Over the years, as a music fan, student and songwriter, I have discovered that succinct and accurate music industry information – what one might call songwriting essentials – is  difficult to source on the Internet. This site aims to give users access to essential information which currently demands a lot of effort to dig up.

Songwriting Essentials will guide you through the maze of information

By bringing together material from many different websites in one handy location, Songwriting Essentials acts as a good centralised site for those with an interest in music industry issues. The five compendium articles within the Key Information section are especially useful.

In general, each link on this website is to a PDF document (i.e. the articles are abstracted from external websites and are presented in PDF document format for convenience). However, in the Site Index, you will find specific links to the external websites where the articles referred to originally appeared.

Songwriting Essentials is a non-commercial project; no income is generated by the site. If you would like to provide feedback, including suggestions for improvements, you are encouraged to email me at seanperusilke@hotmail.com. You can also listen to my own songwriting output (currently amounting to over 400 demos) at https://soundcloud.com/seansilke/

Seán Silke, Dublin