SongTown Presents:

The “3-Week Staff Writer” Special Edition CrashCourse!

Online Class – Replay available for all classes.

Ever wonder what it takes to be a staff songwriter for a top publishing company? For 3 weeks this May, SongTown brings you the ultimate experience! You’ll be put through your paces with top publisher Janine Appleton Ebach (Word Music/Word Country.) You’ll not only learn what is expected of a staff songwriter, but you’ll also have the opportunity to get your music heard and pitched by a publisher if it cuts the mustard!


How it Works

Week 1: (Attend class from your computer or smart device)

  • Learn about the important deal points of a typical staff writing contract between writer and publisher.
  • Attend online “staff writer meeting” with publisher Janine Appleton Ebach of world-wide music publisher Word Country
  • Janine discusses current pitch sheet: which artists are looking for outside songs and what type of songs they are looking for. 
  • Receive your weekly writing assignments that target those specific projects/artist.
  • Turn in your writing assignment later in the week for consideration from Janine.

Week 2:

  • Attend your 2nd online “staff writer meeting” with publisher Janine.
  • Find out which songs from the previous week’s assignment hit the mark.
  • Learn what types of demos are getting producer’s and label’s attention.
  • Receive your Week 2 writing assignments for recording artists currently looking for material.
  • Turn in your writing assignment later in the week for consideration from Janine.

Week 3: 

  • Attend your 3rd online “staff writer meeting.”
  • Get matched with a collaborator for writing (optional).
  • Receive your Week 3 writing assignments.
  • Turn in your writing assignment later in the week for consideration from Janine Appleton Ebach.
  • Find out which two students earn the right to a co-writing session with a pro songwriter!

Special Plus Edition Feature

  • Publisher Janine Appleton Ebach will choose 2 promising students to co-write the 3rd week’s assignment with a Pro Staff Writer!


Note: This class is a 3-week simulation. No contracts are signed and each participant keeps all rights to their songs written during the class. (Unless the publisher and writer deem it mutually beneficial after the class to enter into a song agreement.)


The 3 Week Staff Writer Course Series dates:

  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017
  • Monday May 15 
  • Monday May 22
  • Class Time: 7pm – 8pm (CDT)
  • Location: Online on your computer or smart device



  • The Crash Course is a weekly one-hour online class (for a total of 3 weeks) with a live hit publisher.
  • Classes are easy to view and participate from your computer, laptop, or smartphone.
  •  All classes are available to watch on replay if you miss it live. We keep the video up for 3 weeks after your class to review at your leisure!
  • Post your assignments in the forum and discuss with your classmates.


  • Price for the Limited Edition Course with Janine Appleton is $299.99 (spots are limited).
  • **Diamond Members only pay $74 (Use Your Diamond Code)



“Excited to announce my first major artist cut on Anderson East’s new Atlantic Records Album. I’d also like to say I took some advice from Songtown’s class with Clay Mills and wrote ‘what the artist didn’t have.’ I’m sure that worked in my favor!” ~Jon Decious (Nashville, Tn)

“I recently attended the SongTown Master Class, and I have to say it was the single best learning experience in my quest to become a professional songwriter.” ~ Jonathan Helfand (New York, NY)

“I have done many songwriting workshops in the past, and the SongTownUSA Master Class has been by far the best. You really cannot put a price tag on the experience of every week meeting with a hit songwriter and getting their direct feedback and suggestions!  Plus I now have awesome new cowriters. I hope everyone will apply for the next class.”    ~ Kate Smith (Grove Heights, MN)

“I find these class’s are like ‘icing on the learning cake’. If you are looking to take your songwriting to the next level then the songtown crash courses are invaluable. As an out of town writer, the ability to gain access to tips from real time pro’s with knowledge that is both current and commercial has helped me to really fine tune my writing. I can tune in to the webinar’s at a time that suits me and replay if required. Awesome classes, please keep em coming!”  ~Vanessa Selwyn (Albury, New South Wales, Australia)

“For any of you wondering about a Master Class: I am just finishing up a Master Class hosted by SongTown. As to be expected, lots of great songwriting advice and work assignments. What surprised me though was the camaraderie that developed between us all…. how we encouraged and spurred each other on. Each week I had to stretch out further, and work on improving the quality of my writing. as the bar was lifted higher. Amazing what a deadline does. As an end result, I am more focused; and best of all, I have established relationships with my classmates and we are now writing together. Some hit songs in the future? Well….stay tuned.”    ~ Lucy LeBlanc (White Rock, British Columbia)

“The SongTown classes I’ve taken have really helped me consider my skills and zero in on the important aspects of writing. I don’t waste as much time as I used to. And I’m learning to look at my lyrics objectively. I think the classes are a great investment!” ~Soce Marie (Nashville, TN)