Martin Sutton is the founder of The Songwriting Academy and multi-platinum songwriter and producer. Starting as a young busker on the streets of Norwich, he spent years developing the craft of songwriting, traveling the world to work with other writers, learning about the music business and honing his production skills. He is now a successful […]
Jez Ashurst is a multi-platinum songwriter/producer based in London, who has also worked in the USA, Scandinavia, Germany and Japan. His early career spanned work as an engineer to session guitar work and composing for TV. The last couple of years have seen Jez write cuts for (and with) Will Young, Mel C, Boyzone, Joe […]
Paul Statham is a multi platinum selling songwriter and producer who has been published by Warner Chappell Music for over 18 years. Paul co-wrote with Dido the breakthrough single “Here With Me” and the title track of her first album No Angel, selling over 20 million records. Paul also wrote two tracks on Kylie’s massive […]
Multi-platinum songwriter Charlie Grant got his first break in music while working in an Organic food store in London’s Notting Hill, with regular customers like Brian Eno, The Edge, PJ Harvey and other luminaries of the music world. It was just a matter of building up the nerve before Charlie passed on a demo tape […]
Lee Dannay has over twenty five years experience in the music industry, including 15 years at Sony Music, as a senior A&R executive for both Epic and Columbia Records, plus five years at Warner/Chappell Music Publishing. While at Sony, Lee signed, developed and worked with a variety of artists including John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, Five […]
Paddy Byrne is a multi million selling British songwriter, musician and producer known for working in a variety of genres with multi platinum and developing artists alike such as Snakehips, Paloma Faith, Ella Eyre, Tom Grennan, Olly Murs, Will Young, Gabrielle, Sinead Harnett, Daley, Devlin, Felon, Watermat, I Blame Coco and Mononoke. His focus is […]
Chris SD is an award-winning music producer. He has worked on 5 albums that won Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammys) along with 7 nominations. He was also nominated as Engineer Of The Year in 2012. With his extensive industry contacts and experience he has helped artists land record deals, find management and booking agents, and license […]
Sie is a highly acclaimed music producer/songwriter/engineer and educator who has worked within an extensive network of industry talent for over 20 years including artists such as Rita Ora, David Guetta U2, Chemical Brothers, Ellie Goulding and many more. He is known for his highly innovative style of production and is a well know developer […]
Originally trained in Speech Level Singing (SLS), Chris has spent his coaching career working with scientists and specialist coaches to bring the most advanced, effective and true methods of voice training to his clients. Now an authorised instructor for the highly connected ‘Vocology In Practice’ network, Chris’s contemporary clients have included recording artists Lawson, The […]
Ally Mcerlaine is best known as the notable lead guitarist in the multi million selling Scottish band Texas. Growing up in Glasgow in the eighties Ally had gained celebrity amongst his peers as a guitarist in demand and at 17, along with a young Sharleen Spiteri and Johnny Mcelhone formed the ever successful group Texas […]
Do you want to be a better songwriter, or maybe want to know why your songs aren’t getting in the charts when others are? Do you have a catalogue of songs, but don’t know how to get them ‘out there’? If yes, read on, this is the course for you! If you don’t think there’s anything else you need to learn, please move on. We’re only looking for serious songwriters, artists and producers to be part of this group.
The most important thing I’ve discovered over the decades of being a hit songwriter is that we never can know enough about this beautiful craft. I never stop learning and it still gives me a massive buzz when I discover new techniques from other writers and producers. I know I can’t maintain chart success all on my own, and I know that neither can you.
Since starting The Songwriting Academy I’ve also realised that many people do not have the funds to pay for expensive University courses, and if they do, the course often falls short of the mark with an out of date syllabus, and an out of date tutor…
That’s why I’ve created this affordable course for dedicated songwriters anywhere in the world. I want to make this affordable so you can have success. Why? Because when you succeed so does The Songwriting Academy. I want to be able to say “That’s one of our students!” when you are storming the charts.
To make this happen, I spoke to my buddies in the music business who are all still hugely successful, and asked them if they would be willing to share their knowledge and expertise with the next wave of hitmakers. And…I offered to pay them way more than pretty much any University or College in the world if they would! The prospect of getting to talk about what they love, AND being paid top dollar for the privilege is something they jumped at, and the course was born. They are ready and waiting for you.
