Do you suffer from writer’s block? Do you struggle to find time to write songs in your busy schedule? Do want to be a better songwriter?
I Heart Songwriting Club is a totally online songwriting club for all songwriters. Yes, this club is about writing songs, it’s about getting unstuck, it’s about becoming creatively free, but it’s even more than that. This is a global community of songwriters supporting each other to keep creating, to share music and to be totally creatively satisfied. And the result of all this is amazing songs that can change your life.
And thanks to the amazing support of the major global organisations we've partnered with, such as APRA AMCOS (AUS/NZ), IMRO (IRE), UBC (BR), Ivors Academy (UK), we get to work further and wider now supporting over 1000 songwriters from over 23 countries to live their wildest creative dreams by writing well over 14,000 songs! Some of those songs have been nominated for ARIA Awards, have been played on major international radio stations, and on festival stages, but some of those songs are debut singles!
This is bigger than just writing great songs. This is about becoming a better songwriter.
Imagine how it would feel to be writing songs every week, sharing them with peers, getting feedback and being a part of something bigger.
Hi, I'm Francesca. I created I Heart Songwriting Club in 2004 when I was so incredibly stuck as a songwriter. I was desperate to solve my biggest songwriting problems - oh, and they were big - critical self-judgement due to perfectionism, which led to procrastination, which led to me being completely afraid of actually writing, which led to struggling to write about 4 songs a year and having all the mental health issues that went along with that as a result. Can you relate?
I wanted something that would help me have fun with songwriting again, to make it fast and painless and to bring back my confidence. And I wanted to write songs that I loved.
And so I created that in the structure and community of I Heart Songwriting Club. And I went from struggling to write 4 songs a year, to writing 52 songs a year. One song every single week. And I have not stopped since I started and I never want to stop. This process has completely changed my life.
I talk about this at every chance I get, because I want to inspire and empower songwriters who want to be better songwriters become creatively, (and personally) free. I have talked about this at Folk Alliance International Conference 2020 (USA), Meet the Locals Australia and New Zealand tour - APRA AMCOS, Irish Music Rights Organisation (IR), Durango Songwriters' Expo (USA), Rio Music Market (BR)...
I also write about this for publications such as Songwriting Magazine UK and have hosted our IHSC Live Songwriting ABC Radio show in Australia. Check out more of the fun that I do here. For those that care about the papers, I also hold a Masters degree in music and pedagogy with an Academic Award, undergrad degrees in music (jazz) and education, multiple diplomas in classical music (my roots!) and 20 years teaching experience at primary, secondary and tertiary level.
I also facilitate songwriting courses (you will find them on this site), workshops, a mentor program called "Level Up Club" inspiring emerging singer-songwriters to their way in a music career that they love - and a brand new program for "New World Leaders" empowering hard-working, mid-career creatives to reclaim their financial independence.
It is an honour and joy to support so many hundreds of songwriters around the world. I would be delighted to support you too.
P.S. If you can't pick my accent below, I'm Australian. When I'm not on the road, I'm based in sunny Brisbane, where there are 300 days a year of glorious sunshine.
From practicing songwriting to world tours...
Mama Kin Spender joined I Heart Songwriting Club for songwriting fitness. They found the songwriting challenges so liberating that the songs they wrote were amazing and 8 of their songs from the club ended up on their album Golden Magnetic. This album toured 64 dates around the world and was nominated for a 2018 ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album!!!!
How it works
When you join I Heart Songwriting Club, you'll be part of an ongoing and online 10-week songwriting adventure designed to help you become a more resilient, productive and confident songwriter. Through our structured challenges and guidelines, and peer community cheering you on your journey, we support you to write songs fast (in 1 hour) and with a greater sense of creative freedom than you've probably had since you were 8 years old!
