Consultation and critiques

By the hour     By the song      Six-month mentoring package     Pay online

In the good old days if you were a new songwriter in Nashville you could still walk up and down Music Row with a guitar in your hand knocking on doors asking if anyone would listen to your songs, and publishers would often stop what they were doing to hear your music. If they liked it they might send you to their staff writers so they could teach you how to write a hit.

But  it’s big business now. Publishers are too busy and there are too many songwriters, and too many songwriters who are ready to sue for plagiarism without real cause. So these days a newcomer is mostly likely to be met by a disinterested receptionist spouting the stock reply, “We don’t accept unsolicited material.”

Ready for the Row is a consultation and critique service desigend to provide developing songwriters withe the guidance and mentioring they need to write bettersongs and learn to navigate the music uindustry.If your are a writer or an artist looking for advice Barbara will – 

  • listen to your songs
  • give you feedback on their craft and commercial potential
  • answer questions about the music business
  • give specific suggestions for reaching your career goal

CONSULTATION   – by the hour

Consultation can be done in person, by phone or through Skype. The time can be used just for song critiques, just for questions and advice, or a combination of the two. The fee is $90 per hour, $55 per half-hour. Barbara has no trouble critiquing a song as soon as she has heard it, but if you prefer that she listen to songs and make notes in advance of the consultation session, there is an additional charge of $10 per song.

To make an appointment, call 615-383-5616 or use the contact form to send an email.

RECORDED CRITIQUES   – by the song

If you want a song critique that you can refer back to, Barbara can record feedback and email it as an mp3 or send a CD through the mail. The fee is $45 per song or $35 per song for three or more.

How to send songs
By mail – send a CD and lyric sheets to Barbara Cloyd, PO Box 121497, Nashville TN 37212. Be sure to include your phone number and email address. Make checks payable to Barbara Cloyd

On line – email songs as mp3 attachments to (If possible, please do not send wma, wav or m4a files.)  You may need to use more than one email for multiple songs since the files may be too big to go through email servers all at once.. To avoid problems with opening different file formats, please paste the lyrics into the body of the email rather than attaching them   Pay on line with Paypal.


Success in any field requires organization, discipline and consistency. For right-brained, creative songwriters and artists, that can often be a challenge, especially if you have to do it all on your own. This program is designed to give you support and help you stay focused as you learn and grow.

Meetings can take place in person, over the phone or on line with Skype. You can start the mentoring process at any time.

There are four components to this program:

1. 2 hour initial consultation

You and Barbara will begin the first session by discussing what your ultimate goals are for your music – in other words, what you would be doing if all your dreams came true.  Then Barbara will  listen to some songs and give you feedback on their craft and commercial potential. Based on your level of development and what you’d like to accomplish, you’ll establish an action plan with specific long-term and short-term goals designed to fit your life and the way you like to work.

2.  Monthly consultations

At 30 day intervals you will meet with Barbara for about an hour. She’ll listen to songs you’ve worked on in the last month and give feedback. Then you’ll look at how you did meeting the goals in your action plan for the month, celebrate the successes, learn from whatever didn’t work and then make new goals for the following month.

3.  Weekly contact

This feature is what makes the mentoring package differ from just booking consultation time because it gives you regular access to Barbara for guidance and advice.  If you’d like some input on a song you’re working on, have a question about the music business, or just need a pep talk you can call, Skype or email once or twice a week for a brief (ten minutes or less) conversation.

4. Play for Publishers Workshop

These workshops are held 3 times a year and they are a way to learn about the demands of the market from successful professionals who regularly pitch to the top artists, producers and labels. Writers are invited to apply and 16 are selected to present their songs. Writers who are not selected are welcome to audit the workshop and they participate in every way except presenting their songs to the publishers. Your mentoring package includes attendance as an auditor at one workshop of your choosing. (If you would like to be considered for a spot as a presenter there is no charge to apply but  you have to pay the workshop fee if selected.)

Cost     $900

You can pay by sending a check to Barbara Cloyd at PO Box 121497, Nashville TN 37212 or pay with Paypal.

(You do not need to have a Paypal account to pay with a credit or debit card.)