Owner – Rhyme Partners
Melissa Bollea is the founder and owner of Rhyme Partners. A unique publishing company run by songwriters Melissa Bollea and Bill DiLuigi. Together they have penned more than 70 songs to date with artists, television series, major motion film and commercial brand ads. This summer they added 4 new writers to their “Summer Romance” writing roster.
Most recently, they landed the National Campaign Ad for the largest western and work wear retail chain, The Boot Barn with their song “Dress Up This Town” which was also released as a single by artist Mary Sarah this summer. Dress Up This Town is now being used exclusively for the companies advertising outlets on radio, Television commercials and social media.
Rhyme Partners currently has a top 40 hit on music row charts called “Running Out Of Memories” recorded by artist Amber Hayes. To date they have had their songs in series like “The Hart of Dixie.” Queen Lattifa’s VH-I show “All The Single Ladies” and they have even graced daytime television with a song featured in “The Young And The Restless” last Fall.
When Melissa moved To Nashville to pursue her Songwriting career in 2006, she landed a front desk position in the production studio of the cable video network GAC, Great American Country. For nearly three years she cultivated strong industry relationships and learned an extensive amount of knowledge about the music industry.
She also worked along side her mentor friend, publisher and long time A&R executive Spoon (Jim Williams) of Spoons Tunes for many years before starting Rhyme Partners. Her relationship with Spoon remains one of her most valued and treasured, as he was and still is, a big champion of her songwriting career often calling on her to write with some of the best new artists in the industry. Spoon was instrumental in setting her up artists like Rion Paige, Tara Thompson, Bonnie Tyler and so many more. Bonnie Tyler is an icon of the late 80’s with hits like “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” “Footloose” and much much more. She proudly penned a song with Bonnie Tyler and Bonnie Baker called “One Mistake” which Melissa says was honestly, one of her favorite Nashville moments.
Rhyme Partners has been twice nominated for Covenant awards and looks forward to continuing to ride this amazing wave of success from handwork, dedication and perseverance.
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$30 per song GSC member
Have you ever thought: “Wow I think I have a really good song. If only I could get a legitimate publisher to listen?”
Through GSC’s affordable Publisher Online Pitch service you can have your song or songs heard by a reputable publisher from wherever in the world you live and without the expensive cost of travel.
One of the most important elements of this service is that you will be connecting with a publisher, creating a relationship with this publisher and learning the pitching process professional songwriters utilize every day.
Here are the details!
At GSC we always want you to know the real journey of a song from the pen to the publisher. With that in mind we want you to be aware of these facts.
1. Paying to Pitch a Song: GSC wants you to know that professional songwriters do not pay to have their songs heard by a publisher. Professional songwriters have worked years at developing their songwriting craft and earning the respect of the publishing community which earns them the opportunity to have their songs heard.
2. The Demo: GSC wants you to know…If you had a publishing deal and was a staff writer for the featured publisher, this publisher would hear your songs every day in their most simple form of a guitar vocal or keyboard vocal. If you were pitching your songs to a producer, artist, manager etc then you will need fully produced and well produced demo’s for these types of pitches.
3. The Listening Process: GSC wants you to know…Often, when a publisher is listening for songs for a project or artist, they can usually tell if it is a song they would be interested in for that project in less than 30 seconds. Through the POP event the publisher will be listening through the first verse and chorus in its entirety. However, in the future should you pitch a song to a publisher in their office and they turn your song off after only the first half of the first verse, we want you to know that is a normal part of the process.
4. Pitch Ready Songs: The reality is that some of your songs may not be ready for pitching to a publisher. However, there is much to be learned through the pitching process.
5. The Follow Up: If the publisher should take your song for consideration, we will be excited with you and it does happen! Below is the GSC recommended follow up process. Correct follow up is essential for success.
a. If your song is taken by the publisher you will be provided with the publishers contact email address for follow up.
b. If you do not hear from the publisher within 5 to 7 business days of them taking your song. We recommend you email the publisher, thank them for participating in the GSC POP program, thank them for their interest in your song and list the TITLE of the song as a reminder and ask if they should need anything further.
c. If you do not hear from the publisher within three weeks, make a phone call to the publisher office. You will most likely be leaving a message. If so, just leave your name, contact number and that you are following up on your song and list the title.
d. If the publisher does not return your call, do not call again. Simply send a physical thank you card, thanking them for their interest, recognizing that they are a busy industry professional and that you hope to have the opportunity to play them more songs in the future.
At GSC we know it would be disappointing to have your song taken by a publisher and then not hear from them. Unfortunately, this process is part of the song pitching process. Thoughtful and professional follow up is essential to success and is appreciated by busy, overworked publishers. They won’t forget your professionalism. Sometimes you may not hear from the publisher who took your song for months and then out of the blue, when they are ready and working on the project, you get the call. Many times I have kept a member’s song for over a year and then gave them a call for the just right opportunity. Songs will often be pitched over and over again for years before they land on just the right project.