February 19, 2006
|I can't believe it's already
Sunday night... I don't know where the time goes... BTW.. if any of you know, please let
me know.. I'd like to get some of mine back!
to take a moment here to say a few words about a new "Community" website that I
find very aggravating. "MySpace.com" has become very popular with many folks for
a variety of reasons. I found out about it a few months ago because there was an artist
who created a "home page" there and asked me to link to it... after seeing what
was on that particular page, I was shocked, replied to the artist that I could not, in
good conscience link to a site that allowed porn to be blatantly advertised. Of course,
the artist hadn't realized that folks were just walkin' on to that page and posting their
links. This is a free-for-all of folks posting whatever they choose to post on anyone's
personal page. Since that time, there's been quite a few artists posting their info there
to get more exposure, but there's more being exposed than just their info and of course,
it's like fighting spam... you can delete it one day and the next day there's twice as
I received an email from a long time fan of Child Alert
Foundation and she began telling me her thoughts about MySpace.com, which were pretty much
the same as mine.
"Years how they fly...I check out
your sites from time to time and wow they are huge now! You must be out straight. I was
emailing you of this new site that is of karaoke singing or artist that would like to be
I also wanted to know if you all are keeping a watch on the MySpace.com program
that is getting a lot of public
watch at this time.... I just heard of it and a few months back and checked out the site
to see what our children our seeing its sick and free access to them. We the parents don't
have a lot to say or should I say voices being heard. I know your into things like this so
I wanted to see if this has been brought to your attention or if you could get it out on
parents beware of what this site is and ages allowed but any can get in. Let me know what
you can do on your site to get the message out to help protect our children."
Well, this is my first act of informing others about the callousness
of MySpace.com. As for what to do about it, I'm not quite sure yet, but I hope all of you
will inform your friends and ask them NOT to use this venue for exposure.. there's more
being exposed there than just their talent. There are so many GOOD sites that PR only
music, no explicit ads, etc. and you can get just as much exposure without giving some
low-life the opportunity to "expose their talents" at your expense.. and by that
I mean your reputation. To date, I have refused to link to anyone that I know is posted on
MySpace and will continue to do so until they clean up their act.
Here's an article from SecurityProNews about "MySpace"
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Payola Investigated by the Government!
I wanted to share this info with all of you. Most artists are aware
of "Pay for Play" or "Payola" and how it's used to get one's
recordings heard, and even to #1 slots. Now the government is investigating and
prosecuting for this illegal payoff for fame. I saw the show on ABC's Primetime Thursday
night and wanted to share this info with all of you.. in or out of the business. This is
why indies have such a hard time being heard, and why fans don't always get to hear what
they want to hear. I feel it's important for all of you to check this out. You can watch
the video broadcast of the show or read the text of the show, whichever is more convenient
for you. I've also included the other 3 articles that came up in my search for
"payola" as they all have something to do with radio play. I want to point out
ahead of time, it is NOT the artists who are guilty of payola.. this goes on between
record companies and radio execs. The DJs are also innocent.. on the major stations, the
DJ has no control over the playlist.. they spin what they're told to spin. Read on.. I
think you'll all find this very enlightening.
'Primetime' ... Brian Ross Investigates: A small band that scored a hit song says it
definitely benefited from payola ... Meet the Poster Boy for Payola.
Coming Up on 'Primetime' Check ....
Primetime Payola for Clear Channel
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MediaCulture: Primetime Payola for Clear Channel
We live in a media-driven, commercial culture, where it's hard to escape the
ever-increasing waves of advertising and infotainment. ... These include anti-trust
violations, payola and a ....
News: The Cloud Over the Grammys: Stars React to the New Investigation Into Paying for
Play on the Radio
... Paying to play records on radio - payola - seems as old as the recording industry
itself, but ... and music industry officials told "Primetime" that millions of
dollars in payments ...
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I worked in a show club in Detroit with The Dawn Breakers quartet. The emcee was a very
funny comedian named Frankie Rapp.
He did an impression of a gay lighthouse. I saw him in a Jerry Lewis movie once.
There was a classy female singer on the show who was Frankies ex-wife. She told me
she didnt like old comedians. Shed been married to two of them. After
comedians make us laugh we expect them to be jolly in real life. They can be quite
different from their onstage persona.
