5 Ways To Stay Motivated As A SongWriter

  Sometimes, it can be hard to stay motivated as a songwriter... Whether you write books, songs, poetry, plays or any other kind of “word” work. When the progress seems slow (or non-existent) and the rewards seem small, here are things I try to do to keep my head in the game. Write what I like. Sometimes when I get frustrated, I realize I’m...

The Dos And Don’ts Of Pitching Your Songs In The Music Business

Pitching your songs... Pitching songs (playing songs for publishers, artists or record label people in hopes of getting them to record or help you get a song recorded), is one of the areas where songwriters make the most mistakes.  And, those mistakes can be costly.  You don't get too many chances to make a good impression before you are put...

Today’s Music Sucks! A Songwriter‰’s Cautionary Tale

When I first moved to Nashville nearly 20 years ago, my publisher convinced two different Hall of Fame writers to write with me, the new kid in town. I had been writing for years and written hundreds of songs, but never with writers on that level. I was pumped! Appointment with songwriter #1. I showed up to write with writer...

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...

The Joy In The Journey (How To Enjoy Songwriting More)

  Today, I met with a songwriter friend who is very talented and very frustrated with her lack of music business success. She was describing to me how she had thought she would be so much farther along by the time she reached the birthday that had just passed. I told her my story. It took me almost 6 years of...

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...

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