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What are some ways to become a professional songwriter?

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One way to become a professional songwriter is to submit a polished demo recording of original music to companies listed in the publication "Songwriter's Market." Each company shares its submissions guidelines, the kind of music desired and where to send it.

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The paperback edition of the 2016 edition of "Songwriter's Market" retails on Amazon.com for about $22 as of 2015. Prior to sending demos, it is also helpful to study an instrument, write lyrics and music, and join a peer group, such as the Songpreneur community on SongwritingAndMusicBusiness.com.

A knowledge of the business is essential, such as the specifics of music publishing, copyrights and royalties. Networking and performing is also central to a songwriter's development; it builds confidence, technique, an audience and potential contacts.

A self-promotion press kit is important. It signifies professionalism and provides industry pros and prospective clients with a quick scan of a songwriter's strongest work.

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