We Create Music Blog
July 30, 2012

Free Handbooks on Songwriting, Production & More!

By Tim Hayes, Associate Director, Communications & Media


It's a new era for the music business. The music industry is rapidly changing, the traditional gatekeepers are evolving (or disappearing) and new distribution outlets, marketing techniques and business models are popping up all the time. As a way to support those ready to break into the music industry in these changing times, Berkleemusic, the continuing education division of Berklee College of Music, recently began offering a series of free informational e-booklets. The five handbooks, available in PDF format, cover an array of important topics including orchestration, music production, music business and songwriting. Each was written by a number of Berkleemusic faculty members to provide the reader with exclusive tips, techniques and best practices for the development of a career in music.

Click the above image or visit this link to download these helpful, free informational handbooks.

Berkleemusic is the award-winning online continuing education division of Berklee College of Music. Bringing access to Berklee's acclaimed curriculum to all students anywhere in the world, Berkleemusic's goal is to educate the next generation of producers, performers and entrepreneurs on the evolving music industry landscape. Berklee's renowned faculty provide a portfolio of over 130 online courses and multi-course certificate programs in Music Production, Guitar, Theory, Harmony & Ear Training, Music Business, Orchestration, Songwriting and more.

As one would expect, a great number of ASCAP's songwriter and composer members are products of Berklee's renowned programs. Berklee alumnus John Mayer has given clinics at both Berklee and the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO; four of the participants in the 2011 ASCAP Foundation Lester Sill Songwriters Workshop are Berklee grads; Lester Sill Workshop alumni Andrea Stolpe and Keppie Coutts have both taught Berklee songwriting courses.

Over the years, the connection between ASCAP and Berklee has produced a unique relationship. In April of 2011, The ASCAP Foundation inaugurated "ASCAP Day" @ Berklee College of Music to show support for young and emerging composers and songwriters at the college level. The first "ASCAP Day" provided both Film Scoring and Songwriting students an opportunity to talk to composer/producer/recording artist Patrice Rushen and ASCAP staff about current trends in their fields. The 2012 "ASCAP Day" featured composer/musician Pat Irwin (The B-52s). The Berklee/ASCAP connection continued on the west coast earlier this month when ASCAP's Los Angeles office hosted Berklee songwriting Professor Pat Pattison for a special seminar.

Download Berklemusic's free series of handbooks here.