Australian Songwriters Association Sponsors "Wax Lyrical" Events

From “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website:   The Australian Songwriters Association is providing a stage for newbie and professional songwriters to present their songs and poetry. “Wax Lyrical” offers 15 minutes of performance time, after which the audience is encouraged to write comments, which are then forwarded to the performers.   “At Wax Lyricals, artists can […]

Canadian Radio Star – National Songwriting Competition

From “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website:   Canadian Radio Star has announced their National Songwriting Competition for unpublished or self-published aspiring songwriters. The deadline for submissions is December 12, 2008. Applicants should send a CD with 1 to 3 songs with a typed lead sheet and contact info. The Grand Prize is $10,000, along […]

Be Slow to Fall in Love With Your New Song

From “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website:   It’s a common predicament with songwriters: you start writing a new song, and as it progresses, you become less and less inclined to change anything you’ve written. You get “locked in” to how the song is unfolding, and unwilling to make what may be some crucial changes […]

Publishing Your Own Music

From “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: There’s something to be said for publishing your own music. Doing so is easier than you might think. It requires very little financial outlay to get it set up. It usually means setting up what’s termed a “sole proprietorship” – an unincorporated company. They’re quite easy to set up, […]

Songwriting Contests

From “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: If you’ve written songs that you think are winners, one great way to get them out there is to enter them in a songwriting contest. The Muse’s Muse website contains listings of many songwriting contests for you to consider. Remember that before you enter any competition, or indeed […]

Songwriting Should Not Require Inspiration

From “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. It’s nice when you’re inspired to write a great song, but good songs and and should  happen even without being particularly inspired. For many, writing a song seems like some sort of magic: you just sit and think for a moment, and  chords, melodies and  lyrics just appear, […]