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NEW YEAR, NEW MUSIC BIZ

I know I’m a month late for this but, I’ve been working hard behind the scenes setting up 2018.  I’m finishing my first book about Marriage, preparing new music business ventures, and finishing an album with my songwriting partner, Kevin Herrick for our group, Heller Ridge.  I’m really excited to share with you all about some opportunities that have been presented to me; more on that later.   Artists, if you need help creating, writing songs, marketing, A&R, or setting up your album for the marketplace give us a call here at Life-Line Worldwide, we want to shape artists into who they will become to further their career for longevity.  We are getting ready to celebrate our 10th Year Anniversary on February 8th of working with multiple genres of artists and labels in various capacities.  I’ve had a huge learning curve throughout the years; and it’s not been an easy task growing a business from the ground up but, with God’s help and many colleagues giving me advice throughout the years; I’ve persevered through it all and come out on the other side.  The music business has changed drastically since I began 28 years ago and I want to let you know that I do not have all the answers but, I never stop learning so that I can direct artists so that they understand how to navigate through all of the noise.  Let’s all work out our calling and put aside all of the distractions so that we can move forward and become the change that we want to see in this world.

COPYRIGHT 101: NEVER STOP LEARNING!

Nashville, TN-Musician, Songwriter, Producer, Jason Hollis wanted to talk about something that he’s learning more about almost on a daily basis, Copyrighting your songs.  “I grew up in the 80’s and in the 90’s when I recorded music and toured for a living full-time and I had no idea what publishing, copyrighting, muchless how to read a contract.  Well, I’ve learned a lot since then and I wanted to share my findings” says Jason Hollis.  First, when copyrighting your songs go to the Library Of Congress website: www.loc.gov from there click on US Copyright Office which will take you to www.copyright.gov.  Next, click on Register a copyright and then click on Performing Arts Music, Lyrics, Sound Recordings, Scripts, and Stage Plays.  Once on this page it gives you a list of catagories that generally are used under Performing Arts.  Recently, Jason and his songwriting partner went to go  copyright ten new songs; after calling and researching on the website; they found that the  first step to take is to copyright the songs themselves by choosing the option of Works of Performing Arts or PA as most industry folks like to call it.  Secondly, if you are recording a project or album to put out as a physical or digital format you’ll need to go back in to protect the copyright of the “Sound Recording.” “This was news to me! I had never fully understood this portion of the copyright laws.  As soon as I learned about this portion of the business as a songwriter I knew that I had to share my newfound knowledge with others.  I just really want to share my findings along the way so that others behind me can learn. I’m sure that there’s a lot more that I’ll learn going forward and I want to caution you all; I’ve been in the music industry most of my life and I’m still learning new things all the time!  So never stop learning and I hope this sheds some light on Copyrighting songs.  God bless you all.” said Jason Holls.

SONGWRITERS: JASON HOLLIS & KEVIN HERRICK

Hollis Herrick Songwriting 1Nashville, TN-Life-Line Worldwide Music Publishing Owner and Songwriter, Jason Hollis along with long-time Songwriting partner, Kevin Herrick have been putting the finishing touches on a brand new batch of songs.  The two first started working together years ago playing with Country recording artist, Jeremy Miller and at church; now for the last two years have been writing songs getting back to what they do best.   “I’ve been writing for years even before I moved to Nashville I’ve been involved in the writing process whether it was Southern Gospel, Country, or Bluegrass it’s always been a part of me. Writing with Jason Hollis has been great because he comes from the Rock-N-Roll world and he has amazing melodies.  It’s not your traditional Country sound but it’s definately got a Country feel to it.  I enjoy the way we work together; there’s just something about it that just works,” says Kevin Herrick.  “Working on the first ten songs has taken a while but now we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel; Working with Kevin has taught me a lot about songwriting and about Country music in general; how to really tell a story and make it come alive for the listener.  I have been having the time of my life,” says Jason Hollis.  The two will be playing out at small venues around the Nashville area to introduce the songs to people in the not to distant future.  Be on the lookout over the next year for an album to appear as well; more to come on that later.