November 2, 2020

 HONOLULU – Maximizing monetary opportunities for Hawai‘i’s music-making community, a new Creative Lab Hawai‘i (CLH) virtual program, spearheaded by the State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s (DBEDT) Creative Industries Division (CID), is now open to the public for registration at:

 Get Paid for Your Music: Navigating New Revenue Streams will explore the often untapped aspects of the music business that can unleash dynamic revenue opportunities for local talent, and provide a deeper understanding of royalties, production libraries, and licensing music for use in film and TV. The free four-part program will be held via Zoom, with webinar dates in November and December of 2020. The virtual programs are a pathway to the CLH Music Immersive program, which has opened up new markets for Hawai‘i singer-songwriters and collectively generated over $500,000 in music licensing revenues for these gig workers since the program’s inception.

“This program was specifically designed for Hawaii’s talented songwriters, singers and musicians who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said DBEDT Director Mike McCartney. “Our goal is to empower them with the knowledge and skills to be able generate new sources of income in the emerging digital economy.” 

“According to the recent June 2020 Brookings Institute report, nationally the creative industries and the performing arts in particular have been hardest hit by COVID-19, suffering 50% losses of jobs and an estimated $42.5 billion in sales,” said Georja Skinner, chief officer of DBEDT’s Creative Industries and founder of CLH. “These new webinars with industry leaders are one way to address these impacts here at home, opening new opportunities for our music creatives—whether they be emerging artists or seasoned professionals.” 

 Charles M. Brotman, Grammy and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winner and director of the CLH Music Immersive, developed the new public program’s modules. While participants are invited to attend the full virtual program to maximize their opportunities, registration will also be offered for individual modules. Each one-hour program module is held at 2:00 p.m. HST.

 Said Brotman, “Far too many of our incredible local songwriters and musicians—even experienced professionals—don’t take full advantage of the industry landscape. I’m delighted that this year, through this virtual platform, we can open up these game-changing insights to even more of the community.”


 Monday, November 9 – Demystifying Online RoyaltiesBobby Borg and Michael Eames, co-authors of the new book “Intro To Music Publishing For Musicians,” break down this often confusing area of the music business.  From SoundExchange to MLC, Bobby (“Music Marketing for the DIY Musician”) and Michael (Pen Music, past AIMP president) will run down the online areas that artists earn royalties. Julia Brotman (attorney) moderates.

Thursday, November 12 – How to Get Your Music Into Film and TV: Film and TV licensing can replace performance income and provide a source of revenue for those who learn who the decision makers are and how to effectively pitch their music. Panelists: Frank Palazzolo (music supervisor); Kayla Masnek (licensing agent from Secret Road); and David Fisher (music supervisor from Songs for Film and TV).

Monday, December 7 – Music For Advertising: Licensing music for advertising is yet another source of income for indie artists. Topics covered will include what type of music works best for brands, and how to position your music for licensing in the advertising world. Panelists: Ryan Wines (co-founder of Marmoset Music) and Peter Suk (head of sync at Koze Music).

Thursday, December 10 – Production Music Libraries: Most music on TV and streaming services are from production music libraries. This panel covers the role of a library and the opportunities it can provide for musicians, composers, producers and songwriters. Panelists: Adam Taylor (APM Music), Dan Brown Jr. (CrimeSonics), Christy Carew (5 Alarm Music). Moderated by Morgan McNight (Executive Director, Production Music Association).

Fellows of CLH music programs have had tangible successes employing the knowledge received through their Creative Lab Hawaii experience.  Music written by Hawai‘i’s songwriters during the program has been licensed to TV shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Resident,”  “Empire,” “Nashville,” “Legacies,” “Shadowhunters,” “The Last Summer,” “Heartland,” “All Rise,” “Roswell,” “Supergirl”, “All American” and many more.

Said artist Keilana Mokulehua, “I used to think there were only a few avenues available to me if I wanted to pursue a career in music. But now, I have learned that the possibilities are endless. I have been able to create connections, collaborate with creatives, and land music placements worldwide. And I’ve only just scratched the surface of what CLH provides for Hawaii creatives.”

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 About Creative Industries Division (CID)
CID, a division within DBEDT, is the state’s lead agency dedicated to advocating for and accelerating the growth of Hawai‘i’s Creative Economy. Through initiatives, program development, and strategic partnerships, the division and its branches implement activities to expand the business development, global export and investment capacity of Hawai‘i’s arts, culture, music, film, literary, publishing, digital and new media industries.  


About Creative Lab Hawaii Program (CLH)
The Creative Lab Hawai’i Program was founded in 2012 by the Hawai‘i State Department of Business, Economic, Development and Tourism (DBEDT)’s Creative Industries Division to accelerate the growth of Hawai‘i’s creative entrepreneurs through immersive, hands-on training in broadband/new media, producing, screenwriting, interactive media, music and design/fashion. The CLH Program, a key facet of Hawai‘i’s creative economy, is developing an ecosystem to increase export, attract investment and build the State’s creative entrepreneurial capacity. The CLH Program features three components: 1) Immersive Programs; 2) Ideation Workshops; and 3) Public Website:


About Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT)
DBEDT is Hawai‘i’s resource center for economic and statistical data, business development opportunities, energy and conservation and foreign trade advantages. DBEDT’s mission is to achieve a Hawai‘i economy that embraces innovation and is globally competitive, dynamic and productive, providing opportunities for all Hawai‘i’s  citizens. Through its attached agencies, the department fosters planned community development, creates affordable workforce housing units in high-quality living environments, and promotes innovation sector job growth.

Media Contacts:

Susan Wright
Becker Communications
(808) 533-4165
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Georja Skinner
Creative Industries Division, Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
office: (808) 586-2364
mobile: (808) 291-8073
[email protected]