Site Navigation is simple, You can just click any • on this page, utilise the Search Box at the bottom of this page typing in whatever it is you want to look for, or if you prefer, click on the menu at the top of each page.
But first, we have a series of articles on this site which can teach you the basics of songwriting in a very short time. Each one is short and simple, and you can either do the whole course in sequence, or skip any lesson you do not need.
We call it "The Knowledge", and all you have to do to start is click below for the first lesson.
Worried about being ripped off in the songwriting business? Read this and you won't! Anyway, it is not quite as crooked as you may believe!
• ALLAN RICH
Interview with the man who has a slew of Gold and Platinum record awards and whose songs have sold a staggering 65 million records. And he continues to churn out songs recorded by popular artists.
• ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Interview with the most successful stage musical writer of all time.
• BARRY MASON
Interview with the dean of British songwriters, who wrote "Delilah"
for Sir Tom Jones, plus songs for Elvis Presley, and much much more!
One of the most-asked questions of all time - how do I copyright my songs, and prevent my pension for life being stolen from me?
•FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Songwriting, copyright, demos, promotion, contracts etc. What you wanted to know but were afraid to ask!
• FILM & TV
Everything you need to know about getting your songs into movies, or onto TV
• GENE PITNEY
Interview with the songwriter who wrote "Hello Mary Lou", "Rubber Ball", "He's A Rebel" and many more
• HAL SHAPER
Interview with the songwriter and music publisher who wrote
"Softly As I Leave You", recorded by everybody from Elvis Presley to Michael Buble to Frank Sinatra
• HALL OF FAME
The world's greatest songwriters of all time, as chosen - not by us - but by you. Otherwise, we'd be in it too!
Put your songs on the web. By-pass the music industry. And keep a lor more of the money for yourself!
With such writers and publishers as Gene Pitney, Lionel Bart, Sonny Curtis and more
Information about ISA - the International Songwriters Association - the hosts of this site
The greatest city in the world and not just because we're based here! OK - let's be honest - partly because we're based here
• LIONEL BART
Interview with the songwriter who penned the musical "Oliver" plus hits for Cliff and so many more
• MARIJOHN WILKIN
Interview with the songwriter of "One Day At A Time" along with tunes recorded by everybody from Eddie Cochran to The Beatles - and so much more
• MUSIC PUBLISHERS ON THE WEB
Not every music publisher operates a website (in fact, most do not), but here are just a few of those that do
We may not all be able to pen the next Evita or Les Miserables, but we can dream! Can't we?
The songwriting industry's main news stories from around the world, updated every four hours
• NORMAN PETTY
Interview with the songwriter who wrote "Wheels", managed Buddy Holly, and so many more
We remember the life and times of songwriters who have passed on recently
• PATRICIA ROSE
An English songwriter with a great future, and a fascinating past!
• RECORD LABELS ON THE WEB
Very few record label websites have anything of particular interest to songwriters, apart from perhaps confirming the label of your chosen singer, but here are a few of the leading labels from around the world
• RODGER HODGSON
Interview with the songwriting member of Supertramp
• SELLING YOUR SONGS
The International Songwriters Association can show you how to contact the people who are looking for songs
• SONG PROMOTION
Want to know how to go about selling your songs? This will tell you how to go about it
• SONGS WANTED
For singers, bands, record labels or music publishers seeking new songs
• SONGWRITERS ON THE WEB
Links to the top songwriters, past, present, and to come
• SONGWRITING BASICS
If you know absolutely nothing (and we mean absolutely nothing) about the world of songwriting, then this is as good a place as any to start. But it is very basic!
• SONGWRITING RESOURCES
Everything from copyright to demo studios, magazines to tipsheets
• SONGWRITING TIPSHEETS
Publications which tell you where to sell your songs
• SONNY CURTIS
Interview with the songwriter who played with Buddy Holly, wrote "I Fought The Law" and "Walk Right Back" and dozens more
How to subscribe to Songwriter Magazine and International Songwriters Association
• TERRY NOON
Interview with one of the great UK independent music publishers
What subscribers (and others) have said about International Songwriters Association
To show we are not all serious, we let our hair down with some tall stories
• WRITING SONG LYRICS
Although there is no "proper" way to write song lyrics, there are some basic elements that most songs have in common. This article discusses five of those elements: Hook, Slant, Chorus, Verses, and Bridge
• WRITING SONG MELODIES
Songwriting, or writing songs and creating melody - is about doing two main things. Telling a story to your listeners in a way that creates an emotional experience, and crafting the chords, groove, and melody to deliver and effectively enhance that message
• WRITING SONG TITLES
Sometimes writing song titles can seem more difficult than it needs to be. Here are a few quick tips to get you in the right direction next time thatyou sit down to come up with a title.
• YOUR PRIVACY
How ISA handles and safeguards any information you give the International Songwriters Association
• YOUR RIGHTS
How ISA protects the rights of members of the International Songwriters Association
• YOUR SONGS IN TV & MOVIES
Some advice when thinking about getting your songs onto the silver screen
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