Category Archives: Business of Songwriting

The business and legal aspects of the music industry as it relates to songwriters.

How to Get Your First Sync Placement: Live Webinar With Brad Hatfield

In this webinar on June 24 hosted by SongwriterLink founder Lisa Occhino, sync licensing expert Brad Hatfield will share tried-and-true tips, advice, and action steps to start licensing your music and turn your passion into your career.

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!

What’s the Difference Between a Songwriter and a Topline Writer?

Let’s discuss a term that’s used a lot in the industry: toplining. The act of toplining means “writing a song over a pre-made beat.” This seems like a kind of arbitrary distinction between a songwriter and a topliner, and in truth, it really is. The only real difference is in the creative process. Do I start with a blank page? Or do I start with pre-made boundaries to direct my creativity?

Master the Art of Co-Writing: Join Our Workshop in NYC on 8/8!

The chart-topping and award-winning songwriters behind SongwriterLink, Educated Songwriter, and the New York Songwriters Collective have joined forces to create an intensive afternoon workshop called Master the Art of Co-Writing on August 8, 2015 at Nola Studios in Manhattan.