Here’s a list of links on the web where songwriters can find valuable information. We’ll try to update this list frequently and will let you know in a special post when something new and hot pops up on the HQ radar. We would like to include local songwriting organization links, let us know who you are.
TAXI is an independent Artist & Repertoire company. Since 1992, TAXI has specialized in giving artists, bands, and songwriter’s real access to the people in the music business who have the power to sign deals. They match industry requests and needs with talent enlisted in the TAXI service. Annual membership required.
BROADJAM has pro song reviewing services available. The peer review system works well. Members receive credits for reviewing songs by others. As credits accrue, your songs will be reviewed as well. Regular opportunities from film and TV music supervisors, ad agencies, publishers, producers are posted frequently. Web hosting (with templates) is provided with the premium membership and Broadjam hosts periodic contests.
SONGU.COM is a membership site that provides an online educational setting giving members an opportunity to study songwriting with songwriting coaches, producers, pluggers, and industry notables. Full-Access Membership includes unlimited access to all SongU.com courses. Courses range from basic fundamentals classes to master level courses in lyric writing, music composition, commercial songwriting, tech and home recording, music business, the creative process and more. In addition, members can participate in small group mentoring sessions for song feedback, demo feedback and answers to your music business related questions. A good place to meet and potentially collaborate with other songwriters.
The Muse’s Muse is a great resource for songwriters of all skill levels. You’ll find links, artist spotlights, CD reviews, a songwriters store and even a Café Press page that features T-shirts and coffee mugs. Perhaps the Muse’s Muse signature is the large and well trafficked bulletin board.
The USA Songwriting competition is an annual contest that began in 1995. With a grand prize of $50,000 in cash and merchandise, this contest commands a lot of attention from songwriters’ world-wide.
TUNECORE is a music distribution, publishing administration service. Pricing models (annual) varies according to your specific needs. Tunecore submits your material to ITunes, Amazon, Spotify (among others) and collect and distribute 100% of sales for you. On the publishing side, they will register your material with hundreds of societies world-wide to help you collect due royalties. They also maintain a blog with some very useful information.
The Songwriters Guild of America (SGA) offers education, advocacy, services and events to advance the goals of its professional and developing songwriters. The non-profit organizations services include writer catalog administration, royalty collection, copyright administration and others. Three paid membership levels available from $60 per year.
One of the great trade magazines is always American Songwriter, a bi-monthly publication devoted exclusively to the American Songwriter. The magazine offers in-depth articles exploring the art and craft of songwriting. The website offers many of the published articles for the surfing reader. The articles include artist/song reviews, gear evaluations, and songwriter how-to’s.
Addicted to Songwriting is a blog containing many tips and tricks articles, as well as, interviews from respected industry experts.
Songwriters on Process is a site loaded with wonderfully done interviews with songwriters of all shapes and sizes. Among the hundreds of interviews Ben Opipari has amassed are the Civil Wars, Nils Lofgren, and Grace Potter to name a few.
A website and blog maintained by notable Cliff Goldmacher of Nashville and Sonoma, CA is the Educated Songwriter. According to Cliff, “The website was founded to help songwriters achieve their full potential through education and consultation”. A free blog is available as well as fee based video courses and private consultation.
Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the largest non-profit songwriters trade association in the world. The membership of more than 5,000 spans the USA and six other countries. NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres. For paid members Song evaluations, video libraries, monthly meetings in Nashville, workshops and one-on-one mentoring. Check out one of their many Regional Chapters throughout the USA.
Songwriting Works educational foundation serves communities of elderly, families and health/arts practitioners through hands on songwriting workshops and training. According to the site, to date, 3,200 participants have composed more than 300 original songs.
Songwriting Fever is a website oriented toward encouraging and connecting collaborators of all genre. If you have lyrics and no music, or vice-versa, this might be a spot to check out.
A terrific resource to learn about all the greats is The Songwriters Hall of Fame. From early American Song to the Rock n’Roll era, its all here.
Songwriter Weekly is a weekly challenge for songwriters of any genre. They provide a new “song line” each week and the artist is challenged to write around that song line. Some of the products produced are wonderful. Great spot for continuous motivation.
Music Think Tank is a popular music industry blog. The goal is to attract smart music industry thinkers and writers that want to build a brand with a group of like-minded individuals. This site and the complimentary hypebot.com is loaded with revolving, high quality, pertainent content.
ASCAP or the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is one of the three major music licensing organizations. The site is vast where members can access their catalog, businesses can obtain licenses, new members can join, etc.
BMI or Broadcast Music, Inc. is another of the major three. According to the website, “a global leader in music rights management, collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it distributes as royalties to songwriters, composers and music publishers.
SESAC is the third and is headquartered in Nashville with offices in London, New York, Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles. Founded in 1930 to serve European composers, they have made a significant mark in the USA.
One lady that is all about seeing the songwriter succeed is Barbara Cloyd. She is a songwriter, coach, teacher, workshop organizer and Blue Bird Café host (Nashville’s famous). She has posts to help with song pitching, instruction links and even “new to Nashville” help. Her honest and very thorough song reviews are available as well.
Jason Blume is a songwriter, Author, Seminar and Master Class instructor, music publisher and a keynote speaker. His website contains his workshop and festival schedule. Jasons many books are available and he offers song critique from a member of his staff for a modest fee.
Steve Seskin has been there and done that. He is an award winning song writer and reknown coach. Check here for a schedule of Steve’s workshops around the country. He has recordings of his songs available as well.
Sharon Goldman has a wonderful blog at Songwriting Scene. She offers well-crafted posts on creative process, the business, How-to’s, and industry interviews.
Sheree Spoltore maintains globalsongwriters.com. Her passion is to encourage, equip, and empower songwrtiers of all genres to be at their personal best. She mentors songwriters, singers, and artists at every level. She specializes in an individualized “how-to” plan to reach to the next step.
Just Plain Folks is a community of over 51,500 Songwriters, Recording Artists and Music Industry Professionals. Founder Brian Whitney created JPF to provide a network of cooperation and inclusion for musicians. The site also supports a very active forum and best of all … it’s all free!
Songwriting and Music Business is a membership community maintained by Amanda Williams that provides industry related articles, workshops and conferences.
Masterwriter is a powerful software writing tool. “Its unique features, with an amazing array of searchable reference dictionaries, provide the songwriter with everything he or she needs in one easy to use program”. Word families, parts of speech, over 33,000 phrases, rhymes, pop-culture, dictionary and thesaurus make this program extremely useful.
There are many, many more great songwriting on the net links out there that we just didn’t get listed or haven’t found. If you know of one we should have listed, leave a comment with a link below. Thanks, Jeff!