US Music Business | The Songwriting Academy

The Truth About The US Music Business And How To Succeed Where Others Fail

Online Webinar

Course Instructor

Lee Dannay

About Lee Dannay

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 For Fighting, Anna Nalick and General Public.

Lee also worked as a senior music producer for America’s Got Talent, involved in casting and artist development for the music talent portion of the show, and as an executive producer for the artists subsequently signed.

Through her own creative consulting company, GoodWorks Music, Inc., Lee maintains the role of Creative Director and founding member of a music therapy initiative called Knock Out Noise, which researches and creates music and musical templates for disorders related to sensory processing.

Currently, Lee is head of A&R for Nashville based entertainment company Thirty Tigers, responsible for signing artists, providing A&R services for the roster as needed, and assisting with the development of the Thirty Tigers publishing venture.

Additionally, Lee is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, teaching the Business of Music Publishing and is a voting member of The Recording Academy.

What will I learn about the US Music Business on this webinar?

Join one of the most successful music industry experts in America for three hours of golden, must-know information about how to be successful in the US music business.


  • What’s the difference between the UK and US scene?
  • How is the US business changing and where is it going in the future?
  • Where is the money being made and who’s making it?
  • Does streaming pay?
  • How important is Social Media and which platforms are the best to use?


  • Can I make it as a “foreign” independent artist in the US?
  • How do I get noticed and known if I don’t live in the US?
  • Independent artist vs record label…which is best?
  • What are Label Service companies and how can they help me?
  • How do US labels look for new talent
  • What are they looking for?
  • When should I approach them?
  • Who should I be approaching as an artist
  • What about social media?
  • Will Spotify change the value of record labels?
  • Who are the major players in the US recording scene?


  • What should I think about when writing for US artists?
    • Is the language that different?
    • What about the style?
    • Which genres are most successful
    • What’s coming round the corner?
  • Who should I be listening to?
  • Do I need to visit to understand the scene better?
  • When am I ready to visit?
  • How can I get my songs recorded by US artists
    • Who pitches the songs?
    • How much will it cost me?
    • Do I need a Songwriter Manager?
    • Do I need a lawyer?
  • How do I get to write with artists in the US?
  • Will my songs be listened to seriously if I don’t live in the US?
  • Who are the major players in the US songwriting scene?


  • Who are the biggest and most influential producers in the US  right now?
  • How do I get to work with US artists?
  • Is my style right for the US?
  • How do I get known as a producer
  • Do I need to be there?
  • What platforms should I be sharing my work on?
  • Is there an audible difference between UK and US productions?
  • Who should I be following/listening to?

Lee will be answering these questions and much more besides!

Is This Course Right For Me?

The US music business is the biggest in the world so having a good understanding of it is essential for all songwriters artists and producers


Songwriters & Artists
who want to break into the US music business and start making that dolla!
Professional songwriters
who want US artists to record their songs but need to know how to get their songs in front of the right people
who want to work with US artists and get known
Music Managers
who want to know how to break their artists in the US

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