Song Publishing Lab

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An introduction to song publishing rights and royalties with Brittni Noble and Nigel Irwin. This lab will be facilitated by Alan Greyeyes and invites music makers seeking to understand how to access the different revenue streams available to them. 


1. What is a music publisher? Should you sign with one?

2. What is a PRO?

3. Is it important to register copyright? How do you do that?

4. How is a song split up? What is the writer’s share and the publisher’s share?

5. What are the different royalties and how do you receive royalties?

6. Co-writing and splits. What’s fair?

7. What are some best practices for pitching your music?

8. What is meta-data and how important is it?


Nigel Irwin is a Cree multi-artist based in tkaronto. 

As Co-Creative Director of Nagamo Publishing, Irwin has helped build the first production music-library created entirely by indigenous artists. When he isn’t commissioning and connecting with new Indigenous artists around the globe, Irwin is composing for documentaries, commercials, and short films. 


Be noble is a music publishing company founded by Canadian songwriter, Brittni Noble. be noble is dedicated to amplifying songwriters and providing a world-class partnership built on integrity and diligence. As a songwriter herself, Brittni has experienced first hand the challenges that go alongside pursuing a career in this industry. After attending Berklee College of Music and the Los Angeles College of Music, Brittni lived in LA for two years completing an internship in music publishing and sync/licensing, while also working at a record label. It was during her time in LA that Brittni’s love for the music business grew and the idea for be noble was born. 


Bio: Alan Greyeyes serves as the Festival Director for the sākihiwē festival and runs the artist and project management company, Ogichidaa Arts. He also volunteers with the Polaris Music Prize board of directors; the RBC Convention Centre board of directors; the Rap category committee at the JUNO Awards; the Mayor’s Indigenous Advisory Circle for the City of Winnipeg; and the Indigenous committees at the National Music Centre and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. 

Alan is a member of the Peguis First Nation. In 2020, he received the Arts Award of Distinction from the Manitoba Arts Council and the Kevin Walters Legacy Award from Manitoba Music.


This event is supported by funding from Creative BC and FACTOR. 



Full Circle

Full Circle: First Nations Performance is a non-profit society and registered charity that creates opportunities for Indigenous artists. Margo Kane (Cree/Saulteaux), an interdisciplinary artist and Indigenous arts leader, founded Full Circle in 1992. Upon establishing Full Circle, Kane's vision was to make a profound contribution to the development of Indigenous performance in Canada. In 2018 Full Circle: First Nations Performance launched the Múyuntstut ta Slúlum Live Series. The Múyuntstut ta Slúlum Live Series aims to offer learning and career-enhancing opportunities to Indigenous musical artists through the sharing of ideas and knowledge and through the exploration of contemporary Indigenous music. Múyuntsut ta Slúlum comes from the Squamish Nation and means ‘to submerge/sink/immerse yourself in songs/music’. It is an open invitation to music industry professionals, established, emerging and aspiring, to work in reciprocity and from a strengths-based perspective to support and ensure the ongoing development of Indigenous music. This series has been supported by funding from Creative BC, FACTOR and SOCAN. #416-268 Keefer Street Vancouver, BC V6A 1X5

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