Songwriting Resources

Sites for songwriters on songwriting, promotion and getting your music heard by A&R are listed below for your convenience. Please Note: We have no control over the content of external sites which may be changed at any time by the site owner. All links open in a new window.

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AORTAS Songwriting Workshop
Residential songwriting workshops held in Milton Keynes includes lectures, performances, structured co-writing, small group tutorials with experienced supportive tutors run by AORTAS (Association for Oral Tradition & Songwriting).

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Arvon Foundation – Songwriting Courses
An informal week spent living and studying with 2 experienced songwriters no experience necessary, other than a committment to write songs and the ability to accompany yourself on an instrument (to any level at all!). Course tutors are well known singer/songwriters in their field including Maria McKee, Astrid Williamson and Ray Davies. The course fee includes all food, accommodation and tuition. Grants are available for those with financial need. We are a charity running residential writing courses called The Arvon Foundation and the course is taking place at Lumb Bank, The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire HX7 6DF, Tel 01422 843714

Band Promote
Part of internet based music company who have spawned several major label signings, this site offers artists, musicians and bands with the opportunity to be included on a music sampler that is mailed out to A&R representatives and Management. Track placement costs $400.

Bandit newsletter
Informative newsletter letting you know what the record companies want and connecting you with A & R in the UK, Ireland and Worldwide.

The Bards Crier
FREE guerrilla music marketing ezine for the working musician, because your musical success depends on how you market your music. TheBards Crier keeps musicians informed! Features:-
How-to turn your band into a profitable business, Guerrilla marketing techniques, Cost-effective promo tips, Website, CD and Book Reviews, Free Resources for anybody, Music Marketing Articles.

British Academy of Songwriters,Composers and Authors

BMI – Broadcast Music Incorporated
American performing rights association.

British Music Rights
Providing informtion and advice on Music Rights

Circle of Songs
Songwriter showcase network located in the heart of Los Angeles. The organization founded by Jenna Leigh, singer/songwriter ( and sponsored in part by BMI ( For more information on COS please visit the web

The Complete Jingle Course
Guide on writing and producing Jingles

Connecticut Songwriters Association
A twenty year old non-profit educational organization providing a supportive atmosphere for networking and improving your craft.

The Copyright Website
Endeavors to provide real world, practical and relevant copyright information of interest to all

Copyright Licensing Agency UK
is the UK’s Reproduction Rights Organisation which provides licenses allowing the copying of extracts from books, magazines and other literary works.

The Craft of Songwriting
The songwriting educational resource provides articles on the craft of songwriting, as well as inform you of upcoming songwriting courses and seminars.

Creators Rights Alliance UK
Formerly known as the Creators Copyright Coalition, this new organisation brings together the major UK organisations representing copyright creators and content providers throughout the media – particularly, television, radio and the press.

Destiny Music, Inc.
Now there’s a music label dedicated to mainstream Jazz and Pop Music with Christian faith. All Destiny Music artists are Performer/Songwriters.

Diction Domain Homepage
An interesting resource for speech and song specialists who want to know how to pronounce absolutely everything. Includes a very useful, specially devised IPS (International Phonetic Symbols) ASCII Equivalents Table that enables you to discuss pronunciations via your computer screen and the Internet.

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Fair Play For Creators
online space where creators, consumers and journalists can find information about music creators’ online rights, learn how they are threatened and publicly demonstrate their concern.

Festival Distribution
online catalogue and information for independent Canadian songwriters

offers programs that help independent artists create new artwork, manage their careers, and develop long-range strategies for sustaining a life in the arts….”

Guild of International Songwriters and Composers.  U.K. site for songwriters, publishers, singer-songwriters, managers, record company owners, studio owners, producers, in fact anyone who is working in and associated with the music industry.

Guild of International Songwriters
USA Songwriters Organisation

Fort Worth Songwriter’s Association
The Fort Worth Songwriter’s Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving our lyrical and musical work through fellowship, workshops and education.

Harmony Ridge Music
Dedicated to female singer/songwriters

An online A&R, management & labels directory with a drag and drop upload facility and professional consultation services available free to members

Impulse Classical Music Website
Promotional pages for composers, performers, publishers, record labels and related organisations.

Indianapolis Songwriters Association
P.O. Box 44724, Indianapolis, IN 46244-0724 Tel: 317-862-3366 or 317-862-4922

Online directory created to promote unsigned and independent musicians

International Alliance for Women in Music
A resource on women composers and women in music topics. This community archive is developed and maintained by members of the IAWM and contains more than 3500 pages of archival resources

International Lyrics Server
Search through lyrics to more than 60,000 songs

International Songwriters Association
has a regular magazine with listings of Collaborators Available/Wanted

Jingle University
an online jingle course, info and an extensive collection of links to resources, jingle production, artists and more!

