A Discussion About Co-Writing Percentages

In songwriting, as in any creative endeavor, there’s a delicate balance between art and commerce.  While writing songs is, at its core, an act of artistic expression, it also marks the creation of what attorneys refer to as “intellectual property.” So, given that there is property ownership involved, the questions on the table are how
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Four Ways Courage Can Make A Songwriter Successful

While the life of a successful songwriter can appear glamorous, building that career step by grueling step is not for the faint of heart. Creating art is equal parts passion, inspiration and discipline and figuring out how to monetize that art requires a special kind of courage. Bravery as a songwriter takes many forms, I’ve
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Six Ways to Make the Most of Your Songwriting Consultations

As a songwriter, there comes a point where you’re no longer content just to have finished a song. You’d like to know how it measures up to the songs that are out there generating income. Early on, songwriters are so close to their songs that it’s really hard to have any perspective in that regard.
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Three Reasons Gratitude Makes Your Songwriting Career Better

Gratitude. It’s a seemingly simple concept. Be grateful for the things you have or are given. It almost seems like it would be difficult not to be grateful when something good happens or someone shows you a kindness and, yet, sometimes we get so wrapped up in our pursuit of songwriting success that we forget
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Three Things All Songwriters Should Be Doing Right Now

In a songwriter’s life, delayed gratification is the norm. Songwriting success, when it comes, comes after years of effort. That being said, there are a few essential things that songwriters have to do consistently – and starting right away – if the hope is to make a living at their craft. To that end, here
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Three Ways to Know If You’ve Written a Good Song

I feel it’s important to remind ourselves as songwriters that a song’s quality – like any art – is subjective. Ultimately, time and the long view will provide a clearer perspective on whether your work is solid. Even the most successful songwriters face a lot of rejection and an almost endless supply of others’ opinions.
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Four Things You Might Not Know About Lyric Writing

As a longtime songwriter and – often specifically a lyricist – I’ve had a chance to observe why and how lyrics work. While it’s obvious that the words can tell a story or create a mood, what’s less obvious is what happens when you take a step back and look at the role of the
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Five Ways Cheap Becomes Expensive with Song Demos

I’m not going to sugarcoat it. Professional demos aren’t cheap. Part of the business of songwriting has been – and always will be – presenting your songs in the best possible light for the music industry decision makers. These folks are used to hearing – and expect to hear – high quality recordings of the
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Five Ways To Handle A Negative Song Critique

Writing songs is a solitary exercise and, early on, it’s hard to have a sense as to whether or not your songs are working. Song critiques by either your musical peers or industry professionals can be a great way to gain additional insight into how your songs are coming across. The blessing and the curse
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The Right Ways Songwriters Can Ask For Help

Sooner or later we all need help in our songwriting careers. Generally, the earlier you are in your journey, the more help you’ll need but I’m twenty-five years in and still need a hand from time to time. The key is not in avoiding help but, rather, in knowing how to ask for help and
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