Sony/ATV Songwriting Camps Are Giving Songwriters More Opportunities To Showcase Talent


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Sony/ATV Songwriting Camps Are Giving Songwriters More Opportunities To Showcase Talent

The music publisher is using songwriting camps to help writers land their songs in world-famous media and entertainment brands

GRAMMYs/Oct 23, 2018 - 03:08 am

For songwriters, getting their songs placed on TV ads, movie scenes or television shows, can hugely boost their audiences and be one more way to generate income. Music publisher Sony/ATV is using "songwriting camps" to help writers gain more opportunities to successfully collaborate and land song placements or "sync licenses."

So far, the camps have obtained 300 sync licenses, Sony/ATV says. In Sept., Ross Copperman and other writers including Brian Fallon, Jon Nite, Marc Scibilia, Jason Wade, and Geoff Warburton were among about 20 participants at the Nashville camp.

"It was so inspiring and refreshing and I'm so grateful for the new people I've met and got to work with," said Copperman. "I would love to do this more often wherever and whenever ... These few days have fed my soul in a big way."

"Sync" is short for "synchronization" or a kind of license used by music publishing companies like Sony/ATV to give licensees the permission to place administered songs in "movies, TV shows, commercials, trailers, and video games."

The camps began five years ago in New York and London. Sony/ATV has plans to expand to Atlanta and Miami, seeing this as "a proactive way" to provide opportunities for its songwriters.

"Get Loud For Me" was written and performed by Gizzle, with a co-write from Mike Sabath. With initial placements in ads for NFL/Bose and Adidas, it has gone on to more than 4 million streams on Spotify and is featured on more than 67,000 playlists.

"Do It Like This" was written and performed by Daphne Willis, with co-writes from Austin Massirman and Sabath. Initially placed on Comcast Xfinity ads, it will soon appear in a Royal Caribbean Cruises campaign and has sparked viral dance-alongs across South Korea.

Stories like the placement of "Get Loud For Me" and "Do It Like This" in successful campaigns inspire writers to get invoilved with songwriting camps, an general concept that is sometimes credited to the long-time practice of producer Max Martin. Since 2015 this has caused his native Stockholm to be associated with the growing trend, which includes its own organizing group with support from CISAC.

Sony/ATV didn't miss a beat getting started with the concept and now they will be using their sync camp model more widely. Brands associated with their initial-placement success stories also include Apple, Dunkin' Donuts, Google, Miller, Nissan, Orbit, Ram, and Universal Theme Parks. It is a commercial approach of a different kind, first appearing alongside advertisements or on soundtracks. Time has proven that sync licensing can provide an effective launching pad for powerful songs.

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Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY


Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY

Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 02:09 am

The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.

In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip. 

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it

GRAMMYs/Feb 13, 2019 - 04:05 am

Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.

McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award

The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.

"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."

With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.

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Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs



Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs

Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 05:39 am

What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.

Take a peak at Album Of The Year GRAMMY winner Bruno Mars, 60th GRAMMY Awards Host James Cordon, Cardi B minutes before her electrifying performance of "Finesse," and more!

Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

Glenn Danzig

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion

GRAMMYs/Aug 22, 2017 - 05:28 am

There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.

The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.

This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.

"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."

Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.

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