I Heart Songwriting Club is a global community providing a platform for songwriters around the world to enhance creative practice through an online songwriting Club, opportunities to perform new work, to develop skills, collaborate and support each other.
Founded by Brisbane-based singer-songwriter and educator, Francesca de Valence, as a private email club on 11 September 2014 in response to a small group of songwriters who had 'writer's block', it was never conceived to be more than an exercise that might last a few weeks. But the club grew organically by word-of-mouth and within weeks had members from all over the world. It was making a difference. I Heart Songwriting Club was named on its first year anniversary but couldn’t keep up with the requests for people who were hearing about the benefits and wanted to join. In June 2016, an open-source site was trialed to test the concept on the public - 50 people joined in the first month and 100 in the second month. I Heart Songwriting Club developed a purpose-built website and from March 2017 the Club became open to world membership.
The online Club structure is a 10-week challenge, though many members stay on and use the Club as their weekly songwriting practice. Over 10 weeks members spend one hour per week writing a song to a theme and songwriting guideline provided by Club Administrators, who facilitate the structure and culture of the club experience on I Heart Songwriting Club’s purpose-built platform. Members share their songs privately with assigned groups on the website providing feedback on each other’s work. This challenge encourages members to develop discipline and creative fitness. It is hosted within a supportive community providing relief from feelings of isolation and insecurity, and allowing songwriters to connect in meaningful ways. Members have expressed how I Heart Songwriting Club has also improved their overall well-being and mental health.
Since inception, the I Heart Songwriting Club has generated over 7000 songs from over 500 songwriters that come from 15 countries. Our members are songwriters of all ages and levels of experience. Some are published songwriters and some are brand new songwriters. Songs created through I Heart Songwriting Club have been nominated for ARIA Awards, are synced to BBC films, are recorded on albums and EPs, have been written into musicals, have been performed all around the world on festival stages, can be heard on radio and podcasts internationally, and some have won prestigious music industry awards.
I Heart Songwriting Club goes beyond being a platform for songwriters to songwrite and helps support members to reach their life goals. I Heart Songwriting Club is a club for people who write songs, for people who want to write songs, for people who used to write songs, and for people who don’t think they can write songs. I Heart Songwriting Club is for everyone.
Francesca de Valence is an Australian artist, award-winning songwriter, international speaker and coach, and founder of I Heart Songwriting Club; helping emerging singer-songwriters inspire their way to success in a music career they love. She has been acknowledged by the Los Angeles Music Awards with an International Songwriter of the Year Award and also holds an Australian Songwriting Award. Francesca has supported artists including Jimmy Webb and her music can be heard on ABC radio around Australia.
Francesca has a fortnightly ABC Radio songwriting segment, writes for global publication Songwriting Magazine UK, speaks at music industry conferences (BIGSOUND, Going Global, IndieCon) and facilitates songwriting workshops nationally and internationally for PROs (APRA AMCOS, IMRO).
When she's not on the road running workshops, making music and speaking, Francesca can be found in her hometown of Brisbane or her creative hub in Paris - eating baguettes and writing songs in French language.
Margaret River, WA
“ 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!). ”
“ 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. ”
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