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You’ve Just Moved to Nashville – Now What?

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Hundreds, if not thousands, of aspiring artists and songwriters flood the city of Nashville each year with dreams of hitting it big. Although Nashville can be a pretty friendly place (Southerners are just so darn nice and approachable!), it’s easy to get overwhelmed and not know what’s next.… [more]

How To Not Blow Your Music Industry Meeting

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If you’re the creative type, business probably doesn’t come naturally to you. You’d rather be off by yourself writing songs or daydreaming than in a stuffy office, and are uncomfortable in that kind of setting. We got your back – this post is for you.… [more]

3 Red Flags That a Co-Write Isn’t Working

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Many artists and writers outside of Nashville tend to do solo writes (pop artists being an occasional exception). Nashville is a bit different in that writers often team up to collaborate. The process can be daunting and confusing.… [more]

4 Signs You’re Working With a Great Co-Writer

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Maybe you’ve had a run of songwriting appointments that weren’t clicking, or maybe you’re just starting out and want to get off on the right foot. Here are just a few tips to whittle down your potential list of co-writers to the real gems.… [more]

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]

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