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Understanding ECCO: Roles, Jurisdiction and Operations
Posted: Wednesday March 30 2016 by ECCO Inc

Activities over the last few weeks within the Eastern Caribbean region has underscored the fact that there is a need for a better understanding of the role and jurisdiction of the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc.

In light of this, we recently sat down with ECCO’s General Manager, Steve Etienne, to gain more insightful knowledge regarding the nature of the organisation and for answers to foundation...

Using Twitter To Push Your Music Career
Posted: Wednesday March 16 2016 by Christine “Chrycee” Charlemagne

In her book Cyper PR For Musicians: Tools, Tricks & Tactics For Building Your Social Media House, author Ariel Hyatt presents the amazing story of artist Amanda Palmer who in 2011 managed to raise $11,000 by tweeting that she was alone on a Friday night, when her tweet “I hereby call THE LOSERS OF FRIDAY NIGHT ON THEIR COMPUTERS to ORDER …” generated huge buzz and a host of interaction which lead to her designing a shirt about it on the spot...

What you should Consider before becoming a Topline Writer!
Posted: Tuesday March 08 2016 by Christine “Chrycee” Charlemagne

For the Eastern-Caribbean songwriter—in fact for any songwriter!—finding a way to substantially generate an income from your talent and craft is akin to hitting the jackpot. It’s certainly the seemingly illusive dream that most aspire to. The answer usually lies in seeking out opportunities which will bring you closer to realizing that dream.

One such avenue currently gaining momentum in the international music community is the area of...

Songwriting Techniques: Making a Personal Connection
Posted: Friday March 04 2016 by Christine “Chrycee” Charlemagne

“When a lyric stimulates and provokes your senses, you draw the images from your own experiences. You fill [the author’s] words with your stuff. They involve you, so the song becomes about you. That’s the power of sense-bound writing. It pulls the listener into the song by using his own memories as the song’s material.”—Those powerful words by renowned writing coach Pat Pattison in his book “Songwriting without Boundaries: Lyric Writing...

Understanding Music Publishing (PART TWO)
Posted: Friday February 26 2016 by Christine “Chrycee” Charlemagne

In our last post we zoned in on some of the basics of Music Publishing and the key roles of a music publisher. As we move forward in this series, today we will examine the different types of music publishing agreements, as well as key factors you should expect and look out for in any music publishing agreement before you sign.

Clinique Juridique des artistes de Montreal (CJAM) categorize that writer/publisher contracts often fall under two...

Understanding Music Publishing (PART ONE)
Posted: Wednesday February 03 2016 by Christine “Chrycee” Charlemagne

So you’re new to the songwriting and music composition scene but you’re ready to not just get your feet wet but determined to take a plunge and take advantage of all of the opportunities available to you as a songwriter, especially when it comes to generating income from your songwriting and music compositions.

You know that some of the opportunities available to you include the use of your songs in movies, shopping your songs to record...

ECCO introduces New Licensing Management System
Posted: Wednesday February 03 2016 by ECCO Inc

On February 01, 2016, in a continuing  effort to improve efficiency and accountability the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc, rolled out a new software package geared at managing the collection process of royalties, Akisoft.

Designed by Dr Wayne Goodrige, a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, the Akisoft system will utilize the existing tariff rules for music licensing...

Posted: Monday January 18 2016 by Christine “Chrycee” Charlemagne

“Being on the edge doesn’t mean that you have come to the end… It means that now you have a better view of what’s below and your only option is to keep going up,” a clearly passionate Claudia Edward says to us during her spotlight interview. “That’s the message I seek to portray through my music. To encourage others to keep fighting the good fight. Whatever their passion, don’t give up.”

Fight the good fight, she certainly does! Swinging...

How To Access Sync Licensing Opportunities as an Independent Songwriter
Posted: Monday January 04 2016 by Christine “Chrycee” Charlemagne

It’s the start of a new year, and we’re certain that one of your top focuses is increasing your revenue from your music. After all, you devote a lot of your resources, including time and money, into your music project. The current reality within the Eastern Caribbean makes it almost impossible for you to generate significant earnings from broadcast royalties; so what really are your options? What other avenues can you pursue to earn money...

ECCO A Look Back at 2015
Posted: Wednesday December 30 2015 by ECCO Inc

Without a doubt, 2015 has been a year of accomplishment for the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc, capping the year off with a 15% increase in membership and a 30% increase in licensing revenue (un-audited) compared to 2014.

The year was ushered in with an offering of two developmental opportunities to the general ECCO Membership; participation in the Calypso in Berlin Project, and free registration at...