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10 Tips for Bridging the Gap Between Amateur and Professional Songwriting

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.17.19 Above and beyond the inspiration that often serves as the seed for all songwriters, there are lots of significant things to consider when it comes to refining your songwriting craft. Here are a few tips and things to keep in mind if you’re wondering how to make the leap from… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: December

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.18 WORKSHOPS BMI 101 Workshop: New York BMI 101 is a one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. When: January 31, February 28, March 28, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00… Read more...


Top Songwriting Workshop Questions - and Their Answers

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.17.18 In teaching songwriting and music business workshops over the past fifteen years, I’ve observed that there is a “greatest hits” of questions that I get over and over again from my attendees. I thought it might be helpful to share those questions and my answers here. Music Business 1. When… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: August

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.14.18 WORKSHOPS BMI/Cliff Goldmacher Workshop: Stripping Down Your Demos & Getting Them Cut This workshop is for songwriters who would like to streamline the demo process, keep their demo budgets in check and maximize the return on their investment. The workshop also provides multiple examples of stripped-down demos that… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: July

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.19.18 WORKSHOPS BMI/Cliff Goldmacher Workshop: Stripping Down Your Demos & Getting Them Cut This workshop is for songwriters who would like to streamline the demo process, keep their demo budgets in check and maximize the return on their investment. The workshop also provides multiple examples of stripped-down demos that… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: June

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.13.18 WORKSHOPS BMI/ Cliff Goldmacher Workshop: Making Your Rough Recordings Anything But “Rough” When: Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 2 - 3 PM Where: BMI’s Nashville office (10 Music Square East, Nashville 37203) How: Register online here Get an insider’s perspective on the process of… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: May

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.10.18 WORKSHOPS BMI/Cliff Goldmacher Workshop: Making Your Rough Recordings Anything But “Rough” When: Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 2 - 3 PM Where: BMI’s Nashville office (10 Music Square East, Nashville 37203) How: Register online here Get an insider’s perspective on the process of making… Read more...


6 Tips for Exercising Your Songwriting Muscles

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From The Weekly, posted 4.24.18 The difference, in my experience, between professional songwriters and hobbyists has very little to do with raw songwriting ability. It has to do with taking that talent and honing your skills. Being a pro requires an ironclad work ethic to not only create a consistent body of work, but also… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: April

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.12.18 WORKSHOPS Jason Blume Songwriting Workshop: Nashville BMI’s popular Songwriters’ Workshop Series in Nashville is held monthly under the tutelage of hit songwriter and best-selling author Jason Blume. When: April 17, 2018, 12:30 - 4:30 PM Where: BMI’s Nashville offices (10 Music Square East, Nashville, TN) Who: Aspiring… Read more...


Two Big Mistakes Songwriters Make

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From The Weekly, posted 10.16.17 In the twenty-five years that I’ve been writing songs and, more recently, since I’ve been teaching, I’ve made and/or seen some common mistakes in both writing and navigating a songwriting career that can be avoided. Here are two of them. Forfeiting Craft for Emotion and Vice Versa We all write… Read more...


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