What is Musixmatch and how can it help promote your music

Musixmatch is the world’s largest catalog of song lyrics and translations, providing artists and fans with a free and easy way to add lyrics to tracks. Musixmatch is an all-in-one platform for consumers and content…

The Ivors 2020 nominations announced

The Ivor Novello Awards celebrates creative excellence in UK songwriting and screen composition. Find all the 2020 nominees below. First presented in 1956, the Ivors are considered one of the highest achievements for British and…

Up to $43m emergency fund for songwriters launched by GEMA in Germany

Performing rights organisation GEMA have launched an emergency aid fund for songwriters left in the dark by Coronavirus. As performers, musicians and songwriters around the world face potential months out of pocket it is up…

How to write songs on guitar

The guitar is a favourite for songwriting as it offers a varied sonic palette but how do you get started writing a song on it. To start with it helps if you know to some…

Spotify now credits Songwriters with their very own page

Spotify have launched a brand new page for songwriters where all their music contributions can be found. Spotify have launched a new page to bring together all the listed work of the sometimes under represented…

How to make sad songs in a Major key (video)

Writing a sad song in a Major key can make for even more of an impact than you can create when working in Minor. The Major key is associated with a light, bouncy sound. It’s…

The art of painting music with words (video)

Lyrics and music go together like paint and a brush. Some use that partnering to extra effect and coalesce the two for beautiful and powerful effect. Check out this wonderful technique in this great video.

One simple trick to understand Chord Music Theory

Playing music and understanding the science behind what you play are 2 different ball parks. Whilst theory isn’t essential to play, even the basics will expand your playing by miles. Music theory is a big…

How to get over lyrical writer’s block

We’ve all been there before: You’re feeling inspired, you sit down ready to write a new song and when you pick up the pen… nothing comes. Writer’s block isn’t just for authors, it happens to…

How to write a hit – 10 top songwriting tips from famous musicians

Even if you’ve written one hundred songs before, sitting down to write a song can be one of the hardest things to do as a musician. Whether it be finding inspiration, finding the right key,…