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 or anything without a supportive community around you. Here are some reasons it is important to find community as a songwriter:

Songwriters are a different breed.

It’s often hard for spouses, friends and family members to understand why we think differently. They often don’t understand how much emotional energy it can take to pour your heart out in a song. When I come home exhausted from writing, my wife doesn’t always “get” why that made me so tired. Other songwriters do. We can be quirky people so it’s important to find others that understand.

Feedback is crucial.

On your own, it’s nearly impossible to grow as a writer because you aren’t getting educated feedback on what is working or not working. You need community around you to help you grow as a writer. We have local SongTown SongCircles popping up all over for this reason. We also offer feedback from pros and peers on the SongTown website forum.

Co-writing sharpens your skills as a writer.

I don’t know any pro writers that are world class melody AND lyric writers. Most of us need to find co-writers who are stronger where we are weaker. In my case, I ALWAYS write a better song if I’m working with a really strong melody person. I can contribute melody ideas, but having someone in the room who is a world class melody writer inspires me to write better lyrics and makes the song so much stronger melodically.

Community gives you more “points of connection” in the industry.

The more people you write with, the greater your chances of one of those co-writers getting a writing deal or having success. The more people you know, the more opportunities you will have to get your songs heard or placed. There are people in Nashville running publishing companies that were interns at my publishing companies in the past. Others that were co-writers who are now publicists for major artists or A&R people for TV and movies. Because I’ve worked with a large number of people, I now have a large network of people that act as resources for me and help me get songs cut.

 

Community keeps you writing.

Being a part of an active, vibrant community inspires you to write, encourages you when you are down, and keeps you going when you want to quit.

All of that to say, let SongTown become your tribe. Network and get to know other writers here. Stop in to give feedback on songs in the forums and interact with other members from around the world. In just a few short years there are over 60,000 feedback comments by songwriters from hobbyists to pros.  This community can become the “team” that helps you succeed whether your goal is to just write your best songs or have a writing career.

 

 

Write on! Marty Dodson

Co-Founder Songtown Songwriter/Producer/Student of Writing

17 thoughts on “Find Songwriting Community NOW!

  1. Spent 2.5 years very focused on Songtown. 24 songs reviewed by Songtown pros. Made the most wanted list twice. My advice? MAKE IT part of your journey. Write on!

  2. Hello There Clay / Marty

    I have been following your site for awhile now, although I have not joined and had a couple of questions regarding one of your answers above: Referring to publishing, what is MV2 – you referred to it above. I’m assuming it’s the name of a publisher.

    Concerning my songwriting question: I am a lifelong pianist / keyboard player in my mid 50’s and had played semi-pro for quite awhile in past years. About a year ago, I resumed composing music after a long hiatus – this was not a conscious decision. But just naturally occurred due to a temporary hand injury which kept me from playing. So, sitting down in my music room….. I started writing. Then I looked back at my older work from years ago that I’d shelved and discovered it was rather good! Anyway, I write music not lyrics and had been told by an industry professional at a songwriting seminar in my area that I have a gift for melody…. which I thought was rather nice! : )

    I also write strictly instrumental work not intended for lyrics as well. The problem is that I have limited funds due to unemployment and do not know where to go from here. I’m one of the people working in a vacuum that you mentioned. As an unknown, I’d really prefer to have my work critiqued by an established writer who then might be able to suggest a pairing with a specific lyricist if my material is commercially viable. Not that I wouldn’t enjoy being part of a community, as a matter of fact, I would really like to! But I am afraid that searching for a lyricist this way may be hit or miss. Anyway, these are just my reservations and may be unfounded. I only have a few new pieces of music written – and am just restarting the process to see if I can develop into a professional songwriter or composer and if so, what area of writing I should target.

    I’d appreciate hearing back from you with any feedback.

    Thanks,
    Anthony

    1. Joining SongTown and finding a co-writer is not hit or miss 🙂 We train all our members in co-writing and 12 of our members have signed staff-writing deals with publishers in the last 9 months. You simply log into the site when you join and go to the peer to peer forum, and introduce yourself to writers that you like their work!

      CM

  3. Thanks for the article, Marty! I wholeheartedly agree with it. I can certainly relate to the first part about family/friends not relating. I have no one in my life who I can really even talk to about this, so being a member of SongTown is everything to me.

    For everyone not a member and asking questions here, they usually have a trial membership where you can check out a bunch of stuff before joining. I even believe you can do a monthly membership and cancel after a month if you don’t like it (don’t quote me on that, though).

    In regards to Rodney’s post: It seems like you’re joking around to see the responses you’ll get, but I have seen a lot of heartfelt opinions just like this on other websites/forums. You’re right in some aspects. There are some people just out for your money. There are also people who will tell you what you want to hear in order to get and keep getting that money. I know Marty and Clay aren’t those people. I’ve been a member of SongTown since last May and yes, I have paid for a membership and even paid for some additional courses they do. It was worth it to me. The great thing about this blog is it’s not saying you have to join their site to get this type of community. I’ll tell you I personally couldn’t get it anywhere else unless I want to move to Nashville (can’t-wife and two kids ain’t moving) or try to go out to a bunch of bars a couple nights a week here where I live and try to get to know people that way (can’t-too many responsibilities at home). The other point I wanted to make is if people really think they can write great songs with no feedback I would think again. Feedback is crucial and very helpful.

    You also asked why even if you have a great song you can’t just get it published/cut without anyone’s help. I think Marty already answered it above, but if people with connections in the industry know who you are and know you’re good, they’re going to let other people know about that. If they write with you, of course they’re going to pitch that song because it’s theirs as well. Plus, publishers/producers get too many people who write terrible songs sending them stuff and can’t spend all their time dealing with that and there are also legal issues with accepting unsolicited stuff.

    I hope that helped. I had similar questions when I first decided to see what resources were out there instead of just writing in my room and not knowing how to share it with people.

    Thanks!

  4. Hi Marty and Clay. Community and feedback are two very important aspects of developing as a songwriter. They afford you an opportunity to see things from different angles and to think outside of the box. I’m still working on it and am learning more with each experience from both the pros and the peers. It’s not an easy process, but I’m loving every moment! Thanks for the tips!

  5. Hi Marty! This is an excellent point. I am weaker with lyrics and stronger with melody, I think, and thanks to Songtown, i, just recently, have been able to hook up with someone who is stronger with lyrics. However, my main problem with this, right now, after having been provided with some lyrics to work with, is that, I still don’t feel confident enough in my ability to come up with a “killer” melody to write a “killer” song with it. How can I get more co-writing help with a question/problem like this without causing more of a problem that you might be able to see, Marty, that maybe I don’t see? I hope that I am making enough “sense” here? Duncan.

  6. I write music and lyrics to songs on guitar. I can say I’m stronger on melodies, but I have interesting lyric ideas. I’ve made two recordings and am working on a third. Who would it be good to work with?

    1. Yes, Christopher, I write with new artists and writers almost weekly that my publisher sets up. MV2 has been great about finding up and coming talented writers for me to co-write with. We also have written with promising students from our classes at SongTown. And we also do writing retreats twice a year through SongTown where pros write with up & coming writers. Good question!

  7. I would be interested in connecting with a co- writer who is strong on melody ( my strength is in the lyrics and the storytelling) How can Songtown help me with this ?
    Most of my songs are on ReverbNation and a few samples are on SoundCloud – for reference

    1. I need help getting music put to music. I dont have any funds to get something cut. I believe I am a creative lyricist and I can hear a tune with my songs but I need help both with music and getting started finanacially.

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