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Songwriting advice from a hit music publisher!

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on January 21, 2019

Here's golden advice from a hit music publisher.

Scot Sherrod is the VP/General Manager of Rare Spark Media, a successful music publishing company in Nashville, Tennessee. Scot has had his hand in getting songs recorded by Garth Brooks, George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, and more. His current roster includes rising country star, Walker Hayes (“You Broke Up With Me” and “Craig.”)

Scot was a recent guest on's "Know The Row," and he shared some great, real-world advice for songwriters.  Here's some of what he had to say.
Read on!

Here is a bit of Scot's advice (paraphrased):

Publishings companies have really taken on the role of developing talent- not just songwriters, but artists and producers.

Now is a good time to be different. But you still have to be good. Sometimes the hardest part is just to be brave and be honest with yourself.

New writers generally get on a publisher’s radar several different ways. It might be a writer’s night or through just being in town and getting to know people. Or through writer reps at the PROs (BMI, SESAC, ASCAP). You have to be present in some way, network, get to know who’s who, and get your stuff out there.

You have a much better change of getting on people’s radar if you either live here (Nashville) or make regular trips.

Get your stuff out there over and over and try not to get too frustrated. You’ll get a few hundred “no’s” for every “yes.”

You have to know what your strengths and weaknesses are. Then get in the room with someone who is strong where you’re weak.

I used to pitch songs 80% of the time, now I spend about 60% of my time working to get my writers in the best rooms.

Writing songs for synch (film/tv) is just as competitive as writing songs for radio. But it can be done.

I spend most of my time on the writer’s I’ve signed. I owe that to them. But at the same time, I don’t want to miss something great. Most of the outside stuff I listen to is from writers who are actively pursuing it- they live in town or visit a lot, they’re actively writing songs and getting to know people, etc.

These days, there’s a great place in the writing room for people who are very lyric-conscious.

If you'd like to hear EVERYTHING Scot had to share, the full video replay is available in Frettie's Member Area.  It's right there along with full video replays of other events with hit songwriters, Byron Hill & Jimmy Yeary, artist/writer Aaron Goodvin, and more.

Also, I have a really cool event coming up. On February 5, I'm hosting a "Know The Row" event with multi-hit music publisher, Matt Lindsey. This is your chance to hang out online and ask YOUR questions to a real music publisher.  Matt has secured cuts by artists including Garth Brooks, George Strait, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson and more!

This is YOUR chance to sit down face-to-face (online) with a real-deal music publisher, and I hope you won't let it slip away.

Here's the best part: this event is FREE for Frettie subscribers! So if you're already a Frettie subscriber, you'll receive an invitation to the event. If you aren't already a Frettie subscriber... what are you waiting for?


Matt Lindsey KtR

God bless,


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