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21 Years 1993-2014 SongLink International

SongLink is the most established and successful tipsheet on the market, having provided thousands of leads to its loyal subscribers (music publishers and songwriters) since 1993. With professional researchers based in the UK, Germany and the USA, we know who's looking for what, and publish the most reliable tips in all genres of music each month. Check it out and get pitching now*, or click here to read some glowing Testimonials from some of our many satisfied customers.

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Eurovision Song Contest, Vienna 2015
BBC ACCEPTING SONGS FOR EUROVISION 2015
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London, October 2014: For the first time in eight years, the BBC is accepting song submissions to find the UK's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. However only video entries of your song & proposed artist (one entry max per writer) will be accepted, no audio-only demos under any circumstances. Please read BBC producer Guy Freeman's blog and further information at the link on the next page, which includes a PDF link to the full rules & regulations.

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David Stark, founder of SongLink
David Stark, founder of SongLink
SONGLINK CELEBRATES 21 YEARS
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SongLink was launched 21 years ago back in September 1993, well before the internet took off properly and before the rise of mp3s, free downloads and everything else that has changed the music business so dramatically since then. What started out as a monthly hard copy magazine is now essentially an online service with the latest leads distributed instantly by email to hundreds of loyal subscribers around the world - songwriters, publishers, producers, labels, artists & managers. In this new interview with 'Songwriting' magazine, Editor/Publisher David Stark recalls how SongLink started, some of its successes and some essential tips for writers looking to break into the market.

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Don Black, Paul McCartney and David Stark
Don Black, Paul McCartney and David Stark
SONGLINK PRIZES AWARDED IN LIVERPOOL
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SongLink editor David Stark presented two songwriter graduates of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with the SongLink Prizes at the annual LIPA Graduation Day ceremony on July 31st, which was also attended by Paul McCartney. This year's SongLink Prize recipients were Joe Smithson...

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The Ivors
THE IVORS, EUROVISION & PPL JAZZ AWARDS
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Nominees for the Ivor Novello Awards 2014 on May 22nd include London Grammar (Warner/Chappell); John Newman & co-writer Steve Booker (Universal/B-Unique); and the Palma Violets (Universal Music) in the category Best Song Musically &...

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Brian Epstein
Brian Epstein
SONGLINK SPONSORS BRIAN EPSTEIN PLAQUE
PLUS LONDON LAUNCH OF "EPSTEIN - THE PLAY"

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SongLink is proud to be the title sponsor of the Heritage Foundation's Blue Plaque for Brian Epstein which will be unveiled at 12 noon on Sunday 29th June, at Sutherland House, 5/6 Argyll Street, London W1 next door to the London Palladium. Epstein's company NEMS Enterprises occupied offices on the fifth floor of...

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Martina McBride
Martina McBride
CMA HOST MAJOR COUNTRY EVENTS IN UK & IRELAND
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Country music will be in focus in the UK and Ireland next month with a diverse lineup of CMA events from songwriters' showcases to industry panels and stadium concerts from March 14-17. Scheduled events for the weekend include the Second Annual CMA International Marketing Summit; an evening with the storytellers behind the hits with CMA Songwriters Series, a special BBC songwriters show taping; and two crowning C2C (Country To Country) concerts, two nights each, at The O2 in both Dublin and London...

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David Martin, David Stark, and David Hockman
David Martin, DS & David Hockman
OLD DOGS NEW TRAX JOIN SONGLINK
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SongLink founder David Stark is celebrating his 40th year in the music business in 2014, and just ahead of his 37th trip to MIDEM in Cannes was reunited with a songwriter pal whom he first met in 1974. David's first job was as a runner for Dick James Music (DJM) headed by legendary publisher Dick James who famously signed John Lennon & Paul McCartney, and who later struck gold again by signing Elton John to his company...

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Trevor Horn
MPG AWARDS TO HONOUR TREVOR HORN
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The accolade for Outstanding Contribution to UK Music will be presented to Trevor Horn at the 2014 MPG Awards in London next month. The Music Producers Guild will honour the renowned producer, musician and songwriter by presenting him with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by PPL. In addition, Horn has revealed his plans to perform live at the event as part of the supergroup The Producers, the band he established in 2006 with former 10cc member Lol Crème, award-winning engineer and producer Stephen Lipson and drummer Ash Soan. The awards take place on February 13th at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London...