Mickey Rooney is one of our finest comedic actors, but backstage we found him grouchy,
unfriendly, and rude. Lou Costello got 60% and Bud Abbott got 40% of their income. When
asked if he thought he needed Abbott, he said this:
I could have him painted on the curtain.
Misty and I have known hilarious comics who were serious depressives. We got involved with
one who was a tyrant.
I was producing a Starday Records artist named Rusty Diamond, who had a knack for getting
rich backers. Rusty wanted to put together a Vegas type stage show. I knew he wasnt
ready for that, so I suggested we hire a comedy coach named Danny Rogers.
Rustys backer was paying for the coaching sessions, and the rent on a rehearsal
hall. Danny could be funny, lovable, humble, devious, and cruel. He could be different
people at different moments. He did so many characters, I didnt know which was the
real him. I think it was the mean one.
Hed been fired from Milton Berles Vegas show for being too funny. He told me
Berle was right. It was his show.
The potential comedy group consisted of Misty and me, Paul McLaughlin our sax player, and
Rusty was to be the star. Rogers began calling Paul the hick and riding him
mercilessly. I was the designated straight man, Misty was the chick, and it
never became clear what Rusty was supposed to do.
It did become clear that Rusty was not going to be the star. Danny was getting paid to
train him, but Rusty was on his way out.
It was morphing into The Danny Rogers Group. He was a terrific comedian, and I was to be
his Dean Martin. He didnt even want Paul in the act. Thats why he made his
life miserable. But we made sure Paul stayed.
To be fair, Danny did teach us a lot about stagecraft and comedy. He taught us some
hilarious routines, but he yelled at us all the time, which took the fun out of it.
Rustys backers pulled the plug and he left the group, Paul the hick was
miserable, and Misty and I were imagining fun ways to kill Danny Rogers.
Misty bought an expensive new dress and Danny commanded her to Never wear that
Then he booked our act into a famous showplace in the Caribbean. We all knew at that
moment that we were not going to be on any island with Danny Rogers. We were actually
afraid to tell him. He had become the cruel warden. But we did tell him, and he
wasnt happy First he became the poor soul whos been hurt, to make us feel
guilty. He was good! Finally he got mad, did a troll dance, and left.
Maybe I made up the troll dance.
In the 1970s, after wed had several hit records, I was calling old names in
our address book, for some dumb reason. I got Rogers on the phone, and asked if he
remembered us, and he said this:
Yeah. Too bad you never made it.
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REVIEWS FROM 100 DJs OF TROY COOK Jr. - STARDUST/HOTDISC- "CALL IN
The ratings are marked as follows...
10 Excellent; 8 Very Good; 6 Good; 4 Fair; 2 Below Average.
Ref Reviewer details Comments Points Airplay
1 Gerd Stassen EVW Radio, Germany 9 yes
2 Tony Peters Primo Publishing, UK Brilliant song and artist 10
3 Paul Davis NCM Radio, UK 9 yes
4 Graham Hassall Radio Nightingale, UK High quality track 10 yes
5 Ricky Lee WCR FM Radio, UK 8 yes
6 Jackie Blair Country Music & Dance magazine, UK 8
7 Bryan Chalker Music Maker magazine, UK He gets better and better and better 10
8 John Andersen Radio Dandelion, Denmark Always a pleasure to play him 8 yes
9 Arno Bierings Eagle Radio, Holland 9 yes
10 Veronica Capaldi BBC Lincs, UK Great song 10 yes
11 Jos Robben Vechtdal FM, Holland 8 yes
12 Alex Pijnen BRTO Radio, Holland Excellent 10 yes
