances and understanding of how to get your money being royalties from the exploitation of your copyrights and performances. Our member consultants work full time in the music industry as music publishers, record company owners, producers, distributors and promotors, and are experienced professionals.

AS A SONGWRITER / COMPOSER, ARE YOU OWED SONGWRITING ROYALTIES?
(public performance, broadcasting, streaming, download, mechanical songwriting licensing royalties)
(performing artiste / singer songwriter royalties)

Songwriting, Composing, Performing: If you perform a song or composition, written by yourself, in any venue you could be due a payment for your songwriting performances. This counts for any genre of music so if you are playing a gig in your local pub, community centre, hotel, in a club, or a jazz recital or performing your classical piece at a music society, you can make a claim for royalties for your songwriting performances.

As a Guild member we can work with you to ensure that you understand how to make claims to receive royalties.

If you are unsure if there are any royalties/money owed/due to you, then please contact us to discuss. because we have extensive research facilities for songwriters, composers and singer songwriter/ artists who are unable to collect their royalties. Our research facilities provide us with information on copyrights, publishing, license requests, and releases.

If you have been unable to collect royalties, or obtain the proper licensing of your product, as a Guild member, please contact us.

Our associated music publishers working on an international basis, can audit, back claims and collect UK and foreign royalties relating to your releases as a songwriter, composer singer songwriter/ artists on record labels/commercial releases for up to 6 years from the date of release and forever thereafter and also for any radio and/or television broadcasts that may have taken place we can go back for the last 3 years from the date of the broadcast and then collect your royalties / money forever thereafter.

Our associate music publishers also administer publishing rights / intellectual property rights for songwriters, composers, businesses, partnerships and companies where they do not wish to have the day to day administrative duties music publishing and royalty collection entails.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF SONGWRITING / PUBLISHING AGREEMENTS

Many Guild members inquire from us about the various and different types of publishing deals and contracts that are available to them and have been offered to them. In past publications of our Songwriting & Composing Magazine we have printed detailed specific terms and conditions that should be inherent in any publishing deal offered in contracts of the "single song assignment" agreement and the "exclusive songwriting agreement" that could be classified as the traditional type of publishing agreement.

However there are different rights of assignments that songwriters and composers can be offered and enter into, being administration agreements, co-publishing agreements, income participation agreements, agreement to represent your catalogue of self published works, self pubshing agreements, step deals, and of course you could be party to a deal that affects your royalty income where any publisher that you have signed to under a traditional type of agreement where the publisher assigns their catalogue of works to another publisher under a sub-publishing deal. The Guild can help members with any agreements that have been offered in terms of understanding the fairness of terms and conditions contained in any agreement and the agreements suitability for your purposes. This is one of our various free service to Guild members


The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) quotes.

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Songwriting & Composing magazine

The 4th quarter 2016 publication of the Guild's Songwriting & Composing magazine has now been published
and was distributed to all Guild members by email as an ezine on Tuesday November 2016.

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JEREMY SPENCER - FLEETWOOD MAC GUITAR PLAYER, JOINS THE GUILD

Jeremy Spencer was born in Hartlepool, County Durham. Known as one of the guitarists in the original line-up of Fleetwood Mac since Fleetwood Mac's inception in July 1967. Jeremy's speciality became the slide guitar, and he was strongly influenced by the American blues musician Elmore James. Jeremy remained with Fleetwood Mac until February 1971. After a couple of solo albums in the 1970s,Jeremy continued to tour as a songwriting musician, but did not release another album until 2006. Jeremy's songwriting talents came to the fore on the album "Jeremy Spencer in Session" recorded in August 2005. Releasing further solo albums in 2012 and 2014. Jeremy Spencer has also recorded as part of the folk trio Steetley.

In the summer of 1967 Spencer came to the attention of ex-Bluesbreakers guitarist Peter Green, who was looking for another musician to join him in his new Fleetwood Mac project. Peter Green had recruited drummer Mick Fleetwood and temporary bassist Bob Brunning, and wanted a second guitar player to fill out the sound onstage. Jeremy Spencer was then playing with blues trio The Levi Set, and was already an accomplished slide guitarist and pianist. He fitted in well, and soon after his arrival Fleetwood Mac's intended bassist John McVie eventually joined.

This line-up of Fleetwood Mac recorded two albums of traditional blues songs, with Spencer contributing many variations on the Elmore James theme, particularly centred around James' version of "Dust My Broom", plus a few songs of his own. Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac brought in a third guitarist, 18-year-old Danny Kirwan, after 1968's album release Mr. Wonderful. This album featured several of Spencer's Elmore James tunes.

