So you are a songwriter and you just moved to Nashville...what now?
It is estimated that roughly 85 people move to Nashville each day! Now, not all of those people are trying to break into the music business, but many are. So what do you need to do when you arrive? How do you stand out in a sea of artist and songwriters?
It's crucial to start building a team around you! But how? Yes making the move is the first step but once you take the plunge the work is just beginning. You need to lay the ground for a successful music career and it really helps to have some allies around you as you are navigating the industry.
Jeffrey Steele sat down with BMI's VP Jody William's and they discussed what new writers need to do when they first come to town. We are breaking it down for you here!
Make Friends, Get some people in your corner...Start building a team!
So...what makes a good team?
Good creative help and good administrative help. You can get this from your PRO!
So what can a PRO do for you?
- Help explain how the business works
- Get you signed up to BMI (or ASCAP or SECAC)
- Collect your money
But...sometimes it's years before the first penny comes in...
So what do you do in the meantime?
Check in with your PRO and play your songs. If they like what they hear they will make introductions on your behalf to publishers and other writers. Take note that this part could take time, but when they hear it they will advocate for you! Also note they will tell you if you aren't ready, but that's a good thing. You don't want to blow your shot with a publisher because you acted too soon.
Now Do This:
- Pick your PRO (performance rights organization) BMI, ASCAP or SESAC. The PRO's in Nashville are very active and easy to interact and meet with. They are a great resource for songwriters. If you aren't already singed up with a PRO take some meetings. See if you can find people excited abut what you are doing
2. Get some inspiration from our FREE PDF "Anatomy of a Song" where Jeffrey Steele breaks down some of his biggest hits!
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