13 Martin Van Der Laan Radio Compagnie, Holland Another fine track from Troy 8 yes
14 Peter Fairhead BCB Radio, UK 7
15 Tommy Truesdale West Sound Radio, UK 6 yes
16 Per Rodal Radio Midt-Norge, Norway Outstanding! 10 yes
17 Maurizio Benvenutti Radio Incontro, Italy Playlisted 8 yes
18 Jacques Dufour Radio Lyon, France Good honky tonk music 6 yes
19 Stefan Speckmann Radio Otfriesland, Germany 6 yes
20 Lars Lindberg MCWC Radio, Sweden Another great song 8 yes
21 John Morris Trust AM Radio, UK 8 yes
22 Clive Smith Hot n Gold Radio, UK 6 yes
23 BJ Van Nieuwenhuizen Radio Zilverstad, Holland 6 yes
24 Benny Sorensen Radio Skagensexpressen, Denmark 9 yes
25 Frank D Radio Florival, France Brilliant track 10 yes26 Thomas Hyden 94.3
Radio, Sweden 8 yes
27 Max Achatz Country Circle magazine, Germany One of countrys most
under-rated singers 8
28 Brian Sharman Wycombe Radio, UK 6 Yes
29 John Brookfield Pathfinder magazine, UK Great voice and song 8
30 Barry Dixon Now Dig This magazine, UK 8
31 Alan Potter Harrogate Radio, UK 6
32 Bill Black Saga Radio, UK 6
33 Nigel Rennie BFBS Radio, Cyprus 6
34 Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire, UK Very good 8 yes
35 Toby Darling Music Publisher, UK 6
36 Colin Roke CMRPlus Radio, UK 6
37 Graham Lees Creative FM Radio, UK Good effort 6 yes
38 Phil Roberts KCR Radio, UK 6 yes
39 Dave Smith Thatcham Radio, UK Exceptional as usual 10 yes
40 Phil Walsh CRMK Radio, UK 6 yes
41 Sam Harris Country Routes magazine, UK Loved it 10
42 Allan Watkiss BBC Radio Sheffield, UK 6
43 Petur Rouch Faroya Radio, Faroe Isles 7
44 John Bjoersvik Radio Sotra, Norway 4
45 Gerry Warren 974 Radio, Australia Excellent music 10 yes
46 Etienne Berthels Radio Terre Franche, Belgium 8 yes
47 Colin Thorpe Radio Link, UK 8 yes
48 Al Watts Collingwood Radio, Australia He is a favourite of mine 10 yes
49 David Callister Manx Radio, Isle of Man 8 yes
50 Helen MacPherson Moray Firth Radio, UK 7 yes51 Barry Gower Coast FM
Radio, Australia 8 yes
52 Steve Margrave Anker Radio, UK 6 yes
53 Helene Dagorn Radio Active, France 8 yes
54 Bauke Van Der Vliet Oskar Radio, Holland Where are you, major labels? 9 yes
55 Michael Schroeter Radio Herford, Germany 8 yes
56 Kjell Horlin MCWC Radio, Sweden 10 yes
57 Al Field Triple U FM, Australia Very appealing 6 yes
58 Cor Laponder Radio Frequent, Holland Every song from Troy is good 8 yes
59 Gordon Davies Radio Maldwyn, UK 8 yes
60 Friedrich Hog Radio Free FM, Germany Fantastic release 10 yes
61 Hans Mair Radio Osttirol, Austria 8 yes
62 Brette Dominique Triangle FM, France Great honky tonk 8 yes
63 Rolf Hierath Radio Rheinwelle, Germany 6 yes
64 Pat Servanton RCF Vivarais, France Terrific as usual 8 yes
65 Jean Claude Michelon Radio RDA, France 6
66 Alain Joris Radio Columbia, Belgium Very good 8 yes
67 Richard Kirk CMRU magazine, UK 6
68 Sue McCarthy Southern Country magazine, UK Excellent 10
69 Marion Lacroix Radio Arc En Ciel, France 6 yes
70 Pietro Scazzolla Radio Gold, Italy 8 yes
71 Philippe Caux RCF Radio, France 8 yes
72 Parko Parkinson QBM Radio, Australia 5 yes
73 Trudy Burke WYN FM Radio, Australia This is very good from Troy 8 yes
74 Michel Baumert Radio Bergerac, France
75 Sandy Drummond 3NRG Radio, Australia Excellent 10 yes76 Arne Andersen
Radio Lolland, Denmark 8 yes
77 Jim Darmody Promoter, UK 6
78 Otto Waldoft SCAWC Radio, Denmark Nice performance 6 yes
79 Ken Birkinshaw CMRU magazine, UK Great country 8
80 Wendy Nicholson 1206 AM Radio, New Zealand Troy can do no wrong 10 yes
81 Jean-Luc Ducroux RQQG Radio, France 10 yes
82 Peter Anderl ORF Radio, Austria You can always rely on Troy 9 yes
83 Dieter Trenkler Radio Welle Neiderrhein, Germany 6 yes
