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Three Goals to Keep in Mind For Aspiring Songwriters in The New Year

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From The Weekly, posted 12.10.19. As aspiring songwriters look toward the New Year, many make goals they’d like to hit in their careers before next year rolls around. In this On the Record, we asked Jody Williams, Vice President, Creative, Nashville, to weigh in with his advice on what to strive for. Here it is: … Read more...


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 when… 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 I’ve… Read more...


The Art of the Edit: How to Bring Out the Best in Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.22.19. Those of us who produce articles for a living understand why it’s necessary to state your case as succinctly as possible — having a solid opening, as well as a story void of excess fat, is key to holding readers’ interest. Many of the same principles apply when songwriting. Is the… Read more...


What Technical Skills Do Film, TV and Visual Media Composers Need to Be Successful in Today’s Industry

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From The Weekly, posted 11.12.19. It’s always a good idea for songwriters and composers to know what’s expected of them in the studio, and when working with others. This time around, “On the Record” is focusing on the skills that will help aspiring film/TV and visual media composers. Read on… Doreen Ringer-Ross, Vice President – Creative… Read more...


10 Ways to Push the Creative Envelope With Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.23.19. Sometimes, playing it safe is the most dangerous thing we can do. This is especially applicable when our goal is to write songs that rise above the competition; songs that become artists’ signature songs; and songs that impact audiences and propel artists to a next level. We need to find ways… Read more...


How Can I Get Publishers Interested in My Music?

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From The Weekly, posted 10.22.19. Just about every songwriter wants to know how to start working with a publisher. Here, Charlie Feldman, from BMI’s Creative team in NY, weighs in with his best advice, which is to put yourself out there! “For a songwriter to generate interest from a publisher, I would recommend that if they… Read more...


Producers, Songwriters, and Recording Artists: What Each Can Contribute

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From The Weekly, posted 10.08.19. I recently attended a panel discussion at the Hawaii Songwriting Festival where songwriters, recording artists, and producers shared the elements they hope each other will bring in order to produce the most effective recordings. Here are some of the skills and talents that were discussed. Producers Sounds One of the most… Read more...


5 Tips for Coping When Your Songs Are Rejected

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From The Weekly, posted 10.01.19. I read a post on Facebook by a songwriter who had decided to give up pursuing his dream of writing a hit because he had not gotten a song recorded after three years of trying. He felt beaten down and no longer trusted his abilities. My guess is that almost every… Read more...


5 Ways to Be a Better Collaborator

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.12.19. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” (African Proverb) Not every great song is the result of collaboration, but a look at recent hits by artists such as Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Keith Urban, Imagine Dragons, Luis Fonsi, P!nk, Adam Levine, Kenny… Read more...


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