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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.

SONGWRITING 101: SETTING UP YOUR BRAND

Presentation1 (2)The music business is a crazy ride that I’ve had the pleasure or heartache in some cases that I’ve been a part of most of my life since I was a teenager.  It’s a game filled with ups and downs but for the most part I’ve enjoyed it; a lot of it I had to learn the hard way through trial and error because no one showed me certain aspects of it.  After hundreds of albums I’ve had the opportunity to work on in A&R, Distribution, Marketing, Radio Promotions, Music Videos, as a Musician/Vocalist, etc. I’ve learned that most artists don’t take the time to learn the business side of the music business as much as they work on their craft creating music.  I just wanted to share with you how an artist can set-up their brand in this day and age of the Music and Entertainment business in a brief article.

R. COLLINS NEW SINGLE “DISTRACTIONS”

Distractions SingleStockton, CA-Hip Hop/R&B rapper, singer R. Collins has released the first single off of his upcoming debut album, “Distractions” featuring Agerman & B-Fade; which is featured as a free download on Rapzilla.com. When asked about the single R. Collins had this to say, “We want our listeners to experience a breakthough as God begins to edify and encourage their souls through high quality music filled with a non-compromising message of hope.”  You can also see his new music video for the song, “Beautiful” being aired on television programs and networks throughout the country. Get ready for more music from R. Collins coming in summer 2015.