84 Tony Crooke Stafford Radio, UK 8 yes
85 Michel Gandon Radio Galaxie, France 10 yes
86 Bjarne Hesselbjergaard Radio Sindal, Denmark 8 yes
87 Tom Robinson Kingsdown Radio, UK A winning song 9 yes
88 John Carstairs Classic VRN Radio, UK 8 yes
89 Dann Hansen Roskilde Radio, Denmark Real country 7 yes
90 Goran Ohlzon Folkradion, Sweden 6 yes
91 Bernard Roudaire Arverne Radio, France 8 yes
92 Doc Schulze Eurohertz Radio, Germany As good as always 10 yes
93 Bob Preedy BBC North, UK 6
94 Jim Duncan WCR Radio, UK 6 yes
95 Jim Johnson Pathfinder magazine, UK 8
96 Patrick Molis Radio Enghein, France 8 yes
97 Paul Stokholm Radio Hinnerup, Denmark 8 yes
98 Bart Van Der Pol VLOK Radio, Holland 8 yes
99 Maurice Hope CMRU magazine, UK So consistently good 8
100 Ken Larsen Country Stasjonen, Norway 6 yes
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Craig's Music - the radio voice of independent music
This show is broadcast on 1550 KYCY-AM San Francisco
XM Radio Unsigned
230 S. Main St., Newtown, CT 06470
PH: 203-426-2030 FX: 203-426-2036
Darryl Gregory email@example.com
This show is broadcast on WVOF 88.5 Fairfield University, Weds. 4PM to 6PM EST and a
Podcast that features independent CDs and interviews with artists. Great free exposure!
73-733 Fred Waring Dr. #201, Palm Desert, CA 92260
PH: 760-341-0123 FX: 760-341-7455
The Big KC firstname.lastname@example.org
KRCK supports local talent and encourages independent artists. Rock & Alternative
Hartwick College, 1 Hartwick Dr. Oneonta, NY, 13820O
PH: 607-431-4555 FX: 607-431-4064
Alex Cameron email@example.com
Please send us your promo CDs. We play all genres of music, however we tend to lack in the
Folk/Country/Jazz/Blues/ Classical/Spoken Word genres - so more of those genres would be
indie cent exposure radio
8949 Sunset Blvd. #201, West Hollywood, CA 90069
PH: 310-943-7164 FX: 310-919-3091
Changing the way people discover and get paid for making music. As people listen to
streamed music from Indie911's media player, qualifying artist accounts are paid for
online airplay via their PayPal account.
4414 Lafayette Blvd. Ste #100, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
PH: 540-891-9696 FX: 540-891-1656
Stephanie Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org
A mainstream Country station that mixes in Americana and Southern Rock. We air a two hour
Americana/Bluegrass/Texas Country show on Sunday nights that incorporates independent
Psych Rock 101 KMBH
RT8 Box 613, Brownsville, TX 78520
Texas Joe Valles Jr. email@example.com
Showcasing old and new bands in the Psych Rock format only! No other types of music are
accepted! CDs - new shrinkwrapped, retail ready only! No CDr's or homemade tapes etc. Free
to email me before sending submissions.
Punk Up the Volume KIWR
2700 College Rd. Council Bluffs, IA 51503
KC Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Punk music Sunday nights at 9 with your host KC Jones.
What's the Buzz WCNI
247 Haley Rd. Ledyard, CT 06339
John Fogg Jr. email@example.com
A weekly 3 hour show. Christian Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop. I am happy to play the music of
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Dave Berg (2005 USA Songwriting Competition 1st Prize Winner - Rock/Alt) co-wrote the
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"Somebody" becomes Reba's 22nd #, breaking the record for longest span of #1
hits by a female country performer. Dave co-wrote "Somebody" with Sam and Annie
Jen Foster (2005 USA Songwriting Competition, 1st Prize - Gospel) had her song
"Saturn" was named Top 100 songs of the year 2005 by Sirius OurQ Radio program.