Jeremy Spencer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 for his work as part of Fleetwood Mac. Music and songwriting wise Jeremy Spencer's sole recordings/releases are well worth buying

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Arthur Kay of Ska Wars fame joins the Guild

Arthur Kay's (aka Arthur Kitchener) first Ska records were released in the 1970's and these early recordings helped in starting the massive British Ska movement of the early 80's and have had an influence on Ska and Reggae bands ever since.The Ska band The Originals have been Arthur Kay's and the late Judge Dread's backing band since the 70's. Arthur Kay (Songwriter, Vocals, Guitar) has been playing and writing songs since he was at school in South London during the 1960's. Arthur fell in love with Ska music when he heard the classic ‘Guns of Navarone’ by The Skatellites - one of the greatest Ska bands of all time. Eight years later and he recorded his first Ska single 'Ska Wars'.

Arthur KaySka festival Arthur Kay & The OriginalsArthur Kitchener - Wordsmit

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GUILD MEMBER SONGWRITER \ ARTISTE CHARLIE LANDSBOROUGH

Charlie has released a CD called "Ultimate Storyteller - The In Complete Studio Recordings 1992 -2007"
available from Edsel Records or download / online stores worldwide.

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For a complete discography, tour dates and biography visit Charlie Landsborough's website

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GUILD MEMBERS, BRAM STOKER 1960's / 70's progressive Rock Band Re-issue release.

Review / biog below

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The Unsigned Only Songwriting Competion is now open for entries.

Entry Deadlines November 1, 2016 to April 28, 2017

Complete information in the next publication of our Songwriting & Composing Magazine published in February 2017

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The 2017 USA Songwriting Competition is now open for entries.

For online entries to the 2017 USA Songwriting Compstition, you will need to complete the online entry entry form on the USA Songwriting Competition website. Full details in the Guild's Songwriting & Composing Magazine to be published in February.

After completing the online entry form, you will be taken to the 2nd page on the competition website where you can upload your mp3 file or enter with your song on YouTube, Soundcloud or Reverbnation. If you enter by mail, each entry must include: (A) Completed entry form (or photocopy). All signatures must be original. (B) CD or Audio Cassette(s) containing 1 song only, 5 minutes or less in length. Lyrics Only category do not require audio CD or cassette. (C) Lyric sheet (please include English translation if applicable). Lyrics are not required for instrumental category. (D) Entry fee. All entries must be entered by May 31, 2017 or earlier.

If you choose to enter The songwriting competition and do not wish to enter by the online process then you can post all entries to: USA Songwriting Competition 2881 E. Oakland Park Blvd, Suite 414, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306, USA.

All songs submitted must be original.Contestants may enter as many songs in as many categories as desired but each entry requires a separate CD or cassette, entry form, lyric sheet and entry fee.

This Songwriting competition is open to all amateur and professional songwriters and anyone regardless of nationality or origin. Cassettes, CDs and lyrics will not be returned. Winners will be chosen by a Blue Ribbon Judging Committee comprised of music industry professionals including A&R managers from record labels, publishers and producers. Songs are judged equally on originality, lyrics, melody and composition. Songs may be in any language (please however include English translation if applicable).Quality of performance and production will not be considered, just the songwriting merits.

Prizes will be awarded jointly to all authors of any song. Division of prizes is responsibility of winners. Entrants and their collaborators will retain full rights to all work submitted for the competition. Ths songwriting winners will be notified by mail and must sign and return an affidavit confirming that winner's song is original and he/she holds rights to the song. Failure to sign and return the form within 30 days will result in immediate disqualification and an alternative winner will be selected.

Entry constitutes permission to use winners names, likeness and voices for future publicity and advertising purposes without additional compensation. Winners will be determined by November 15, 2017. After which each entrant will receive a winners list by e-mail. The USA Songwriting Competition reserve the right to extend the deadline of the competition if needed. Prizes: Overall Grand Prize winner will receive US$50,000 worth of cash, merchandise and services. Overall 2nd Prize winner will receive $9,000 worth of merchandise, Overall 3rd Prize winner will receive $6,500 worth of merchandise, 1st Prize winners in each of the 15 categories will each receive $2,200 worth of merchandise, 20 Honorable Mention winners will each receive $350 worth of merchandise. Songwriters can enter into as categories as you wish.

Further details of The 2017 USA Songwriting competition will be pubished in the Guild's next Songwriting & omposing Magazine published in February. 2017.

