Updated: Dec 14, 2019
November is a month of new beginnings for songwriters.
This month marks the start of implementing the new Music Modernization Law into practice, and the first steps are to familiarize ourselves with what it says, and begin to choose our representatives for the newly created Board. Those selections will open for nominations in the next few weeks.
We here at Songpreneurs are optimistic about the future for music makers of all kinds, and are demonstrating that sentiment with a flood of new releases into the marketplace.
People who have never used streaming services before are showing good faith by putting out songs on these digital platforms, helping to usher in a new golden age of music.
You can check out some of those new releases here: Songpreneurs Members Release New Music.
In Nashville everyone is gearing up for awards season.
Picture of hit writer Kim Williams and friends winning an ASCAP award in the '90s
The various performing rights organizations (ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC) all hold their Country Awards ceremonies in November, and of course, November 14th is the 52nd Annual CMA (Country Music Association) Awards, live from Bridgestone Arena on ABC at 7 p.m. CT.
This year our Songpreneurs community online has been working toward two challenging goals as part of an overall strategy to create a meaningful body of work, and the momentum to get the ball rolling with our individual songwriting artistry goals.
We have explored emerging trends including an increasing lean toward 90s country music with story songs, strong hooky lyrics, and clever turn of phrase heard more widely on the radio.
Luckily for us, these qualities are our bread and butter, following in the footsteps of master craftsman Songpreneurs founder’s father, Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame Member Kim Williams ("Three Wooden Crosses" Randy Travis, "Ain’t Goin’ Down ‘Til The Sun Comes Up," "Papa Loved Mama" Garth Brooks).
In addition to looking at these overall trends, we have been working toward writing mastery with daily writing assignments, weekly tasks and monthly Action Packs™.
During our online weekly training meetings this month, we will be talking about how to independently release a song into the marketplace including the mechanics of licensing and registration, brand strategy, and target writing for specific opportunities.
This helps us to write the songs we want to write, and work toward building our audience for our original music careers.
Music isn’t always about entertainment, and that’s an important aspect of songwriting.
When you start out trying to hone your craft toward mastery instead of chasing trends or cuts, you’ll naturally become a better well-rounded writer than if you limit yourself too soon.
Local focus, targeted practice, and access to caring mentors are part of our Songpreneurs model, and after long years of hard work and dedication, the results are starting to pay off for many of our members.
Songwriting when it’s done right has a way of taking over your whole life. In recognizing that tendency, and helping to balance the desire to succeed with a healthy focus on making our music of service to others, we are turning out some fine examples of what it means to be a creative artist in this new millennium of music business.
Drop us a line and let us know what’s happening in your local area songwriting community. We love connecting with songwriters all over the world, to help strengthen the hands of creative people everywhere.
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