A big part of the success of our community is sharing your new creations (ie songs) within your privately assigned groups and giving feedback and encouragement to one another. And before you start to overthink this, we show you how you can give feedback effectively without the fear of having to be a critic. In fact, no one expects perfection in just 1 hour of songwriting, so you can leave your critic at the door.
You can join with friends or create your own group, but you will need to email us first to facilitate this.
We love to offer other bonuses to our members, such as trainings, shout outs, showcases, features and more. Members will be emailed about such awesomeness! And we encourage our members to contact us too!
When can I start?
The Club starts most weeks. Each group works to a 10-week term program. Each terms begin on any given Thursday (AEST) and starts when there are between 6-11 other members ready to start a 10-week term.
Usually the wait time from sign up to being assigned your first songwriting task is very minimal (1-2 weeks tops). You will be emailed when you have been
assigned a group and when your term is ready to start.
Subscription to The Club is A$55 every 10-weeks. Each 10-week term is billed in full at the start of the term. Payments are made through our secure payment
provider, Stripe, which accepts credit card and debit cards. All prices are inclusive of GST.
Songwriters at every stage of their journey and career are welcome to join I Heart Songwriting Club. You can live anywhere in the
world as we don't meet at any physical place or time. The only current limitations are is that we communicate in English and you must be 15 years and older to
join The Club. Adult Beginners can join our Songwriting Course for Adults, and Parents can enrol their 10-17yo kids in our Songwriting Course for Kids.
"I wrote my first song seven years ago. I wrote my second song three years ago. I wrote my next eighteen songs in the last few months as a member of the I Heart Songwriting Club." - Mariamma Mitchell is way past her 20th song with I Heart Songwriting Club
Increase Your Songwriting Skills and Confidence
"I had a lot of self doubt about my songwriting and it often took me a long time to write and a long time between songs. This doubt has gradually been whittled away as making time to write for the club every week has both honed my skills and increased my confidence." - Helen Perris has written over 200 songs with I Heart Songwriting Club and is recording so many of them for her next album we've lost
Be Motivated to Songwriting Each Week
"I Heart Songwriting Club is my songwriting personal trainer. For an hour a week I have to train. Even if I don't like my performance or progress, I've got one hour to write to an idea. I don't have time to question it or over think it and I've got a community to act as an audience to keep me accountable to my brain-training." - Riley Beech has written over 70 songs with I Heart Songwriting Club and is still exercising every week.
Feel Safe and Supported to Songwrite and Get Feedback for Your Work
"We can sometimes be so caught up in making a song perfect that we keep it to ourselves and are too afraid to share it with others. This very special club allows songwriters to let the barriers down and let go of the fear. So many beautiful songs have grown through this club, through the feedback and help from other humble and wonderful songwriters. what a fantastic way to be creative, keep the songwriting juices flowing and clear the mind." - Erin Jane was the human inspiration to start this club. This beautiful artist is now playing her music around Australia and the UK.
Explore Your Creative Possibilities
"As a long time songwriter, joining the I Heart Songwriting Club nearly two years ago has opened a whole new door to creative possibilities. The simple act of being accountable to share my unfinished, raw work and having the privilege of hearing the in-progress work of others inspires and motivates me to delve deeper into my craft and potential as an artist." - Sam Buckingham has just recorded the first song she wrote with the club (over 2 years ago) on her brand new album, and regularly shares her 1-hour-created songs at her live shows.
Become More Objective About Your Creative Work
"By writing week after week I have come to a place of being songwriting fit. I have a much more objective view of the merits of the songs I have written, and have broadened my 'songwriting palette'. While each week's songwriting submission have been exercises, it has been a nice surprise to find I now have enough material to bulk out the repertoire for a new band which reflects a different side of my songwriting - a side that I had never really nourished as I felt I didn't have the creative energy to split from my primary projects." - Matty Whitney is a cracking-amazing songwriter who is living in Chicago and has performed many of his I Heart Songwriting Club songs live and writes songs as 'gifts' for his friends.
