Joe Vitagliano

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Joe Vitagliano

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Joe Vitagliano has a deep passion for people, culture, and all things music. Graduating from Belmont University in 2021 with a major in publishing and a minor in law, he’s studied everything from American roots music to ancient Roman history to ‘90s hip-hop to postmodern harmonic theory and more. First joining the American Songwriter staff as a wide-eyed intern in 2019, he’s been reading the magazine since he was a child. A songwriter himself, he sees the opportunity to share these stories as something sacred. “To quote Willie Nelson, we live ‘at a time when the world seems to be spinning out of control,’” he said. “In those times, music is paramount. It’s the ultimate source of solace and tool of expression. To now be able to share it is an honor beyond my ability to articulate.”

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Sweetwater Studios Room A (courtesy of Hummingbird Media, Inc.)

Songwriter U: 10 Tips For Making It In The Songwriting Industry From Three Pros

While technologies, fashions, genre stylings, and streaming platforms might always be evolving, one through-line has held strong for the entirety of the music industry’s colorful history: good songwriting makes for good songs. Yet, for many songwriters around the world, the high demand for their product hasn’t exactly led to career opportunities just jumping up out More

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Barlow & Bear on How They Brought ‘The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’ to Life with the Help of TikTok

In 2020, one of the hottest memes on the real-world-depraved, quarantine-brained internet was Ratatouille The Musical, an ingenious—and, albeit, unintentional at first—monument to the creativity of the internet age. Dozens of TikTok users from around the world utilized their talents by writing, arranging, and performing a 12-song musical with the app keeping them all tied More

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