Songwriter U: Should I Move To Nashville?

Photo by Caine O'Rear Don’t Move To Nashville That is, if you’re having big dreams of becoming a staff-songwriter at a publishing company. Those jobs don’t exist anymore; not in the traditional Tin Pan Alley, Brill Building, Music Row sense. When the music publishing pie was much larger than it is today, there were plenty of cuts to go around, and mostly the best songs won — not anymore. If all parties involved (i.e., artist, label, producer, writers) don’t have a level of income participation in writing and recording the song, chances are they won’t record it. Oh, there are a few legacy artists who have made so much money and can call some shots who will record an “outside” song, but they’re getting older and taking the old ways of doing business with them. Instead of two seasoned writers in a room, writers who have forged a unique musical relationship by drawing on each other’s strengths over many years of working together, writers who can finish each other’s thoughts, you now have three or more participants: the “artist,” “track-guy,” two “real writers,” and sometimes the “producer.” More often than not, they’re meeting for the first time.  Most pro-writers tell…

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