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Armani Sweetwyne
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New Music Signz "Bad Badd" Hit Single: http://youtu.be/AymIBNVigdQ
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Copyright: Protecting Your Songs>
(Life +70 or 95 Years)
Copyright means the protection given by the laws of the U.S., asZ well as many other countries of the world, to the original works that a writer creates. The works can be songs, or underscore to films and television programs, or symphonic or electronic pieces, or advertising jingles or any other original creation of music, lyrics or both. 

The Copyright Law gives to the copyright owner (the writer, publisher, etc.) of a work, a number of exclusive rights which are good for a specific number of years. The law also puts certain limits on those rights. The exclusive rights include the right to produce a work in copies and records; the right to prepare derivative works; the right to distribute copies of the work; the right to perform the work; the right to display the work; and most recently, a limited performance right in sound recordings digitally transmitted.

In late 1998, Congress passed the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act which changed the 1976 Copyright Act by significantly increasing the length of time a song remains under copyright protection. Different rules though apply for songs written prior to January 1, 1978 and those written on or after that date. 

For compositions written on or after January 1, 1978, the basic term of protection is the life of the writer plus 70 years. For example, if two 20 year old writers wrote a song in 2005, and one lives to be 50 and the other lives to be 100, the copyright protection for that song would last for 150 years from its creation. In this case, the protection would last from the time the song was written through the life of the last living writer (i.e. 100 years minus 20 = 80 years) plus an additional 70 years. 

For compositions written prior to January 1, 1978, and which were still under copyright protection as of the time the Term Extension Act was passed, an additional 20 years of protection was added to the old law's terms. As the total number of years of protection for most pre-1978 songs under the 1976 law was 75 years (28 original years + 28 renewal years and a 19 year extension), the term of protection for these works has been extended to a total of 95 years from the original date of copyright. 

As to "works made for hire" written on or after 1/1/78 (many compositions written for film and television fall into this category), the new law's term of copyright protection is 120 years from creation or 95 years from first publication, whichever expires first. 

Copyright Office forms and information circulars are available from: 
Register of Copyrights
Copyright Office
Library of Congress
Washington, D.C 20559-6000
(202) 707-6787

Fees for
Copyright
Registration:
Basic: $45
Online: $35 
www.loc.gov/copyright

The above copyright discussion is meant to provide only an overview of some of the basics of Copyright, as there are many variables and considerations in any situation. The copyright laws, both in the U.S. as well as in other countries, are very complex and attorneys well versed in copyright should always be consulted on individual problems or inquiries. 
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 ASCAP, BMI & SESAC: What’s The Difference?


 You’re indie. You’re authentic. You’re DIY. But you still want to get paid for your music. Who doesn’t? Admitting that is a crucial first step to a long career as a musician. And affiliating with a Performing Rights Organization, or “PRO,” is the second.

As per the Songtrust music publishing glossary, PROs are “societies responsible for collecting income on behalf of songwriters and music publishers when a song is publicly broadcast.” That means PROs track down cash for you when your music is played on television and AM/FM airwaves, through internet radio services like Pandora, at a club, inside a restaurant, at a concert, or publicly broadcast in some other fashion. These places and stations pay fees to PROs, who in turn pay their registered songwriters, most of whom are owed more money than they know.

Songtrust can help you get started with ASCAP and BMI. Find out how!

 

 ASCAP, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Launched: 1914
Official site: ASCAP.com
Twitter:@ASCAP
Location: New York, London, Miami, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta
Vitals: With a 470,000-strong membership of composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers, this non-profit is, according to its website, the only American PRO created and controlled by composers, writers, and music publishers—its Board of Directors is elected by its members. “A music creator is like a small business,” reads ASCAP’s website, “and we exist to ensure that ASCAP members are paid promptly and fairly when their compositions are performed publicly.”
Notable affiliates: Justin Timberlake, Vampire Weekend, Duke Ellington, Dave Matthews, George Gershwin, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Marc Anthony, Henry Mancini
Fee: One-time fee of $50 as a writer (free when you sign up through Songtrust) and $50 as a publisher.
Publishing Companies: In order to collect your publisher’s share of royalties as an ASCAP member, you need to have an ASCAP publishing company (Becoming a Songtrust member will also allow you to collect your publisher’s share).
Pay Schedule: Click here for ASCAP’s writer and publisher pay schedules.

