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Wed, May 29



The Songwriter's Guide to Performance Royalties with Bill O'Hanlon & Nancy Deckant

Authors of The Songwriters Guide to Protecting Your Songs and Collecting Your Royalties show you step by step how to collect all of your performance royalties.

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The Songwriter's Guide to Performance Royalties with Bill O'Hanlon & Nancy Deckant
The Songwriter's Guide to Performance Royalties with Bill O'Hanlon & Nancy Deckant

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May 29, 2024, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT


About the event

Join us on May 22th at 5 PM for this free event with Bill O’Hanlon and Nancy Deckant

In this approximately one-hour webinar, you will learn how to collect ALL of your "performance royalties" as detailed in "The Songwriter's Guide to Protecting Your Song and Collecting Your Royalties. 

Whether you're a seasoned songwriter or just starting out, understanding how performance royalties work is crucial for maximizing your earnings.

Join Bill O’Hanlon and Nancy Deckant authors of The Songwriter’s Guide to Protecting Your Songs and Collecting Your Money to equip yourself with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate the world of performance royalties effectively.

Performance royalties are a vital source of income for self-administered songwriters, and they are generated both domestically in the U.S. and internationally. These royalties are earned whenever your song is streamed, performed live, or played in various venues such as radio, television, bars, restaurants, concerts, on social media and more.

Register now for our free webinar to take control of your music career!

During this webinar, we'll cover the following topics:

  1. Performance Royalties Explained: Gain a comprehensive understanding of what performance royalties are and how they are generated.
  2. Choosing a PRO: Explore the options available for selecting the right Performance Rights Organization (PRO) for your needs.
  3. BMI versus ASCAP: Delve into the differences between two major PROs in the U.S. - BMI and ASCAP.
  4. The Publishing Company Option: Understand the role of creating your own publishing company in managing performance royalties.
  5. Song Ownership: Calculating Song Splits: Learn how to determine song ownership and properly split royalties among collaborators.
  6. How To Register Your Songs with Your PRO: Step-by-step guidance on registering your songs with your chosen PRO.
  7. How To Get Paid for Live Music Performances: Discover the methods for receiving royalties from live performances of your songs.
  8. Boosting Royalties from Internet Usage on social media. (Chapter 6)
  9. Sync-Related Back End Royalties flow through your PRO every time a TV, game, etc. (Chapter 8)
  10. How To Monitor Your Royalties: Explore tools and techniques for tracking and monitoring your royalty earnings.

About the Speakers:

Bill O’Hanlon

For over five decades, Bill O'Hanlon has immersed himself in playing guitar and piano and writing songs. In recent years, he focused even more deliberately on songwriting, accumulating an ever-growing 1,600+ catalog of recorded songs.

Bill's music has secured 100+ cuts to date with artists. He works with sync co-writing/production teams, such as IDO and DOLL and has achieved hundreds of songs signed to sync agencies and 14+ sync placements including Busch Family Brewed (MTV), Call Me Kat (Fox), Love in Tahiti (Indie). In 2022 Bill was selected as Songtown’s “Songwriter of the Year”. His great hooks, fresh song ideas and generosity have earned him a spot among his note-worthy co-writers including Tom Douglas, Gary Burr, Marty Dodson, Clay Mills, Phil Barton, Mark Irwin, Jason Duke, Georgia Middleman, Bobby Tomberlin, Lee Thomas Miller, Keesy Timmer, Tim James, Marti Jane Dodson, and many others.

Formerly a psychotherapist and speaker, Bill traveled the world for 30+ years before putting his work online.  His significant contributions include the acclaimed book “Do One Thing Different” which landed Bill and the book on Oprah. Bill has written 41 books with 4 on songwriting (including this one).

Other Books on Songwriting:

“Song Building: Mastering Lyric Writing”

“Mastering Melody Writing” co-written with Marty Dodson & Clay Mills

“The Songwriter’s Guide to Mastering Co-Writing”

Free video on how to add “furniture” to your song:

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YouTube: @PossiBill

Nancy Deckant  Passion and dedication are woven into everything Nancy Deckant has done throughout her 20-year career in the music industry. She is a music publisher and songwriter with two decades of invaluable music industry experience.

Her songwriting achievements include top 40 Billboard hits like "Princess" by Dallas Remington and "Hangin’ Moons" by Cody Clayton Eagle, amassing millions of streams, Trinity Wiseman’s “Little Too Late” and “Ghosting”, “Roots” by Jason Campbell and many more. Her song “We Are The Stars”, co-written with Anelda Spence, won the Independent International Songwriters Competition, Pop Category.

Nancy is the Founder and CEO of Discover a platform designed to facilitate connections between career-focused songwriters and publishers. Since its inception, the company has successfully introduced over a thousand songwriters to music industry professionals.

In her adopted hometown of Pittsburgh PA, Nancy was the Workshop Co-coordinator for the Pittsburgh Chapter of Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). She moved to Nashville in 2013, wrote songs and gained experience as an independent song plugger for hit songwriters.

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