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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.

MATT MAYER “AMERICAN SURVIVOR” INDIE GO GO CAMPAIGN!

Dallas, TX-Hip Hop Recording Artist, Matt Mayer is giving fans an opportunity to join with him at: www.indiegogo.com/projects/matt-mayer-s-mission-to-america-music-rap#/

MATT MAYER IN NASHVILLE

Dallas, TX-Songwriter, Producer, Rapper, Recording Artist, Matt Mayer has been hard at work on his upcoming debut album, American Survivor; he took time out to come get some work on the business side of things in Nashville.  “I came up to work with my business partner, Jason Hollis of Life-Line Worldwide; we are getting my publishing, PRO (Performing Rights Organization) at BMI, copyrighting my songs, networking with producers & industry guys, and getting everything set-up for the record” says Matt Mayer.  While in Nashville Matt really wanted to get to see the inner workings of the songwriting and business-side of how things get done.  “I really want to do things right as Hollis is always telling me; take the time to do it right don’t let the industry dictate how you do things.  At the end of the day I want to make relevant hip hop music that speaks to me and hopefully to millions of people the world-over.  I’m the kind of artist who is very meticulous about the lyrics and how that message comes across.  This trip has taught me a lot and I’m just excited to see where the music will take me” said Matt Mayer.  American Survivor the album will be arriving late 2017 stay tuned for details.

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.