A new songwriters website?

Added on Wednesday 8 Sep 2010

Been thinking about an idea for a new songwriters' website, which would include the following:

  • Unfinished songs vault; upload unfinished songs; browse and download those you like and want to finish. Upload: chords, words and an mp3 demo.
  • Upload your 'How I Write My Songs' articles: description of how you write your songs; sharing personal songwriting experiences.
  • Songwriting tips drawn from existing published sources.
  • Social networking around songwriting; yes another bloody one.
  • A safe environment for presenting new songs - even if they are unfinished.
  • A feedback system that only allows positive constructive comments. Believe me - this will be a lot more helpful than so-called 'honest' feedback.
  • Articles about famous songs?
  • info about song marketing?
  • info about song arrangement?
  • Facility to find a songwriting partner?

What's needed?

  • A website - with appropriate software to make the stuff above work.
  • At least one person to be the center of the network; encouraging, promoting, building and inviting content, interviewing songwriters. Would need someone with time, interest and good communication skills.

Why bother?

What would make this different from existing websites and magazines about songwriting and songwriters?

  • Non-judgemental approach; positive only feedback.
  • Songwriters thinking about and writing about how they create songs.
  • The mix of features? I don't know if the above features exist on existing websites - could be they are unique?

Things to worry about

  • In relation to the unfinished song vault: everyone will need to agree to a set of rules related to the resulting ownership in order for this to work.
  • How to resolve disputes regarding ownership.
  • Lack of time and resources to build a big enough initial network to make it useful.
  • Stamina of the people running it -
  • Spam
  • Disruptive individuals who won't follow rules and want to tell members that their songs are rubbish
  • Money to get it up and running and develop it.

Post your comments on my Facebook music page; is this a good idea? Or contact me via my contact form or phone for a chat 07810098119.

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