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How do you get a song published?

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Answered 2008-08-19 16:20:38

There are a number of ways to get a song published. It depends on where and how you're wanting it to get published, though. If you're looking on how to copywright it, then you should visit www.copyright.gov and request the SR form for audio recordings or form TX for any written document that you wish to have copywrighted. Now, publishing. There's a number of websites that you can publish written works on, including songs. Some are www.poetry.com and one used by a lot of artists is http://www.postpoems.com Now, for audio recordings, you should contact record companies. Research what companies put out the type of music you play, for example, Avril is with Arista records, Breaking Benjamin is with Hollywood Records, Slipknot and Nickelback are with Roadrunner, and Seether, Evanesence, Alter Bridge, and Smile Empty Soul are with Wind-Up records. It would probably be best to start with a smaller, local company, though, just to get your feet wet. For a small fee, Moses Avalon ( www.mosesavalon.com ) will answer just about any questions you may have. He's the world's leading expert when it comes to legalities concerning music. If nothing else, you can sign up for his news letter at no charge. Millennial Magazine (www.millennialmagazine.com) also has a "music" section where you can get your song published. It is a popular user generated wikizine where you can have the song up online quickly. Don't waste your time trying to get through to big labels. Instead find a small indie label to publish you. You won't get the exposure you would with a bigger record label, but believe it or not, you can actually make more money this way because the expenses are less and you won't have to pay back nearly as much before you can start raking in the royalties. I also recommend learning about self-publishing. Do a search on the 'net or find a book on the subject.

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