If you are a songwriter, make sure you are registered with ASCAP or BMI. Read this article to understand
how money is made from music.
Lyricist get writers credit. Lyrics only do not make you a songwriter. Maybe a poet, but not necessarily a songwriter.
Putting your lyrics to a melody is what makes a song.
Music has to be created/arranged and recorded
to go with your melody and lyrics. You start with music already put together (the beat) and then
you create words and a melody to fit.
Musicians put sounds in the right places.
The "Arranger" selects the instruments and sounds
to fit the song. A "Music Producer" is the Director.
They over-see every creative aspect
to complete the song.
** THE TECHNICAL PART**
The "Engineer" is the person who makes sure
all of the music and vocals get recorded accurately.
The "Mixer" balances out volume levels & adds necessary
EQ & Effects. ( Compression, Delays, Reverbs, etc)
"Mastering Engineers" take the final mix
and complete the process with Mastering tools
to get the song radio ready.