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The New Songwriter's Guide to Music Publishing, 3rd Edition by Randy Poe

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The Single-Song Contract

Every published songwriter I have ever known has regretted at least one publishing agreement she has signed. In a lot of cases, that regret was justified. In others, if the writer hadn’t signed the contract as written (or with a minimum of changes), the song probably wouldn’t have been recorded at all, and the songwriter’s career might not have gotten off the ground.

The fact is, if you are an unknown, never-had-a-song-recorded songwriter, it is highly unlikely that the very first agreement you sign will be as favorable as the agreement a songwriter with several hits is going to sign. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t necessarily expect to start your career at the top. A young college graduate seeking employment is ...

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