Songwriter

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Job Summary

Songwriters compose lyrics to songs. Some Songwriters are also talented musicians who compose music to accompany their verse or may also perform as singers or musicians. Others are only involved with writing and team with musicians or composers to develop the accompanying music.

Personal Qualities

In addition to the need for creativity, good English language skills and knowledge of techniques to compose and perform songs, songwriters need to be persistent and resilient in the face of difficulties. They also need to use initiative in marketing songs and have the ability to work effectively with others in writing songs and preparing for the performance or recording of songs.

Entrance Requirements

Songwriters don't strictly require any formal education, though studies in writing, music or any other creative discipline along with the ability to read and play music would obviously be beneficial. University studies in the liberal arts may also be useful in helping graduates to learn to think conceptually and thematically and to express this in a written form.

Principal Employment Sectors and Industry

Songwriters usually either work as artists performing their own work, as staff-writers for music publishers and record companies, in advertising writing jingles for commercials or freelance, marketing and selling their songs for other artists to perform.