1102 17th Avenue South Suite 303 Nashville TN 37212
1102 17th Avenue South Suite 303 Nashville TN 37212
Chris Keaton Productions offers full service artist development from A to Z ; song selection; choosing and booking a recording studio, engineer and producer; demo production; image consulting; and project presentation to major record executives. We can also help produce record label showcases here in Nashville. Artist development packages are personally customized for each artist. Please call for more information.
My pitching clients enjoy the benefits of my song coaching services. I offer in depth discussions, constructive critiques, positive and insightful feedback, as well as an objective ear. Non clients may sign up for this service as well (please call or e mail me for details). I will listen, critique, discuss and offer ideas and suggestions to assist you in becoming a better writer. Please let me know if you are interested.
I offer consulting, song plugging and artist development for talented and deserving professionals. Call for details!
Greater Nashville's Guide to Getting A Record Deal
-Have a Cohesive Plan
The most important step to take when considering your future is to have a plan. The number one aspect of this plan is to have a team! By hiring and working with an artist development consultant, you will explore and nail down who your audience is, how to reach them as we as getting in touch with the labels. You need someone on your team that has an in, is part of a network and can use those connections for your success!
-Follow The Plan
What is the plan if you are not going to follow it? Make sure that you feel confident in your plan and you stick to it. Create an accountability network with your family, friends or artist development consultant to keep you on track and accountable if you are not
-Stay Active, Have a Presence
The only way to make a name for yourself is to make a name for yourself. This includes showing your face around town (we call it See and Be Seen), being consistently involved in community and music industry events, sponsorships, volunteer work, shows, etc. Be a consistent part of the community and your likelihood of success goes up. It's as simple as that!
For more information and to receive your free “20 Questions to Success” from Keaton Music Ventures, call today!
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The purpose of this company is to professionally serve my clients and the music industry in general with integrity.
All music publishers have excellent songpluggers on staff. If you are a staff writer, or you sign a single song contract, the company songplugger may or may not pitch your songs. They simply may not have time since they may be responsible to fifteen, twenty or even more writers. Even if the songplugger loves your songs and makes lots of pitches...he or she may leave the company...and the next plugger may NOT feel the same way about your songs then the songs just sit....and sit. Also, if you are being paid a writer's advance, you could be mortgaging your future royalties... and signing away half of your potential income....forever! (Every advance check you cash is money owed back to the publisher.) Chris Keaton Productions offers personalized songplugging services, consulting and artist development. When I represent you and your songs you have an open line to me at any time for consultation, pitch ideas, questions, comments and song critiques. Contact me today and let me know how I may assist you! While you are visiting the site, please check out my new E book "Seven Stupid Mistakes" and sign up for my newsletter.
Keaton attended the Musicares Dinner and Grammys in LA in late January. He also will be attending the TJ Martell Nashville Honors Dinner in early March, as well as functions with the Nashville Ballet. Call to find out what exciting new projects are underway!
New artist, Aubrie Layne and CK celebrate the release of her debut EP!!
Keatons Rock the 2014 Dove Awards
Chris and Gina Keaton arrive at the 2014 Dove Awards.
We attended the 2014 Dove Awards and VIP reception at Lipscomb University this week as guests of Lipscomb University President, Randy Lowry. The show was fabulous and we were able to meet lots of new and established artists in the GMA family.
Tips For You
ONE DEGREE OF DIFFERENCE
We all know that water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, yet at 211 degrees nothing happens. The perfect storm is created when the temperature, barometric pressure and other conditions are in synch.
Your creative life is exactly this way, too. Experts call it being congruent. Congruence is the state of having all of your parts in alignment going in the same direction. Trust me, this is really easier than it sounds.
As a creative soul you must have three basic elements: desire, belief and self acceptance.
You have to have the desire first. You must truly want to be a successful songwriter. It has to be a deep and burning desire for you (passion).
Second, as they say, ya gotta believe. You have to believe you have the goods and the talent to be successful writer. You have to hold this belief near and dear because when rejection comes (and it will) you have to have a strong inner belief in yourself to stay on track.
The third element is self acceptance; you have got to believe that you deserve to be successful. Please don’t confuse this with arrogance. I am talking about the peaceful feeling of knowing you were meant to share your creativity with others and it is what you were meant to do….an inner confidence that goes way beyond words. Others will feel it when they are around you.