The Juke
Home of the Songwriters Webring.  Excellent links, music info, competition listings

Just Plain Folks
Just Plain Folks is among the world’s largest music organizations with songwriters, artists and music industry professionals in 53 countries. All levels and genres welcomed! – The Archive of Misheard Lyrics

Li’l Hanks Guide for Songwriters
Collection of articles, tips and resources for songwriters.
Jeff Malletts Songwriting Page with advice on the legal and artistic aspects of songwriting

The creative arts section provides resume and project posting for composers, lyricists, writers, producers and directors plus a range of articles, reviews and services.

Make A Star
US site offering song critique from industry personnel for $35 per original song and the opportunity to enter their weekly contest.

Master Writer
Collection of writing tools for the songwriter.

McGill English Dictionary of Rhyme
Free rhyming dictionary software

Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (UK) collects and distributes mechanical royalties.

Muses Muse
excellent resource with Songwriting Articles, news, competitions, links, downloads, messageboards, in fact everything a songwriter needs and more!

Musicians Intellectial Law & Resources Links
USA Attorney explains Copyright Law including recent addendums!

Music Law
Information on legal issues regarding music and musicians

A comprehensive site for resources on the industry as a whole
A site authored by professional writers and musicians on a voluntary basis, featuring reviews, interviews and a directory of live music venues

Songwriters Links and resources

Music Wide
Guitar and songwriting links

Musicians Union (UK)
Established Union for Musicians, Performers & Music Tutors.

Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)
America’s largest not-for-profit songwriters organization with nearly 100 chapters throughout the United States and overseas.

National Association of Composers, USA (NACUSA)

Net Rhythms
Reviews and lists gigs and provides links to those involved with the very music under the media radar

Northern California Songwriters Association
The NCSA, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an industry leader dedicated to providing the environment, opportunities, and tools to nurture, educate, and promote songwriters.

Nottingham Songwriters International
Promoting artists in the Notts area UK

The Original Songwriters
Get your songs played live in front of the industry

Paramount Songwriter Services
Nashville US – provides co-writing, songwriting tips, demos, tapes and CDs of your music, a newsletter and helps songwriters get their music to recording artists

Performing Songwriter Magazine
Performing Songwriter’s editorial covers the subjects that are important to songwriters-writing, performing, and recording their work. Everything that helps them achieve their goals is presented in a way that speaks directly to them, in a language they can understand. Each issue includes exclusive interviews with recording artists and producers (along with their gear listings); columns detailing the use of equipment in the studio and on the road; record reviews and new release spotlights; a salute to the masters of the American songbook; and regularly updated resource information (festivals, song contests, venues, song schools, books, dot coms, etc.)

Performing Artists Media Rights Association UK
(PAMRA) Keeping Live and Recorded Artists informed of their rights

Performing Rights Society UK
provides information, collection and redistribution of royalties.

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Rec Music Makers Songwriting Faqs

The Recording Website – articles, chat, resources and more

Jingle singer’s demos, song demos, artist website design, artist logo design, artist press kit, bio’s and press release blurbs.

Regal Promotions
Promoters of songwriters to major record labels

Rein Menke
free online course for songwriting

Rhyme Lycos – Online Rhyming Dictionary & Thesaurus

Rhyme Zone – Online Ryming Dictionary & Thesaurus

Richhoncho’s Songwriters Links
Includes article on copyright issues, webrings, tips and advice groups plus links to places to upload your music, critique boards and a host of other resources.

Riviera Music Publishing
Online Publisher showcases their new unsigned talent.

Founded in 1930, is the second oldest and most innovative performing rights organization in the U.S.

The Original Songwriters
was Showcase London now known as FYM FYG Bar at Bethnal Green organise regular showcases for songwriters.

Silver Cat Songwriting Checklist
The following items represent a comprehensive listing of song characteristics which apply to most country, pop/rock and adult type songs

Singers looking for songs
Artists requesting songs and songwriters looking for singers can advertise free online!

Singer Songwriter Directory

Singer Songwriter

Singers looking for songs
adverts by artists requesting songs!!

Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada

Articles about performing, songwriting, and the music biz from professionals who love the art and know the business. A Songwriter’s Critique
A place for songwriter’s to critique each other

Songlink International Magazine
For artists, managers, producers and A & R

Offers a variety of online songwriting courses in several formats

Songs Alive
Representing songwriters and their music worldwide. Located in Sydney and Los Angeles, Songsalive! provides opportunities for collaboration, promotion and education through a network of programs including live events.

Song Scope
Want to know when a producer/label/publisher or A & R requests new material? Then have a look at this site.

