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September 2012 - Music Connection



ole has signed

a worldwide

music publishing

administration deal

with the legendary

American singer,

songwriter and

Aerosmith frontman,

Steven Tyler.

The agreement

encompasses all

of Tyler’s co-writes

on the upcoming

Aerosmith record,

Music from Another

Dimension, including

the lead-off

single, “Legendary

Child.” See http://



ASCAP hosted a No. 1 Party to celebrate the writers, publishers and creative

teams behind “Fly Over States,” recorded by Jason Aldean. Co-written by

Neil Thrasher and Michael Dulaney, the hit marked the seventh No. 1 song

for Thrasher and the ninth produced by Michael Knox. Pictured (l-r): Michael

Martin, ASCAP Senior Creative Director; Michael Knox, Neil Thrasher, Jason

Aldean, Michael Dulaney, and Marc Driskill, ASCAP VP and GM.


Now in its 13th year of competition, the contest

will run through Oct. 31, 2012. Aspiring songwriters

in any genre are encouraged to send their

best songs, which will be judged by a panel of

experts in a variety of categories including the

Lyric-Only category added last year.

Sponsored by the Nashville Songwriters

Association International and presented by

CMT, the contest has proven to be a powerful vehicle

for aspiring songwriters to get discovered.

The contest offers one Grand-Prize winner, one CMT

Listeners Choice Winner and one Lyric-Only winner.

The Grand-Prize winner will have an opportunity to

spend one hour being mentored by Richie.

Additional prizes are a professional demo,

tickets to the 2013 CMT Music Awards in Nashville,

a private tour of CMT studios, a performance at

Nashville’s Bluebird Café, meetings with major

music publishers and a one-year membership to



Warner Acquires

Miramax Music

Warner Music Group has acquired the

rights to all film music owned by Miramax. The

agreement expands an existing deal in which

Warner administers the studio’s film music publishing

across most of Europe and South America.

Warner will license performance rights from Miramax’s

catalog in screenings and broadcasts of

the films and will seek to develop new usages

of the music in various media: television, film,

advertising, games and online. Terms of the deal

were not disclosed.

The Miramax music library includes scores

written by Academy Award-winning composers

such as Howard Leslie, Jan A. P. Kaczmarek

and Rachel Portman. More details are at http://

Aussie Wins Lennon Contest

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s

“Song of the Year” award went to Dean “DL”

Leeson. The Australia native beat out 11 other

award-winning songwriters in the final round

of the contest’s adjudication process with his

original hip-hop composition, “Until Today,” and

became the first hip-hop artist to win the “Song

of the Year” award. “Until Today” took home a

Grand Prize package as well as a Lennon Award

prize package prior to winning the huge $20,000

cash prize for the Song of the Year.

Visit the John Lennon Songwriting Contest at for more information on

the current competition.

Get High With Durango


Songwriters might want to head up into the

Rocky Mountains for the upcoming Durango

Songwriters Expo, Oct. 4-6, in Broomfield, CO.

The vibe is intimate, with conference attendance

limited to 200 people and more than 40

music industry professionals from Nashville,

L.A. and other music capitals including music

supervisors, record label representatives, and

reps from ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. There will

also be showcase performances, open mics and

a closing concert.

Find out more at the Durango Songwriters

Expo website, http://durango-songwriters-expo.


MICRO-BIO: Dan Kimpel’s newest

book, It All Begins with the

Music, is penned with legendary

A&R exec Don Grierson. Hear

Dan’s audio interviews worldwide

on Delta Airlines.


Songwriter-recording artist and SESAC affiliate Cledus T. Judd has signed

an exclusive agreement with Warner Chappell Music Publishing/Amylase

Entertainment for representation. Judd, along with Warner Chappell and Amylase

executives, stopped by SESAC’s Nashville headquarters recently for a

visit. Pictured (l-r): Shannan Hatch, SESAC; B.J. Hill and Alicia Pruitt, Warner

Chappell; Tracey Jones, Amylase Entertainment; Judd; Whit Jeffords and Curt

Jones, Amylase Entertainment; Tim Fink, SESAC; Steve Markland and Phil

May, Warner Chappell.


country artist

Dierks Bentley is

celebrating his 10th

career No. 1 song

as an artist and

songwriter as his

“5-1-5-0” tops both

the Billboard and

Mediabase charts.

"5-1-5-0” is the

third consecutive

chart-topping hit

off Bentley’s fulllength

Home, which

debuted at the top

chart spot earlier

this year. Contact


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