1. What is Access 2 MYusik?
Access 2 MYusik is an independent music publishing
and recording company established on March 16, 2007 by three founding partners – Lynman, Dennis and Debbie who are songwriters
themselves – in order to help amateur songwriters hone their craft and provide exposure for their songs in the commercial
market, both in the Philippines and throughout the world. The company does not
have the huge resources and the extensive machinery of major record labels but it has come up with innovative and cost-effective
methods of producing and marketing songs. The founding partners practice their
own professions outside the music industry and their common love for music and interest in helping amateur songwriters has
served as the catalyst for setting up the company. Access 2 MYusik is duly registered
with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a partnership, and also with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). (Note: For other details, please see pages on “Company Profile” and “Founding
2. What other support
services does Access 2 MYusik provide to songwriters and artists?
Access 2 MYusik
provides various support services to selected songwriters in order to polish their songwriting craft as well as their selected
songs which will go into recording: (a) Song Production Workshop; (b) Vocal Performance Workshop; (d) One-on-One Pre-Production
Song Clinics for Each Selected Song; (e) Production Supervision and Vocal Coaching During Recording, among others. Most of these services are provided for free. However, minimal
fees may be charged for a workshop to cover function room rental cost and snacks.
for songwriters in general, Access 2 MYusik conducts regular Songwriters’ Afternoons (where songwriters perform their
songs among fellow songwriters) and Basic Songwriting Seminars.
3. What is the nature of
the song contract being offered by Access 2 MYusik?
Access 2 MYusik is presently offering only 5-year
single-song publishing and mechanical contracts to songwriters. However, a contract
may include more than one song, such as 2 or 3 songs. This means that a song
that has been selected for music publishing will automatically go to recording and will be included in a compilation album
for commercial release within the first two years of the contract, at best. (Note:
For a detailed presentation of the contract, please contact any of the founding partners of Access 2 MYusik.)
- Will advance
royalties be paid to the songwriter?
Considering the limited resources of the company
at this time, advance royalties will not be paid to songwriters. However, as
the company grows and acquires more resources, advance royalties may be paid in the future.
- What types of
royalties will the songwriter receive?
Access 2 MYusik shall pay songwriters the following
royalties that will be due them: (a) mechanical royalties; (b) sheet music royalties; (c) performance royalties; (d) synchronization
royalties; and (e) sundry royalties.
- How will profits
be shared between the company and the songwriter?
The sharing of royalties between the company and
the songwriter will be 50-50. These royalties shall be based on net sums actually
received by the company, less deductions for the expenses and costs incurred by the company.
Royalties will not be paid on anything distributed for free by the company to advertise, promote and market the songs.
- What types of
songs is Access 2 MYusik looking for?
Access 2 MYusik accepts any song in any genre but
selection will depend on the theme of the compilation album that will be produced. For
example, the theme for the 1st compilation album that will be released later this year is “love” as
broadly defined – romantic love, heartbreak, love for family, love of country, love of God, etc. The next albums may possibly have the following themes: Christmas, Youth, Inspirational. Please watch out for announcements on the themes of upcoming albums that will be produced.
- What are the
criteria used in the selection of songs?
Access 2 MYusik uses the following criteria in screening
songs for publication and recording:
Commercial Appeal (memorable,
has potential multiple uses) – 40 %
Lyrics (imagery, focus on a
specific subject or story) – 20%
Melody and Rhythm (has a hook,
exciting dynamics, unpredictability) – 20 %
Overall Impact (prosody, emotional
impact on the listener) – 20%
However, the founding partners
may decide to select a song based on artistic merit or uniqueness.
- Who can submit
songs to Access 2 MYusik?
Access 2 MYusik will prioritize songs from amateur
songwriters (those who have not had any song released commercially) and professional songwriters (especially those whose annual
income from songwriting does not exceed P15,000.00) from any part of the Philippines or the world.
- What are the
standards in making demos that are acceptable to Access 2 MYusik?
Access 2 MYusik believes that demo submissions should
be made at the least cost to the songwriter. A clean and clear vocal recording
with guitar or piano accompaniment will suffice. A recording done at home using
a personal computer or karaoke is acceptable. However, the pitch of the musical
accompaniment and the vocal must be consistent. In screening songs, only the
quality of songwriting in relation to the criteria will be considered. The quality
of production will not be a factor.
- How should demos
be submitted to Access 2 MYusik?
may be made personally to any of the founding partners with a CD or cassette tape of the demo together with one (1) copy of
the lyrics contained in a short brown envelope. The contact numbers and
complete name of the songwriter should be included in the lyrics sheet. The title
of the song and name of songwriter/s should be written on the CD itself. However,
the company prefers to receive demo submissions through email. An mp3 file of
the demo and lyrics in Word or RTF format may be sent to any of Access 2 MYusik’s founding partners. Contact numbers should be included in the email message.
is the screening process employed by Access 2 MYusik?
The founding partner to whom
songs are submitted will do the initial screening based on the aforementioned criteria.
He will then forward the songs to the other two founding partners for their separate and independent evaluation. The scores garnered by each song will be discussed in the regular meetings of the
founding partners. The selection of a song for publication and recording is always
based on consensus among the three founding partners.
- How can I ensure
that the songs I submit to Access 2 MYusik will not be stolen and released under some other person’s name?
Access 2 MYusik can assure that all submissions
will be treated with confidentiality and will never be submitted to any third party before the signing of the contract. However, if the songwriter would like to make sure that he/she has copyright protection,
registration of copyright may be made through “poor man’s copyright” (that is mailing the CD or cassette
tape containing the song plus a printed copy of the lyrics with the songwriter’s name and the date that the song was
written to yourself; upon receipt, the package must not be opened; when a dispute arises, the package will be opened in court)
or registration with the Copyright Office at the National Library located at T.M. Kalaw, Manila. For more information on this and to downloaded forms, please go to -- http://www.gov.ph/faqs/copyright.asp
- How will the
selected songs be used by Access 2 MYusik?
As a publisher and recording company, Access 2 MYusik
will market and shop, directly or through intermediaries, the selected songs in CD form, cassette tapes or in whatever medium
of storage or transmission in order to obtain income for both the company and the songwriter.
Initially, the selected songs will be included in a compilation album and will subsequently be promoted in other venues
or media to gain the maximum possible exposure for the songs.
- How can artists
and bands performing the songs benefit from publication and recording?
The artists and bands, whether they are the
songwriters of the songs or not, will proportionately gain public exposure as the song is promoted, especially if the songwriter
is also the artist/vocalist or is a member of the band.
- What is the format
of the compilation album that will be released?
The CD compilation album will contain about 30 songs
in mp3 format with the optimum bit rate for high audio quality. A complimentary
songbook will serve as companion to the CD. The songbook will contain the lyrics
and chords of each song, as well as the story behind each song, the profile of the songwriter/s and the profile of the artists
- Who will shoulder
the cost of producing the album?
Access 2 MYusik shall shoulder the cost of
mixing and mastering each song, replicating the album, promoting and marketing each song in the album. The company may also extend some assistance to the songwriter/s for the recording of the tracks for each
song subject to certain terms and conditions, and to the resources of the company at a given time.
- Does Access 2
MYusik offer a talent management contract for artists?
Access 2 MYusik plans to offer talent management
contracts to artists or bands in the near future but such artists or bands should also serve as the interpreters of the songs
selected for publication and recording.
FOR ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE THAT ARE NOT COVERED
HERE, PLEASE CONTACT ANY OF THE FOUNDING PARTNERS DIRECTLY.