Resources

  Songwriting Organizations    Professional song evaluations    Pitching opportunities     Networking websites     Informative websites     Seminars and conferences    Books       Songwriter festivals    Performance Rights Organizations  

 

 SONGWRITING ORGANIZATIONS

Nashville Songwriters Association International
If you want to learn about the craft and business of songwriting NSAI is one of the best possible resources. They are also leaders in the ongoing battle to keep  copyright law strong and to adapt it to the digital age.

Songwriters Guild of America
They provide advice to their members about legal aspects of songwriting along with quality educational opportunities.

Global Songwriters Connection
F
ounded by music industry professional and songwriter mentor Sheree’ Spoltore, they offer webinars, career guidance, song evaluations and frequent opportunities to pitch to publishers.

Songwriting and Music Business
An online community run by hit-writer/artist Amanda Williams. They provide excellent education and opportunities for networking with other writers and people in the music business. Her focus is on being a “songpreneur,” finding outside-the-box ways of placing your songs.

SongTownUsa
This online songwriting community was formed by hit writers Clay Mills and Marty Dodson. They know the craft and business and have created numerous ways to share their wisdom and guidance. Even if you don’t sign up, do yourself a favor and checkout the wonderful stream of information on their Facebook page.

SongU.com  
It’s an online school run by pro writers with a variety of excellent teachers and mentors. Once you sign up you can take as many classes as you want for no extra charge. There is no long-term commitment. They also create opportunities for songwriters to network with each other online.

 

PROFESSIONAL SONG EVALUATIONS

Barbara Cloyd
Barbara will record her feedback and email it to you as an mp3, or if you prefer, you can have a 20 minute phone or Skype call to talk about the strengths, weaknesses and commercial potential of your songs.

Jason Blume 
Jason no longer does song critiques personally but has an excellent staff trained to give honest, insightful feedback. 

Rick Beresford 
You can spend time one-on-one with this faculty member of Belmont University and NSAI Song Camps.

 

PITCHING OPPORTUNITIES

Taxi
This service helps independent songwriters and artists get their music to record labels, film and TV music supervisors, music libraries, publishers, licensing companies, ad agencies and video game companies.

Pitch to Pro Pipeline
Hit songwriter Sandy Ramos works with industry professionals who, for a fee, will consider your songs for their projects and, if they don’t select your song, will provide feedback on why they didn’t.

Speed Pitch
This is the brain child of publisher/mentor Steve Bloch. For a fee you will have 13 minutes with each of 6 pros to play them a few songs and ask them all of your questions. You can do it in person or via Skype. 

NSAI Online Pitch Service
The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has an online pitch to a publisher, producer or record label twice a month. It is only open to members and each member can participate twice each year. 

Evening with a Publisher
Studio owner Larry Beaird draws upon an impressive list of publishers to offer this opportunity, free of charge, to songwriters who record demos at his studio. You can participate in person or via Skype.

 

 

NETWORKING WEBSITES

Broadjam
This online music community was founded in 1999 and boasts half a million members. The many services they offer include peer song reviews, professional song reviews, contests with great prize packages, networking with other members and opportunities to submit music for film and TV placements. 

Songramp
SongRamp has been an online music community since April 2001. It is an interactive community with music, forums, chat, blogs, photos, store, and artist homepages.

The Muse’s Muse
This site has been around for many years and it’s loaded with songwriting information, forums and resources.

Indie Connect
Indie Connect is a business club for independent artists, musicians, songwriters, labels & industry who want to join together to help and support each other. They offer on-line opportunities as well as local meetings and seminars.

 

  INFORMATIVE WEBSITES

Barbara Cloyd
Read informative articles on the craft and business on this website. Watch her songwriting videos YouTube.

Jason Blume
Jason has taught world-wide and he shares a wealth of informative article on his website

Music Starts Here
Video interviews with lots of Nashville music industry people covering just about every topic.

Educated Songwriter
Cliff Goldmacher is a former Nashville staff writer who currently owns studios in Nashville and Sonoma, CA where he produces and engineers. He knows both the craft and business and his website is full of accurate information and practical advice.

Songwriters Connection
Kim Copeland and Susan Tucker and been supporting songwriters and teaching songwriting for years. Sign up here for their weekly tips for sonNgwriters.

Murphy’s Laws
If you’re not gonna buy the book (see below), at least read some of his articles on the ASCAP website. No one talks about songwriting with more accuracy and humor.  

 

WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES

Barbara Cloyd’s Play for Publishers

ASCAP “I Create Music”Expo

NSAI Songcamps and Songwriting Seminar

TAXI Road Rally

Durango Songwriters Expo

 

  BOOKS

 Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting
Ralph Murphy, hit writer, successful publisher and long-time VP of ASCAP, has been writing a column for the ASCAP website for years and has finally pulled together his insider’s insights into a book that will keep you laughing as it tells you the hard truth.

Six Steps to Songwriting Success
If you buy one book on songwriting, buy this one by Jason Blume. Read it slowly and carefully – it is so loaded with accurate and important information you may not realize that every sentence counts.

This Business of Songwriting
Jason Blume does meticulous research and this volume demystifies the process of doing business as a songwriter. It includes information on pitching songs and an explanation of how the charts work.

The Dos and Don’ts of Music Row
Hit writer Liz Hengber’s account of landing a staff-writing deal will entertain you and help you avoid some of her mistakes.  

Things I’ve Learned From the Audience
Veteran performer Don McNatt, who hosts the open mic at the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival, offers tips on how to shine at writers nights and open mics.

 

Songwriter Festivals

Tin Pan South
If you want to binge on great songwriting, get to Nashville for this five-day event put on every April by the Nashville Songwriters Association.

Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival
If you love sugar-white Gulf of Mexico beaches and great songwriting, you need to check out this event that happens for 12 days each November. Barbara played there first in 2000 and has been back almost every year since.

Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival
Set in beautiful Gatlinburg, TN in the heart of the Smokies, this new festival features some of Nashville’s finest along with local and national independent artists. Workshops and a songwriting contest round out the experience.

Key West Songwriters Festival
Hit writers hit the Keys for this BMI sponsored music & fun fest.

30A Songwriters Festival
Located along the beautiful Gulf Coast of the Florida Panhandle, the feature a stellar line-up and open applications for writers who want to play.

 

 PERFORMANCE RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS (PROs)

 They collect airplay royalties when their members songs are played on radio and TV, in concert halls and nightclubs, etc. They also have member representatives who help developing songwriters. As a writer you can join only one.  All three are excellent. Check them all out, try to meet with representatives and join the one you think will best support you.

ASCAP
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

 BMI
Broadcast Music Incorporated

SESAC
According to their website, the name was originally an acronym for Society of European Stage Authors & Composers but today they are world-wide and the name is simply SESAC (pronounced SEE sack) and not an abbreviation of anything.