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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Five Questions Songwriters Can Ask Themselves to Decide If Their Song Is Finished

When most of us start out writing songs, it’s pretty difficult for us to know when a song is officially finished. The more songs you write and the better you know your own process, the easier this will become. That being said, here are some things you can do right away to help you know
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Seven Milestones in a Successful Songwriting Career

One of the things I’ve noticed in my twenty-five years of writing songs is that it’s way too easy to ignore significant milestones in your songwriting career because you’re so focused on the brass ring of having a hit. I think it’s time we take a closer look at what success really means over the
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My Five Favorite Books For Songwriters

Over the years, along with writing around a thousand songs, I’ve read quite a few books on the topic of songwriting and creativity. Below is a list of my top five books for songwriters in no particular order. If you’re serious about mastering the craft of songwriting, it would be well worth your while to give
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Six Critical Things Successful Songwriters Do Every Day

One of the best parts of spending time in Nashville for as long as I have is that I get to observe – up close – the way successful songwriters manage their day to day lives. Beyond the obvious songwriting talent, there are lots of other things that these songwriters do day in and day
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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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