 



BMI, Broadcast Music, Inc.
Launched: 1939
Official site: BMI.com
Twitter:@BMI
Location:Nashville, New York, Los Angeles, London, Atlanta, Miami, Puerto Rico
Vitals: Founded by radio executives as a non-profit, BMI now boasts more than 600,000 members. According to its website, “BMI is the bridge between songwriters and the businesses and organizations that play their music publicly…BMI serves as an advocate for the value of music, representing 7.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.”
Notable affiliates: Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Eminem, Rhianna, Maroon 5, Sam Cooke, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton
Fee: Free for songwriters, $250 as a publisher
Publishing Companies: You do not need a publishing company to collect your publisher’s share of royalties at BMI.
Pay Schedule: BMI pays royalties quarterly. Click here for more info.

 



SESAC
Launched: 1930
Official site: SESAC.com
Twitter:@SESAC
Location: New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, London, Nashville
Vitals: SESAC is the only PRO in the U.S. that is not open to all songwriters; instead, you must receive an invitation to join. As the smallest PRO in the U.S., SESAC has has a selective affiliation process and seeks to signs writers who are professional and serious about their writing career, which they say allows for “personal relationships” between affiliates and the SESAC staff. “With an international reach and a vast repertory that spans virtually every genre of music, SESAC is the fastest growing and most technologically adept of the nation’s performing rights companies,” reads the SESAC site. Note: the SESAC abbreviation is, today, meaningless; the organization was originally founded to serve European composers underrepresented in America before branching out to become a full service PRO.
Notable affiliates: Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Cassandra Wilson, Rush, MGMT, Mumford and Sons (via PRS).
Fee: None (invitation only to join).
Pay Schedule: Click here for SESAC’s royalty distribution schedule.

Let Songtrust help you professionally register songs with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC!
 
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  • Turf Rock Music Group
    CEO, 2009 - present
  • ROLM
    Field Service Engineer, 1983 - 1988
  • VAMC
    IRM Network Manager, 1988 - 2004
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Music Production and Artist Development Description Turf Rock Music Group (T.R.M.G.) is an independent label with a major appeal and the impact they will have on music will be powerful. Based in the Bay area with the genius vision of CEO, Armani "H Class" Sweetwyne's and producers extraordinaire, Singz . With more to come is what will set them apart from labels across the globe. You see, when you think of the Bay you think of many things and music is definitely one of the things that you think of, but not just any music; timeless music that makes you say, "WOW!" Although "The Group" is based in the Bay, their turf is International and hit after hit will be "solid as a rock." Working with B-Legit in Oakland to District in South Africa, the production element of Singz and Styles is masterful. "From hip-hop, to R&B to pop, we do it all and there is not a genre of music that we can't master", says Singz. "We work well together and no matter what you put in the pot, it's savoring like gumbo", add Styles. T.R.M.G. encompasses the souls, creativity and timelessness of all types of music from legends like, Sly & The Family Stone, Grand Central Station, Jefferson Airplane, E-40, Tony Toni Tone, Confunkshun, Journey and the list goes on and on. "That was my vision to have a label that was not only known for the music, but for the history of the Bay, a place where legends began and where legends are remembered all over the world", says Armani. Signed hip-hop artists, Dane Dee and Kev Nice will bring a versatile style of hip-hop. Hip-hop is a culture with various flavors and the collaboration of these artists and producers will give you a taste you never imagined. The releases of Tre' Tunes and Signz will be the first, but not the only; more will follow and the hits will be consistent no matter the genre. Turf Rock Music Group will share with the world, Singz and Armani "H Class" Sweetwyne, the concept of it all, but the core of it all is simply, MUSIC!
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