Are you a freelance writer, pro author, beat journalist, or songwriting fanatic who wants to appear in an international annual publication about the songwriting and music publishing business? This could be your chance to add a recognizable publishing credit to your already growing CV, and make a little extra money to boot. Maybe you know a musician or producer who hit it big in the business, or is on their way. Maybe you have a favorite musician you’ve always wanted to interview. Maybe you’ve written a book on songwriting and have something more to say. Or maybe you just want to write an article about how aspiring songwriters can break into the business using new tools for creating demos, selling songs, or building a platform in the industry. We want to hear from you!
What We’re Looking For
Some article ideas we’d love to see include:
- Interviews with industry professionals such as record producers, music publishers, A&R scouts, band managers, and more
- Interviews with hit songwriters and/or notable bands
- Interviews with newcomers who have a unique, helpful story about making strides early in their music career
- Essays exploring the craft of songwriting, music composition, and artistic collaboration in genres spanning rock, country, pop, blues, R&B, rap, gospel, folk, and more
- How-To and advice columns about emerging technologies for songwriters and bands, new grants and fundraising techniques, networking and social media skills for musicians, and other industry-focused articles that will be helpful to new and experienced songwriters alike
How to Submit
Send your proposal via email (address below), and be sure to include no more/no less than:
- Your full name and a brief, clear summary of your idea (Feel free to send us 3-4 ideas if you have more than one, with just a few sentences describing each.)
- A paragraph about your connections in the music industry and/or your background as a professional writer
- A short bio about your subject (if the article is an interview)
- Any links to previously published work, websites, books, or blogs
- Deadline for proposals: Friday, Dec. 20 2013
- Type “Songwriter’s Market 2015 Article Submission” in your subject line so it doesn’t get lost
- Send all proposals to Songwriter’s Market Editor James Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org
All submissions will receive a response but only those we are interested in pursuing will receive a detailed follow-up with information about payment, schedule, etc.
Please Note: While we’re thrilled that you want to interview Bob Dylan, Mariah Carey, Paul McCartney, Tori Amos, or George Strait, we can’t give you the go-ahead until your interviewee says yes to your request for an interview, so be sure to temper your enthusiasm with realistic expectations. But who knows? Maybe a quick email to their reps might elicit a yes, and it might be the beginning of your music journalism career! Crazier things have happened, right? (I’m personally hoping that sleeping on Tom Petty’s front porch will get me a yes…someday.)
We’re looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks, and good luck!