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Explore our range of courses on emotional chord progressions , basic songwriting technique , songwriting for producers , and many more. Subscribe for unlimited access here. The goal of many a songwriter is to find artists to sing our material. And there are few things more thrilling than when you hear your music come to life. The feeling exists somewhere in between hearing a very personal cover, and the ephemeral act of co-writing or collaborating with someone.
Well there are a few tried and tested ways to meet people, get your name out there, and start recording. Here are some tips to get you started…. Get involved in your local or regional music scene. I know, easier said than done. What bands are playing shows in your hometown that you love? You can get to know your local artists by going to their shows and listening to their music.
Hi, [name]! We met at your show last weekend. Do you have any plans to start writing for any upcoming projects? I wanted to reach out to make your acquaintance, let you know that I think your music is awesome, and offer any help I can with songwriting or co-writing.
After that, let it be, and continue to be a fan and supporter of their music. You never know when someone may approach you in the future. Subscribe for unlimited access! Many performers out there are writing their own songs these days, and many have never written a song in their life, but would love to try. When you have an opportunity to talk songwriting with an artist or band, suggest that you would love to write with them sometime. Young writers will have a lot to learn from you, and experienced writers will have a lot of experience to offer you.
They had a hand in writing it, after all! Tip sheets, also known as pitch sheets , are directory listings of artists who are looking for songs to record. They list out the type of songs they need, who to get in touch with, and usually a few details about the project. While a bit pricey, tip sheets can be a great way to get your first cut as a songwriter.
Something to keep in mind about tip sheets — you will have to use a shotgun approach when pitching songs. This is simply par for the course. Send short, polite, weekly follow up s when you need to, for up to a month after pitching. You as a writer, will be entitled to performance royalties as well as mechanical royalties, should your artist decide to include your song on their album. Learn about these. Now, your artist may or may not be aware of how all this works.
Be transparent and upfront with them on what both of your obligations are when it comes to payment and your rights. Knowledge is power, so learn as much as you can to protect yourself and your songs. Everybody wins! up Location. Yes, please subscribe me to: Occasional course announcements and special offers Weekly digest of new Flypaper articles. Grab some free music at SarahSpencer. Home for the Curious Musician. Here are some tips to get you started… Start by building your friendships with local artists.
Looking forward to catching another show soon! Sincerely, You After that, let it be, and continue to be a fan and supporter of their music. Offer to co-write with local artists whenever you can. Subscribe to tip sheets. up Location Yes, please subscribe me to: Occasional course announcements and special offers Weekly digest of new Flypaper articles.Looking for the right artist
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