I've been working on a website for a long time to meet a need via the Internet, and that is to introduce churches with new young worship song-writers. I've long thought that there must be so many young musicians who have incredible songs of worship in them but don't have the opportunity to bless congregations with what they have received.
To work towards that I've made http://www.newbornworship.com/ a simple site for the moment which I hope may become a free hub for Christians to share their journey of worship, while giving churches new inspiring songs to sing.
So this post is to accomplish a few things:
One more question, your site will not let me sign up, it keeps saying "we're sorry something went wrong" but doesn't say what went wrong?????
Thanks David, I made some silly mistakes with the sign up process, no wonder nobody was signing up. It was all working fine but not on the production server. I have finally fixed the sign up process!
With regards to Youtube, I think that a company like Youtube does pay quite a bit of licensing fees to appease labels, but they also take a very active part in pulling down songs that break copyright laws, and I will probably have to do a bit of this myself on this site which I'm not looking forward to, but you always have to spend a bit if you want to create a worthwhile solution to a problem.
Thanks, I'll give it a try again latter.
Google led me here as I was looking for such a site.
Question: The idea is great, but isn't that what WtR is for?
My take on a quick survey through Google results:
http://www.sharesong.org/index.htm Massive content. Fully featured, like voting. OLD style interface. Some dead links.
http://www.worshipcorner.com/ Nice interface. Content by invitation only, so high quality but limited. NM: these are not independent.
worshipofheaven.com Caught a glimpse of it. Then it went down. Apparently has a legal framework in place.
http://www.newbornworship.com/ Easy-to-use contemporary interface.
Don't we already have a forum for songwriting on WTR? Isn't this just another instance of someone using the forum to start their own? I mean, it's OK to have your own competitive forum, but poor taste to springboard off of WTR to get it started.
Also - copyright and artistic property theft - how is that handled?
Hi there, this was an old post and I didn't get enough interest in my website so I ended up not going forward with it and concentrated on my full-time job instead. However, in answer to your questions Stevo: my intent was not to make a forum nor to compete with WTR, as I was a user here for some time (though more actively on the UK version of this site). NBW was designed to be a social song-sharing archive rather than a discussion board, a place where you'd have your personal space to share MP3s, chord sheets and lyrics, which is quite different from here which functions primarily as a discussion and posting board.
The copyright and artistic property theft would be handled in a similar way to websites like Youtube and Soundcloud. That is, you would check a disclaimer/agreement about what you are uploading to say that you either own the rights to the song, or in the event of a cover song, you have adequately shown the original author. Then admin and moderators would be occasionally sweeping through the latest tracks to make sure they comply.
It's not quite like YouTube where no on expects to get rich. I would never share what I've written in a public forum until I've registered it.
What would happen if a writer posts a song and another user steals it and makes money off it and the writer wants to sue that second person? I sense a lot of risk for all involved.
Just thinking - if the site is no longer in use would it be worth putting a message on the homepage perhaps? It currently looks like it is active and open to new members...
Just a thought!
I think you're right - there are a number of places here on WTR to post songs and get feedback - Songwriter's Circle group is one place that instantly springs to mind but members also use their profile pages on here to post songs, info about them, chord charts etc.
Wow, another - that makes four sites now that do this sort of thing? I'm curious how many people are getting revenue as a result of being "discovered" on one of these Christian music sharing sites.