Pitching your songs isn't as fun as writing them but Cliff Goldmacher, a veteran songwriter, suggests making one song pitch a week. He makes it clear that just writing good songs isn't enough to have success in the music business. Instead, he says that by making one song pitch a week, you'll be going a long way toward getting your songs heard and possibly getting them cut. There are industry pitch sheets and services that can help songwriters focus their efforts as well.
- Make one song pitch every week.…Having exceptional songs and beautiful recordings…of those songs is a great start,…but in terms of getting them recorded by other artists…or placed in a film or a TV show,…they might as well not exist if you haven't shown them…to anyone.…We get so wrapped up in the creative process…that we somehow, amazingly, seem to forget…that until someone in the industry has heard our songs,…they can't do anything with them.…This means you need to begin your search…for outlets for your music.…
There are industry pitch sheets and organizations…out there that can help put songwriters together…with industry people looking for songs.…Make it your business to find out about these pitch sheets…and begin the process of submitting your songs…when you see an appropriate opportunity.…If you do this once a week, you'll have pitched…to 52 separate opportunities by the end of the year.…That's a significant number.…
Listen to the songs Cliff references in the course by subscribing to his Spotify playlist, Cliff's Weekly Songwriting Tips.
- Writing lyrics that are easy to sing
- Putting the message in the chorus
- Being productive at home
- Putting the hook at the end of the chorus
- Keeping rhyme schemes consistent
- Using repetition in melodies
- Making rough recordings
- Reading poetry for inspiration
- Writing at a regular time
- Taking a writing assignment
- Cutting down a song's length
Skill Level Beginner
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