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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Five Ways Optimism Helps Your Songwriting Career

There’s an old Yiddish curse that says “may you do what you love for a living.” In other words, taking the thing you’re most passionate about and attempting to earn an income from it is full of challenges and can certainly feel overwhelming at times. After twenty-five years of doing this, I’ve found that it’s
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Four Essential Reasons Songwriters Don’t Have to Do it All

The life of a songwriter is full of a seemingly endless array of tasks that extend well beyond the act of writing songs. While there are a lot of things songwriters can – and should – be doing to get ahead in their careers, sometimes it can be a relief to know that we don’t
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Four Reasons To Be Patient With Your Songwriting Career

Looking back on twenty-five plus years of writing songs, it’s a lot easier for me to connect the dots now and see that the things I was doing years ago would eventually bear fruit. I can safely say that nothing ever moved as quickly as I thought it would and, yet, I’m constantly surprised at
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Three Reasons To Be Thankful You’re a Songwriter

I thought I would take a moment to tell you (and myself while I’m at it) a few of the things we have to be thankful for as songwriters. Songwriting is the kind of pursuit that often takes place in a vacuum with little or no encouragement and is, by its very nature, solitary. Also,
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Three Good Reasons Songwriters Should Love Their Songs

In order to suffer the slings and arrows which are an inevitable part of trying to generate income from your songs, it’s a good idea to love them first. I’m talking about a very specific kind of love here. What I’m not talking about is the kind of desperate, dysfunctional love where your song is
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Six Tips for Improving Songwriting Motivation

As passionate as we are about our songwriting, the reality is that sometimes it’s difficult to motivate ourselves to write. Whether it’s the fear of plumbing our emotional depths or just good old fatigue after a long day, there are often obstacles to overcome when it’s time to write. While flashes of inspiration are great,
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