Tim Matthews won an honorable mention award in 2005 with co-writers Mary Dana and Cory
Batten with their song "It's Not Love". He also won an honorable mention award
with "Can't Help Calling Your Name" in 1999. The same song was cut by Jason
Sellers on both of his RCA/BNA albums. Besides Jason Sellers, Tim Matthews have had cuts
by Neal McCoy, Marcel Chagnon, Jeannie Kendall (of The Kendalls), and Lauren Lucas.
Sarah Lewis, the lead singer of Jag Star (2002 USA Songwriting Competition Overall Grand
Prize winner) had her song "Leavin'", chosen as a trailor song for MTV's new TV
program, "The Hills", which is a spin-off of "Laguna Beach". She and
her band has performed with Simple Plan and Bowling For Soup.
*Adrianne (Overall 1st Prize winner in 1999) has been signed to Wheat Recording
*Steve Tanen (Overall 1st Prize winner in 2001) of a duo "The Weepies" has been
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Pools Are You Swimming Yet?
By Jaci Rae
The winter months have hit us and unless you live in Southern California, most
people arent swimming in open-air pools any longer.
Until recent times, Indie Artists and the labels they set up for themselves had a hard
time getting their music heard by anyone outside their own backyard pool of fans. With
guerilla marketing finally becoming common practice and online music stores becoming a
main stay for the music aficionado, record pools are now open for business to the general
What is a record pool? Basically, a record pool is a membership of DJs that act as
an intermediary between DJs and the music makers. The power behind a record pool is
that it can reach a mass, global market in lightening speed.
As of 2005, there are over 7000 DJ's and industry professionals who are part of this
digital revolution. In order for a DJ to belong to a record pool, they must pay a monthly
association fee to obtain the latest and most current music.
Frequently this music is available to them before it becomes available to mainstream
radio, and because of that, record pools quite often have more of an initial impact than
the popular mainstream outlets.
The power radio programmers have over radio, clubs and street music is now handed over to
the DJs who participate in the record pools, allowing them to have control over what
So how can you get an invitation to swim in their pool? No invitations necessary, but you
must have a good professional product that is available in digital format (although I did
find one that accepted vinyl).
Some of the record pools now require that you have your own label, meaning that you
dont submit as your band name. That is easily done by setting up your own label (too
much information to go into here, but you can find the information inside my book The
Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money).
Once you have the business side taken care of, start searching the internet using the
keywords, record pool, and then contact them to be certain that your style of
music is part of their repertoire.
Dont randomly send out your online or hard copy press kit to every record pool you
find, just as you wouldnt send your music to every station you discover. E.g., a
country record pool isnt interested in acid rock and a classical record pool
wont be interested in spinning a blue grass tune. Then begin to submit your CDs
using the contact information you acquired. Do you homework and beware of companies that
dont post charts or may be music collectors.
Here are a few record pools I found on the web:
(they represent an assortment of music, including R&B, Hip-Hop and Dance.)
represent Hip Hop, Latin, World and Jazz)
http://www.vipchicago.com (they represent
Dance, Hip Hop, and Latin)
The time for indie artists is upon us, but you better take advantage of record pools now,
before someone puts a no swimming without a lifeguard sign out. Jaci Rae
The Rae of Hope TM Copyright 2006
Jaci Rae is the #1 Nationally Best Selling author of The Indie Guide To
Music, Marketing and Money ISBN 978-0-9746229-4-1 and Winning Points with
the Woman in Your Life One Touchdown at a Time.
Jaci also hosts the popular Jaci Rae Show, heard live around the world. With
top music executives that share insiders information. To gain valuable career advice, tune
in every Thursday night at 8 PM PST, by going to: www.jacirae.com
and clicking on the weekly show link to find out whos on and how to tune in. Guests
can email their questions live.
