• Songwriters: 3 Creative Ways To Make Money With Your Music

      There are more ways to make money with your music than you might imagine. These are not always huge money makers, but they can provide significant income if you get enough songs recorded in these areas. 1) Internet soap operas. I have a friend who made several thousand dollars in one...

  • The Truth About Pitching Songs

    One of the biggest areas in which Clay and I see songwriters being scammed is in the area of pitching songs.  There are untold numbers of services that will GLADLY take your money to "pitch your song".  There are two big reasons that this arena is full of sharks: You have...

  • Songwriting Goals 101 – With Hitmaker Marty Dodson

    Songwriters have all kinds of goals... Clay and I do a lot of mentoring sessions. One of the big discoveries we have made in those sessions is that people have all kinds of different goals for their music. And we have discovered that almost every answer to every question people ask...

  • 4 Rookie Mistakes Songwriters Make

    Act Like You Know! In the music business, your best bet is to try and ACT like you know what you are doing, even if you don't. You want to come across to people like you know how things work in the big leagues even if you are just trying out...

  • 5 Ways To Stay Motivated As A SongWriter

      Sometimes, it can be hard to stay motivated as a songwriter... Whether you write books, songs, poetry, plays or any other kind of “word” work. When the progress seems slow (or non-existent) and the rewards seem small, here are things I try to do to keep my head in the game. Write...

  • Songwriters: Should You Pay Your Co-Writer To Demo Your Song?

      5 Songwriting Scenarios... Recently, we had a lively and awesome debate in the private SongTown Masterclass page on Facebook about whether or not a "track guy" (Or girl) should charge their co-writers for building a track/demo for their song.  There truly is no one right or wrong answer to that question. ...

  • The Joy In The Journey (How To Enjoy Songwriting More)

      Today, I met with a songwriter friend who is very talented and very frustrated with her lack of music business success. She was describing to me how she had thought she would be so much farther along by the time she reached the birthday that had just passed. I told...

  • 5 Things I Would Tell My Younger Songwriter Self

        Someone recently asked me what I wish I had known when I first started trying to be a professional songwriter. There’s a lot of advice I WISH someone had given me back then, but here are a few for starters: Don’t put a time limit on success. When I started, I gave...