The Studios 301 IS IT A BANGER? Electronic Music Competition is back for 2017! Since we’ve gone straight to the source this year and enlisted some of the industry’s most respected names as part of our ultimate prize package, we thought we’d give you the opportunity to get to know them a little better.
Meet Karen Hamilton.
Karen is the General Manager for 120 Publishing, which is the music publishing arm of Ministry of Sound Australia. 120 look after the publishing (composers) rights for some of Australia’s most well-known dance music writers, topliners and producers including Sam Littlemore, Savage, Paul Brandoli, Chris Arnott, Dennis Dowlut, SCNDL and Joel Fletcher to name just a few. 120 Publishing return again this year after being part of our successful competition last year.
Studios 301: What do you think about this year’s prize package and the winners opportunity?
The prize package this year is incredible! It’s an amazing opportunity for the winner to get some career guidance from some of the most influential people in the industry and showcase their talents at one of the top clubs in Sydney.
Studios 301: What you are contributing to the comp?
We will sit down with the winner and give them the ‘publishing 101’ explanation of what we do and how important it can be to have a publisher, answer any questions they have and give a little guidance on what their next steps could be to further their career.
Studios 301: Why did you want to be involved?
We think it’s really important that artists and writers understand the various elements to copyright and how they can both protect and exploit the rights to their music. It’s also a great way for us to see what talent is out there…and maybe even find our next signing.
Studios 301: What are your thoughts on local talent and developing it?
Our primary focus is the development of local artists and writers with a view to help them develop an international career. This competition is amazing because it gives people the opportunity to get their music heard by so many other industry experts who have the same love for developing artists.
Studios 301: Anything else you would like to add?
Good luck to everyone. We can’t wait to start on the judging process so we can hear some of that new unsigned talent.
Here’s an excerpt from APRA’s article “Cracking the Publishing Puzzle Part 1: The Role of the Publisher” with Karen talking more about her role.
“Some writers simply need you to work closely with their label or management to maximise exploitation of their releases, some need a lot of A&R support, some need help setting up co-writes or securing or placing toplines and some want to write for other people.”
“For many of our writers, we also act as pseudo management – providing business affairs services to finalise their contracts, helping plan work and release schedules or helping them get a record deal or booking agent.”
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