Dubbed by the media as "Racy Jaci" because of her quick wit and "The Rae of
Hope," for her powerful insight, please make sure to check her out at: http://www.jacirae.com
To a better day in every way ~ Jaci Rae The Rae of Hope
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New Street Pitches and Upcoming Courses
This week's quotes:
"I'm so glad I joined SongU.com" - quote submitted on 2/17/06 by SongU.com
member, Kaye W., TN
"I'm really excited about what you guys are doing and continue to do. Once again, you
confirm the wisdom of my choice to join SongU.com." - quote submitted on 2/16/06 by
SongU.com member, Van B., IL
It's getting cold here where we live, so I hope you're staying warm this February! We had
a great gig at the Bluebird last week. Fortunately, the predicted snow held off so we had
a full crowd. Thanks to SU faculty Pat/Pete Luboff, Dave Gibson/Daisy Dern, Marcia Ramirez
and Nancy Moran and Fett for sharing their talents with us. This week I spent the better
part of the week at a distance education conference learning about all the new trends in
distance education...cool stuff that we'll continue to incorporate into SongU.com to keep
us on the cutting edge on our virtual campus.
More Connections: New Street Pitches and Unscreened Pitching Opportunities!
Speaking of cool stuff...we've rolled out the new Spin N' Pitch upgrades this past week.
We've contracted with an experienced A&R consultant who will be screening pitches and
burning songs on to CD for their upcoming meetings. These special "street
pitches" will allow members whose songs are forwarded to get their songs directly
into the hands of the decision makers. We've also added special "unscreened"
direct pitches that allow our members to directly send material for independent pitch
opportunities in Country, R&B, Christian, Urban, Jazz and more. And while getting
songs recorded will still require a magical combination of a great song, the right artist,
undeterred determination and some luck, we hope these new features and opportunities
associated with Spin N' Pitch will help our members get their best songs out there (you
can view all the current pitching opportunities http://www.songu.com/pubSpinnpitch.asp).
As always, there is no extra charge to participate in pitching opportunities using Spin N'
Pitch for our Platinum Members.
Upcoming Online Courses: Kids, Networking, Business and Gear
Here are some of the upcoming courses and e-Workshops currently registering at SongU.com
(you can view our upcoming instructor-led courses at: http://www.songu.com/pubInstructorLedCourses.asp).
Again, to clarify, as a Platinum Member, there is no additional cost to take any courses
at SongU.com. Here's what's coming up in the next couple of weeks:
* BUS 110 Effective Networking Strategies. Join songwriter and artist, Nancy Moran, as she
discusses effective techniques to broaden your networking circle without annoying people
in the process. Meets on Tuesday 2/21 at 9pm ET.
* SONG 184 Writing For The Children's Market. Join Grammy nominated songwriter, Pamela
Phillips Oland, as she breaks down a couple of her songs from the Grammy nominated album,
"Be Bop Your Best" with Red Grammer. Meets on Wednesday, 2/22 at 10pm ET.
* BUS 250, The Business Of The Independent Songwriter I. Join hit writer, Craig Bickhardt,
for this special two week e-Workshop where you will learn ways to earn income from your
songs through self-publishing and other alternative means. Meets on Saturdays at 12pm
(noon) ET, beginning March 4th.
* GUEST LUNCH-TIME LECTURE (well, lunch time depending on where you live): "Are Your
Demos Really Competitive?" Special talk with publisher, producer and songplugger,
Cole Wright. Meets Monday, February 27 at 1:00pm ET in the e-Auditorium.
* TECH 220, Getting Killer Sounds From Your Gear. Join producer and Tech Editor for
Performing Songwriter Magazine, Fett, for this special two week e-Workshop where you'll
learn how to get great sounds from your own gear at home. Meets on Tuesdays, 9pm ET,
beginning March 7th.
HURRY! SONGU.COM PLATINUM MEMBER SPECIAL: SAVE $25 NOW
Just sign up before March 1st you'll get your first three months of courses, coaching and
pitching opportunities as a Platinum Member for only $55 (recurs at the regular rate of
$75/quarter). This gives you access to all SongU.com courses, plus regular co-writing and
pitching opportunities. We'll even throw in a bonus free song evaluation from our
award-winning coaching staff plus a licensed version of Virtual Studio Systems Lyricist
Software (a $75 value itself) just for trying it for three months. It's a deal that's hard
to beat. Just use redemption code HOTT when
you sign up at www.SongU.com
Hope to see you "on campus" ;-)
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