Little Mix started their Get Weird Tour on March 13, but one of their songwriters says that what is getting weird for him is the way the BRIT Awards treat songwriters.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, there are a slew of contests, polls, and even a Little Mix playlist that fans can enjoy as part of the Get Weird Tour fanfare. Sadly, when the fans are dancing to Little Mix in the audience, they may have no idea about the person or people that have created the songs that they are enjoying.
Perhaps part of the reason that no one knows about the songwriters for Little Mix is because they are frequently overlooked in the press and not invited to awards shows. This can be especially true if the songwriter is not a member of the band.
Concerning the lack of songwriter awareness, Guardian wrote on October 15, 2014, that “Britain produces some of the world’s most respected songwriters and producers, but because they are almost never credited on digital music services, they remain largely in the shadows.”
How important are songwriters like Ed Drewett of Little Mix to the industry? Although many people think music is written by the performer, the Guardian points out the following.
“In 2012, 90 percent of Official Top 100 singles were co-written by one or more songwriters who were not the performer – in the top 20 it rose to 95 percent.”
Beyond all doubt, songwriters are important, but when Little Mix was featured at the 2016 BRIT Awards, their songwriter was one of the only ones invited to the ceremony.
The BBC reports that Little Mix’s song writer, Ed Drewett, is now stepping up in the public eye to express his feelings about the injustice associated with songwriters not being invited to the BRIT Awards.
About the incident, Ed Drewett said in an interview with Newsbeat that he was invited with Little Mix to sit in the audience during the BRIT Awards because he co-wrote “Black Magic.” The Little Mix song was nominated for “British single of the year and British video,” but Ed Drewett said not all songwriters got the same welcome as he did.
Although the Little Mix songwriter got his ticket to the BRIT Awards, Ed Drewett said other songwriters wrote him and asked how he managed to get one when they did not and stated the following.
“They haven’t been invited and I think it’s our responsibility as an industry to make sure the people being involved writing these tunes are looked after. Especially when they’re up for a [BRIT Award].”
Oddly, Little Mix’s songwriter said that the record companies that publish the music should have the responsibility to invite the songwriters, but instead things fall through the cracks. Even more galling to songwriters like the one from Little Mix is that “there are all sorts of people going [to the BRIT Awards] that have nothing to do with the direct writing of the song.”
However, what this Little Mix songwriter might be worried about is the lack of opportunities for British songwriters to get Awards. In contrast with America, England has surprisingly few separate categories for awards for hit-making songwriters.
For example, America has songwriting trophies for the Grammys, the Academy Awards, the Oscars, and the Country Music Awards. In fact, the songwriting-centric organization BMI lists around 20 different awards in America that Little Mix’s songwriter could also win an award from.
Regardless, this does not mean that British songwriters get no awards in their home country at all. Instead, the Little Mix songwriter was pointing out that many songwriters are simply not invited to the Brit Awards.
Alternatively, if Little Mix’s songwriter wants a chance to win on his own, the “voice for music writers” is The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and they organize the annual British Composer Awards, Gold Badge Awards, and The Ivor Novello Awards.
In the end, if the Little Mix songwriter Ed Drewett wants success with getting songwriters invited to awards ceremonies, his ticket may be pointing out the obvious: money.
According to the Guardian‘s 2014 report, “Not only do British songwriters earn almost three times more from the BMI than composers of any other nationality (except those from the US), the Performing Rights Society last year collected £200m for its British songwriter and composer members for the first time. And they’re not only writing for UK acts.”
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