MUSIC WRITING GUIDES
Imagine driving in your car and hearing a song that you wrote being performed by a famous recording artist on the radio. If the song becomes a hit, you could earn a great deal in royalties from that one song along. In fact, your songs can continue to earn you money for many years after you write them.
As a successful songwriter, you could enter an exclusive world of awards ceremonies and rub elbows with music industry stars.
You could work from home, doing what you love, and enjoy a tremendous sense of achievement when your songs are heard by millions of people.
For some songwriters the greatest appeal of this career is the opportunity to touch people's lives in a meaningful way. As a songwriter you can inspire and comfort people with your words and music. (If you write only words, or only music, you can find a partner to write songs with.)
Whether you want to reach people with your words and music, or you want to make money from your songs, if helps to receive expert advice.
However, let's talk for a moment on record deals. After all this is what you want. Right? You'd probably do anything just to get one.
One of the most important things that you should focus on is making your music unique. There have been too many artists try to record a song that is almost identical to a particular song they've hear on the radio. When it comes to record deals, it just doesn't work.
All the record labels want is one thing that is uniquely different in your music. That's all. Therefore your songs should capture your unique personality and individuality. This is how you capture your listener. They will stop and listen because your music takes them to places they have never been before. Think about songs you like and try and remember the first time you heard it – did it immediately grab your attention? Here is what you should do. Write songs with the intention of doing the same thing to your listeners. That's all.! Make it different and unique, but make it create the same impact.
These are the topics vital to anyone who wants to become a published songwriter:
- Take steps to improve your song writing skills
- Secure feedback on your songs from music industry insiders
- Perhaps you need a partner to write songs with
- Learn how to copyright your songs in order to protect them from being stolen.
- Learn as much as possible about the Music Industry, its structure and works
- Prepare a demo tape or CD of your song(s); selecting the right songs and seek advice to help you produce a top quality demo.
- Find out which recording artist are looking for songs
- Seek effective ways to submit your songs to: Music Publishers, Artists & Record Companies
- Review contact information provided by Talent Quest
- What to submit with your demo (submission letters and bio)
- Understand what to do when meeting with your marketing rep.
- Do you understand about how you get paid; royalties, contracts, etc?
There are many other opportunities for songwriters:
- Becoming a staff writer for a music publisher or record company
- Writing ‘Jingles' for commercials
- Getting your music into either the Television or Movie business.
- Becoming your own music publisher
- Where to seek proper Legal advice
Should you decide to become an Independent Music Publisher/Distributor:
- Be sure to get your product Bar Coded . To get your music into the hands of the widest possible audience, and establish yourself as a legitimate artist, you must get your material bar coded.
- Report Sales to SoundScan . For an indie artist, the tracking of venue sales means getting noticed. If you want to maximize your exposure get your numbers to SoundScan, it's a little thing that makes a big difference….
- Define your image . To sell CD's your image and exposure means everything and from covers to websites you'll need impact. You'll want to get it done right the first time.
- Find out about Mastering Services . Finding affordable mastering services are easier than you think. See the section on Recordists – Mixers.
- Distribution. For serious artist or small label, using a distribution expert is the way to go. Having a company dedicated to promoting your music can quickly and easily get your product on the internet as well as in your local stores.
- Radio Airplay . Getting your music on the radio can be easy with the right connections.