Sound Advice


Unison Benevolent Fund springs into action

Creating safety net for independent Canadian music community

Sound Advice: Publishing Agreements

For performances

Sound Advice: How to tag your tunes

And why it’s so important

How to write songs for the children’s market

Don't talk down to them

Lessons Learned: Owen Pallett

"Pay your fellow musicians and crew more than you yourself a...

Lessons Learned: Alyssa Reid

"Always be honest with yourself about your feelings."

The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA)

A secret weapon for success on the world stage

Lessons Learned: Clinton Shorter

"What you do has to mesh with the director's story."

Lessons Learned: Deric Ruttan

"Always serve the song."

Lessons Learned: Stephan Moccio

"Always strive for originality."

Tax Tips for Canadian Songwriters:

Royalties are considered self-employed business income

Lessons Learned: Protest the Hero

Rody Walker: “Progressive music doesn’t have to be diffi...

Lesson Learned: Jason Blaine

[Producer] Rick Hutt told me, ‘You’re going to get to wh...

Lessons Learned: Devon Portielje of Half Moon Run, on songwriting

Over-thinking will kill any song in half a second. Under-thi...

Lessons Learned: Dallas Good’s songwriting tips

Try not to rhyme love with love more than once a song.

What an artist manager does, and what to look for in finding one

“Many musicians have unrealistic notions about how their c...

Lessons Learned: Brian King of Japandroids

Number One, never tour Canada in the winter. Don’t do it.

Lessons Learned: career tips gleaned from Grimes’ success

if it were easy, everybody would be doing it

Lessons Learned: Serena Ryder’s Tips for Songwriting

Quelques années plus tard, peut-être aurez-vous à ce mome...

Lessons Learned: Corb Lund’s songwriting tips

When a song isn’t working, leave it alone.