Songwriter Write-Up-Itis: Do You Suffer From This Common Illness?

Clay and I continually run into people throughout SongTown territories that have songwriter “write-up-itis”. We can spot the affliction immediately because we have both battled this dreadful and potentially fatal disease in the past. The symptoms generally start after you write the first song that you think is really commercially viable. A slight fever starts…

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Songwriters: Are You Pitching Your Songs With A Shotgun Or A Rifle?

One of the most popular questions we get at SongTown is “how many songs should I send to a producer or publisher?”  The prevailing myth for aspiring songwriters is that “more shots equals a better chance of something great happening”. I want to dispel that myth and to explain why pitching your songs with a…

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What Do Publishers Look For In Songs?

For many songwriters and artists, trying to figure out what publishers look for in songs can often feel like stumbling through an endless maze. Often this search for what someone else is looking for leaves an artists or writer losing touch with their own talent and uniqueness. Throughout my career I’ve managed to navigate this…

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What To Do If You Don’t Know Anyone In The Music Business

Hit Songwriters Clay Mills and Marty Dodson share their stories of how they made it in the music business as songwriters. They also share encouragement and strategies that you can use to navigate the music business even if you don’t know anyone in the business. Hit Songwriter Clay Mills has six #1 Hit Singles, 2…

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Writing for Sync : Pitching Etiquette and Negotiations

In this episode Randall Foster talks about how vital it is to have proper pitching etiquette if you want to make a good impression when meeting with any music professional. He also talks about how to negotiate song contracts if you are offered a deal. Randall Foster is Vice President of Business Development and GM…

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How Do Songwriters Get Paid? 4 Ways You Could Be Missing Out

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Songwriters are wonderfully creative people with the ability to dream big with their hearts and minds. But often, we don’t understand the answer to the important question, “how do songwriters get paid.” So, here’s  an overview of how songwriters get paid. Publishing Draws for songwriters. This is a monthly amount a publisher pays to a…

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Getting Feedback Before Demoing a Song

Should you be getting feedback before demoing a song? Listen in as Hit Songwriters Clay Mills (Multiple #1 Songs, Grammy Nominated Songwriter) and Marty Dodson (10 #1 Singles and 125+ Cuts) talk about how much feedback you should get before demoing a song and where that feedback should come from.

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How Do I Submit Songs As A Songwriter To The Music Business? (Updated- 2022)

There seems to be a lot of confusion out there over the question “As a songwriter, how do I submit songs to the music business?” The truth of the matter is that there is no one way to “submit” songs to the music business. When you simplify the “song submission” idea, there are basically three…

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10 Do’s And Don’ts For Pitching Your Songs To Music Publishers

Pitching songs (playing songs for publishers, artists or record label people in hopes of getting them to record or help you get a song recorded), is one of the areas where songwriters make the most mistakes.  And, those mistakes can be costly.  You don’t get too many chances to make a good impression before you…

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Songwriters: 5 Keys To Building A Better Song Catalog

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Several SongTownian’s have recently asked the question, “what’s the best way to build a better song catalog?” Here are some key things I’ve learned over the years after writing for several major publishing companies and building a new catalog at each. Write, write, write! There is no substitute for this. A catalog is a collection of songs. You…

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