How to become a songwriter: Danny and Sarah's story

Meet Danny and Sarah and learn more about their life as members of The Six. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

The music industry is so exciting and fast-paced, and gives young people a lot of advantage.

  • Danny and Sarah are members of The Six, a songwriting collective and band based in Manchester

  • Sarah didn't have a musical background, she was a poetry writer before meeting Rick (founder of The Six), who got her to join the band

  • