The Ultimate Guide to Songwriting Contests, Conferences, and Festivals for the Rest of 2016

The first few months of 2016 were filled with some fantastic opportunities for songwriters, but there’s plenty more happening between now and the end of the year that you still have time to be a part of. Check out these great upcoming festivals, conferences, contests, and more to take your songwriting career to the next level.

Why Songwriters Should Embrace the Rewrite

My number-one advice to songwriters is this: don’t be afraid of the rewrite. When I started rewriting and perfecting my songs, it brought a whole new level of confidence in my songwriting. I could defend every single choice I had made in my songs, and I was finally creating songs I was proud of. If you’re still on the fence about rewriting, here are a few reasons you should try it out.

The 5 Best Career Paths for Songwriters

Virtually all songwriters would love to be able to support themselves financially through songwriting, but it can be difficult to find a stable career in music. It’s not impossible to achieve, though! The career paths below all have some aspect of songwriting involved in them and will still help you pay the bills. Check them out and see if something piques your interest!

How to Make the Most of Your Songwriting Time (Especially if You’re Busy)

Whether songwriting is your hobby, your full-time job, or anywhere in between, it can be tough to carve out enough time for your craft to actually progress when life gets busy. And when you do get a chance to finally sit down with your instrument or notebook without interruption, you want to ensure that you’re making the most of the precious songwriting time you have. The key is to incorporate it into your existing routine, and actually plan out your songwriting schedule and goals. Follow this guide, and you’ll be writing more songs in no time!