• Songwriting Is Not An Overnight Success Business

    Worked 17 years for overnight songwriting success. - Tim Hicks   Several years ago, at our company Christmas dinner, I ran into an old friend, Denny Carr who told me an amazing story. Four years prior, he and I were in Hamilton, Ontario Canada for the Canadian Country Music Awards. While we...

  • How Do I Submit A Song As A Songwriter?

      There seems to be a lot of confusion out there over the question "How Do I Submit A Song As A Songwriter to the music business?" The truth of the matter is that there is no one way to "submit" a song. When you simplify the "song submission" idea, there are...

  • 5 Stinking Thinking Songwriter Thoughts

      These kinds of thoughts keep a negative cloud over you and your writing AND they actually decrease your chances of success. If these thoughts creep into your head, kick them to the curb before they derail your creativity and your forward progress. 1) "My songs are better than...." It doesn't matter...

  • Who’s In Charge of Your Songwriting Destiny?

    I can’t count the times that I’ve heard a songwriter blame their lack of success on the radio, publishers, a “closed circle in the music business”, A&R people who “can’t hear a hit”, bad co-writers, just plain bad luck and the list goes on and on and on. While any of...

  • A Lifetime of Learning For Songwriters

    One of the things I love most about being a songwriter is that it is one of the few things in life that you can never totally "figure out".  You can always write a better song than you wrote today.  There's always some new melodic trick or turn of a...

  • 4 Ways To Get Out of Your Songwriting Comfort Zone

    Most songwriters find themselves in a complacent "comfort zone" from time to time.  Personally, I find myself at times resting on a little plateau of my own making.  I work really hard for a stretch and then I coast for a bit.  When I find myself coasting, here are some...

  • 4 Ways Songwriters Can Network

    Networking seems to be a common struggle for songwriters.  Many creative types are just not very social and we tend to be introverted.  That can make it hard to really build the team you need to help you get your songs heard and placed.  So, here are 4 ways this...

  • The Scariest Moment In Songwriting

      I believe that the scariest moment in songwriting is the moment before you start. Most of us have voices that play in our heads. Those voices often tell us that the task at hand "can't be done". "You aren't good enough". "You can't handle this".... you know the drill.  ...

  • 5 Ways Songwriters Shoot Themselves In The Foot

      In a 20 year music career as a songwriter, I've shot myself in the foot so many times that it's amazing I can walk.  I thought I'd share some of them to help YOU avoid doing the same thing.  Here are some of the worst "shots" I've taken in...