So let’s say you’re a lyricist  who has lots of great song ideas but no melodies to hang them on. Or, let’s say, you’re an experienced musician and vocalist but can’t imagine putting words to any of your melodies. Songwriting collaboration in these – and many other – instances can be the ideal solution. The problem for many songwriters – especially those who don’t live in major music cities – is how and where to find your complementary songwriting match – or matches. For those of you ready to start co-writing and/or broaden your collaborator rolodex, I’ve put together some options below.

1. Local writer’s nights

No matter where you live, there’s a high likelihood that there are at least a few cafes, restaurants or bars that host a regular songwriter night. Attending writer’s nights is a great way to not only get your existing songs out there but also to connect with other songwriters. It’s perfectly acceptable within the unwritten code of behavior to ask one of your songwriting peers whom you’ve just heard if they’d ever be up for collaborating. I’ve met some of my favorite co-writers that way. Be brave and your reward will come in the form of new collaborators and great songs.

2. Online

These days, it’s an online world. Although I’ve always believed there’s nothing like a real-time collaboration in the same place, sometimes that’s just not a possibility.  One of my favorite websites for pairing potential collaborators is SongwriterLink.com. Log in and start looking for your ideal co-writer.

3. Music Conferences

Taking the time to attend a music conference is generally a good idea. That being said, one of the great resources that tends to get overlooked is your fellow conference attendees. While it’s always great to meet the music industry execs and attend workshops, some of the most lasting and productive relationships you’ll make at a conference are with the other songwriters and musicians. You’ll get an opportunity to hear their songs whether at a pitch to publisher panel or more spontaneously in a late night, hallway performance at the hotel. Either way, don’t forget to keep your eyes and ears open for potential songwriting collaborators.

4. On trips to Nashville, NYC and Los Angeles

It’s good to remember that just because you don’t live in a major music city doesn’t mean you can’t visit. As a matter of fact, planning visits to one (or more) of the music cities is well worth your while. Whether you’ll be attending a music conference as mentioned above or just taking a few days to familiarize yourself with the songwriting community and music industry in one of the big three cities, you’ll almost certainly run into other songwriters in a similar situation. Again, it takes just a little courage to reach out but the upside is almost always worth it.Songwriting Collaborators

5. Meetings with music industry decision makers

In a related fashion, when you’re in a music city and if you’ve done a bit of homework/scheduling in advance, you’ll have an opportunity to meet with publishers, label execs or a writer/publisher relations representative at one of the performing rights organizations such as BMI, ASCAP or SESAC. Showing your songs to these folks might not result in a publishing deal or cut but, if you ask, they might have some collaborator recommendations for you. You never know.

Conclusion

Finding collaborators is not as difficult as you might imagine assuming you’re willing to put yourself out there a little bit. Hopefully the above options will make the path to co-writing a little more clear.

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17 responses to “Five Ways to Find Songwriting Collaborators”

  1. Peter Robinson says:

    Looking for songwriting collaborators. Country, rock, gospel. I have quite a few songs finished, some unfinished and some with just 1 or 2 lines but great hooks..

  2. VinceWest.US says:

    Where are you Peter?
    I’m in Central CA.
    209-981-6505

  3. Tina Douglas says:

    I’m looking for cowriters genres Pop, R&B, Country, Gospel, etc. I have a dozen songs unfinished that could possibly use a different tone.

  4. Richard says:

    Hey fellow songwriters. There is a great resource to find co writes in your area. Its the most helpful in Nashville right now with a few hundred songwriters using it but try downloading the app and building songwriter networks in your area. The App is free and its called “We Should Write Sometime” you can find it here https://www.weshouldwritesometime.com

  5. I am a lyricist seeking serious musicians who can compose and perform songs.

    Joe Buonfiglio

  6. Roque Maguinsay says:

    Hi Friends, I love writing songs. How I wish to have a friend who has the passion in collaborating to write a song.

  7. Karl Crosby says:

    Is it best to have an entertainment attorney deliver your music demo to a large music publishing company like Sony ATV?

  8. Hi Karl. Your best bet is to slowly, steadily get to know people in the industry yourself. Music Attorneys definitely do this kind of thing but if you can develop your own relationships with music publishers, you’ll be better off.
    Best,
    Cliff

  9. Thomas Bass says:

    I’m a guy looking for a collaborative partner to work with. I like pop, country, and rock music. I have finished several songs and have a few unfinished. I live in Nashville and feel time slipping away. Lets do this now.

  10. Rocky says:

    Hi Thomas,
    I love songwriting collaboration . How I wish I will be given such opportunities. My email address is rockygibb1963@gmail.com

  11. Experienced writer looking for someone to put music to my lyrics. Blistering rhyme patterns and styles; tight, poignant and meaningful. Indie rock, Celtic, folk, country. Only interested in writing and seeing/hearing my lyrics put to good use. Will work lyrically with serious musicians if requested. Compensation is not a driving factor. Inquiry/samples: dmurray19@comcast.net

  12. Chris says:

    Hey fellow songwriters. I’ve been looking to find collaborators for years. You could try a new platform I’ve just come across called Verse Chorus: https://www.verse-chorus.com/
    It’s free to use. You just post an advert and other musicians/lyricists can reply to it.

  13. Shall says:

    First, I wish all respondents a beautiful and successful music creation experience. The comet I write with died in 2018 I was acoustic rock, folk, pop, jazz, blues and she was pop/punk. She ignites my writing and sound, such that others take notice. That’s a nice compliment. I ran the open mic stage at Tumbleweed festival this year, probably next. Jesus said it best… if you want to lead, you must have a servant’s heart. You’ll find community there.

  14. Ian Tuton says:

    Hi,

    I’m English and a lyric writer which I initially started doing two years ago.
    I have over seventy lyrics copywritten on songbay.co.uk.
    I am looking for someone who can add the music as I am non musician.
    Look me up under songbay.co.uk under artist “Tutoni” where they are all shown in full.
    Please e-mail me if you wish to add your music to these.

    Thanks in anticipation,
    Ian Tuton

  15. Ernie George says:

    Hi There,

    I am basically a lyric writer although over the years I have had my own songs demoed and had publishing contracts due to the fact I have the tune in my head and could sing them…badly.

    However the increasing cost of demos have made me rethink and now I would like to try collaboration.

    I am based in England but have some great country lyrics waiting for the right melody writer.

    Do you think it’s a good idea to approach people in the USA in this genre as I have found the UK fairly lacking when it comes to country.

    Many thanks,
    Ernie

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