International Songwriting Conference 2019 | The Songwriting Academy

International Songwriting Conference 2019

2nd & 3rd November 2019

Hilton Hotel Tower Bridge

London SE1


Why Is This The Only Music Conference You Need…?

Where else can you learn from creatives who have worked with:

Taylor Swift | Ed Sheeran | Rita Ora | Grace jones | U2 | Dizzee Rascal | Andrea Bocelli | Tina Turner | |Robbie Williams | Ricky Martin | Frankie Goes To Hollywood

plus… David Guetta | Backstreet Boys | Rudimental | Leann Rimes | Dizzee Rascal | Paloma Faith  and many, many more…

  • Network with hundreds of like minded creatives
  • Meet music industry icons
  • Learn how to write better songs
  • Discover the secrets of being a successful artist in today’s business
  • Be wowed by production tips from the best
  • Become a social media ninja
  • Be more inspired than you have ever been before

If you’re not currently getting the success you think you deserve, spend just two days at the International Songwriting Conference and find out why so many people describe this event as “life changing’ and “transformational”.


09:00  Conference Opens

10:00 – 10:15  Welcome from Songwriting Academy Founder
Martin Sutton (Backstreet Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Celine Dion)

Welcome message from the founder of The Songwriting Academy and multi-million selling songwriter and producer, Martin Sutton.

10:15 – 11:45 John Saunderson 
The Real Way To Get Your Songs Recorded By Major Label Artists

Described by the BBC as the Number One Hitmaker John Saunderson will be bursting onto stage to answer your questions and share the secrets behind his enormous success placing songs with major record labels around the world. John has already helped many of The Songwriting Academy Platinum Members place their songs as part of their mentoring program.

What you’ll learn:

  • How music publishing really works
  • What are the labels actually looking for right now
  • How to present your songs
  • How and when to approach publishers
  • Exclusive vs Single Song deals
  • Why many writers fall at the first hurdle
  • How to have a long term career as a songwriter

Watch the BBC Documentary about John here:

12:00 – 13:30 Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran/One Direction/Shawn Mendes/Nina Nesbitt)
The Journey Of A Hitmaker

Jake Gosling is an English music producer, songwriter, remixer, manager, and publisher best known for his work with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, The Libertines, James Bay, Shawn Mendes, All Time Low, One Direction, Major Lazer, Christina Perri, Paloma Faith, and Wiley.

He received the ASCAP award 2014 as a writer for hit song “Lego House” and was named Music Weeks Producer of 2012 after work on Sheeran’s album +, as well as being the predominant producer on x (Multiply), Paloma Faith’s Fall to Grace, and One Direction’s Up All Night and Take Me Home, in which he produced Number 1 UK and worldwide hit single “Little Things”. Gosling has remixed under the pseudonym Sketch Iz Dead for Lady Gaga, Timbaland & Nelly Furtado, Keane, Keri Hilson, and Far East Movement. Gosling runs his own recording studio Sticky Studios in Surrey.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to spot undiscovered talent – when do you KNOW?
  • What made Ed Sheeran stand out?
  • How long does artist development take?
  • When are artists ready for the major labels?
  • The secrets to success in today’s music scene
  • How to keep being successful once you get there!
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch break

14:30 – 16:00  Song Surgery

Do your songs stand out from the crowd? In this illuminating, interactive session, you’ll sit in on a live A&R session listening to songs submitted by conference delegates (it could be you!) and analysed by our expert panel. You’ll find out how songs make the cut and what may be stopping you from getting your songs picked up by the labels. Our panel will be giving advice to help each song on it’s way, with tips and techniques on lyric and melody writing,  demo production and more.

Special Bonus:  Submit your song to the A&R panel for a live critique and feedback! Just send your demo to and we’ll select six for the session.

16:00 – 17:30  Rick Barker (Former Manager to Taylor Swift)
Are You Ready For A Manager?
Rick is the President and CEO of the Music Industry Blueprint in Nashville, TN., the former manger of Taylor Swift, an entrepreneur, author, and consultant focusing on the recent changes in the music business. By sharing his experience and insider tips, he helps his clients understand the music business and fast-track their steps to success.
What you’ll learn
  • Who needs a manager and when do they need one?
  • How did Taylor Swift become so successful?
  • How to build your brand and break through as an artist
  • How to be a social media ninja
  • What you can do for yourself to get noticed by the big players
  • What about managers for songwriters and producers?

