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SXSW Music 2014

Ups and Downs of Creating a Digital Song Catalog

What does a successful songwriter, an amateur songwriter, and a big time publisher have in common? They all juggle massive amounts of data - audio files, lyrics, copyright splits, song metadata, and more - most of which is crucial to collecting payments and royalties. This panel discusses what types of song data songwriters need to track within their catalog in order to ensure the publishing process is smooth and profitable, and how emerging technology is allowing songwriters to create and organize in a seamless fashion.

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  1. What are the best online databases to access song catalog information?
  2. What technology exists for songwriters to collaborate online without any hassle?
  3. How do the publishers and PROs work together to ensure transparency?
  4. What is the single most important thing to know about publishing metadata?
  5. In the current publishing world, how and where is the financial capital being applied?



Howell O'Rear, Attorney, McInteer & O'Rear PLC

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  • Tags: copyright
  • Event: Music
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Licensing/Publishing
  • Track 2
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