Keep these in alignment and you will achieve congruence and be better prepared for your journey.
How many people do you know who get caught in that downward spiral of questions? “What if they don’t like my song?” “What if I fail?” I bet you know a lot….they are out there, for sure.
Don’t you think the key to getting better answers is asking better questions?
Try this for a day or two and see how it goes.
Instead of asking yourself “What if it doesn’t work?” or, “What if it doesn’t turn out like I plan?” or “What if they think my idea is silly”
How about asking these questions, “What if it does work?” and, “What if it turns out to be even more incredible than I could ever hope for?” and, “What if they like my song and decide to cut it?”
Notice the difference in how your answers make you feel.
I hope you find this helpful.
When I moved to Nashville nearly eighteen years ago I discovered a little secret when attempting to get initial meetings with record executives, producers, managers and artists. The more successful the person, the easier they were to talk to…once I got the meeting. (Of course, getting the appointments was a challenge, albeit a very worthy one.)
The successful people truly enjoyed sharing their stories and time with a newcomer like me. They were curious about me but I kept the focus on them and continued to ask open-ended questions so they had the opportunity to really share their stories with me.
The people who had enjoyed success the longest seemed to know there was more than enough success to go around and they were more inclined to share ideas and strategies. However, most of the newly successful people were very guarded…almost paranoid. This really struck me as an interesting dynamic.
But the most enlightening secret I discovered was this….the more successful the person, the more gracious they were about others. They had nothing but kind things to say about their peers and competitors. Praise Others…every successful person does it. So should we.
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THREE TYPICAL SITUATIONS WHERE SONGWRITERS SHOULD CONSIDER AN ATTORNEY
I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to gently convince songwriters and artists that it is a good idea to have contracts reviewed by an attorney. The reason is that even the simplest agreement can have long range implications.
1. Single Song Agreements
Most songwriters are familiar with single song agreements and most understand the concept of a reversion clause (i.e. if the publisher does not "exploit" your work within a specified amount of time you have the right to demand a reversion of the copyright to that work). A reversion clause is important in a single song agreement because typically the publisher does not pay the songwriter an advance for the song so the only legal consideration for the agreement is the publisher getting the song placed. If this doesn't happen then the writer should get the song back. However the entire concept of "exploitation" has changed in the digital age as have most of the old benchmarks. It pays to have an entertainment lawyer ensure that the terminology in the contract is up to date so that your reversion clause actually means something.
2. Work Made For Hire
Another issue that seems to arise occasionally is where a publisher terms a copyright assignment a work made for hire. Such terminology could eviscerate a writer's termination rights and deprive the writer or their heirs of their federally protected property rights. To take this a step further, it is well worth it for a songwriter to understand termination rights in general, even if the statute is mind numbing. That's what lawyers are for.
3. Exclusive Songwriter Agreements/Co-Publishing Agreements
Exclusive songwriter agreements and co-publishing agreements can be potential minefields. Some of the more thorny issues include those such as what items are recoupable. Recoupment means that the publisher can reimburse himself certain costs from the writer's royalties. The writer needs to have a handle on which of these costs can be reimbursed. Other important issues include the number of options granted to the publisher, how administration is handled both in the U.S. and abroad, who pays for the demo, who owns the demo and one of my personal favorites, the extent of the writer's indemnity. I predict that the indemnity clauses in agreements are going to become more and more important as litigation seems to increase in the music industry. In a co-publishing agreement, the writer needs to make sure that the royalty splits are fair and that there are no hidden fees. These type of agreements are particularly susceptible to manipulation.
The bottom line is that all of these elements require scrutiny. Clearly the cost of hiring an attorney can scare off many people, especially in this era where publishing advances are being scaled back. I have looked at two exclusive agreements this week that offered little or no advance. However, most attorneys are sensitive to this issue and are willing to work out an equitable fee arrangement with a songwriter. Don't be afraid to ask. Most attorneys I know are happy to help writers and artists avoid a bad deal. Also as an alternative, many music centers like Nashville have volunteer lawyers panels - essentially pro bono legal aid - for songwriters who cannot otherwise afford legal services. If your financial situation warrants it, this is a great alternative. It is just silly not to seek legal advice when you sign any important legal document concerning your career.
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