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The UK Songwriting Contest has been supported by the Guild for the last 13 years.I

 The UK Songwriting Contest is open to songwriters from every all worldwwide territories, from beginners through to experienced writers. All are welcome and all are judged equally.

This is an international contest with entries from every world-wide continent. Everyone has the same opportunity to showcase their work to top people in the music industry in London and have their work examined and judged in the UK and to appear in the Awards Show no matter where they live. Complete beginners have as much chance to be succesful as everyone else who enters.

CERTIFICATES: Every writer who enters will receive a personalised UK Songwriting Competition Certificate for each song entered - it will look great framed on your studio or living room wall, as a prop in publicity photographs, or use it in your press kit or for when you apply for courses or jobs etc. Every songwriter will also know the exact judges score for each song entered.

SONG CATEGORIES: The song categories are: Pop, Lyrics Only, Singer/Songwriter, Rock, Adult Contemporary, Love Songs, Acoustic & Folk, Under 18s, Music Videos, Jazz & Blues, Country, Christian/Faith, R&B/HipHop/Rap, Instrumental, Open/Other Category, Electronic/Dance/Ambient, Christmas Songs, World Music, Retro and Indie.

Info on the 2017 songwriting contest dates will be announced soon.

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The John Lennon Songwriting Contest

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997. The Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories: Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Gospel/Inspirational, Latin, Electronic, Folk, and Children's. The JLSC is open year-round and features two Sessions, resulting in a total of 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 Song of the Year. You don't need a professional recording. Entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics (when applicable). Instrumental compositions are encouraged. Lamont Dozier, Bob Weir, Matt Pinfield, Jesse Harris, Natasha Bedingfield, Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas, The Bacon Brothers, Ken Komisar, The Veronicas, and Ryan Shaw are some of the members of our Executive Committee of Judges.

Further details in the next publication of our Songwriting & Composing Magazine published in February 2017

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GUILD MEMBERS, BRAM STOKER 1960's / 70's progressive Rock Band Re-issue release

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Talking Elephant Records a re issue record label based in Bexleheath Kent, England have just released Guild members, Bram Stoker Prog Rock band's "Heavy Rock Spectacular" on compact disc and digital downloads. "Heavy Rock Spectacular" was originally released in 1972 on vinyl only and contained eight tracks. This re issue contains the original eight track along with four bonus tracks recovered from lost recordings of the same period. If you wish to purchase this limited edition release then contact Talking Elephant Records on 0208 301 2828.

The "Heavy Rock Spectacular" release with different rear tray artwork is also available also from Marquee Inc, Japan on the Belle Antique label and both labels releases can be purchased on Amazon and other stores. Only Talking Elephant Records and Marque Inc / Belle Antique are genuine licensed recordings for worldwide sales. All other recordings of "Heavy Rock Spectacular" which may appear on Amazon and other sites are bootleg copies where action is being taken against the pirates.

The original recordings over the years have suffered from bootleg copies being marketed, but those involved in that practice have mostly now been shut down with further action being taken against two others.

It is very important to get your copyrights registered to protect your song copyrights and any recording rights and performers rights.

See: Songwriting Copyright Protection Service for further information.

Bram Stoker was formed in the summer of 1969 by Hammond organist Anthony Bronsdon, guitarist Pete Ballam and drummer Rob Haines who, as the founding members of Bram Stoker, then recruited bass guitarist John Bavin, all of whom were based in their south coast home town of Bournemouth, England, UK.

Bram Stoker 1969 Guitarist Pete Ballam and drummer Rob Haines had previously been working together in their own local band for two years prior to Bram Stoker being formed and had already formed a tight bond, and in meeting Hammond organist Anthony Bronsdon they found a kindred spirit - young, enthusiastic and inspired by the progressive trend of the time.

Bass guitarist John Bavin (who has worked as a recording engineer on projects with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame, Kiki Dee, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Darryl Hall (of Hall & Oates), Rita Coolidge, Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave fame)) brought not only his unique vocals and guitar playing to Bram Stoker but also his abilities at songwriting and composing original material, which complimented the songwriting and composing talents of the other members of Bram Stoker's classically trained Hammond organist, Tony Bronsdon, and guitarist Peter Ballam. Combined with this chemistry the Bram Stoker line up was complete and history was in the making.

In songwriting and composing their own material and experimenting with new musical styles, Bram Soker were choosing their own musical direction, although the band was influenced by the Gothic image, its music varied, and inevitably the band acquired the "progressive classical Rock - Gothic Rock" label tag it is so famously identified by.

