Traditional Irish Music
I'm "piggy-backing" Cynthia Smith's great discussion on what to look out for when putting your music out there on the internet. Please feel free to post your comments on what has worked or has not worked for you as an artist & performer. I'm especially interested in shared experiences involving publishing & copyrighting original material, managing yourself, distributing your material, use of pre-existing music & how to get publisher's permission, etc. You may want to check the aforementioned discussion on "ARTISTS BEWARE......" to see why this discussion was set up!!!
Oh Kees! That is funny!
I once had a recording engineer tell me there were "only 3 original Irish tunes and all the rest are plaguerized". The band didn't work in his studio after all.
Really, the copyright/registration issue re: old trad tunes is about protecting your arrangement/rendition/recording of them. You still have to list the tunes as public domain when you register them with BMI. I guess it's the same for ASCAP, SESAC, etc.
I would still always copyright my original tunes now though....Which is not to say I wouldn't share them. As an indie artist, I can do that. I own the publishing rights.
I've said it before.....The music industry is a rough place!
Cynthia Smith http://smittykitchenmusic.com/