Song Lyricists, Music Composition & Lyric Writing
For talented lyricists willing to develop their lyric writing skills and market their songs, there are good opportunities in today's music business.
Every great song needs a great lyric. Every Elton John needs a Bernie Taupin. Every Andrew Lloyd Webber needs a Tim Rice.
Clearly, memorable songs require well-written lyrics and skilled lyric writing, and the music business will always need talented song lyricists.
To illustrate this, check out the songwriting credits of songs recorded in Nashville these days. Rarely will you see only one songwriter listed under the title of any particular song.
More often you'll find two or more writers listed. That's because each writer brings different, complimentary strengths to the songwriting process. Some are stronger composing music. Some are stronger writing lyrics.
Other times it's a case of "two heads are better than one" in the creative process, and sometimes songwriting partners work together on both lyrics and music.
As an example, country music recording artist Vince Gill wrote his classic album "I Still Believe In You" with co-writing help from eight different songwriting partners. That album yielded several huge hits for Gill, sold millions of albums, and established Gill as a top country artist.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SONG LYRICISTS
Songwriters Resource Network encourages song poets and lyric writers to take their work to the highest level. That's why we offer helpful, informative articles on all aspects of song and lyric writing.
For a complete list of articles about Lyric Writing, visit this section: News & Articles: Lyric Writing
HOW TO SELL LYRICS / SELL SONGS
Songwriters often ask: "How do I sell lyrics or sell songs?" Well, generally a writer does not actually sell lyrics or sell songs — they most often get paid through a system of royalties.
However, before you can sell songs and make money, you'll need to get your songs noticed by influential folks in the music business.
If you're an ambitious lyricist, you'll probably want to start thinking about teaming with a music composer.
That's because song publishers rarely consider lyric-only submissions. It's difficult to judge the potential of a song based on only the lyrics. Song publishers want to hear complete songs — both lyrics and music.
Lyricists working with music composers have one big advantage: they can join forces to create song demos. And an impressive demo can be used to attract the interest of song publishers, music producers and recording artists.
LYRIC WRITING CONTEST:
You can now enter your lyrics in the Lyric Writing category of the Great American Song Contest. Get your song lyrics critiqued by music-industry pros. Win Prizes & Awards!
Look! ALL ENTRANTS in the Great American Song Contest receive a free 45-Day All Access Pass to SongU.com (a $50 value!)
Song lyricists seeking music composers can find good results using the Songwriters Resource Network Songwriter Billboards. There are hundreds of networking ads. Respond to those that interest you or post a free ad of your own!
DID YOU KNOW?
SongLyricist.com is a great new online resource for song lyricists. Lots of helpful tips and articles by music-industry pros on how to market song lyrics and find success in the music business.
SongLyricist.com - Lyric Writing contest
- Lyric Writing contest