How To Pitch Your Songs Wisely or Don’t Be That Guy


One of the biggest mistakes I see rising songwriters make is pitching songs improperly.  So, I wanted to give you some guidelines to help YOU pitch songs wisely and to not be that guy/girl that burns bridges by pitching the wrong way.  Here are some things to consider when pitching.

Follow instructions carefully.

If they said “Don’t pitch any beach songs”, you are better off NOT pitching one, even if you think yours is great.  Pay close attention to what they have already and DON’T pitch that.

Don’t pitch the most obvious songs.

For instance, if the artists are brothers, don’t pitch them songs about being brothers.  Probably half of the people that write with them try to write a song about them being brothers.  They have that covered, trust me.  You need to think outside the box and pitch them something everyone else is NOT pitching them.

Don’t ask to send “Just one more” if you were told you could send one.

If they want to hear more, they will ask you.  That’s better than you asking them.

Don’t check in.

If you don’t hear back, that means “no”.  Don’t e-mail and say “Hey what did you think about my song?” They will contact you with ANY good news.  I promise.  The people you are pitching to usually have more songs than they can possibly listen to.  They don’t have time to respond to every single person.  That’s nothing personal, it’s just reality.

Don’t pitch anything if you don’t have something you think fits perfectly.

It’s better not to waste their time.  So, don’t send anything at all if you don’t have anything that you believe is a PERFECT fit.  Just have patience and wait until you have something you’d bet the  farm on.  Then, send that one song.  You’ll get the door closed in your face if you continue to send things that don’t work for the artist.  Treat each pitching relationship as precious and worth getting “just right” before you send something off.

Finally, don’t pitch a weak song.

The only weak songs that get cut are ones the artist writes themselves or that someone in the camp has a financial interest in. Outside writers only get GREAT songs cut.


It’s always better to pitch nothing than to pitch the wrong thing, so do your homework.  Find out what the artist needs and try to target that need very creatively and specifically.  Best of luck!

Write on! MD

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

13 thoughts on “How To Pitch Your Songs Wisely or Don’t Be That Guy

  1. Thanks Marty,

    I have kept some long-term relationships going by not over pitching and by listening and being appreciative of the industry person’s feedback. I should check out the pitch sheet on the forum Clay mentioned. . Is is listed under “Pitch Sheet” or u.der another lookup?

  2. Hi, Marty:

    What about when it says only send songs with male (or with female) vocals? I only have one version of most of my songs. If a song fits the pitch otherwise, should I send it in? Or should I just leave it alone? I don’t have male AND female versions of most of my songs.


  3. Marty,

    Do you know if George Strait is looking for Strait country songs or is he wanting to go more comtemporary country?

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