Whether you're aspiring to join the ranks of professional song writers or simply want to find an open mic at which to play your latest tune, a large and varied songwriting community exists to satisfy song writers of all skill and experience levels. The Internet contains a wealth of information applicable to everyone, from the dabbling novice to the meticulous expert.
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Songwriting conferences allow songwriters the opportunity to network with a wider circle of contacts. Most of these gatherings feature listening sessions with music buyers and record label heads, as well as performance showcases and panel discussions with professional artists and music business representatives. The sites listed below offer information on upcoming festivals and conferences, as well as archives from past events.
- While a select few songwriters are often discovered at these events and score a coveted record deal, these conferences are networking opportunities for all levels of working artists first and foremost.
- Many of the regional associations listed above host their own conferences. Note that the sites below are larger events geared to the global songwriting and folk music communities, rather than the pop, indie, and rock and roll communities.
, which claims to be the world's leading independent artist and repertoire company, hosts a very large music conference each year. If you can spend your money on just one conference, this is a good one for getting a solid foundation of industry information and for finding other serious artists.
The North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance
hosts a popular international conference every year. This site is a little busy, so rely on the main menu at the left to find the content that interests you. You'll find Folk Alliance news, resources, and more.
The Americana Music Association
is dedicated to promoting public awareness of Americana music. This site supports that mission with its profiles of "Hot Artists" and news updates about Americana music. If you're interested in attending the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, just check the "Conference" page.
The Durango Songwriters Expo
mixes music business seminars and workshops, song listening/critique sessions, live songwriter showcases, and concerts at two annual events. Check this site for songwriting tips and to learn about the Durango Songwriters Expo's songwriting contest.
The South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival
, held each year in Austin, Texas, is the premier national music conference for music of all kinds, and it regularly features many of the top songwriters working today. If you're interested in music business news, browse through "The Daily Chord."
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