Songwriters: Should You Pay Your Co-Writer To Demo Your Song?

  5 Songwriting Scenarios... Recently, we had a lively and awesome debate in the private SongTown Masterclass page on Facebook about whether or not a "track guy" (Or girl) should charge their co-writers for building a track/demo for their song.  There truly is no one right or wrong answer to that question.  There might be times when that is appropriate, but there...

How To Format Your Lyric Sheets – A Songwriter’s Guide

  The proper way to format your lyric sheet is one of the most overlooked details in the songwriting business! Since starting SongTown four years ago, Marty and I have had the chance to see many songs and/or song lyrics presented in our Pitch-to-Publisher events, song contests, and song feedback forums on songtown.com. We've seen some wild lyric sheets—or in many...

Songwriters & Artists: Will You Be Ready When Your Door Opens

"He got lucky. That will never happen again." After celebrating my first number one song, "Beautiful Mess," a friend of mine told me that a big successful songwriter spoke these words about me. I can't blame him, he had been writing big songs for years and he’d seen a lot of young writers come and go. He understood that while...

5 Things I Would Tell My Younger Songwriter Self

    Someone recently asked me what I wish I had known when I first started trying to be a professional songwriter. There’s a lot of advice I WISH someone had given me back then, but here are a few for starters: Don’t put a time limit on success. When I started, I gave myself two years. At the end of two years, I...

5 Ways To Break Out Of Your Writing Rut And Spark New Songs

  Switch instruments to spark new song ideas... If you write on guitar, get an inexpensive keyboard and bang around a bit. You'll be amazed at how unfamiliar territory gets your creative juices flowing. You can always switch back to your regular instrument to perfect your new idea once it's born. Change Tempos. If you write a lot of ballads try uptempo and vice verse....

The SongTown Difference – A Songwriter’s Edge

  A home that's unique for songwriters... In a world where there are an increasing number of options for songwriters to gather and to get education, Clay and I feel it is important from time to time to remind everyone of the things that make SongTown different from any other songwriting community you might be a part of.  Here are the things...

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