Mental health: Songwriting reduces depression and PTSD

Doctors at Harvard Medical School have confirmed something musicians have known for years: songwriting can be healing and transformative. The Harvard team studied ten war veterans involved with Songwriting With Soldiers (SWS), a project that pairs songwriters with returned service men and women. SWS hosts regular retreats at which veterans (and their families) tell their […]

Mary Gauthier on songwriting with soldiers

Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier’s latest offering Rifles and Rosary Beads is up for best album at this year’s Americana Music Awards. It has all the hallmarks of a classic Gauthier creation – haunting melodies, emotive vocals and searingly honest lyrics – but there’s one difference. On the new album Gauthier doesn’t draw on her own life experiences (of […]

Hit songwriter Cathy Dennis honoured

Few songwriters have been as prolific or consistent as hitmaker Cathy Dennis, who was last week rightfully awarded an Ivor Novello for Best Song Collection. Dennis has been a dominant, but low key, force in the music industry for more than 20 years, penning number ones for Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Britney Spears and S-Club […]

The Brits who bagged prizes in top songwriting contest

The winners of a prestigious international songwriting contest have been announced with Brits taking home first prize in two categories. The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) gives aspiring and established songwriters a chance to raise their profile in the international arena with past recipients including Gregory Porter, Gotye, Kasey Chambers and Bastille. This year’s grand prize […]

Five Top Song Writing Tips

Jane Taylor is an award-winning singer-songwriter and winner of the UK and International Songwriting Competition. Here she shares her top five songwriting tips. A song is no different to any other art form. It’s an expression of what you think and feel and what you’re learning. If you want to write a great song, as well […]

Chord Progressions

Chord progressions in songwriting

Writer’s block. Every songwriter experiences it at some point. You’re sitting in front of your piano, you’ve got your guitar in hand, your pencils are sharpened, your laptop batteries glow at 100% and BAM, you’ve got nothing! You FEEL like writing, but there’s a dry, brown, desert in your head. Tumbleweeds blow past, a train […]

Competition: 9 day artist development programme (UK)

Win A Free Place At The ULTIMATE ARTISTS 2016 Programme. Value £1680* We’re awarding one lucky artist a place at the Ultimate Artists 2016 artist development programme. The prize covers the full 9-day course including all programmed classes, board and meals *Does not cover travel or extra-curricular classes. The program runs from 15th-23rd August 2016 at the University of Hertfordshire UK. Ultimate Artists is an opportunity to achieve what […]

The First Line

Lyrics are heard, not read. A VERY important distinction! Our brains process information differently through our ears, than through our eyes. When we hear a lyric, each line builds onto the next one. Knowing what to put first, and what to put “next” makes a tremendous difference toonto how your listeners perceive your lyric. I […]

Musical theater songwriter Scott Alan

Scott Alan is a man who needs no introduction if you follow musical theatre. If you don’t, well then jump on board! Fresh from selling out four shows at the London Hippodrome, Scott Alan is one of the top contemporary musical theatre writers in the world.  He is known for writing soul-searching, honest, and mind-pondering […]