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All You Need to Know About Record Label A&R

As a songwriter, you'll want to get really familiar with how A&R works at different sized record labels. Jamie Johnson of Smart Band Management leads you through how this department functions. Click to read. | SongFancy.com

Why Songwriters need to know this stuff Songwriters need to know how record labels work, especially the A&R department. Why? Because these are the people who will be screening your songs. Should your song land in the hands of an A&R rep, they will be a direct gateway to getting your song cut by one of their artists, or passing on the song altogether. Learning how A&R does their job will help you make smarter decisions on what to pitch, who to pitch to, and what to write.   The following article was originally written and published by Jamie Johnson on her website, Smart Band Marketing, with slight editing. Thanks, Jamie, for letting...

72 Ways Singer-Songwriters can Jumpstart their Social Media

Social media can connect you to your fans. Here are 72 ways to spark your social media presence in a hurry. | SongFancy.com

  This post is a guest post from one of my favorite #musicbizbesties, Katherine Forbes. She’s a digital marketer with a background in artist management and design, and runs Nashville based, Designing The Row.     Social media, when done right, is an incredibly powerful connector. It allows you reach your fans in a highly personal way and make lasting relationships with them. If you’re a performing songwriter looking to grow your following online, here is a quick list of 72 things you can do with your socials. Bonus – email and website tips included!   Above all: 1. Be yourself!! 2. Give credit when it’s due (to photographers especially) Facebook 3. Make sure...

3 Ways to Get Your Songs Recorded by Artists & Bands

Three simple ways to get your songs recorded by singers and bands. Read on | SongFancy.com

One of the biggest struggles songwriters can have is finding artists to record their material. If your goal is to make an income from your songwriting, then you’ll need to get your music out there. And if you’re not a singer or performer yourself, it’s essential to find people who are, so they can record your material. Here are three surefire ways to start establishing relationships with artists and get your first cuts. These are all great strategies for writers who may not live in a music capitol such as Nashville, NY, or LA. But if course, they’ll work for you wherever you are! 1. Co-write with artists and bands Co-writing directly...

The Best Books on Songwriting, the Music Business, and Creativity

Here are the best books on songwriting, the music industry, and creativity. Click for links! | SongFancy.com

Looking  for some reading on songwriting? Or maybe you’re searching for the perfect stocking stuffer for that songwriter in your life? Here’s a collection of books I highly recommend. They’re either books I’ve read cover to cover, keep as a reference, or are considered staples in any songwriter’s library. Books are listed in three categories – Books on Songwriting, Books on the Music Business, and Books on Creativity. A quick disclaimer, yes, these are mostly affiliate links. Using affiliate linking is a nice, un-obtrusive way for this blog to bring in some income, as opposed to utilizing Google ads or other distracting elements. I want to give y’all the best reading...

7 Basic Design principles to Clean up your Band’s Website [Link to Sonicbids]

No coding required, just good old fashioned design theory. #webdesign SongFancy.com

Hay frans! This is an article I wrote for the Sonicbids blog a few weeks back. It was just published this week, so I wanted to share it with you! This one is written for anyone who is struggling with building their own website. It can be the hardest thing in the world to do when you have zero coding knowledge. Luckily, there are a bunch of things you can do to clean up your website, and none of them require getting into any code. Read the article here and comment! Read: “7 basic Design principles to Clean Up Your Band’s Website” on the Sonicbids Blog...

How to Find Cowriters You Absolutely Love Working With

How to find the cowriters you were meant to write with. #songwriting #creativity #Nashville Songfancy.com

If you’re new to cowriting, it can be one of the weirdest things you’ll ever do. When I first started writing songs, I kept them to myself. I snuck upstairs into my dad’s study to goof around with his guitars and write instrumentals on the keyboard. It was something private, completely personal. It almost felt like playing make believe when you’re a kid. It was fun and playful, and only for myself. These days writing music still feels playful, but when I solo-write, it’s something closer to therapy. If you’re like this, then you know the cowriting struggle is so real. You’re expected to somehow be in a room with countless...

How To Be Yourself In The Music Industry

How to Be Yourself in the Music Industry. Hint: You just read the answer ;) SongFancy.com

People are so strangely, beautifully weird. Last week, I was at this amazing barbecue restaurant and the table next me to opens up their bags, pulls out some ribs, and asks the waiter: “Uh excuse me, can we get some plates? We brought our own food.”     After I wondered how this person exists in the universe, I realized that it illustrates a hidden ability that we all possess: We are the only animals that have the ability to look at ourselves and our surroundings and go: that’s weird or that’s normal.  I can remember when I first starting writing music. It was a complete disaster. No one liked anything I wrote. My music...

You Don’t Need to make Music Industry Contacts. Here’s why.

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Contacts. Yuck. It’s like a dirty word. And not the sexy kind. It’s a word that implies, “You’re not good enough to talk to this person. You need to have something to bring to them before they’ll help you.” “Contacts” are like the mythical gatekeepers of the entire music industry. Like you have to come to the sacrificial alter with a virgin to throw into the volcano in order to move forward with your career. That’s just so gross. And so not the way it really is. I absolutely refuse to use the term “contacts”. Instead, I have people I work with. People I’ve met at a workshop. People I know...

7 Things to Say in your First Co-Write with a New Co-Writer

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Writing with a new co-writer for the very first time can be SO. NERVE WRACKING. Finding great co-writers is basically dating. You ask a lot of people to write with you, and one by one you get in the writing room, try it out, see if it feels right, and go through a lot of awkward moments. It’s silent. There are bad lines. You face a lot of rejection. You dish out a lot of rejection. Eventually you find your group of writers that you click with. These are the people that you love, that you can call your close friends, that you can always sit down and write something great with....

What to Expect as an Indie Singer Songwriter in Nashville

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A Quick Guide for The Indie Singer Songwriter who’s New to Nash The music industry is in flux, and nowhere in the world is feeling it more than Nashville. The model of success has changed, and a whole new generation of emerging artists are re-learning what it means to build a career in making music. In less words: Everything has changed. Perhaps you’re considering making the move to Nashville to pursue your dream as a country music singer/songwriter. I wouldn’t discourage you! Follow your dream and ride it out till the end of the line. But do it smartly....