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November 2009
Hello Musicians! This month Penny Dionne of Little Vixen Music Publishing and 22-year Nashville music veteran Troy McConnell bring you part 1 of a two part article on breaking into the song plugging business. What is song plugging? A songplugger is hired by a publisher or a songwriter to represent their songs with the goal of getting those songs recorded by an artist and released on their album. We'd also like to remind you to visit the FNO Community Forums and start connecting with other performers & people in the festival industry!

The Five Key Steps to Songplugging
by Penny Dionne & Troy McConnell
In the Nashville music industry there is one position that is arguably the most crucial to the success of the business as a whole: the songplugger. Most songwriters and publishers depend on the plugger to pitch their songs, and the artists and record labels look to the plugger to bring them the hits they need for their projects. Of the songs not written by the artist, the songplugger is said to be responsible for the majority of the cuts released on commercial country recordings, and that translates into much of the revenue generated for copyright owners. For the artists and labels that depend on hit songs to launch careers and drive sales, the songplugger is undeniably an indispensible ally. Read more

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In the coming month, paid FNO Pro Members will be able to upload songs to their FNO Community profiles. All FNO members, both paid Pro and free Basic Members, may create a profile with a description of their music, blogs, a calendar, and at least one image. If you have not added an image or details to your profile yet, you should do so today - Profiles with photos show up first when people are searching for musicians in your area. Stay tuned for more information.

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