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.
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.
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!
It’s patience – and a world-class work ethic – that you’re going to need most as you move forward in your songwriting career. Talent, in almost all instances, simply isn’t enough to have financial success as a songwriter. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re planning on getting your songs cut.
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!
Love remains the number-one subject in songwriting, and being able to write great romantic lyrics is mandatory for every professional songwriter. The five techniques in this article can be applied to any type of lyric, but they work wonders for romantic songs, especially if you want to write one specifically for your significant other.
Why is it that some songs will only stay on the charts for a short period of time, while others are able to stand the test of time? Analyzing the qualities of timeless songs is a great tool to enhance your songwriting. Let’s explore three commonalities that you can practice applying to your own writing.