Before setting out on the road they rehearsed throughout that summer in a dis-used nightclub in Poole. It was to be the start of a busy schedule. One of the early gigs was as support act for the Who at Bournemouth Pavilion. Roger Daltry front man of the Who, asked for details of the band and invited them to record a demo album at his home in Berkshire. A few months later Bram Stoker was signed up to an independent label owned by Rolling Stones manager Tony Calder. From the vast circuit of clubs, colleges, universities and festivals (booked to play at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 with Jimi Hendrix and others) throughout the UK the band developed the loyal following as cult artistes they are today.

Although Bram Stoker was influenced by the Gothic image, its music varied. inevitably the band acquired the "progressive classical Rock" label but strived and succeeded in creating its own identity. Tony Bronsdon's classical training is augmented by a formidable technique; his Hammond organ sound is majestic, biting and haunting. His stirring ability to integrate his classical interpretation into musical compositions written by himself and jointly with Pete and John, with drummer Rob Haines' driving rhythms, resulted in a wide variety of unique performances of Bram Stoker songs and instrumentals. Guitarist Pete Ballam encouraged an original approach and his antics on stage were spontaneous and unpredictable, his legendary "Doppler" (a spinning speaker cabinet) had to be seen - and heard - to be believed.

Bram Stoker drummer Rob Haines and bassist John Bavin also embrace fresh ideas, providing an individual and creative approach to their role as rhythm section. While John's melodic themes and ethereal vocals are integral to Bram Stoker, his musical and dextrous bass lines breathe life and weave unity through every arrangement. Rob Haines applies his own ideas to Bram Stoker's symphonic style, his inimitable spinning cymbal emphasises the mood of the song Poltergeist.

Bram Stoker enjoyed a wonderful period of interest in the music industry during the period from 1969 through to 1972 and this is shown in the wake of the Heavy Rock Spectacular album and its original 12" vinyl release on the Windmill Records label in 1972 with the new re issue releases on Talking Elephant Records and Marque Inc / Belle Antique Japan for worldwide sales

The fan following on the Internet grows daily with fresh interest. Bram Stoker re-formed in 2004. Historical and complete information on the Digimix Records website.

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The Music Publishers Association (MPA )has moved to new premises

As of Monday 17 November 2016 you will find the Music Publishers Association (MPA) at 6th Floor, 2 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG, just a wand's throw from platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross station

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PRS for Music has announced its support for the Collective Right Management (CRM) Directive which has now come into force.

The CRM Directive is intended to provide long term legislative solutions to ensure all collective management organisations operating in Europe meet minimum standards of transparency, governance and customer service generally and also in respect of multi-territorial online licensing.

In welcoming the new UK regulations, PRS for Music believes the CRM Directive will improve the way collective management organisations operate across the EU, which will be in the best interests of rights-holders and users.

Around 60% of PRS for Music’s international revenues are derived from the EU.

Robert Ashcroft, chief executive, PRS for Music, commented: “From its inception we have supported the overarching principles and objectives of the CRM Directive and the intention to create a framework that promotes transparency, efficiency and accountability by collecting societies in Europe. These characteristics are vital to effective rights management, not just for digital online markets but for national licensing.

“The Directive also provides the essential legal framework to support competition among collective rights management organisations for rightholders' mandates rather than for licensees, further encouraging the competitive market for online rights by setting high standards for the delivery of multi-territory licensing.”


Source acknowledgements: PRSforMusic

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Songwriting, Composing & Musical Performances

The Performing Right Society (PRSforMusic) are connected to a network of similar overseas international organisations, which collect royalties for the use of songwriters, composers songs and performances, and transfer those royalties to rights holders i.e music publishers, songwriters and composers. Through this network, their members’ works are represented in most countries worldide for royalty collection. If you are unfamiliar with the workings of The Performing Right Society (PRSforMusic) or songwriters, composes and music publishers right to receive royalties for your songwriting, composing and performances of your songs in PRS licensed venuse then as a Guild member we can help with your enquiries.

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Performing Right Society News (PRSforMusic)

As PRS members repertoire continues to go from strength to strength across many genres all over the world, PRS continue their goal to secure the best value for members royalties. Therefore, The PRS royalty distribution for December 2016 included almost £6m in additional revenue compared to 2015.

