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What is SongwriterLink?

Why was SongwriterLink created?

How do I find the type of songwriters I’m looking for?

I found someone I want to collaborate with. What now?

How do I video chat on SongwriterLink?

I’m not being matched up with anyone I want to collaborate with. What gives?

How do I work with successful, professional songwriters who have a proven track record?

How do I add music and videos to my profile?

How do I add lyrics to my profile?

How do I adjust the privacy of my SongwriterLink profile?

Once I join SongwriterLink, do I retain full ownership of my songs and the content in my profile?

I have a legal issue involving a SongwriterLink member stealing my song idea/releasing a song without giving me writer credit/not agreeing to split potential royalties fairly/etc. What should I do?

I have a suggestion/complaint/website technical issue/question that was not answered here. How can I get in touch with you?



What is SongwriterLink?

SongwriterLink is a songwriting collaboration website that makes finding the perfect co-writer faster than ever before. It’s the only website that uses matching engine technology – the same kind that dating websites use – to help find you exactly the type of songwriters you’re looking for.

After you create your profile, you can conduct a search to find a co-writer immediately, or you can sit back and let us match you up. Once you find someone you want to work with, you simply send the member a collaboration request and start writing songs together through video chat, right on the spot. And best of all, it's completely free to join! Our only goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to make music with anyone, anywhere in the world, within seconds.

Why was SongwriterLink created?

SongwriterLink was created by award-winning songwriter, entrepreneur, and Berklee College of Music graduate Lisa Occhino. She was frustrated by the lack of online tools for songwriting collaboration; the only online communities that existed were messy forums, giving songwriters no insight as to whether someone would be a good collaborator. Taking a cue from the flourishing online dating world, she decided to incorporate the same type of matching technology into SongwriterLink to give songwriters the best possible chance at having successful collaborations.

How do I find the type of songwriters I’m looking for?

If a songwriter creates a profile that matches what you’ve indicated you’re looking for (and you also match what he or she is looking for), the member will show up in your collab matches. (If you have “receive site notifications by email” checked off on your “Edit Profile Info” page, you’ll also get an email from us to let you know that we found a songwriter for you.)

No collab matches yet? Just click on “Find A Songwriter” in the navigation bar to start searching. If you hover over it with your mouse, you’ll see more specific options: “Online Now,” “Simple Search,” “Advanced Search,” “Top Rated,” and “Invite A Songwriter.” Feel free to browse through the different types of search and see what best suits your needs, but here’s a general overview:

“Online Now” is a great place to start if you’re in the creative zone and are looking for someone who’s on SongwriterLink right now and ready to collaborate.

“Advanced Search” includes everything in “Simple Search,” but adds in several more filtering options if you’re looking for a specific type of songwriter.

“Top Rated” is based on member ratings, and although it’s obviously subjective, it’ll give you a pretty good idea of who members had the best experience collaborating with.

And of course, we strongly encourage you to invite songwriters who are looking for others to collaborate with by clicking on “Invite A Songwriter.”

I found someone I want to collaborate with. What now?

Just go to the member’s profile and click on the “Let’s collab!” button. This will instantly send the member your collaboration request. If both of you are online and you want to start collaborating immediately, click the “Video Chat” button on the member’s profile, send a message from the video chat window to prompt the invitation, and wait for him or her to accept. If the member is online and you don’t see this button, make sure you’ve first clicked “Add” and that the other member has accepted you as a contact. You can send a private message to anyone on SongwriterLink, but you can only instant message or video chat with people on your collaborators list.

How do I video chat on SongwriterLink?

Once you’ve clicked the “Video Chat” button on the member’s profile, sent a message from the video chat window to prompt the invitation, and the member accepts the invitation, you’re ready to start collaborating via video chat. By default, your video and audio are both turned off. To turn each of these on, click the “cast video” button under “my video” (the bottom-right corner of the video chat window), and then click the “cast audio” button. You can also pause the video, stop the video, and adjust your camera settings from the controls located under “my video.” Please note that Flash Player version 9.0 or higher is required to use SongwriterLink’s video chat functionalities. (Download here if you don’t have it.) If you have Flash Player installed but you’re still experiencing issues with video chat, please contact us.

I’m not being matched up with anyone I want to collaborate with. What gives?

