3 things you need to know about professional songwriting

3 things you need to know about professional songwriting

Apr 21, 2022

Do you love song writing and want to make it a full-time gig? Industry expert and SOUND WEST partner APRA AMCOS explain three key things to keep in mind.

1. How do songwriters make money?

The moment you write or record a piece of original music, you have copyright. That copyright ensures that you could potentially make money from your music.

That’s where APRA AMCOS steps in, to make sure when someone uses your music – you get paid your royalties.

Get to know APRA AMCOS:

How does it all work?

The first step is to become an APRA AMCOS member – it’s free and very easy to join! A little bit about how The Australian Copyright Act (1968) affects you.

As a music copyright owner— (you may be a songwriter, composer, or even a publisher)

– you have several exclusive rights, including the right to:

- Perform the work in public

- Communicate the work to the public by various means

- Reproduce their work in a material form

APRA AMCOS exists to manage these rights on your behalf and make sure you get paid royalties when someone, anywhere in the world, uses your music.

You can learn more here.

2. What is an aggregator?

The role of an aggregator is to act as the “middleman” to help you distribute your music globally through digital service providers (DSPs), such as Spotify or Apple Music.

There are some things you’ll need to consider if you’re an independent songwriter, composer and musician looking to release your music.

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The flow of revenue from digital service provides to artists and creators

APRA AMCOS has a really helpful guide to how to get your music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and beyond – definitely worth a read considering streaming now accounts for 56.1% of all global recorded music revenue.

3. How do you land a sync?

A sync – short for music synchronisation, is created when music is combined with a visual, usually in film, TV advertising and gaming.

SPOTIFY FOR ARTISTS ‘What is Sync Licensing’

Nick Murphy AKA Chet Faker AKA APRA AMCOS member discusses how a sync can change your life:

 A sync is a great way for you to make money from your music. Music publishers play a key role in finding syncs for songwriters, but there are others who also specialise in bringing together music and visuals.

To learn more about how to land a sync, head here.

APRA AMCOS is proud to be partnering with SOUNDWEST.

SOUND WEST Music & Tech Festival is coming to Parramatta this August 23 - 28, including live music events and a full day conference with talks, workshops and activations from SAE Creative Media Institute, TikTok, Shopify, The AREA Movement, L-FRESH The Lion, A-GIRL, Nardean, Sony Music, Warner Music, NEC Australia, NFT artists Serwah Attafuah and Bianca Beers, Arts & Cultural Exchange, Campbelltown Performing Arts Centre with more to be announced.

Dates: August 23 - 28

Pre-Register for Ticket Information here