The following are the terms and conditions for submitting any song(s) to the Grown-Up Country website:

1. I would prefer that you personally own both the copyright for the song(s), and also the recording of the song(s) that you submit. If the copyright is owned by a publisher, I will need written permission from your publisher to use and market the song on this website. If the recording of the song was paid for, and therefore owned, by a third party, I will also need written permission from the owner of the recording to use and market your song on this website. I do not desire to own the copyright or the recording of your song. Those rights will remain with you or your publisher to do with as you wish.

2. I do not expect you to give me exclusive or permanent rights for the use of your song. If you wish to continue to pitch your songs to publishers, labels and artists, that’s fine with me! More power to you! And if you are fortunate enough to land a placement or a cut for your song, you’re perfectly welcome to contact me and request that I remove the song from this website if you wish.

3. I am willing to split the NET (after sales tax and PayPal fees) revenue from the downloads of your song with you 40/60: 40% of NET revenue to me, 60% of NET revenue to you. (Such a deal!)

4. If the copyright or the recording of your song is owned by someone else, it is your responsibility to decide how to share your 60% of the NET revenue from this site’s downloads of your song with the owner(s) of the copyright and/or the recording. I hereby disclaim any responsibility in that matter. I would strongly suggest that you hammer out those details and have a written agreement in place prior to submitting any songs to me. In addition, it is your responsibility to make arrangements to pay any musicians, singers, sound engineers, studio owners, your father-in-law from whom you borrowed money to record your song, etc. any money that you owe them either out of your 60% NET revenue or preferably prior to even submitting the song to Grown-Up Country. Once again, I hereby disclaim any and all responsibility to meet any of your financial obligations associated with your song(s) – those are yours and yours alone to meet.

5. I will want to receive by snail mail an actual CD recording of your song(s). I’ll give you the mailing address when you contact me. Please limit your submission to no more than 4 songs. Pick what you think are your 4 best songs. And please include a lyric sheet for each song.

6. Please also include songwriter’s notes for each song submitted. Keep them reasonably brief.

7. Please be aware that I will insist on the privilege of editing your lyric sheet and/or songwriter’s notes. It will typically involve no more than some grammatical or spelling corrections or format changes. If, after listening to your song, I think certain instrumental or vocal licks are particularly cool, I may also highlight them in the songwriter’s notes even if you haven’t. I may also add a “Steve’s Notes” addendum to your songwriter’s notes if I discover something in the song that is particularly noteworthy or that nicely demonstrates some aspect of the songwriter’s craft.

8. The decision to use or not use your song is mine and mine alone. Trust me, I know the pain of rejection! It’s not emotionally easy to have your cherished creation refused. But I have a pretty good ear for the quality of a song, the quality of the recording, and especially for the types of songs I want to showcase on this website. As for me, I personally decided years ago to use rejection as motivation to improve!

9. I am only looking for traditional-to-mainstream country music. However, a flavor of the blues in your country song is also a good thing.

10. I will NOT return your CD regardless of whether or not I accept the song to be included on this website.

11. I will personally listen to all submissions. I don’t employ an intern to screen songs.

12. Your recording doesn’t necessarily have to be a fully produced studio recording. Some simple piano-vocal or guitar-vocal recordings are very powerful. But the instrumental performance and the vocal performance must be excellent.

13. If I reject your song, I may (no guarantee!) give you some brief feedback as to my reasoning why. Please don’t argue with me – that will not improve your chances. My feedback is meant to be kind, gentle, and informative.

14. I might accept your song, but then hold it for a later date. I don’t want this website to become so cluttered with songs that it’s overwhelming. I want potential customers who discover the website to have a manageable number of songs to browse through and sample.

15. If I accept your song, the decision regarding how long to feature the song is mine alone. It will typically be at least two months, maybe three. But the decision will be driven by the amount of downloads your song generates. If I feature a song for two or three months and there just aren’t any buyers, well it makes more sense to drop that song and try another one. Therefore, it would be to both of our advantage for you to do some fairly aggressive marketing of your song on this website among your friends and family in your particular locale. You might make a little money from your song while waiting for that elusive major label cut!

16. At the current time, my plan would be to pay out any earnings on another writer’s song(s) on a quarterly basis. As stated above, I will pay earnings directly to the writer who contacts me and submits his/her songs. It is the responsibility of the writer to in turn meet any financial obligations to his/her publisher, the owner of the recording, or anyone else connected with the song in any way.

17. I don’t expect to be inundated with thousands of CD’s. However, if I get a large enough number of submissions that I just can’t find the time to listen to them immediately and they start to pile up, I will post a notice on this web page that song submissions will be postponed for a time until I can catch up.

18. Before posting another writer’s song on my website, I will require that writer to sign an agreement which will basically be what I’ve written here. If any co-writers are involved with the creation of the song(s), the ownership of the copyright(s), or the ownership of the recording(s), all such co-writers will be required to sign this agreement.

I know creative people are often repulsed by the business and/or legal side of things, but when money becomes involved, it is a business. And I want to do everything I can to avoid misunderstandings. Thanks for your understanding!

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