SongTown: A No Guru Zone- Why We Created Something Real For Songwriters

by Clay Mills
May 17, 2024

SongTown – A no “Guru” zone for songwriters…

At SongTown, we’ve been pretty protective of our songwriting community. It’s a private community of some of the best up and coming songwriters around. Marty Dodson and I started it 10 years ago to help grow aspiring writers into world-class writers.

A lot of folks in the music business asked us why we would even do this.

We’ve had collectively over 300 major artist cuts, 16 #1 songs, and still are cranking out 200 plus songs a year with major writers, artists, and producers.

We didn’t need the money, we have day jobs as pro writers for our publishing companies. We’ve been fortunate to have a resume of 100’s of major artist recordings.

For us, the bottom line is we love songwriters, songwriting, and great songs.

We love the energy that great songs bring to the world. And we were tired of seeing “gurus” popping up on the internet promising to show aspiring songwriters the way to songwriting success. Almost every one of these self-proclaimed “gurus” had zero success themselves or had a little success years ago. And the sad part is the advice and instruction they were giving out was just not applicable to today’s changing music scene. Much of it needed to be unlearned to achieve real success. And worse yet, they were telling aspiring writers what they “wanted to hear” to keep them coming back! 

So, Marty Dodson and I created a private community where we were honest with writers. If their songs weren’t good yet, we said so. AND we told them how to make them better. Therefore, We give our SongTown family the tools to write good songs.

As real pro songwriters, we know everything you want to do in the music business is all on your shoulders and how good your songs have to be. So we created a no guru zone… A zero BS zone. 

SongTown: A No Guru Zone

SongTown members have many different goals but all share one thing in common.

Many of our members just love songwriting and want to be the best they can be. We love giving them the tools to accomplish that and help make their process more fun. While other members seek writing careers. Writers like Mary Haller, Conner Sweet, Nora Collins, and many others have signed staff writing publishing deals! Blake Griffith even got a Tim McGraw cut! The thing that ties this big family together is the support for each other’s goals and talents. We celebrate each other’s success no matter the size. Whether it’s writing their first complete song or landing a song in a major TV show. It’s all about the love of real songwriting.

As long as our members are game, Marty and I are going to continue waking up each day with the goal of helping aspiring writers write great songs.

Through our Members Only website, lesson & course videos, books, and personal mentoring… we put writers in real-world situations to succeed.

Write On! ~Clay

Clay Mills

Clay Mills

Clay Mills is a 16-time ASCAP hit songwriter, producer, and performer. He is the co-founder of SongTown and has 2 Grammy nominations for “Beautiful Mess” by Diamond Rio and “Heaven Heartache” by Trisha Yearwood. Clay is also the co-author of Mastering Melody Writing and The Songwriter’s Guide To Mastering Co-writing.


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