Songwriter Job Description

A songwriter is a person who writes songs.

Songwriters usually do not play an instrument.

Instead, songwriters may be musicians, singers, producers, or other professionals who use music to express their ideas.

Some songwriters play their own instruments, either for their own productions or for live performances, while many songwriters use other instruments, such as the piano or keyboard.

A songwriter is usually self-employed, with income coming from royalties and publishing fees.

Updated on:     
September 15, 2022

Job Brief:

We're looking for a Songwriter to join our team and help us create new, original music. The ideal candidate will be creative and have a passion for songwriting. If you have a strong understanding of melody and composition, and can work well within a team, we want to hear from you.

Songwriter Duties:

  • Write songs for TV/film/commercial, advertising, music albums, as well as perform and write songs for live concerts
  • Write songs and songs for other artists
  • Develop working relationships through networking and research
  • Research and evaluate the range of products/services that best meet clients’ needs
  • Identify and cultivate business relationships
  • Develop marketing plans
  • Develop brand identities and positioning strategies
  • Fulfill contractual agreements
  • Perform administrative tasks
  • Develop relationships with music professionals

Songwriter Responsibilities:

  • Create compelling songs that are radio friendly, commercial ready, and suitable for the target market
  • Research and compose original songs, including lyric, melody, and chord progressions
  • Write lyrics and melody, then develop the completed song into a complete musical composition
  • Work with musicians to create backing tracks

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Requirements And Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent
  • 2+ years’ experience performing or recording music
  • Experience as a writer
  • Knowledge of musical theory and composition
  • Good understanding of music publishing industry
  • Knowledge of music industry contracts
  • Knowledge of technology for producing music

At [Company Name], we are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team. We encourage applications from people of all races, religions, national origins, genders, gender expressions, and ages. We also encourage veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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