When do you know you need a manager and how do you find one? Our Nashville-based CONNECT Manager, Daren, who works with a roster of CONNECT artists and who spent three years at Red Light Management handling day-to-day duties for 3 Doors Down, von Grey, and working collaboratively on a roster that included Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley, rounded up tips for how to find a great manager.
Do you want a manager? Most artists will say, “Yes, of course!”, but the question to ask is whether you really need a manager. Be honest…and usually the answer is: I don’t need a manager…yet. The groundwork needs to be laid by you. Have you figured out who you are as an artist, what your live show is all about, and created some sense of branding? These things take time to develop and usually your fanbase develops along with this. This in turn usually attracts the attention of the music industry. We are a pretty chatty bunch and typically talk about what new acts we are into. So, without further ado:
So you’ve written a song. Now what? Well, by writing a song you’ve created a piece of intellectual property which you own. Copyright is there to protect the value of this property, allowing you to generate income from its usage. Music publishing is the business of protecting and administering the copyright in your song and maximizing its value. Generally, a music publishing company will take a share of the income from your song in return for the administrative and creative work they do for you. Working with a good publisher can save you time and money and plug you into a wider and more efficient network of opportunities to generate income in comparison with self-administering your songs as a performing rights organization (PRO) member only. We’ve asked Ross Adamson, Senior Catalogue Manager at CONNECT Songs' global publishing administration partner Sentric Music for 5 points you should consider when looking to work with a publisher:
Fair Deal Terms
Are the basic terms of the publishing agreement fair and in-line with what you need for the point you’re at in your music career? Is the publisher offering money (an advance) upfront? The prospect of cash now is always tempting but does the amount being offered seem fair in comparison with the length (the term) of the agreement? If no money is offered as part of the deal then the term should be extremely short – ideally less than 6 months and certainly no longer than a year under normal circumstances. (For example – the CONNECT Songs agreements offer no advance as standard and so the term is an extremely short and very fair 45 days).
What splits are being offered? Traditionally publishing splits were 50/50 but, again, this should be in line with any advance and the term. For big money investment from a publisher, you might be willing to have an initial 50/50 split on royalties with them but what about after they’ve recouped the advance? Does the rate increase in your favour? For a deal with no advance, alongside a short term you should also expect a fair royalty split – probably no less than 75/25 in your favour. (Again, using CONNECT Songs as an example – the performance and mechanical royalty split is 80/20 in favour of the songwriter).
October marks our 10 year anniversary as a company, and what better way to commemorate the last decade than interviewing our very first artist! Pop songstress Gina Cutillo has been with ReverbNation since day one, and we caught up with her to get the inside scoop on her new single “Keep On” that just debuted at #34 on Billboard Top 40 Mainstream chart, her successful sync placements, how she’s dominated as an indie artist, and more.
Hi Gina, thanks for chatting with us!You just released “Keep On,” an impassioned dance track that is already climbing the charts. It’s #1 Indie Record on New Music Weekly’s Top 40 Chart, #15 on New Music Weekly Top 40 Chart, #53 on MediaBase Top 40 Activator Chart and more (so impressive!). Why do you think this song is getting so much love from radio? Is it better than others or has the fact that you have collaborated with big names influence the radio programmer’s willingness to spin the record? That’s a really great question and the love just keeps on coming as “Keep On” debuted last week on Billboard Top 40 mainstream chart at #34. I feel like I’m living a dream and I suppose I am..you know the one I have been having since I’m 5 yrs old. I think the track is definitely something special, I also believe my resume makes it easier but as they say hard work and timing is key. I had been working hard, networking, performing and being very active on my socials building an online fan base so people were sharing my songs and talking about what I was doing. A radio promoter was sent my ReverbNation page (Thank you Reverb!) He fell in love with my song “Fly (Feel Love Tonight)”. After many conversations and a couple of months we decided to work together. He asked me what else I had (he knew I was in the studio recording the new album) so I sent “Keep On” and that was that! He said “Fly” will be a big hit for you no doubt but this one is a big hit as well as a perfect introduction to who you are as an overall artist. Nothing is a guarantee and radio is hard to break especially for an Indie but I really believed in what I was doing and felt deep down inside there was something really special here.
Dance-pop diva Beca just released “Future Foreigner,” the magical first taste of her forthcoming EP ‘Precious Gold.’ We caught up with Beca to learn about her musical background, collaborative recording process, recent sync placement, and more.
Hi Beca! Thanks for being part of our series! How are you doing today? Hi there! Thanks for having me. I’m great and about to rehearse with my dancers for a show. We’ll be getting everyone dancing and having a good time!
We read that you graduated from The Juilliard School. What was your experience like there? It was pretty incredible. The program and teachers really challenged me and pushed me to my musical edge, while inspiring me to explore different genres and try different sonic spheres. My goal was to gain as big a sound palette as possible. That was my main focus there. Not to mention the students could easily sight read nearly all of my scores.
At what age did you know music was your path? I wanted to do music for as long as I can remember. Around age 5, I picked up songs on the piano at friends’ houses then my parents got me a piano and signed me up for lessons. I was always singing, dancing, playing, and getting my sister and friends to harmonize with me. I also liked to pretend I was the snow queen in the wintertime, just to throw that in.
From venues full of musical history to a cemetery, our LA-based CONNECT Manager Sharyn rounded up a list of her all-time favorite venues in LA. Check out a show at one of these rad places the next time you’re in town.
This is one of my favorite venues in the country. Playing the Troubadour is a milestone for any artist. The room has an amazing vibe to it, in part because of its astounding history: Elton John, James Taylor, Carol King and Tom Waits all started off there. Big name acts like Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, The National, etc. have been known to do underplays.Troubadour always has great bands coming through, impeccable sound and if you’re tired of standing you can go watch the show from the row of church pews upstairs.
Over the last few months we've been working with our artists to create 360º videos of their shows to bring immersive concert experiences to their fans and fellow artists alike. We recently filmed genre-blending sextet Little Tybee at King's Barcade and had the chance to chat with the band to get their perspective on 360º technology.
Find out what the Atlanta-based band thinks about 360º technology and how it will affect the music industry in the interview below:
With a haunting new single that just premiered on Team Coco, a live album due out in January, and a slew of shows coming up, Nashville-based rock band Future Thieves belong on your radar. We chatted with the guys to get the 411 on what it was like to record their live album at Blue Rock Studio, their evolution as a band, and more.
Hi Future Thieves! Before we get into it, can you introduce yourselves?
Well first we have Elliot Collett from Eastern Kentucky on guitar and lead vocals, Austin McCool on guitar and Nick Goss on bass, both from Southern Indiana, and Gianni Gibson from Los Angeles on drums.
Congrats on premiering “Ghosts” on Team Coco (Conan O’Brian)! What’s the story behind the track?
Thank you! What a thrill to be on his website, we’ve always loved Conan. The track came from a riff Austin had on guitar and it evolved into a poppy, groovy song. The lyrics mention a bit about some darker subjects, such as the “early ghosts” bit. But overall we wanted a clean, well put together song that floats around for the most part and punches in the chorus.
A few tips and suggestions on how to stay focused as an artist vying for a successful music career.
I too often encounter artists and bands who are obsessed with their musical career. Any driven individual could be described as ‘obsessed’ which I think is great, as long as your focus is on the music and honing your craft. I find that many young artists are too distracted by self-managing tasks and get bogged down in areas that take away from the very thing that will make you successful; creating impactful, deep and innovative new music. Here are some tips for staying focused: