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The 5 Best Songwriting Competitions (And 3 Key Tips for Success)

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Songwriting competitions are an excellent way to raise your profile, get a little cash, and boost your confidence all in one shot. The sheer amount of songwriting competitions out there, however, can be overwhelming. Which ones are reputable? Which ones aren't? Not to mention that the crème de la crème, so to speak, can be potentially intimidating to apply to.

In this post, we'll walk you through the process and give you some pointers – as well as highlighting five of the more important competitions.

How It's Easier Than Ever to End Up on a Spotify Playlist

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Before the digital age, artists had to contend with gatekeepers – publishers, labels, radio stations, etc. – before getting their music in the hands of fans. These days, artists have ready access to digital platforms to reach out and get new listeners.

Probably the holy grail of these is Spotify, which has changed the game. It's even gotten the usually change-averse labels to sit up and take notice – PR reps are now pitching directly to tastemakers, much like they do with radio stations.

5 Music Industry Podcasts You Should Be Listening To Right Now

Image via PixabayOver the past few years, podcasts have invaded mainstream media as not only entertainment but also a viable source of information, news, and more. Seemingly any topic has an endless supply of podcasts and hosts talking at length from every angle.

Music is no exception, and if you're looking for new music-industry resources, particularly if you're a songwriter, here are five podcasts you'll want to hit "subscribe" on immediately.

4 Reasons You Might Not Be Getting a Music Publishing Deal

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Many songwriters around the world have heard the same frustrating phrase at one point in their career from music publishers: “It's a great song, but I can't use it right now.” Or, even worse – simply, “Pass.” So, why do publishers so often say no?

For a writer, it can be difficult not to take it personally – but there are a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with you (or even, at times, the song itself). Here are four examples of possible causes preventing you from getting a music publishing deal.

How to Find the Right Music Venue for Your Band

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Any show you're able to play is a great show, right? Especially if you're a young band struggling for exposure, you're likely to jump at the chance to play any show no matter what type of venue it's in. But is that place you're playing really the best for you? Will it aid your future success? And will it make your band look and sound phenomenal?

Consider these five things the next time you're searching for the perfect music venue for your band.