Your local support group

Are you a member of your local songwriter association? These groups are an excellent way to meet songwriters. They often organize open mikes, song swaps, songwriting seminars and contests.

I belong to SAW (Songwriters of Washington), a very active organization, where I’ve been able to get feedback on my songs and general support and friendship from my peers.

If you think your local songwriter association is lame, make it better. Volunteer and make it into what you would like it to be. Odds are if you think it’s lame, so do others. Volunteer, attend some board meetings and start building it into something that serves you.

If there is no local group where you live, try frequenting all the open mike nights you can find. You can try out your newest tunes in front of a friendly audience and meet other songwriters.

Another well-respected group is NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International).

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