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The Secret to Crowdfunding

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I can’t tell you how often artists ask “How do I pay for my album?” I even have frustrated friends in this boat, and I empathize. It’s difficult to come up with the money for a top flight album, and the costs can be staggering.… [more]

Read ‘Em And Weep: All Your Favorite Bands

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Every once in a while I come across songs that just stun me for one reason or another – the lyrics, the melody, the hook. Nine times out of ten, these songs wind up on my ipod, and I listen to them over and over – trying to figure out what makes them special.[more]

Know When To Hold ‘Em…

How Songwriting And Poker Are Not As Different As You Might Think

 

I remember one of my first poker games very clearly.  The two cards in my hand were a pair – a low pair, but a pair nonetheless – and I was ecstatic. … [more]

Shakespeare Got To Get Paid, Son

I don’t think I’ve ever met another songwriter that doesn’t truly love what they do. Some might be burned out or bitter, sure…but deep down, they do it because it’s their passion. And if you do something because it’s your passion, you do it regardless of whether or not anyone pays you for it.… [more]

Do Not Disturb

How Technology is Killing Your Creative Mojo

I’ll be blunt: I love my iPhone. I have no idea what I would do without it – I use it to check Facebook, respond to co-writers and clients, jot down notes in my hook book…you name it.… [more]

The Corner of Commerce and Artistry

I was recently re-watching one of my old favorite shows (Dream On), and a scene from it struck me right between the eyes. In it, a book editor is lobbying for what he views as a great book – a coming of age story of a girl in World War II Europe.… [more]

3 Books That Will Change Your Songwriting

Everyone needs to learn something new in order to grow – especially in a craft like songwriting. There was a Nike shirt I had once that said “There is no finish line” – at least as far as it applies to art, I couldn’t agree more. … [more]

Steamed Tomatoes: Women in The Music Industry

This week’s post is actually a guest blog, and comes from the incredibly talented and always insightful Sarah Spencer.  After hearing so many similar complaints echoed by women in the music industry, I asked Sarah if she could offer her unique perspective.[more]

A Gentleman’s Guide to Being a Pro

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I’m going to be perfectly frank, this is an awkward post to make for me. Partially because I feel – as a male – it isn’t entirely my place to talk about it, but also because some of this shouldn’t even need to be stated.… [more]

How to Ruin a Song Pitch

Four Things that Could Be Secretly Sinking You

 

1. Talking Yourself Down

A lot of writers are humble, quiet, and avoid the limelight. Some aren’t very good with people skills or networking (one reason some have become writers in the first place).… [more]

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