How Do You Get Song Lyrics Published?

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Get song lyrics published through a self-publishing Web site, by networking with other writers and musicians and playing songs in public as frequently as possible. Consider joining a songwriting union, such as BMI or ASCAP, with advice from a professional musician and actress in this free video on songwriting.

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Hi, I'm Athena Reich, I'm an actress and a musician and performance coach here in New York City and we're just blocks away right now from Time Square, the home of Broadway. In this clip I'm going to talk about how you get your song lyrics published. Well this is your song lyrics published in a book. This is Joni Mitchell's book of Anthology. Now, really to get yourself published in a book like this, unless you do self publishing, which you can. You can just go on the Internet and find resources for publishing your own books. You can definitely do that. But you really want to do it and have, you know a real publisher and have it you know, promoted professionally. And this is a big step. You really have to be a very famous songwriter for people to want to create a book for you. So how do you get from, you know zero to this? Well, you know it's really important to write lots of songs , to take lots of classes and develop your craft, to perform your songs, to get to artists, artists you know to pitch your artists to songs. Even search on the Internet, connect with artists who you think might want to sing and perform your songs. Get yourself out there in every and any way you can. I mean if you want to be on Broadway, you know you definitely need to be writing Broadway songs and you need to be talking to directors and theater companies and pitching them. You know, take this song, use it in a play, talking to playwrites and getting them in. You can join ascap.com which is a union. You can join bmi.com which is another songwriter union. And this is the way you can network and get yourself out there. This has been Athena Reich on how to get your song lyrics published.

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