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Brush up on advice and tips from the past year of NSAI Educational Content to prepare for your songwriting goals in 2019!
CRAIG WISEMAN ON WRITING HIT SONGS
In this video, songwriter and publisher Craig Wiseman shares his wisdom on writing hit songs, ways to elevate your storytelling in the country genre, the pitch process, co-writing, and more! This excellent overview of songwriting will set the tone for your 2019 goals!
MONTY CRISWELL & FRANK ROGERS ON THE NSAI COMMUNITY
Monty Criswell and Frank Rogers visited our offices recently to chat about the story behind "Five More Minutes," recorded by Scott McCreery. In this short clip they give their history of how NSAI contributed to their songwriting journey. WATCH NOW
1. Write down what you’ve accomplished this year. Next month is all about resolutions and all we can do to improve ourselves. We rarely look back on the past year and congratulate ourselves for what we have done to improve ourselves. Take 5 or 10 minutes to write down everything you have done in 2018 to make yourself a better writer, friend and person all around. Seeing the leaps you have taken this year will help propel you into even bigger dreams and accomplishments for 2019!
2. Use your NSAI Member services. As a member of NSAI, you have several credits that can be used at any time. Song evaluations, mentor meetings, online pitches and song feedbacks are great opportunities to improve your craft while getting your name out to several publishers and notable songwriters in the Nashville area. These credits can also lead to wonderful opportunities like being added to a “Publisher Luncheon” playlist or a special showcase among other great chances.
3. Write outside your genre. Push your goals a little further by writing completely out of your comfort song. Who knows?! This may be one of your favorite (and most pitchable) songs yet because it isn’t as close to your heart as your own genre song babies. Sometimes when we write for others and in other genres, it clears up our writer’s block in our own genre.
4. Show off your tunes! There is no better practice as a songwriter than to play some of your music in front of family and friends. December and the holidays offer a wonderful chance to showcase your music in a warm and cozy setting with all the ones who love you most. Sometimes your biggest fans can also offer the best (and most honest) feedback because they know how you are and they know what can help you.
5. Try something new. Often, we wait until January to create resolutions. Beat the rest of the world by a month and start something new! Whether it be a new co-write or a spin class, doing something new get us out of our comfort zone that can sometimes affect our music. Refresh your morale overall by doing something you’ve never done before and your songwriting will thank you!