Writing To Your Title

When I was a rookie songwriter, I don’t know how many times I had someone tell me “you have to write FROM your title”. Looking back, I think that advice contributed to some weak songs. At the time, I didn’t need any help writing a weak song. After gaining more experience and writing hundred of…

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“Why Are Split Sheets Important?”

Hit Songwriter Marty Dodson talks about split sheets and why they are so important. Chapters Chapter 1: What is on a songwriter split sheet? Chapter 2: How are the percentages split? Chapter 3: Why are split sheets important? Chapter 4: Is publishing important to list? Chapter 5: What if I have a pseudonym name? Chapter…

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How To Write Songs For Sync Licensing

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In today’s ever changing music landscape, writing music for sync has become an important marketplace for songs and songwriters. Knowing how to write songs for sync will not only supplement a writer’s income but it also has the potential to launch a recording artist from obscurity to stardom. More music content is being consumed now…

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It’s Never Too Late When It Comes To Your Songwriting Dreams

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I believe that it’s never too late to be what you might have been and to chase your songwriting dreams. In my case, I was in my mid-thirties when I started trying to write professionally. I got a much later start than some others who pursued their songwriting passion right out of high school. But,…

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Do Songwriters & Artists Need A Publisher?

Do songwriters need a publisher? This is a question that I get all the time. Like most things in life, there is not a one-size-fits-all answer to the question. In general, I explain it to people this way.  It’s very similar to the way I would answer the question “Do I really need a mechanic to…

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Melody and The Power of Three

In storytelling, there is a principle called “The Rule of Three.” This principle points to the tendency for plays, movies, and stories to have three repeating or related elements. Stories and plays usually have three acts. In fairy tales, the hero is often granted three wishes. In the story, “The Three Little Pigs,” the big…

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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 look 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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Songwriters: How To Get A Publishing Deal

One of the first things an artist or songwriter learns when contemplating career is music, is that a good music publisher can often be the difference in succeeding or not suceeding in the business. But how to get a publishing deal is often shrouded in mystery. After all, there is no college degree that you…

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Blueprinting Your Song: How To Write Better Songs Faster

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Something that has changed my songwriting in a radical way is a technique I call blueprinting your song. When you’re building a house, you hope that the builder is working from a good blueprint.  That’s really the only way to make sure that the house you wind up with is the house you intended to…

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Songwriters: 5 Keys To Building A Better Song Catalog


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.…

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