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Christina Aguilera - Genie In A Bottle
PITCHING YOUR SONGS
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What is the correct way to pitch a song to an artist for them to cover? If you see a lead in SongLink that you think you may have a suitable song for, make certain that your song fulfills all the requirements that are mentioned in the lead. Is it the correct genre of song? For example do not send a rock song to a pop artist! Or if they are asking for an uptempo pop song, then don't send a ballad! This is of course just common sense, but you would be surprised how many writers (and even some publishers) don't bother to stick to this pretty basic rule...

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Cherry Red Records
CHERRY RED CELEBRATES 35 YEARS WITH NEW SIGNINGS
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London, 21st July 2013: Cherry Red, one of the UK's most iconic, eclectic and hardworking independent record labels celebrates its 35th birthday this month, and is as busy as ever. 2013 sees Cherry Red's famously busy release schedule (623 albums - all on CD - in 2012) continue apace, including new studio albums from Big Country, The Fall (both making the Top 75), House of Love and the Blow Monkeys; also a comprehensive reissue of Hawkwind's 'lost' Warrior On The Edge Of Time. Exciting new signings include Jack Bruce, Luke Haines, The Polyphonic Spree and Uriah Heep's Ken Hensley, all of whom will deliver fresh studio albums in due course.

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Emeli Sande
Emeli Sandé
EMILI SANDÉ SCOOPS 2 IVORS; RANDY NEWMAN & OTHERS HONOURED
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Emeli Sandé was a double winner at the 58th Ivor Novello Awards, with two awards for her smash hit "Next To Me", in the categories of Best Song Musically and Lyrically and PRS for Music Most Performed Work. Held at the Grosvenor House on Thursday 16th May, the Ivors also saw trophies going to Alt-J, The Maccabees, Errollyn Wallen (Classical), Dario Marianelli (Film Score), plus special awards to Marc Almond (Inspiration Award), Justin Hayward (Outstanding Achievement), Noel Gallagher (Outstanding Song Collection), Calvin Harris (Songwriter of the Year), Gavin Rossdale of Bush (International Achievement) and finally US legend Randy Newman (PRS for Music Special International Award), whose award was presented by PRS chairman Guy Fletcher and Peter Gabriel...

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Emeli Sande
Emeli Sandé
58TH IVOR NOVELLO AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
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LONDON, April 17th: Nominations for the 58th Ivor Novello Awards were announced today at London's Ivy Club by Paul Gambaccini, with Emili Sandé ("Next To Me") and Ben Drew aka Plan B ("Ill Manors") both up for two awards, along with one of last year's winners, Justin Parker, who co-wrote Bat For Lashes's "Laura". Other songs being recognised include hits by Alt J, Jake Bugg, The Maccabees, Olly Murs, Ben Howard, Lianne La Havas and Coldplay...

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Sir George Martin, Fran Nevrkla (PPL) and Paul Epworth
Sir George Martin, Fran Nevrkla (PPL) and Paul Epworth
MPG AWARDS FOR SIR GEORGE MARTIN, PAUL EPWORTH & MORE
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LONDON, February 8th: The Music Producers Guild Awards 2013 was held last night at the Cafe De Paris in London. Winner of the Producer of the Year Award was Paul Epworth for his work with Florence + The Machine, he was also presented with a BRIT Award for Best Producer. Other recipients included Sir George Martin CBE, who won the Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award and Richard Russell, head of A&R at XL Recordings, who won the new A&R Award, which honours an A&R executive who has been a genuine champion of the creative process across one or more projects in the past year...

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David Stark at MIDEM
David Stark at MIDEM
20 YEARS OF SONGLINK AT MIDEM
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SongLink Editor/Publisher David Stark is attending MIDEM 2013 in Cannes, France from January 26-29th, and will be meeting up with subscribers, advertisers and many old friends and colleagues during his 36th visit to the annual music trade market, his first one being in 1976 when he was International Press Officer at Decca Records UK...

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DWB Music Late-Summer BBQ
DWB Music
Late-Summer BBQ
DWB WRITERS CELEBRATE FOLLOWING SONGLINK INTROS
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DWB Music Ltd recently held their Late-Summer BBQ at their HQ in Godalming, Surrey UK - an annual event which is fast becoming one not to be missed. This year DWB's team of writers gathered for food and drinks and to be entertained by two different acts being developed by the team. Many of the writers at the gathering were originally introduced through SongLink and David Stark, to whom DWB say "Thanks for that as always...

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Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Burt Bacharach & Hal David
HAL DAVID 1921-2012
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Lyricist Hal David, who died on September 1st of complications following a stroke, has been lauded by his peers and other music industry colleagues as one of the greatest wordsmiths of all time, mainly for his outstanding catalogue of hits with written with Burt Bacharach but with others as well.

