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Songwriting University Offers Virtual Co-Writes With Hit Songwriters

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As the music industry continues to grapple with the aftermath of Covid-19 Songwriting University is. [+] ED RODE Because the music industry continues to grapple with the aftermath of Covid-19 Songwriting University is coming to assistance from songwriters. Founded in December 2019 the platform aims to connect hit songwriters with aspiring tunesmiths virtually with video co-writing sessions

 

In turn the 22 faculty songwriters receives a commission for his or her services at a time when publishing deals are scarce and making a living from writing songs within the age of streaming has become much more bleak. Co-founder Michael Blanton explains that the idea for Songwriting University came from award-winning songwriters Billy Sprague and Joe Beck who witnessed firsthand the rapid decline of opportunities within their field

 

Blanton estimates that 10 years ago there have been approximately 4 500 writers with publishing deals in Nashville and today that number has dropped to lower than 450. Songwriting University offers a distinct opportunity to Music City s esteemed songwriters by letting them receives a commission for his or her services while remaining creative and inspiring a brand new generation of talent

 

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By Annie Reuter Nashville has this incredible rich songwriter pool that we re just not taking care of Blanton tells me. We created a scenario for them to co-write after which that Nashville songwriter gets paid immediately

 

Songwriting University doesn t take any publishing money from its songwriters. Blanton says the goal of the platform is to let successful songwriters connect virtually with veteran and aspiring writers from throughout the world. At a time when in-person co-writes are dwindling simply by the novel coronavirus pandemic Songwriting University is hoping to inspire those who have dreamed of writing songs but never made the move to Nashville to achieve this goal

 

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Manuel Pastor And Amelia Ransom Covid has accelerated this idea that we will do Zoom [co-writes]. We re seeing so a lot more happening digitally. The idea of what we re offering at Songwriting University is fitting right in with what everybody else is doing he says. Covid is probably drawing more people back to their roots [who used] to love music

 

Collaboration has always been the key for Nashville. On the very least we re fanning the flames of creativity. Moreover virtual co-writing sessions Songwriting University launched a song competition earlier this year and gifted $10 000 to up-and-coming singer-songwriter Colin Matchack. The 21-year old submitted several songs into the competition which was judged by Songwriter University s Blanton Sprague Beck and Gary Glover together with celebrity guest judges Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick and esteemed producer Tony Brown (Reba George Strait Vince Gill)

 

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By Annie Reuter Currently all writing packages are 30% off for those interested in registering

 

A consultation begins at $75 and one session starts at $350 while writers have the opportunity to register for as much as five co-writes. We re attempting to grow in diversification and on the same time we re attempting to be very respectful to all our writers. I think there s more to be explored here Blanton says

 

This can be a songwriter s town and songwriter s city. And we desire to honor that and protect that. With four decades of music industry experience including A&R and production Blanton is eager for the success of Songwriting University. The goal for the platform is to assist discover and mentor future music stars as well as garner song placement with music supervisors at major networks and production companies like Netflix

 

We truly are honoring the heritage of the long-lasting signature of Nashville that are our songwriters. They’re in a really stressful time simply by the way the world is and that s very stressful on the music business he says. What I like is that we’re attempting to take a handful of those writers and begin to offer opportunities for them to not only earn money since they don t have publishing deals but actually continue to hone their craft

 

That is truly a desire to honor the songwriters of Nashville after which on the same time do something innovative that Covid and our technology is allowing us to do he continues. We have nothing but high hopes that that is going to be an ongoing fun and new innovation within the music industry

 

Because the music industry continues to grapple with the aftermath of Covid-19 Songwriting University is. [+] ED RODE

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