How To Get A Songwriting Staff Writing Deal

  Here are the best ways I know to increase your chances of getting a songwriting staff writing deal with a publisher: Get to know music publishers organically. If there's a publisher you are interested in and you are able, go to writer's nights where they are featuring their writers. Buy them a drink. Meet their writers. Mix and mingle. Go to...

The Song Is King

If you've been hanging around SongTown for a while, you've heard Clay and I talk about the idea that "The Song Is King". When we say that, we mean that, when we write, we are there to serve the song, NOT to serve our own interests. I believe that music and songs have a "life" of...

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 how we are different from the rest. The SongTown Difference begins with we walk the walk... SongTown was founded by and is curated by two...

The Poor Man’s Copyright For Songwriters: Separating Truth From Fiction

  For years I have heard the phrase “Poor Man’s Copyright” thrown around in songwriting circles. The term is often brought up as a cheap alternative to an official $55 copyright from the US Copyright Office. Mailing a song to yourself... Statements are thrown out like: "Don't bother to pay the money for the real deal. All you have to do is make...

Morning Stretch

I believe that our writing "muscles" are just like any other muscle group. If we want to be as flexible as possible, we have to stretch those muscles from time to time. So, this morning, I wanted to give your brain and maybe your writing muscles a little "Morning Stretch". It makes me cringe every time I hear a writer who...

Songwriting And Life: Lessons That Apply To Both

  Someone pointed out this weekend that my posts often have as much to do with life as they do with songwriting. That made me think, and I realized that it's probably because songwriting is just a reflection of life. So many of the principles we talk about in our posts and the answers we give are really just life principles. How do...