Forget Networking: 5 Ways to Accelerate Your Songwriting Career | ASCAP | Tips | Neil Diercks

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In this workshop, Berklee Online songwriting course author shares 5 essential tips for building your songwriting career:
1. Forget networking: Think of it as building real relationships
2. Stop talking about your music career and start sharing about yourself
3. Music is created in communities: Don’t isolate yourself
4. Do what you love, but that means you have to love the work
5. Help others with their careers

About Neil Diercks:
Neil Diercks is a Los Angeles-based songwriter, song coach, and musician. He served for many years in various capacities at Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., in Nashville, beginning as an intern and eventually becoming Manager of A&R Activities. It was within this role that he worked with hit songwriters including Gary Burr, Steve Bogard, Stephony Smith, Jeff Stevens, and Victoria Shaw, who penned hits for artists such as Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Ricky Martin, and Christina Aguilera.

Neil is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music, where he studied songwriting, voice, and music business, and went on to serve on the Board of Trustees for three years. He has lectured and led songwriting workshops internationally, and has won several awards for his teaching, including the UPCEA Excellence in Teaching award (2015); the Pearson Excellence In Online Teaching award (2015); The Berklee College of Music Distinguished Faculty Award for Berklee Online (2016). He currently collaborates with songwriters and artists in Los Angeles and around the globe.

About the ASCAP EXPO:
The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is the first and only national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing. The event provides a unique opportunity for songwriters, composers, artists, producers, publishers – and those in the industry who support them – to come together in an unprecedented way to share their knowledge and expertise.
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24 thoughts on “Forget Networking: 5 Ways to Accelerate Your Songwriting Career | ASCAP | Tips | Neil Diercks

  • November 23, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    I think that building relationships actually makes way more sense but is also easier to do. When you think about it that way it makes it a human interaction as opposed to some kind of self-promotion… I like that. It makes the whole thing more approachable. 🙂

  • November 23, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    [ADDENDUM] POST-REMARK- i intended to write 1-2 sentences, Sry its so long! Ya wont hurt my feelings if you dont read it. 🙂 I expect nothing from ya, i simply appreciate Berklee is putting videos up, and putting you in them. ANYWAY, back to original message 🙂

    As an utterly and complete virgin in music, im an underachieving poet determined to learn… So far Ive been through 20-30 hours of (studying and absorbing material from internet and i just wanna say- Neil Diercks is NOT just another one of them. Hes still kinda young (im 42 so i can say that) but the fact i can see the diamond inside him as a creative spirit, is exciting. Keep it up Neil, ur making more of an impact than you think you are. Never wait for your time to come, and never move to fast… You made me realize that (the time is now, for yesterday is passed, and tomorrow never comes.) i dont know if u ever literally taught that, but you communicated it by your genuine spirit. I think being a part of berklee is great for you. Instead of thinking only about yourself and how you can monetarily benefit from your gifts and talents, you will benifit 10-100 times more. Anyway, im to lazy lazy for spell check. Thanks again Bro, keep fighting the good fight of faith. Before you know it, all your grinding will reveal a pile of ashes easily forgotten… And with one destined breath, at the appointed time, the diamond in your core (of which i sense clearly without doubt) will shine, and illuminate your perspectives ever more leading you on the right path. {and those semi-savant unemphatic super-tuber-music theory-teachers who have sold them selves to commercialism will only have a pile of ashes to muddle through to make their decisions.) You will have the diamond that lightens the darkness around you. I havent wrote a comment on any video in years, let alone one this long. But I couldnt not say something.

  • November 23, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing. As we become more experienced, it is important to inspire others.
    John Pucilla

  • November 23, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    I'm a jazz school drop out. They told me jazz is when you just play what you feel but if that is true, then why does jazz always sound like jazz?

  • November 23, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    I disagree @3:18 sharing what you are doing with music is important. It takes a lot of work and creative focus put something together. I like hearing about the process i.e. studio, at home recording, instruments etc.

  • November 23, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    It's true even I get board talking about music projects. I wanna get to know the person behind the music.

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