Want An Artist To Record Your Song? Try This Goal Setting Worksheet

songwriter goal-setting worksheet

One of the most important components to reaching any songwriting goal is to know exactly what you’d like to achieve. Here is a songwriter goal-setting worksheet that I like to use to help me focus on where I am going…

As you set your goals, be sure that each one is something that you can measure. Goals like these can be measured:

1) Write one more song each week than I’m writing now.  If you set a goal for how many songs you want to write each week, you can easily see if you are meeting your goal.

2) Call or e-mail two industry contacts that I have but haven’t been in regular touch with this month.  It’s important to stay in touch with people who like your music.  If a publisher, artist, or other industry person has shown an interest, touch base with them once a month or so to let them know what you are doing now.

3) Ask three people to co-write in the next month.  If you are new to co-writing, a great book to prepare yourself is The Songwriter’s Guide To Mastering Co-writing. Continually bringing in new co-writers ensures that your network is constantly expanding.  Every co-writer exposes your music to a whole new circle of people.

4) Post two new songs for feedback on the forum this week.  Getting and giving feedback is one of the best ways to improve your writing.

5) Practice your primary instrument for 30 minutes each day.  Getting better at one aspect of writing makes you better overall.

6) Join an online songwriting community this month like SongTown.com. A key feature in SongTown, besides 800+ pro videos, is the site’s progress tracker. This tracker is extremely helpful in holding you accountable to your songwriter goal setting worksheet.

To get the most out of your songwriter goal-setting worksheet, avoid goals like these:

1) Improve my writing. (How do you judge that?)

2) Get better at guitar

3) Meet more people

4) Write stronger songs

If you are so inclined, share some of your songwriting goals for this year in the comment section!  Write on!

Marty Dodson

Marty Dodson - pro songwriter/instructor - SongTown

Marty Dodson is a multi-hit songwriter, co-founder of SongTown, and co-author of  The Songwriter’s Guide To Mastering Cowriting and Song Building: Mastering Lyric Writing

7 thoughts on “Want An Artist To Record Your Song? Try This Goal Setting Worksheet

  1. Thanks Marty.I am putting more songs in for feedback and writing at least one song per week.
    Another goal is to keep up with all your blogs and videos.I’m soaking it in….B

  2. I love these suggestions Marty, keeping busy with the focus on doing the right things that will bring results. The relationship building and maintenance are SO important…out of sight means out of mind. Co-writing doubles and triples our chances of our songs being heard, and being active in the Songtown community keeps us plugged in to what’s happening in the industry. Good stuff, thanks 🙏🏼 Marty.

  3. My 2018 Goal was to: Re-Write and complete 52 songs.
    Put up the 12 best of the 52.
    Actual: 27 tracks finished and recorded,16 complete with lyrics.
    Put up on internet: Zero

    My 2019 Goal is to reach 52 complete songs, until I can reach that goal I have no business even talking about the rest of your to do list. Thanks for all the great work you do Marty…

  4. As a retired person and v.talented with composing melodies and singing myself with a melodious voice ..still good like Tony Bennet .How much can it cost me to record to Finesse before an Album..I have 5 new written songs..2 with guitar wamping and 3 on the keyboard.. Is it OK to use the accompaniment music and percussion that comes with the

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