Songs Of Love Foundation

I received this email from Anis A., the Director of Music and Special Projects for the Songs of Love Foundation:
“The Songs of Love Foundation is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates free, personalized, original songs to uplift children and teens currently facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges. Each CD is professionally produced with lyrics containing the child’s name and references to all of his or her favorite activities, things, people, and pets. Songs are written and performed in any language in the musical style that the child likes best (pop, R&B, rap, rock, alternative, etc.), by a variety of talented professionals.
“Songwriters who have written for us have going to signing record deals and even winning a Grammy. Jason Mraz is just one of them. Not to mention Michael Bolton, David Lee Roth, Itaal Shur and many more.
“We are looking for songwriters that can help us, by giving back with the talents that they were given, to some really deserving kids and teens. If a songwriter feels they can create a one-of-a-kind song for a child/teen then we would greatly appreciate their talents.”
If you would like to contribute to the good works of this organization, here is some contact info:
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Welcome!

This website is meant for songwriters of all sorts. I’ve been writing songwriting articles since 1996 and pretty much all of them are still available! To see a list of all of the articles, you can go right here. Otherwise I welcome you to peruse the site whichever way you want.

Happy writing 🙂

IJ

22 Writers for 1 Song?!?

The official song of the 2015 Pan Am Games, “Together We Are One” sung by Serena Ryder, apparently has 22 writers to its credit.

I can hear the jokes now: “Which word did you write?”

Seriously, this is the music biz at its worst.  Everybody wants a piece of the action so everyone has to have their name on the credits, even if you were just sitting in the room. It’s greedy and ridiculous. And the songwriter who did the most work or who came up with the idea (we’ll likely never know who that was), is pretty much ripped off because he/she has to share whatever income the song generates, along with getting lost in credits crowded by 21 other people.

The song itself is your standard pop arena anthem with nothing special to it.  Other than the fact there are 22 writer credits.

Honestly.

IJ

Feature Songwriters!

stars[Submissions accepted until June 15th!]

Coming soon to this website, featured profiles of songwriters around the world.  And you could be one of them!

In the coming month, I will be setting up a special area of this website to feature songwriters and their songs once a month. To be considered, please submit an email with a link to either an audio file or video of one song for me to listen to or view. If I choose you and your song, I will send you an email with some interview questions to add to your feature.

This is open to any songwriter, amateur or professional, performing or not, in any style, and is meant as extra promotion for you and your music. If you have an independent release for sale, links to it and your website will be provided.

I will be looking for good songs! It doesn’t matter the quality of recording, only the quality of writing.

Submit your stuff by June 15th and takes your chances 🙂

IJ

Songland Could Be Good If…

Adam Levine

If you haven’t yet heard about it, Adam Levine, Dave Stewart and the executive producer of The Voice, Audrey Morrissey, will be teaming up to produce a new series called Songland.

The whole idea behind Songland is that songwriters will get a chance to pitch their songs to a panel, very much like vocalists vying for a deal on The Voice, and the winner will, I’m guessing, get their song recorded by a big name artist. Continue reading “Songland Could Be Good If…”