When it came to pricing I had to fight for you! Colleagues all around me have been telling me I should make it way more expensive than it is, because of the quality of material and the calibre of the lecturers. I did my research and as an example looked at Berklee Online, charging around $1500 for a 12 week course covering just one subject. I’m sure there’s probably something to be learnt from this and their other courses but only if you have that kind of money to throw around. If so, go check them out and see how they compare to us.
Despite what they told me, I have gone against everyone’s advice and decided to charge only £349.00 for the whole year.
That’s just £8 per week and this is what you’ll get:
From week one you’ll start seeing the improvements in your songwriting, and after a year you won’t believe how far you’ve come, and how much you know. You’ll learn skills that will stay with you for the rest of your life in music, all for the price of a visit to a coffee shop.
Every week you’ll be interacting with experts from the music industry that you would never normally have the chance to meet, let alone discuss your music career with.
After each lecture there will be a Q&A session where you will get to pose your questions to the masterclass guru
Get feedback on your songs, production and share tips and techniques with access to an exclusive community dedicated to masterclass members only.
Someone smart once said “The opposite of networking is not working“. Networking is everything in the music business and as a serious songwriter, artist or producer, you need to get to know others to work with, work for, or have work for you. That’s why this course is so much more than ‘education’. It’s giving you vital connections to hit songwriters, producers and music business gurus, as well as a like-minded network of people around the world all with a shared goal of success.
In these carefully designed masterclasses, our experts will be setting you assignments to work on every week which you will post in the community for feedback and discussion. You’ll be given so many new techniques to practice, goals to work towards, as well as a regular motivational kick in the pants.
Don’t worry if you can’t make all the live masterclasses, or if you join the course part way through, we’ll be uploading videos of them to watch anytime at your leisure, along with useful time cues to help you navigate to your favourite sections, and any additional course notes or downloads. You’ll have lifetime access to all 50 webinars.
Once you sign up, you’ll be given the option to refer a friend and we’ll reward you with a 20% commission to say thank you. You can refer as many friends as possible, which means that if you refer five friends, you get the entire course for free!
We’re also going to make things easier for those of you who can’t afford full payment instantly. We’ll give you the option of two-pay for this course, meaning 50% payment to get started and then 50% payment 30 days later. There is a surcharge for this but we hope it makes things easier.
For all new students to TSA we would like to get to know you better! To help us do this we’ll ask you to complete an intake form outlining what you do, what your goals are and where you feel you need the most help, then we’ll set up a 1:1 coaching call for you with one of our team to discuss this in more depth.
Note: This coaching call is available to all new students of The Songwriting Academy. It is not available to:
Serious about your music? Then learn how to be a better, faster, stronger songwriter, meet professionals from the music business and grow your network. Enrol now to begin.
|1||05/04/2020||Martin Sutton||Instantly eliminate writer's block with the 7 Step Song Planner|
|2||12/04/2020||Lee Dannay||The basics of setting up your own publishing company|
|3||19/04/2020||Charlie Grant||Inspiration vs Perspiration|
|4||26/04/2020||Paul Statham||The key techniques used when writing empowering pop songs|
|5||03/05/2020||Jez Ashurst||Working with lesser known but powerful hit chord sequences|
|6||10/05/2020||Chris SD||Why music licensing is the best way to get instant massive exposure for your songs|
|7||17/05/2020||Chris Johnson||Vocal Tuition - How to avoid burn out In recording/writing sessions|
|8||24/05/2020||Paddy Byrne||Mindset coaching for songwriters: The Power Of You|
|9||31/05/2020||Sie Medway-Smith||How to create exciting grooves and backing tracks for anyone to write to|
|10||07/06/2020||Lee Dannay||How to pitch songs...and yourself, to the US music business|
|11||14/06/2020||Charlie Grant||The secrets of Melodic Math|
|12||21/06/2020||Jez Ashurst||Bringing energy to a ballad|
|13||28/06/2020||Paul Statham||The power of a great intro|