Saturday Night Showtime

19:30  An Evening With Trevor Horn – The Stories Behind The Hits

Included in this fabulous VIP ticket you’ll have full access to an exclusive evening show featuring one of the most successful producers on the planet. Trevor Horn’s career has spanned five decades of success with artists including…wait for it…Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Seal, Tina Turner, Band Aid, Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys, Simple Minds, Paul McCartney, Cher, Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Robbie Williams, John Legend and many, many more.

Martin will be talking to Trevor about his career as both writer and producer, and searching for those golden nuggets of advice for anyone seeking success in music today. There will also be acoustic performances of some of Trevor’s outstanding work.

21:30  Aftershow Party

Following this amazing show you’ll have the opportunity to join our music business aftershow party and network with a buzzing room of VIP industry guests and delegates.


10:00 – 10:15  Welcome from the founder of The Songwriting Academy

10:15 – 11:45  Sie Medway-Smith (Rita Ora/David Guetta/U2/Ableton Live Developer)
How To Write And Produce At The Same Time…And Why It’s So Awesome

Sie Medway-Smith is a music producer/ songwriter/ engineer/ educator with wide-ranging professional experience from over 20 years in the recording industry. Proven successes in production, mixing, recording and musical direction, with an extensive network of industry talent including artists, producers, television executives and fifteen years song writing for Sony/ATV publishing. Most recently Sie has written and produced four tracks for the new Rita Ora album.

In this presentation Sie will be showing the power of producing and songwriting simultaneously and, using live examples, will demonstrate how powerful this spontaneous form of creation can really be.

12:00 – 13:30  Rick Blaskey (The Music And Media Partnership)
Music – The Great Communicator

Rick Blaskey is the extraordinary force behind many major events where music has been pivotal, including FIFA World Cup (Three Lions) Rugby World Cup (World In Union) and Olympic themes. Rick has worked with many global brands including Coca-Cola, MasterCard, Adidas, Asda, Pepsi, Cadbury, Sony, Nestle, Haagen Dazs, Dr Martens and more and was also a pioneer in bringing classical and classical crossover to the mainstream charts. He is a widely sought after speaker, recently delivering a lecture to NASA on the power of music.

What you’ll learn

  • The science behind the emotions created by music
  • Why X-Factor, Eurovision are such massive hits with the public
  • The power of theme songs and sonic identities in everyday life
  • Art for arts sake, money for gods sake!
  • Tuning in to the future of music

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch Break

14:30 – 16:00 Tobias Rauscher
How To Blow Up On YouTube And Generate New Fans On Autopilot 24/7
Tobias Rauscher is a modern percussive fingerstyle guitarist and part of the modern acoustic guitar movement that is led by players like Andy McKee and Tommy Emmanuel. He gained worldwide attention through his videos on YouTube with more than 40 million video views. In 2015 Tobias created his own Guitar Academy ( to teach other aspiring guitarists how to play modern percussive Fingerstyle. In 2018 he then founded the Fanbase Academy ( a program that  teaches musicians how to successfully grow their following on YouTube.
In his presentation Tobias will help you understand how YouTube really works behind the scenes and the best strategies to get more eyeballs on your videos. Learn to launch your videos the right way, leverage the YouTube algorithm and growth hack your views.
Some things you’ll learn:
  • The 3 biggest mistakes musicians make
  • Why you absolutely have to be on YouTube as an independent musician nowadays
  • Why 95% of musicians fail on YouTube.
  • Discover the “24/7 View Generator”, that can bring in views on autopilot
  • Learn how to wiretap traffic from popular videos within your niche to generate views
  • Understand how to properly optimise one of the most important success levers on YouTube

16:00 – 17:30  Bob James
How To Survive And Thrive Pursuing Your Passion


What you’ll learn

  • The importance of authenticity and how to discover your authentic self
  • How to present yourself to the industry and public. What is your social voice and your core message?
  • Working with other people, building trust in a team
  • When you start to have some success – How to not blow it!
  • Creating the right growth mindset for success. Tips and exercises to help you become effective

17:30  Conference Close

NB: Life can be unpredictable so whilst we always do our best to keep to our published agenda, The Songwriting Academy reserves the right to change guest speakers and session titles at any time.

Who is this conference for?

  • Songwriters wanting to get their songs performed by major label artists
  • Artists who want to get record deals
  • Artists who want to release their own material
  • Songwriters and producers who want to develop artists
  • Producers who create tracks for others
  • Independent labels
  • Managers
  • Anyone who wants more from their music than they’re getting right now!


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