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Adele with co-writer Paul Epworth
Adele with co-writer Paul Epworth
ADELE'S DOUBLE DELIGHT AT THE IVORS
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London, May 17th: Adele won two prizes at the 57th annual Ivor Novello Awards, being named as Songwriter of the Year, while her hit "Rolling in the Deep" was the Most Performed Work of 2011. However, the same song was beaten by Ed Sheeran's "The A-Team" which was named Best Song Musically and Lyrically, while PJ Harvey's "Let England Shake" won the Album award, beating Adele's "21" and Kate Bush's "50 Words For Snow."

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The Ivors 2012
ADELE LEADS IVORS NOMINATIONS LIST
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LONDON, April 17th: Pop sensation Adele leads the list of nominations for the 57th Ivor Novello Awards, which will be held in London on May 17th. 'Rolling In The Deep' was nominated for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, while her album '21' is in the running for Best Album. She is also nominated for the most performed track of 2011 with two out of three songs - 'Rolling In The Deep' and 'Someone Like You' making the list. For the first time ever, there is an all-female shortlist for the Best Album award with Kate Bush's '50 Words For Snow' and PJ Harvey's Mercury Prize-winning 'Let England Shake' in the running along with Adele. The nominations were announced at the Ivy Club by Paul Gambaccini, who will be hosting the event for the 25th time.

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Jonathan Simon and David Stark Jonathan Simon with David Stark
at the Ivor Novello Awards 2010
JONATHAN SIMON, 1942 - 2012
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London, April 3rd: Veteran British music publisher Jonathan Simon died in his sleep during the past weekend. He is survived by his two children Joel and Zoe. He was both a great servant and mentor of the music publishing industry and of the MPA. He was a longstanding member of the MPA Board (and Chairman) having been a Director from 1979-2006, and then again re-elected in 2011.

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Clem Cattini, David Stark and Brian Bennett (The Shadows) Clem Cattini, David Stark & Brian Bennett (The Shadows)
DRUMMER CATTINI TO RECEIVE LIFETIME AWARD
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London, April 2012: British session drummer legend Clem Cattini will play and receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Buddy Rich 25th Anniversary Memorial Concert tonight at the London Palladium. Clem, one of the best-loved figures from early British rock and roll, has achieved the amazing distinction among musicians of featuring on over forty UK number one singles.

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Engelbert Humperdink Engelbert Humperdink
HUMPERDINCK HOPES FOR EUROVISION SUCCESS
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Engelbert Humperdinck is the surprise choice to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 on Saturday May 26th in Baku, Azerbaijan, with "Love Will Set You Free". The three minute ballad was co-written by Ivor Novello Award-winning writer Sacha Skarbek, who has previously worked with James Blunt, Adele and Lana Del Rey; and co-written and produced by Grammy award-winning Martin Terefe, who has worked with James Morrison among many others.

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The SongShop Seminars - The Creative Solution to Selling Your Song
THE SONGSHOP SEMINARS
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The next SongShop Seminar takes place on Saturday March 3rd in the PRS For Music boardroom on Berners Street, London W1. The usual panel of Tim Fraser, Andy East and Megg Nicol will be joined by top independent publisher Sharon Dean of Respect Music for a full-on day of critique, Q&A and serious networking. Everyone attending will have at least one of their songs listened to and critiqued. To book your place immediately (places are strictly limited to 50) please click below. Bring your best songs and join us on Saturday March 3rd.

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CMA Songwriters Series
David Stark at MIDEM 2011 with Cathi Ogden of APRA
SONGLINK AT MIDEM 2012
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LONDON, January 2012: David Stark, Editor/Publisher of SongLink and Cuesheet, will be attending his 35th MIDEM in Cannes, France from January 28th-31st, having been a regular face at the event since 1976. One of his primary reasons for going is to seek out new opportunities for subscribers of SongLink to pitch songs to international artists & labels, and for subscribers of Cuesheet to pitch music and songs to Film & TV music supervisors. He's also there to meet & greet friends old and new, and pick up new clients for the worldwide subscription-based service, which is now approaching 20 years of successful operation.

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CMA Songwriters Series
BMI & CMA PRESENT SONGWRITERS SERIES IN UK & IRELAND
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The Country Music Association's popular CMA Songwriters Series is coming to the U.K. and Ireland for the first time and dates have been announced for London, Belfast, and Dublin. The international tour will be known as CMA & BMI Present the CMA Songwriters Series and CMA is delighted to partner with BMI and Gibson Guitar Corp. for the series.

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