Song Stuff
Free online songwriting and music resource for musicians and fans. provides information and services on a broad range of Music topics including creative, technical and business issues. Songstuff has articles, reference material, artist music pages, music news, music forums, a music glossary, and a large collection of categorised music related links.

Tips, articles, discussion and opinions on songwriters, songwriting, music and musical knowhow.

Songs For Sale
Submitted songs are published onto their network including widgets, iphone apps – payment of $10 per song required if yo wish to sell them online.
Professional, virtual marketplace for composers and publishers to showcase their songs

Songs of Praise
This site publishes music by several independent Christian songwriters, including Elton Smith, Gilberto Barreto, Larry Holder and Steve Israel.

Community of songwriters concentrating on the creative aspects of music and songwriting.

SongStuff Forum
Songwriting and music forum where arrangements may be posted for critique from other members for independant artists

Songwriter promotion and advice services
Promote your song on Cd to 30 U.K publishers for just 14.99 plus get a copy yourself

Songwriter Records Record Label

Songwriters Directory
Our goal is to become the best and most comprehensive data base of Songwriters and Songwriter Resources on the Internet today!

The Songwriters Guild of America

Songwriters Hall of Fame Virtual Museum
Famous songwriters, information, pictures, articles, showcases, open mike and workshops in New York, USA.

Songwriters Notebook
Welcome to ‘Songwriter’s Notebook’! On the following page and associated links you will find many helpful song writing resources. Including information sites, links to song writing periodicals/publications, and professional song writing organizations. It is the desire of Songwriter’s Notebook to be a convenient first stop reference and resource for songwriters

Songs Alive
non-profit organization dedicated to the nurturing, support and promotion of songwriters and composers worldwide.

Songwriters UK

Songwriters Resource Network
A free online news and information resource for songwriters and lyricists everywhere

Is an educational/resource center & music magazine established to help all songwriters and writer/artists. This site features valuable, comprehensive information for pros and newcomers alike. Wherever you live, whatever style of music you are creating and performing, we want to guide you to the next level

Songwriting Consultants Ltd
Features the Songwriters Collaboration Network, a free listing service where songwriters looking for writing partners and singers looking for songs, find each other. Also has bi-weekly column, “Success Strategies for Songwriters.”

Songwriting Contests

Songwriting Stuff
Songwriting resource covering all aspects of songwriting and composition including melody, harmony, musical arrangement and lyrics.

The Songwriting Education Resource Site
Containing educational articles on the craft of songwriting, a weekly songwriter’s chat and a list of upcoming songwriting courses and seminars in Nashville

The Songwriters Forum
Library for articles, e-learning and how to tutorials

Studio Finder
A service for finding local recording studios in USA

Talent Scouts London
Talent Scouts UK are dedicated to connecting talent with industry and industry with talent. Visit the UK site to advertise & meet new unsigned talent. All for FREE!!

TAXI: The Independent A&R Vehicle
Record labels and song publishers don’t accept unsolicited tapes or CD’s. They do from us…connecting unsigned artists, bands and songwriters with major record labels, publishers, and film & TV music supervisors.  Sign up for their free newsletter with the latest labels & producers requirements.

Texas Music Office
Information and promotion office for the Texas music industry

The Buskers Ball
Acoustic music in North West England. Great sampler album available, gigs plus much more!!

The Chicago Songwriters Collective
An organization based in Chicago helping songwriters, storytellers, lyracists and composers network and showcase themselves.

The Society of Composers and Lyricists USA

The Songwriting Hub
Be inspired! Free ebooks, articles, tips, and news for songwriters.

Nashville Song Publisher – Indie Roots Music – Nashville Talent Directory – Songwriting Tips

Join to have your songs showcased on the site, post songs for critique.

UK Songwriter Forum
This community discusses general songwriting related advice and members can post their lyrics or songs for review and constructive feedback by other members.

UK Songwriting Festival
Annual festival and residential courses in Bath, UK, run by professional songwriters.

Unsigned America
If you are interested in getting your material reviewed for possible inclusion to our song files, accessed by music supervisors and management companies, please send us your material for review

VOCAL – Virginia Organization of Composers and Lyricists
VOCAL is a not-for profit organization dedicated to advancing and promoting the art & craft of songwriting and musical composition.

women from mars
WFM started in cafe Mars in Boulder Colorado.  We’re hoping to replace Lilith Fair, drop in if you are passing by or for more info email – Anagram Engine

World of Songwriting
Articles, advice and resources on aspects of songwriting.

Writers Block
Songwriting and musicians forum where members share experiences, tips and advice. Post your songs for review/critique/feedback or to punt for others to buy/record.

Writing Songs
Resource for songwriters and online community, post songs for review on the forum

Writers Write – songwriters resources