How To Get Artists To Record Your Songs: A Songwriter’s Goal Setting Worksheet

by Marty Dodson
Jan 30, 2022

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

One of the most important components to reaching any songwriting goal is to know exactly what you’d like to achieve. Here is my How To Get Artists To Record Your Songs goal-setting worksheet that I like to use to help me focus on where I am going…

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.  

How To Get Artist To Record Your Songs

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 

To get the most out of your How To Get Artists To Record Your Songs 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

You get the idea, be specific and Write on!


Marty Dodson

Marty Dodson

Marty Dodson is a multi #1 songwriter, co-founder of SongTown, and co-author of  The Songwriter’s Guide To Mastering Cowriting and Song Building: Mastering Lyric Writing


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