About American Songwriter

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Albie Del Favero, Publisher
Caine O’Rear, Editor-In-Chief
Brittney McKenna, Assistant Editor
Annelise Loughead, Marketing & Operations Director
Mackenzie Moore, Art/Design Director
Robert Dye, Advertising – Gear
Douglas Waterman, Advertising – Music/Media Releases

American Songwriter magazine is published bi-monthly. The magazine offers in-depth Q & A’s with up-and-coming, established and legendary songwriters, covers recording technology, including the latest gadgets and gear every songwriter should know about, and reports on the business of music publishing with interviews and insight from publishers, producers and other industry professionals.

American Songwriter explores all genres of music – from country to hip-hop, folk to classical, rock to pop, blues to electronica and soul to r&b. Distributed internationally with a heavy domestic subscriber base, the readership of American Songwriter is just as diverse as its contents—professional to aspiring songwriters, music fans to music publishers, studio owners, copyright lawyers, record label presidents to music consumers.

Advertisers include national instrument manufacturers, record companies who want to gain exposure for their artists, publishers who honor writer achievements, demo studios, recording software companies and a select group of non-musical companies who position their product offerings to identify with music culture.

AmericanSongwriter.com provides  much of the same plus daily news, new album reviews, video interviews, in-office video recording sessions, live photos, business insight, blogs and online exclusive content for aspiring or  professional songwriters and serious music enthusiasts. Opinions expressed by contributing writers do not necessarily reflect the views of American Songwriter. 

The American Songwriter app for the iPad official launched May 25th, 2011 and can be downloaded for free here. Features of the American Songwriter App for iPad include:

  • Embedded music videos;
  • Streaming music tracks from featured artists;
  • Exclusive artist photo galleries;
  • The ability to purchase songs directly from iTunes

For more information about advertising with American Songwriter see here.


American Songwriter was founded in 1984 by Bruce Hurt and only one year later was passed on to Jim Sharp  (who, along with columnist Michael Kosser, discovered Blake Shelton).  In 2004, the magazine changed hands again, purchased this time by two recent college graduates, Robert Clement and Doug Waterman.  Under their direction, the magazine reached another level altogether with better writing, higher quality presentation and more insightful, intellectually intriguing content about the art and stories of songwriting. In 2012, Albie Del Favero, co-founder of the alternative weekly Nashville Scene, bought majority control of the magazine with both Robert and Doug remaining minority partners.

American Songwriter’s circulation has grown from under 2,000 copies per issue to more than 30,000 with readership approaching 100,000 per issue.  AmericanSongwriter.com averages 300,000 unique visitors per month and has grown at the rate of 15% or more per year since its inception in 2003.

Internships at American Songwriter

American Songwriter seeks ambitious and energetic interns with a strong interest in “the craft of music.” Internships are unpaid and require 12-30 hours per week in the office. Our internships are available for spring, summer and fall semesters. All internships are based in Nashville, TN. For a list of all available internship positions and requirements, refer to the descriptions below. All internships are for college credit only.

Editorial Interns

Interns involved in our editorial department are responsible for editing and writing daily news pieces for our online site, transcribing interviews, copy editing and assisting the editorial staff. Editorial interns will also be involved in minor social media tasks. Applications should include a resume, cover letter and two to three writing clips (preferably published). Previous experience in news writing is preferred, but not required.

Marketing Interns

Marketing interns will focus on learning the daily operations of a multimedia company. Interns have the chance to work closely with the American Songwriter community though learning how a small business runs successfully, creating marketing initiatives to utilize/expand social media sites, gaining a knowledge of day-to-day office operations and working events sponsored by American Songwriter. Applications should include a resume and cover letter. Previous experience in marketing is preferred, but not required.

Please send all marketing applications to Annelise Loughead at aloughead@americansongwriter.com and editorial applications to Brittney McKenna at bmckenna@americansongwriter.com.