• Songwriting Economics 101 – Song Splits

      We get lots of questions here in “town” that relate to the economics of songwriting. I’m going to try to break down some of the basics and help explain WHY things work the way they do. Let’s start with song splits. In my world, we always split the song equally among...

  • Songwriters: You Fail Only If You Stop Writing Songs

    I’ve had people come up to me and introduce themselves in a setting where I suspected that they were also songwriters. When I ask if they are writers they say, “Not a real writer – I’ve never had anything recorded”. That always breaks my heart. I believe that commercial success does...

  • Writing Your First Song

      Even those who have written thousands of songs could benefit from reviewing the basics of what a beginning writer does when writing their first song. Every now and then, someone joins SongTown who is just trying to learn how to write that first song - to turn their own...

  • Songwriters And Excuses

      If there is one thing that I have learned in my journey through the music business it’s that I’ve never made one dollar from excuses. “It’s harder than ever to get a cut” “You have to write with the artist to get a cut” “I write songs that are too deep for the...

  • A Songwriter’s #1 Weapon: Do Something Real

      One time, I was playing a songwriter show in Las Vegas and had one of the funniest, yet most profound experiences of my musical life. After the show, the hotel’s entertainment booking person wanted to have an “after party” with all of the writers who played and some of her special...

  • 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...

  • Is The Music Business Trying To Keep You Out?

      I can't count the number of times songwriters have complained to me that the music business was trying to keep them out. These writers believe that the people already in the music business spend their time devising ways to prevent newcomers from breaking into the business.  Nothing could be further from...