Songwriting – ‘at the heart of great music’

Songwriting is a quarterly online magazine aimed at songwriters and at fans of song-led music – of all genres. We take advice from successful artists, producers and musicians to provide you with tips, techniques, ideas and inspiration to keep the music flowing, from writing lyrics and melodies to advice on how to promote yourself and your songs. Plus you’ll find interviews with big names, rising stars, and behind-the-scenes songwriters who will share their wisdom. Download the Songwriting app now…

Latest Articles

Richard Ashcroft


Ivor Novello Awards 2019: Richard Ashcroft settles dispute and winners in full

Bitter Sweet Symphony song royalties will be paid to The Verve’s frontman as long battle finally comes to an end…

Barry Blue


Barry Blue’s tips on surviving for 50 years as a songwriter

The legendary British songwriter and producer offers some wise words for anyone wanting a lasting career in the music-making business…

Jess Clinton by Liz Maney


On The Stereo #40

Our updated playlist now includes songs from Jess Clinton, Tegan Marie, The Black Keys, Hunter Phelps, Meursault and Tom Hannay…

Eagle-Eye Cherry


How I wrote ‘Save Tonight’ by Eagle-Eye Cherry

When this pop-rock classic landed on both sides of the Atlantic it became a self-fulfilling prophecy for its creator…

Black Deer Festival and Orange Amps competition


Orange Amps and Black Deer Festival competition

There’s still time to enter for the chance to win a £1,000 guitar amplifier and play at the Kent-based festival…

Alex Toth. Photo: Michael Leviton


Diary Of A Songwriter: Alex Toth

Things get increasingly meta when this diary entry from the Tōth man form the basis of a brand new song…



On The Stereo #39

We appreciate brand new tracks from Binky, Roo Panes, Joan As Police Woman, Riley Smith, Eleri Angharad and Molly Sarlé…

The Lighthouse Family's Paul Tucker


Interview: Lighthouse Family’s Paul Tucker

Finally returning with a new album, we catch up with the pop-soul duo’s songwriter still searching for his Holy Grail…

Isaac Hayes


Reissues to celebrate 50 years of Stax and Black Music Month

Craft Recordings’ campaign to honour Memphis soul music will include three Record Store Day exclusives, vinyl releases and digital reissues.…


Songs In The Key Of… Tucson, Arizona

Gabriel Sullivan and Brian Lopez of XIXA assume the role of tour guides as we head into the Arizonan desert…

Midnight Oil


How I wrote ‘Beds Are Burning’ by Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst

Detailing the plight of Australia’s First Nations people, this rock anthem found an international audience upon its release in 1987…

Emeli Sandé


Songwriters see a rise in royalty payments

Songwriters and composers are making more money from their music as the PRS starts collecting royalties from social media platforms…

Husky Loops by Henry Gill


On The Stereo #38

Releases we’re enjoying from Husky Loops, Danielle Bradbery, Man With A Mission, Lawrence Taylor, The Catenary Wires and Eleni Drake…

How I wrote 'Graffiti' by Maximo Park


How I wrote ‘Graffiti’ by Maxïmo Park’s Duncan Lloyd

The guitarist recalls creating a song that helped his Newcastle-based band reboot the UK indie-rock scene in the post-Britpop years…

Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019


Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019 edition out now

Our latest issue features Kiefer Sutherland, Ashley Monroe, Chris Difford, Howard Jones, Tim Burgess, Nile Rodgers, Fiona Bevan and more…

Jorja Smith


The nominees for the Ivor Novello Awards 2019 are…

The annual songwriting awards are one of the most coveted and prestigious prizes in the British and Irish music industry…


A new songwriting festival is coming to Shetland

A new educational songwriting event will debut on the Scottish island with the aim of attracting the best UK songwriters…

Bailey Bryan's Songwriting Survival Kit


Bailey Bryan’s Songwriting Survival Kit

The rising Nashville singer-songwriter reveals her must-have items which include an old classical guitar, some spicy snacks and hot drinks…

ATCE Winter 2018


The Album That Changed Everything (Winter 2018)

Some of our favourite past Songwriting interviewees reveal the seminal albums that have inspired them the most over the years…


Madonna announces details of her new album

After much speculation and rumour, Madonna confirms the details of her latest album Madame X to be released in June…



Interview: Stats’ Ed Seed

Having made one of the albums of the year so far, the Stats frontman talks us through its unusual genesis…

Tal Wilkenfeld


Introducing… Tal Wilkenfeld

The go-to bass player for Prince, Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck is now going it alone as a solo artist…

Writing to a brief for film & television


Peter Raeburn on writing to a brief for film and television

We asked the award-winning composer and producer how he approaches creating music for the media, alongside writing songs for himself…


Scratching the surface of Record Store Day 2019

Here is a brief guide of special releases and celebratory performances taking place up and down the country this weekend…

Surrealist Poetry book


Roddy Woomble of Idlewild’s Songwriting Survival Kit

The indie frontman takes us into his world of wine, libraries and Scottish isles; all in the name of songwriting…

Diary Of A Songwriter: Marsicans


Diary Of A Songwriter: Marsicans

Returning from tour gives this Leeds band a chance to get back to songwriting, fuelled by cheese and bean toasties…


Song Deconstructed: ‘Lonesome Rider’ by The Strange

The Croatian and American supergroup’s Dalibor Pavičić and Chris Eckman give us an access-all-areas tour of their latest cinematic track…


Midem 2019 announces competition finalists

Finalists for the Artist Accelerator competition are revealed after a record number of submissions including entries from 24 new countries…

Una Healy


On The Stereo #37

Our selection of tracks come from Una Healy, Band Of Skulls, August Landelius, The Luck, Saint Agnes and Jamie Adam…

Mark Farris' writing tips


10 writing tips from Grammy Award winner Mike Farris

The Nashville rocker collected the Best Roots Gospel Album trophy in 2015. Here he reveals the secrets of his success…

Jesse Colin Young. Photo: Brent Cline


Interview: Jesse Colin Young

Emerging with his first new record in over a decade, the ex-Youngbloods frontman has rediscovered all of his songwriting magic…

Songs & Strings


Songs & Strings: Patrick Hamilton’s tips for arranging and orchestration

The producer, composer and arranger takes a break from the studio to offer some tips on writing and orchestrating strings…


Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly being brought back to life

The late rock ‘n’ roll icons will tour the UK as holograms – the experience being described as “truly special”…