• How Do Writers and Publishers Split Royalties?

        We get lots of music business questions in SongTown and this is a common one, so I thought I'd answer it in a post. The business side of music is not as complicated as it seems.  Here are the basics of writer/publisher deals and how money is split. There are two...

  • Why Did You Start Songwriting?

      I believe that it is good for all songwriters to stay in touch with what made them want to write a song in the first place. For me, here were some reasons that I put pen to paper and created melodies: I had a crush on the girl down the street...

  • Why Do You Write Songs? And Why Is It Important To Know?

        I have discovered that there are many reasons people write songs.  Sometimes we assume that everyone writing a song must want a major artist to record it.  While that is true for many writers, it's not the real motivation for many others.   Here are some of the more popular reasons people write...

  • 5 Ways To Write Songs Outside The Box

    Most of us tend to gravitate toward the same kinds of things when we write.  We write grooves and feels that we like.  And we tend to write topics we like as well. Use these exercises to stretch your writing boundaries. 1) Write...

  • Writing Your Life In Song

      I believe that to be successful as a songwriter, you have to be very versatile. I have had songs recorded by artists as varied as The Oak Ridge Boys and The Plain White T’s. But, the area in which I have had the most success is writing my life. When...

  • My Best Friend in the Music Business

    I had a conversation this week with one of my song pluggers. I have worked with this guy for more than 20 years. I consider him my best friend in the music business. Why? He tells me the truth. Always. At one time, I turned in a song I wrote with a...

  • 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.  ...

  • Find Songwriting Community NOW!

      No matter what your definition of Songwriting Success is, one of the most overlooked aspect of a songwriter's journey is community. I run into many writers who are writing pretty good songs, but they are doing it in a vacuum. In reality, it's nearly impossible to succeed as a songwriter...

  • Let SongTown Immunize You Against Songwriting Scams

        One of the reasons Clay and I started SongTown was to help people learn how the songwriting business works and immunize themselves from being ripped off. So, I want to give you some advice that can help save you hundreds and maybe even hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you heed...