Songwriters/Arrangers

Best Earplugs for Musicians

Hear ye! Hear ye! Ear protection is vital when it comes to the longevity of a musician’s career. With long exposure to high sound pressure levels, hearing loss and tinnitus (constant high pitched ringing in the ear) can occur. It’s best to start your ear protection early in your career to prevent irreversible damage later down the line. This article from Beginner Guitar HQ goes into detail about the signs of hearing damage and recommends quality earplugs to invest in for a lasting career. VIEW ARTICLE via www.beginnerguitarhq.com

American Theatre Wing presents the 2019 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge – APRIL 30TH DEADLINE

For the second year and in collaboration with the American Theatre Wing, the Arts Endowment is calling for applications from high school students to the agency’s Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge. This national program is for students with a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production and the wide range of musical styles represented in contemporary musical theater including hip-hop, rock, R&B, country, jazz, and more. The application is simple and can be completed here  Beginning Tuesday, February 12 with a deadline of April 30, 2019 at midnight ET. This year’s competition follows a successful inaugural year in 2018 that featured finalists from across the country. For this second year, the Songwriting Challenge will again pair si...

10 Lessons Songwriting Duo Kooman & Diamond Have Learned from Working in Television

BY MICHAEL KOOMAN & CHRISTOPHER DIAMOND via www.breakingcharactermagazine.com Over the course of the last few years, we have had the privilege of serving as songwriters for the Disney Junior animated TV series “Vampirina,” which follows a family of friendly vampires who have recently moved from their home in Transylvania to Pennsylvania.  By the end of the show’s second season, we will have written 100 songs. As lifelong Disney nerds, this opportunity has been a dream come true. We’ve had the chance to work with an amazing cast featuring some of our childhood voiceover heroes like Cree Summer, as well as a number of Broadway icons such as Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Christian Borle. Needless to say, however, for theatre songwriters who had never previously written songs fo...