|14||05/07/2020||Paddy Byrne||Turning a seed into a finished song|
|15||12/07/2020||Ally McErlaine||Guitar Tuition: Fingerpicking and strum patterns|
|16||19/07/2020||Chris SD||The best way to get your music licensed|
|17||26/07/2020||Sie Medway-Smith||Looping and repetition in music production|
|18||02/08/2020||Lee Dannay||How A&R works in the US|
|19||09/08/2020||Charlie Grant||Trimming the fat from your song|
|20||16/08/2020||Chris Johnson||Vocal Tuition - working with the major pentatonic|
|21||23/08/2020||Paul Statham||Writing to a theme and how this can help place a song|
|22||30/08/2020||Jez Ashurst||When should I include a middle 8 or bridge and what does it do?|
|23||06/09/2020||Paddy Byrne||Write from the heart, craft from the head|
|24||13/09/2020||Chris SD||Why music licensing is the best way to make money from your music|
|25||20/09/2020||Sie Medway-Smith||Creating melodies from drums and tuning percussion for inspiration|
|26||27/09/2020||Martin Sutton||How to record professional sounding vocals at home|
|27||04/10/2020||Charlie Grant||Title is vital|
|28||11/10/2020||Lee Dannay||The financial aspects of songwriting|
|29||18/10/2020||Jez Ashurst||Learn how and when to modulate smoothly in a song|
|30||25/10/2020||Ally McErlaine||Guitar Tuition: Play like a pro with easy to learn alternative voicings|
|31||01/11/2020||Paul Statham||Essential lessons of lyrical language and choosing the best point of view|
|32||08/11/2020||Chris SD||Why so many musicians fail at music licensing|
|33||15/11/2020||Chris Johnson||Vocal Tuition - minor pentatonic/blues|
|34||22/11/2020||Sie Medway-Smith||How to create unique instruments in your productions from 'found' sounds|
|35||29/11/2020||Charlie Grant||Songwriting in the Spotify age|
|36||06/12/2020||Paddy Byrne||How to write killer hooks with ease|
|37||13/12/2020||Lee Dannay||Songwriter vs Artist and how to transition|
|38||20/12/2020||Jez Ashurst||Space (the final frontier). When to say nothing at all|
|39||03/01/2021||Ally McErlaine||How to use guitars more creatively in your production|
|40||10/01/2021||Paul Statham||How to know what's missing from your song|
|41||17/01/2021||Sie Medway-Smith||A simple guide to creating drum tracks|
|42||24/01/2021||CharlieGrant||Turning melody into lyric and lyric into melody|
|43||31/01/2021||Chris SD||How much you can expect to make licensing your songs|
|44||07/02/2021||Chris Johnson||Vocal tuition: Mastering riffs & runs|
|45||21/02/2021||Lee Dannay||How to work collaboratively as a business person in todays industry|
|46||28/02/2021||Paddy Byrne||Creative collaboration in the writing room|
|47||07/03/2021||Paul Statham||The power of repetition in hit songwriting|
|48||14/03/2021||Jez Ashurst||Dealing with verse 2 hell|
|49||21/03/2021||Charlie Grant||How to read the room for a successful co-write|
|50||28/03/2021||Martin Sutton||Summary: Putting it all together for a life of success|
I am sure you have hundreds of emails but I just wanted to thank you most sincerely for being so generous with your time, giving us such a good webinar and sharing your love of songwriting. It was great, useful and enjoyable.
I wanted to let you know that already from your masterclass last night, I feel like I am in the right place – this is exactly the kind of support I needed right now at this stage in my career. Furthermore, having taken other academic courses in songwriting, I really love and value your particular approach, mindset and the content of your teaching from your professional experience, it really is compressing “decades into days”.
Thank you for sharing your insights and revelations! It’s truly a beautiful gift to have people willing to share what they have learned.
Brilliant first session Martin. Very insightful and learnt so much! A lot of great techniques to take away from that webinar, I will be using the 7 step planner immediately. Looking forward to the assignment and the next 49 weeks.
Wow, wow, wow— Thank you so much for the stellar Week One webinar, Martin. My thoughts are just racing right now. And I am a bit nervous and freaked out at the moment… ha ha. I haven’t been active making music in over 25 years. But the assignment is just the kick in the back-side that I need right now to actually get me creating again. I’m the master ninja of procrastination– so this is really the push to get me moving. Thank you so much for the push to get going, Martin. Much gratitude
I just wanted to thank both of you for your time, song critique and suggestions. I found the call with Angela extremely informative and helpful. Martin your analysis of my tune was spot on! I will pair my skills together with your suggestions and come up with a plan to proceed forward. Thanks again!
Thanks Martin, this is awesome!