What Songwriters Need to Know


Please click on the links below to access some useful articles on the craft and business of songwriting.

What to do BEFORE you Write a Song
Take out the trash, sharpen all your pencils, clean the toilet, read your junk mail, clip your toenails..but seriously...

Fear and Songwriting
Fear has no place in the continuous learning process we call songwriting, but it is invisibly present everywhere.

How Do You Know When You've Finished Writing A Song?
We asked the great Don Wayne who wrote "Country Bumpkin" and "Saginaw Michigan," how do you know when the song is done? Even after more than 50 years of writing great songs, his answer was, "That's a tough question."

Put Your Song to the Tests
Using these tests as you're writing will help you to craft songs that create more than a passing interest from listeners.

Some basic information
from an online interview

We often get asked: Is it worth it to join TAXI?

Contents of "101 Songwriting Wrongs & How to Write Them"
Here are the subjects covered in Part One. There are ten parts, 101 chapters in total.

Cutting up the collaboration: Don't kill the goose
We often get questions from songwriters who are quibbling over how to split up percentages of credit in a collaboration.

Collaboration Agreement
Here's the agreement we use. A good thing to share with any potential collaborator, so you can be on the same page!

An Offer You Can't Refuse: What to do and not to do when approached for a use of your song
If a publisher is interested, he or she will most likely offer you a single song contract. What to do?

An Online Chat with NSAI: Covers a lot of territory from writer's block to holds on songs.

The Music Row Show: Radio interview in which Pete and Pat reveal all!