First-hand advice for musicians from Brian Tarquin, author, who has over twenty years of experience in licensing music to record labels, TV shows, feature films, radio promos, and network promos. This book takes you through how licensing really works: what type of royalties are expected, digital royalties from companies, receiving royalties from iTunes, Rhapsody, Napster through digital distributors like IODA/The Orchard, and how they pay. Also covered are mechanical royalties from, broadcast radio licenses, how foreign royalties are collected, publishing administration deals, and a breakdown of sync and master licenses. Interviews with major industry players offer advice directly to musicians.
Multi Emmy Award winning composer/guitarist Brian Tarquin is an established top rate TV composer/recording artist and owner of Jungle Room Studios. In 2002, 2003 and 2005 he won an Emmy for “Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series” and has been nominated for an Emmy 6 times. In 2006 SESAC honored him with the Network Television Performance Award. Tarquin first graced the Top 20 Billboard Charts back in 1997 with the commercial release: This is Acid Jazz, Vol. 2 on Instinct Records, followed by several solo jazz albums, which charted Top 10 at Contemporary Jazz Radio in the late 90’s. From 1996 to 2001, Brian recorded four solo albums, Ghost Dance, Last Kiss Goodbye, Soft Touch and High Life and has appeared in over 32 releases, selling over 140,000 records in his career. In 2014, Tarquin produced, engineered and composed Guitars For Wounded Warriors, which showcases Tarquin’s guitar prowess along side such world-class shredders as, Steve Morse, Billy Sheehan, Gary Hoey, Bumblefoot (Gun n Roses), Reb Beach (Whitesnake), Hal Lindes (Dire Straits), Chris Poland (Megadeth) and Chuck Loeb. The album features exclusively released tracks inspired by those military soldiers who fought for our country. Tarquin also produced and engineered bassist Randy Coven’s last record, Nu Groove featuring Leslie West in 2010. Some of his accomplishments include, custom-composing music for MTV, Extra, TMZ, CSI, ABC’s All My Children, Alias and the Keanu Reeves film, The Watcher (see list of credits attached). For many years, he has engineered/produced/composed for such music production companies as ABC-TV’s 5th Floor Music, First Com, Sonoton, Megatrax, One Music and Zomba Music. In fact, Brian composed and produced the successful Megatrax series, Megabeats. In 1998, he formed the rock/electronica band, Asphalt Jungle, which composed the MTV Road Rules theme, "Witchcraft” and “Tekken”. In 2006, Tarquin opened his own boutique record label called BHP MUSIC/GUITAR TRAX, specializing in instrumental guitar music. The label released the Guitar Master Series featuring guitar legends: Jeff Beck, BB King, Santana, Jimmy Page, Joe Satriani, Zakk Wylde, Stanley Clarke, Billy Sheehan and many others. The releases, which were composed, compiled and produced by Tarquin, received rave reviews from Guitar Player, Guitar World and Vintage Guitar Magazines. BHP Music also released, Bob Marley Remixed, which explored Marley territory with electronic grooves intertwined with original Marley vocals that garnered praised by the editor-in-chief of Mix Magazine. In 2012 Tarquin formed TV Film Trax, Inc. a diverse music catalog consisting over 100 CDs to date. The library is very unique in the sense that it contains tracks from iconic guitarists like Billy Sheehan, Steve Morse, Leslie West, Frank Gambale, Gary Hoey, Hal Lindes and Chris Poland The catalog also contains Classic Rock covers of bands like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and ZZ Top. The library also contains many different genres including vocals, promos, film trailers, and various styles of orchestral underscore. Tarquin is also an award-winning author of the 2014 USA Best Book Winner Award in Performing Arts: Music for Guitar Encyclopedia (Allworth Press) and the 2014 USA Best Book Finalist Award in Business: Reference for Insiders Guide To Music Licensing (Allworth Press). He has also has written Recording Techniques of the Guitar Masters (Cengage Publishing) featuring interviews with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Zakk Wylde, Ted Nugent, Billy Sheehan, Larry Carlton, Stanley Clarke, Steve Morse and Jeff Beck—a total of 30 outstanding players in all. Other books include, Stomp On This: The Guitar Pedal Effects Guidebook (Cengage Publishing) and Insiders Guide to Home Recording (Allworth Press). Tarquin and has been a featured music writer for such national magazines as EQ, Mix, Guitar Player, Premier Guitar, Recording & Music Connection. And if that’s not enough Tarquin has a radio show called Guitar Trax on WFIT 89.5FM on the Florida Space Coast. He hosts in depth interviews with world-renowned guitarists monthly. The show can also be heard on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/brian-tarquins-guitar-trax/id1015196859?mt=2