Do I have to be able to play an instrument?
It can help, but it's not necessary.
A song at its core is melody and lyrics (and with the melody is an implied harmony). Be prepared to write a melody and lyrics at a minimum and sing
your ideas to share them with us. If you play piano or guitar (even just a few chords is fine) that will help you discover and bring to light the harmony
you want behind this melody. Remember a cracker song can be written with just 2 or 3 simple chords, a famous example is "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac. You
may be interested to know that many members have learnt to play instruments whilst songwriting as part of I Heart Songwriting Club.
So you don’t need to be proficient or 'good' at anything. Just be ready to have a go and have a few basic skills under your belt.
Do I have to be a good singer?
This isn’t a singing club –
it’s a songwriting club and if you’re reading this I’m guessing you’re wanting to improve your songwriting. You’ll need
to share your voice to demonstrate your melody and lyrics. And if it's a long-held belief that you can't sing, perhaps it's time to challenge those
old limiting beliefs about your singing. If you can speak, you can sing!
Do my songs have to be good?
Do you want to be a better songwriter? You’re only going to feel better about your songs by doing something about it. There are many different pathways
you can take to becoming a better songwriter, I Heart Songwriting Club is only one option and may not suit you.
Can my songs become good by writing songs every week? Heck yes. Let us show you how.
Do I have to write each week?
By joining I Heart Songwriting Clubyou are making a commitment to your songwriting practice for 10 weeks at a time. After you complete
your 10-week term, you can choose whether you continue or not in the next 10-week term. We get that life is busy. Keep in mind it’s a 1-hour
exercise per week, which can make a huge difference to your songwriting output. And what you chose to do beyond the 1-hour and beyond the
club is up to you. If you're away from your usual writing space or sick, work outside of the box and ask what CAN do you in 1-hour? Members write on
the beach, in hotel rooms, in airport lounges - songwriting has no defined 'look'.
Do I have to give feedback?
The listening component of the club takes about 30-60 minutes per week. You don’t need to give critique when offering feedback, but you can.
What to say might become more obvious when getting to know the songs and writing styles of other members. You might like to start by commenting on
the parts of the song that you liked most. If you feel comfortable and it's relevant, you could share a part of the song that doesn’t sit well
with you, in your opinion. Often times your comments encourage songwriters to go back and listen to the songs written and see them in a different light.
Don't be scared to be constructive and creative with your criticism, as long as it's done with sensitivity. It's really important for us to grow as
writers and that can be enabled in this space. We help you give feedback in the club and we support you along the way.
Do I have to have recording equipment?
No, just use something basic to record your song on, like a voice memo phone app. We actually encourage this. Keep it simple. When you have finished writing your song, simply record it on your phone and upload it to our site. Many members of I Heart Songwriting Club find recording their ideas during the songwriting process can also be helpful to remembering their ideas. Having something simple to record with can be very useful to your songwriting development.
Do we meet in person?
No. I Heart Songwriting Club exists completely online.
“ I LOVE I HEART SONGWRITING CLUB! It shook me out of my writing block and taught me new ways to write. I have it to thank for most of my songs on my latest album (that was nominated for a 2018 ARIA Award!). ”
Wanna join the Club but never written songs before or new to your songwriting journey? Don't click away! We can show you - step by step - how to write your first (or next) 10 songs. You'll get weekly bite-sized lessons, a personal mentor to join you on your journey all alongside a very small group of students just like you. These 10-week courses for kids or adults will set you up to join the Club!
“ I had been searching for a community of songwriters to connect with for years, and finally found it. Having a set theme pushes my creative boundaries, but also the limits help me decide on the direction of the song easier. I look forward to hearing the other songs and reading the feedback every week. ”
Level Up Club is our online mentor program for emerging singer-songwriters to level up in their music business and take their songs from the bedroom to the stage and the radio. Led by established professional and practicing artists and songwriters.