So where do the songs come from? It starts as an idea in the writer’s head and is then followed by the songwriting process to receive the royalty checks. He tried to write from within based on his natural and spiritual experiences. Once you come up with the story, condense it. Here are some tips on how to prepare a package for review:

1) Name your songwriting company

2) Prepare cover letter

3) Only submit copyrighted materials

4) Write letters on your letterhead

5) Double space between verses or section

6) Block lyrics as a poem

7) Show copyright and authorship information

8) Limit to two or three songs but no more than six

10) Send Demo Tape When Needed

11) Label the tapes correctly

12) Send package in an 8 ½ x 11 envelope

Be sure to send the package to publishers and record companies to “feature” your song(s). The package should be carefully and carefully prepared so that it presents you as a professional and credible writer.

For additional information on songwriting, you can attend seminars, read books, talk to other songwriters, hire a consultant, and join associations. If you want to learn about the craft and business of songwriting, and how to protect and sell your work, then you should consider joining an association. They can provide you with the resources and tools you need to make progress in this area.

You can write to the Songwriters Guild of America, 1500 Harbor Blvd., Weehawken, NJ 07087-6732, and the Songwriters’ Association of Washington, PMB 106-137, Washington, DC 20016. For more information on songwriting, you can contact The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, 3402 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Copyright © 2007, Dr. Mary E. Waters, all rights reserved.

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