Music industry veteran, Preshias Harris, is pleased to introduce the release of her new book titled “The College of Songology℠ 101.” * Harris, who is known as a “Country Music Ambassador” and Music Row “Who’s Who” created the educational handbook with the aspiring singer/songwriter in mind. Subtitled “The Singer/Songwriter’s Need-to-Know Reference Handbook,” “The College of Songology℠ 101” outlines music industry and songwriting essentials, standards, “do’s-and-don’ts,” as well as business protocol (including copyright laws, establishing independent publishing and more) in easy-to-understand layman’s language.
“My mission in life is to help aspiring singers and songwriters to be the best that they can be. ’The College of Songology 101’ covers ‘the basics’ to enable the inspiring songwriter to launch his or her career successfully,” said Harris. “My experience and tenure in the music business has enabled me the knowledge and know-how to protect songwriter hopefuls from making financial mistakes and to help them earn money from their craft as they follow their dream to become an independent songwriter. The handbook outlines necessary tools to enable the music writer to elevate his or her dream from a hobby to a successful career.”
Harris continues to pursue her own dream and she thrives. The twenty-seven year music industry vet began her endeavor as an intern working at various Nashville record labels; she has invaluable experience and expertise in every aspect of the country music and songwriting business. The music career development consultant currently caters to new and aspiring artists and songwriters; she wrote “The College of Songology℠ 101” based on her many years in working with singers and songwriters of every age. She addresses every aspect of the songwriting business as an aid to assist songwriters in turning “writes” into royalties.
Feature chapters include: “Performing Rights Organizations;” “Song Publishing” (and the pros and cons of self-publishing vs. signing with a song publisher); “Recording Demos”, “How and When to Copyright Songs”, “Licensing: Where the Money Is” and an “A-to-Z” reference that highlights hundreds of music industry terms and definitions.
“We included ‘workbook’ segments at the end of each chapter to allow the songwriter to keep tabs and make notes on everything he or she has accomplished or applied to their personal and respective songwriter business plan,” Harris added. “It’s makes for a good checklist and future reference.”
“The College of Songology 101”has already become a sought-after educational reference guide by various colleges and music education institutions; it is AVAILABLE NOW in print (8” x 10” handbook) and via Kindle. Both versions can be ordered direct from the author at www.collegeofsongology.com.
**For a limited time, purchasers of the print version can download the e-book ABSOLUTELY FREE!**
Harris is scheduled to appear at her very first book signing on Monday, June 26, 2017 at Two Old Hippies (401 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203). The book signing begins at 5:00PM; she has invited songwriters from her “corral” to perform. Stay tuned for book signing event updates.
More information about the book can be found at www.collegeofsongology.com.
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Preshias Harris is a music career development consultant with special emphasis on new and aspiring artists and songwriters as part of her College of Songology℠. Working one-on-one with clients, she focuses on ‘chasing the dream’ while understanding the realities of the music industry. She maintains “The Sangtuary” writers’ room on Music Row for her clients and their co-writers.
From her Music Row offices, Preshias has interviewed everyone from Alabama to ZZ Top for articles and stories published in numerous music magazines. She is the author of “Inside Track on Music Row,” the longest-running monthly country music column in America. The column appears in “Nashville Music Guide” and on websites around the world. She is also the author of “I Know Country!”–a collection of 366 day-by-day country music Q&A’s–available at www.iknowcountry.com
Preshias began her career as an intern to the VP of Publicity at BNA Records and started to build a network of music industry contacts from coast to coast. She also began writing her column for Nashville Music Guide. She wrangled on-air celebrity interviews for radio DJs broadcasting from Emerald Studios during Fan Fair and CMA Week, and handled promotion and media relations for the NY Times bestseller, “Chicken Soup For The Country Soul.” She has also served as song plugger and A&R assistant to an award-winning songwriter, and as Promotions Coordinator with George Jones University.
She is a sought-after judge at talent contests, including the nationally promoted Country Showdown. She also serves as Artist Relations/Nashville Division for Boulder Creek Guitars and for Country Rewind Records for whom she also writes CD album liner notes. She is a member of ASCAP (as a publisher), BMI, The Country Music Association (CMA), The Recording Academy (formerly NARAS), The National Association of Talent Directors (NATD) and a life member of Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).
Follow Preshias on her blog at www.nashvillemusicline.com.