ICE, the PRS pan-European online licensing and processing hub, processed its first online distribution in May 2016, marking a milestone in what has been the most significant data management project for collecting societies in recent industry history. The hub is a joint venture with PRS partners collecting societies: STIM in Sweden and GEMA in Germany. As well as the online licensing and processing hub going live this year, the PRS ICE copyright hub now has eight participating societies, with SABAM, the Belgian performing and mechanical rights society, becoming fully integrated into ICE in June. This marks a further step in achieving the PRS vision of a single, multi-territory, multi-rights view for copyright works.

This time last year PRS announced their first ever licence with SoundCloud, and PRS are proud to be the first royalty collection society to license this service on behalf of all PRS members. PRS will be paying SoundCloud royalties, for 2007 to 2015 usages, in their upcoming December 2016 and January 2017 mini-distributions.

The complexities around members online income is something PRS are very aware of. Information on PRS's website help clarify how writer members’ royalties flow, depending on who your publisher is, and in relation to specific online services.

Last year, PRS also announced the launch of a major new programme to improve their digital capabilities to better serve its songwriting, composing and music publishing members. PRS have already launched a live concert service App, and have recently started to roll out their brand new live performance reporting tool which we will be launching to all PRS members early in 2017. The new service is a much quicker and easier way to report your live performances and replaces their previous Gigs, Clubs and Small Venues scheme. This is just the beginning for PRS's digital transformation programme, in 2017 PRS members will see a brand new website, enhanced online statements and a new member data portal to its songwriting,composing and music publishing members to manage their royalties.

PRS also introduced their online Member Anti-Piracy System (MAPS) in 2016. MAPS tracks PRS for Music repertoire that has been made available on unlicensed and infringing sites, and enables members to request its take down. Since its launch, MAPS has located over 3.25 million URLs for sites linking to PRS's hosting PRS for Music repertoire.

More recently this year, PRS retired the ageing MCPS royalty distribution system for broadcast, international and online royalties and integrated the PRS and MCPS systems. These joint distributions provide cost-savings and will enable cheaper and easier development of PRS distribution systems in the future.

At every level, the volumes PRS deal with have been on the increase again in 2016. The number of members receiving royalty distributions from PRS has increased by 27% over the last five years, and PRS are now distributing money for 50% more musical works than five years ago. The volume of transactions PRS now process exceeds 2.5 trillion a year.

Throughout this year, PRS's Education and Outreach team have hosted a range of educational events around the UK, to help its songwriting, composing and music publisher members make the most of their membership and maximise their royalties. PRS have also delivered around 100 guest lectures at universities and colleges and participated as panelists or moderators at key industry events across the country, such as the Urban Development Industry Takeover Day, Norwich Sound & Vision and Sensoria. As part of this work, the team have also created some helpful "how to online video tutorials".

PRS continues to see an increase in their membership from 117,000 to almost 124,000 members in the past year. PRS are particularly pleased to see that the number of female songwriters and composers they represent is increasing at a faster rate than ever before.

Source acknowledgements: PRSforMusic

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Production Music - Songwriting & Composing

Production Music (also known as library music) is high quality and cost-effective music specifically written for synchronisation or dubbing into audio and audio-visual productions, from TV to radio adverts to films, multimedia, websites and even viral marketing campaigns. The Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) (part of the PRSforMusic group) represents 600,000+ tracks and sound effects from over 200 libraries spanning all genres of music. If you are unfamiliar with the workings of The Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) or your right to receive royalties from your songwriting, composing or you wish to make contact with production music library companies, then as a Guild member we can help.

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EMI Records Nashville - Capitol Records Nashville, U.S.A, has founded a new label imprint, EMI Records, Nashville, U.S.A, to source new artiste / songwriting talent and to be a creative hub of developing new country songwriter / performing artistes. EMI Records, Nashville, U.S.A, will operate side by side with Capitol Records, Nashville, U.S.A

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Berklee College of Music - The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers partners up with the Berklee College of Music which is the world's largest independent music college and the premier institution for the study of contemporary music. The college's 4,000 students and 480 faculty members interact in an environment designed to provide the most complete learning experience possible, including all of the opportunities and challenges presented by a career in the contemporary music industry.

Earn a Songwriting Degree Online with Berklee - Berklee Online is the only fully accredited school in the world that offers an online Bachelor's degree in Songwriting. Learn how to enhance your craft and write fearlessly with esteemed Berklee instructors who have taught Grammy Award winners such as John Mayer and Gillian Welch.

Unleash your creativity and master the techniques that have helped Berklee-trained songwriters succeed for nearly 30 years. Learn more and download Berklee Online’s free songwriting handbook, featuring lessons from the new Songwriting degree major.
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