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4 Signs You’re That Musician

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You know the type I’m talking about: beyond negative, beyond jaded, an undiscovered genius who cynically thinks everyone else is terrible. I’ve heard them referred to as “black holes,” which is an incredibly apt description. They suck the energy out of everything in their orbit, and everyone tries their best to avoid them.… [more]

How To Evaluate Song Feedback


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Criticism is vital, especially for a songwriter just starting out. But finding the right criticism – and being able to evaluate what’s useful and what’s not – is even more key. Since this is a business of opinions, you’re going to be getting a lot of feedback. … [more]

Why Every Songwriter Should Have A Hookbook

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If you’ve been creative for any length of time, you’ve noticed that things tend to ebb and flow. You can have an incredibly productive month (or two, or three) and then be tapped out for ideas for a little while.… [more]

How To Take No For An Answer

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It wasn’t my first meeting with a publisher, but it was my biggest meeting at that point. I was 16 at the time, and although I’d had many “good” meetings, I hadn’t as yet had any big yeses.… [more]

3 Reasons You Keep Hearing “No” On Your Demos

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If you’ve been pitching songs, you’ve probably been hearing “no” a whole lot. Most of the time, the people you pitch may not give you any other reason than, “It’s not what I’m looking for right now.” But sometimes they straight-up tell you, “The song is great, but I can’t do anything with it.… [more]

How to Impress Your Co-writers

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Most of us would agree that making a great first impression is important – especially in the music business. Sometimes, you don’t get a second chance to hit it out of the park, so you’ve got to make that writing session count.… [more]

3 Great Songwriting Organizations You Should Know About – And How To Join Them


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If you’re looking to take the next step in your songwriting career, songwriting organizations are the first place you should look. They serve many purposes, and all of them are important – connecting with potential co-writers, connecting you with industry people, and offering career advice and song critiques, just to name a few.… [more]

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]

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