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4 Career “Don’ts” Songwriters Should Keep in Mind

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From The Weekly, posted 12.03.19 Look, I get it. I’m a songwriter and I know exactly how passionate we are about our music and our careers. That said, there is a lot of value in taking a deep breath from time to time and remembering that a little patience and humility go a long way… Read more...


5 Things I’ve Learned as a Songwriter

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.22.19 Looking back on what will be thirty years of writing songs this year, it occurs to me that above and beyond learning more about the actual nuts and bolts of songwriting, I’ve gained some often hard-won experience about what it means to be a songwriter and how to take what… Read more...


Four Tips for Getting Over Writer’s Block

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From The Weekly, posted 8.06.19 Writer’s block. The mythical beast that plagues writers of all stripes. While songwriting is a somewhat unpredictable activity, I happen to believe that there are ways to hedge against freezing up when it comes time to write. To that end, I’ve put together a few ways to get you past… Read more...


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...


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