How To Write Commercial Songs – Without Selling Your Soul?

  Often songwriters in our SongTown classes ask, "How do I write commercial songs without selling out?" They are writers who would like to have commercial success and hear one of their songs on the radio or an album. But they want to know how to accomplish this and still be true to themselves. They don't want to sell-out. The definition of...

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

  One of the hardest things a songwriter has to learn to level-up their writing is learning how to avoid or pull themselves out of a songwriting rut. Here are 5 things I've learned over my 25-year career that have me avoid songwriting ruts and stay inspired... Switch instruments to spark new song ideas... If you write on guitar, get an inexpensive...

Did I Wait Too Long To Start Writing Songs?

Many of our SongTown members put songwriting aside for years while they raised a family.  The dreams from their 20's only really started to get a chance in their 40's or 50's or beyond because life got in the way. So, they come to us and ask "Did I wait too long to start writing songs?" My answer is always...

How Is SongTown Different From Other Songwriting Communities?

  There are a lot of songwriting sites out there. We appreciate you stopping by our "town". If you are new to us, we want to let you know a little bit about who we are and the SongTown difference. The SongTown Difference begins with walking the walk... SongTown was founded by and is curated by two hit songwriters. Clay Mills and...

Your Next Song Demo: Read These 7 Tips Before You Spend Money

  I have received several emails this week asking about the best approach to recording song demos. There are many things that have changed over the last year since I first blogged about this. Here are a few questions to consider when demoing your songs. 1. Who will be listening? If you are playing your demo for an experienced...

How Songwriters Get Paid: The 5 Minute Overview Of Songwriting Income Streams

Several people have asked about the different ways songwriters get paid. So, here's the 5 minute overview: Publishing Draws for songwriters. This is a monthly amount a publisher pays to a writer that is on a staff publishing deal. These are really advances on royalties that have to be repaid out of incoming royalties. Once your catalog is recouped, the publisher pays you semi-annual royalty...