Some Things Songwriters Shouldn’t Be Scared Of

I’d like to introduce you to Julliard trained composer, conductor, string arranger and music publisher, Dan Coleman. Dan is the co-founder of Modern Works Music Publishing which he started in 1999. Dan has also spoken on music publishing and copyright matters for BMI, Harvard and MIT among others. His commentary below is well worth your
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Five Ways Songwriters Can Avoid Writer’s Block

Songwriting – like any art – requires at least a certain amount of inspiration. However, the more you write the more often inspiration isn’t as available as you’d like it to be. Occasionally, inspiration can appear to run completely dry. When you find yourself heading toward or already in that situation, there are multiple ways
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Things Songwriters Should Do Visiting Nashville

The former National Director of Events for the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and an exceptional songwriter and artist in his own right, David Petrelli, has put down a few thoughts for songwriters headed to Nashville for a visit. _____ Nashville, TN is home to the most talented and successful songsmiths in the world. But
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The Introverted Songwriter’s Guide to Networking

I’m what you might call an extroverted introvert. The short version of what that means is that I enjoy being around people but it takes energy for me to do it. I recharge when I’m home and away from the hubbub of the music cities and industry events. I’m telling you this because for my
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What Great Musicianship Looks – and Sounds – Like

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to George Marinelli.  As a founding member of Bruce Hornsby’s GRAMMY-winning band, The Range, George has worked at the highest levels of music for several decades.  As a long-time member of Bonnie Raitt’s band, George not only tours and performs on Bonnie’s albums but has also collaborated as a
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The Pros and Cons of Songwriting Contests

As a songwriter starting out, the allure of the songwriting contest is clear. It’s an opportunity for the industry recognition we all desire. And while on some levels this may be true, I think it’s valuable to take a long, clear-eyed look at the advantages and disadvantages of submitting your songs to be judged. Pros
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Some Notes On Being A Songwriter

I’m pleased to introduce you to Jeff Cohen. Jeff is a songwriter, producer, music publisher and industry executive with an incredibly deep knowledge of not only the craft of songwriting but also the music business. Do yourself a favor and take the time to read Jeff’s thoughts about what it means to be a songwriter
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Don’t Ever Underestimate Your Songwriting Passion

Kristy Jackson is a world-class songwriter whose hit “Take It Back” for Reba made her a BMI million air award winner. I’m sure you’ll love her story about how important your passion is as a songwriter. Enjoy! _____ If you’re a songwriter, here’s my advice.  Five words.  Don’t Ever Underestimate Your Passion!  It’s a thankless
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The Pros and Cons of Songwriter Nights

One of the rites of passage for songwriters is performing (or hearing your song performed if you don’t sing/play an instrument) at a songwriter night. This can be alternately terrifying, thrilling or just another day at the office depending upon how often you go. For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity yet, here
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Some Tips on Editing and Re-writing A Lyric

I’d like to introduce you to Tom Kimmel. Along with releasing several major label albums as an artist himself, Tom has written songs covered by Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, Linda Ronstadt and Randy Travis among others. Tom’s insights into the lyric-writing process are well worth a good read. Enjoy! _____ For some of us, a
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