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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Four Questions When Choosing A Genre For Your Song Demo

So, first there’s the song. Generally speaking when we sit down to write a song it has more to do with the groove, melody and the lyric than it does with which categories and/or boxes into which your new song will eventually fit. It has also been my experience that most songs don’t necessarily announce
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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 Music Industry People Songwriters Should Know

One of the things I’ve observed over the years I’ve been a songwriter is that songwriting is a solitary endeavor. When you do muster up the courage to leave your creative bubble and try to market yourself and your songs, it can be a bit confusing (not to mention overwhelming) to figure out who the
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You Want Synchs?!? Watch TV!!!

Senior Vice President of Music Placement and Licensing at Razor & Tie, Brooke Primont, has some super simple, no nonsense advice for songwriters hoping to place their songs in film and TV. Brooke oversees the licensing department, working on music placements of Razor & Tie recording artists and music publishing writers and composers in television,
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Five Major Email Mistakes Songwriters Should Avoid

Let me begin by saying that my intention in writing this article is to help you avoid some of the mistakes I unwittingly made early in my songwriting career. The kinds of mistakes I’m talking about are not done maliciously as much as they are a result of an unthinking set of behaviors based on
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How Not to Suck at Songwriting

My friend and longtime collaborator, Kevin Fisher, is a multi-platinum selling songwriter based in Los Angeles. Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Uncle Kracker and many others have recorded his songs. As an artist himself and a writer for others, his songs are being played all over the world. In this article, Kevin shares some of his hard-won
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