1-on-1 Mentoring

***2017 Mentoring Program Begins June 26th – Registration Open Now***


When I started out in Nashville writing, I had a publisher who worked specifically with me through the in’s and out’s of the craft of songwriting. He rejected more than he accepted, and he taught me all the foundations of writing. It wasn’t that I didn’t have some natural abilities, I just had no idea what to do with them.

Even worse? I didn’t know what I didn’t know.

My time with that publisher was invaluable, and I credit much of my success to having had that time with him.

However, that was 20 years ago. The music industry has changed, and I don’t know of a publisher who puts that kind of time in to writers. The publishers I know prefer the kinks of the craft be worked out BEFORE your songs get to them.

That’s where I come in.

Once a year I take on a small group of songwriters to mentor 1-on-1. 

First, we identify where you are. Then, we work to get you to your very next level.

Through your personalized weekly assignments, we work on craft, ideas, melody, and relationship building.

Then, you & I check in for 30 minutes per week via phone call for 6 weeks. (It’s like having a personal trainer for songwriting!)

You’ll connect with the small group of writers who I am also mentoring through a private facebook group (relationship building, anyone?)

I also like to have a guest speaker join a group call with us so you get to ask specific questions to another professional in the industry, and you also get access to the previous 4 guest calls from the prior groups (I can record! I’m so savvy. ha)

I’m really proud of the work my prior students have done. My writers win national competitions and get placements on artist recordings. We have people getting songs in film, in TV shows, and more than that, my students are getting open doors for pitching opportunities. They are building relationships and expanding their impact through co-writing. (Has anyone told you the industry is all about your relationships?)

Let me be really clear: this is an investment you’re making in yourself. Your results are 100% determined by your own efforts. I don’t promise to make you famous or get your songs cut, but I will give you my very best.

Let me also add that I am not a publisher. Your songs are yours to do with whatever you see fit. I’m a MENTOR. My job is to get you ready for the next level.

I do not co-write with my mentorees. My intention with this program is not to give you a fish, but to teach you how to fish.

You do need to apply if you’re interested (I want to make sure we’re a fit, fair enough?)

Email me at info@belindasmithcreative.com if you’re interested.

With all that said, if you’re reading this, then that’s something in and of itself.

Pay attention. Maybe it’s your turn.

Common questions:

  1. How much? Your investment is $597 for 6 weeks.
  2. How will I apply? You will send me two songs you’ve written (they do not need to be fancy demos or anything, just simple recordings with lyrics,) and you’ll tell me why you feel ‘now’ is the best time for you.
  3. Will I co-write with you? No. I’m your mentor.
  4. Will you own my songs when we’re finished? No. I am not a publisher. These are your songs and you can do with them what you want.
  5. How many songs do we typically finish in a mentoring session? On average, 3. You get 6 challenges, but we also spend a lot of time on re-writing.

Got other questions? Feel free to ask!

4 thoughts on “1-on-1 Mentoring

  1. Belinda, I’m simply a tone deaf lyricist who gets others to record my songs. I’ve been going to the NSAI meetings for about a year now and they’ve helped me tremendously. If you think it’d be worth having someone like me in your group I’d be glad to attend. I won’t be able to travel for almost a month after my surgery though, so from August 12 to Sept 12 I may be a bit iffy for meetings.

    • David,
      We actually do everything by phone, Skype and Facebook. You get to be in the comfort of your own home so no need to worry about traveling.

  2. I’ve sung your praises for quite a while, (and so have many others) so you shouldn’t be surprised at the “kind of absurd” interest!
    Guess what?…….I’m BAAAA-ck!
    Love ya’, Babe!

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