The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs,

Revised and Expanded Edition (Billboard Books)

Former #1 best-selling songwriting book at Amazon!


"The Songwriters' Bible" -- Everything you need to know about the creative and business aspects of writing successful songs. Includes thirty exercises for you to practice and hone your skills, advice from more than fifty industry professionals, and checklists to objectively assess your strengths and weaknesses - all in a non-technical, easy-to-understand format. Includes the most comprehensive list of resources for songwriters in print.

"There are so many truly awful books out there that promise even the untalented success in the field of music. Having read 6 Steps, though, I'm impressed with the quality of Jason's research and the handy guides to everything from making demos to figuring out where your money comes from." --Janis Ian (9 time Grammy nominee)

"Imagine dreaming a dream--then being able to go to a reference book that told you precisely how to accomplish that dream. Jason Blume provides such a reference book if your dream is songwriting. From honing your craft to marketing your songs, 6 Steps to Songwriting Success is a comprehensive guide to the craft and business of songwriting." -- Bart Herbison, Executive Director, Nashville Songwriters Association International



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THIS BUSINESS OF SONGWRITING, Revised, 2nd Edition is the first book to demystify the process of doing business as a songwriter. Learn everything you need to know about how to pitch, publish, and place your songs with artists—and in TV/Film. 

Includes Work for Hire/Vocalists' & Musicians' Waiver Agreement and samples of every contract a songwriter would be likely to ever encounter--translated one paragraph at a time from “legaleze” to plain English. 

This Business ...  walks readers step-by-step through the process of effectively pitching songs to publishers, artists, managers, A&R representatives, and producers. It explains the process of "clearing" music, and the functions of music supervisors and production music libraries, as well as offering resources for reaching these decision-makers.

Topics include:


The mechanics of how songwriters generate and collect royalties

The functions of music publishers, record labels, performing rights organizations

The Harry Fox Agency

Mechanical, performance, and print licensing

Amounts earned for synchronization and master use licenses; and performance royalties for radio, television, and Internet broadcasts

Digital licensing and royalties

Included contracts:

Single Song Publishing Agreement; Staff-Writing Agreement; Administration Deal; Collaborators' Agreement; Work for Hire Agreement; Mechanical License; Synchronization License; Lyric Reprint Licensing Agreement; Subpublishing Contract; and Copyright Form PA. Additional chapters explain self-publishing, and address the business considerations unique to performing songwriters, as well as those who are targeting special markets, such as Christian music, children's music, video games,

and musical theater.

Also includes sample lyric sheets and cover letters, as well as advice about how many songs to include--and how to attract attention--when approaching music industry professionals. It includes a detailed explanation of how the singles and album charts work, and throughout, provides valuable information about how to make money writing songs. This Business of Songwriting is a one-volume resource that teaches the skills and knowledge every songwriter and music publisher needs to succeed.


“If you are serious about being a professional writer, Jason has compiled the most comprehensive how-to guide I have ever read. All the way from getting a writing deal to understanding it once you get one. This is a must read! -- Tom Luteran, V.P./Creative, Sony Music Publishing


Jason Blume's latest book is a must read for anyone serious about songwriting, whether you're just starting out or you're a seasoned professional. The writing is clear, concise and comprehensive, covering everything from how to dress for a pitch meeting to how to decipher sub clauses in a sync license. Highly recommended. -- Bob Regan, Grammy Nominated Songwriter/Adjunct Songwriting Professor, Belmont University/Former President, Nashville Songwriters Assoc. International

“Jason Blume has created songwriting’s Rosetta Stone.

Encyclopedic in scope,

This Business of Songwriting unravels industry enigmas and firmly imparts a sense of direction to tomorrow’s hit makers.” -- Paul Corbin, VP Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI


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This Business of Songwriting: Revised 2nd Edition 

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INSIDE SONGWRITING   has been called the musician’s version of Natalie Goldberg’s million-selling Writing Down the Bones.

Inside Songwriting  presents both inspirational stories of the author’s long, and sometimes difficult, climb to the top, as well as practical advice, valuable tools, and instructive activities that no accomplished or aspiring songwriter, singer, or musician should be without. It provides a richly detailed, no-holds-barred account of the author’s personal experiences (trying to make a go of it in the topsy-turvy music world), and offers inspiration and practical instructions on the techniques and raw artistry required to put

a song together.

Far from being a traditional “how-to,” each of the 60 short chapters in this book uses attention-grabbing anecdotes to relay valuable insights and important lessons. But Inside Songwriting also offers much more; it provides a rare look at the business of songwriting from “both sides of the desk,” and offers aspiring songwriters what they need most—encouragement, comfort, and hope.

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Inside Songwriting