It’s important to understand that just like dating websites, SongwriterLink matches songwriters up based on the information members provide in their profiles. So the more complete your profile is, the better chance you'll have of getting accurately matched up with other SongwriterLink members. We’re not here to judge anyone’s lyric writing ability or beat producing skills, because what sounds horrible to one person could be brilliant to another. We truly hope that members are honest with themselves when answering the questions about their songwriting style and ability, but that being said, we obviously can’t guarantee that you’re going to have the best collaboration of your life with every songwriter you meet (online or in person, for that matter). Again, think of dating: it generally takes people a while to find someone who’s a good match for them, but using a tool like SongwriterLink can only help your chances of finding good collaborators – and it’ll happen way faster because of the search functionalities. Fortunately for us, it’s not considered cheating if we collaborate with more than one songwriter at a time, so have an open mind and enjoy making music with as many people as you want!

Also, here are three small things you can do to help make SongwriterLink better for everyone:

1. After you collaborate with someone, head on over to his or her profile and rate the collaboration. (You’ll see a box that says “rate your collaboration with this songwriter” on the bottom-left where you can give one to five stars).

2. If someone is spamming you, being inappropriate, has uploaded content on their profile that they don't own, or is generally using SongwriterLink for anything besides songwriting collaboration, please go to the member’s profile and click “Report” (it’s anonymous, don’t worry). We’ll take care of it from there and permanently ban the member, if necessary. We have a zero tolerance policy for these kinds of people, but the only way we’ll find out about it is if you tell us.

3. Invite your songwriter friends to join! The larger our community is, the better chance everyone has for finding a great collaborator.

How do I work with successful, professional songwriters who have a proven track record?

We're working on a platform that gives anyone with a SongwriterLink profile direct access to some of the best songwriters in the industry. These professionals make a living off of songwriting, and they want to help you write the best songs you can. If you're interested, please take a few seconds to answer these three questions so we can get an idea of what you'd ultimately like to see on that page.

If you're a professional songwriter and would like to get involved, please email lisa@songwriterlink.com.

How do I add music and videos to my profile?

Uploading your original music is a great way to show off your songwriting skills and attract the attention of potential collaborators. You can do this by either clicking the plus sign in the bottom navigation bar or by clicking “Profile” in the top-right corner, and then clicking on “sounds” or “videos” right below your status. You can upload an existing video, embed a video from YouTube, or record a new one right on SongwriterLink. Here's a quick walkthrough. Note: Please do not upload any content that you do not own, or you will risk being permanently banned from SongwriterLink.

How do I add lyrics to my profile?

Adding lyrics to your profile is easy, and just one more way for you to show your stuff to other SongwriterLink members! Click here for a tutorial.

How do I adjust the privacy of my SongwriterLink profile?

To adjust your privacy settings, click on the gear icon in the bottom menu next to your username. From here, you can adjust who sees your profile and who is able to contact you. You can also adjust the privacy of individual aspects of your profile by clicking “Profile” on the top-right of the page, and then clicking on the SongwriterLink icon in the top-left corner of any profile box. A pop-up window will come up where you can select "Me Only," "Public," "Members," or "Collaborators."

Once I join SongwriterLink, do I retain full ownership of my songs and the content in my profile?

Absolutely. SongwriterLink is a free service that brings songwriters together, and whatever music you create as a result of that is 100% yours.

I have a legal issue involving a SongwriterLink member stealing my song idea/releasing a song without giving me writer credit/not agreeing to split potential royalties fairly/etc. What should I do?

When you sign up for SongwriterLink, you agree to our Terms of Use, which state that SongwriterLink is not liable for any of these types of issues you might have with another member. Basically, SongwriterLink is a tool to connect you with other songwriters, but after that, you’re on your own. We strongly recommend that you discuss these things before you begin the collaboration process – even if nothing ultimately comes out of the co-write session – and educate yourself on copyright law as it applies to music and joint works. If you don’t have a clue, this is a good place to start. If anything, please note that in the absence of a written collaboration agreement, the law states that each co-writer owns the song equally, regardless of the type or amount of contributions made. If any discrepancies arise that you’re unable to work out among yourselves, please hire an entertainment lawyer with a background in copyright law for advice.

I have a question that was not answered here. How can I get in touch with you?

Please click the "feedback" button on the right or contact us privately – we’d love to hear from you, and we’ll respond to you as soon as possible!
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