Songwriting Is Not An Overnight Success Business

Worked 17 years for overnight songwriting success. - Tim Hicks   Several years ago, at our company Christmas dinner, I ran into an old friend, Denny Carr who told me an amazing story. Four years prior, he and I were in Hamilton, Ontario Canada for the Canadian Country Music Awards. While we were there, Neil Sanderson from the rock band "Three Days...

How Do I Submit A Song As A Songwriter?

  There seems to be a lot of confusion out there over the question "How Do I Submit A Song As A Songwriter to the music business?" The truth of the matter is that there is no one way to "submit" a song. When you simplify the "song submission" idea, there are basically three categories of song submissions that a songwriter should...

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, Marty Dodson  and I have had the chance to see many songs and/or song lyrics presented in our publisher groups, song contests, and song feedback forums on songtown.com. We've seen some wild lyric sheets—or in many...

How Do I Write Commercial Music – Without Selling My Soul?

Often songwriters in our SongTown classes ask, "How do I write commercial music 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 commercial...

There Are Songs in That Guitar: A Christmas Holiday Reflection

  This Christmas season, I find myself looking back and remembering people that have been an important part of my life. I think the winter holidays are a wonderful time for cultivating gratitude. There have been people who have been there for me since day one, and there have been those who were only in my life for brief moments, but...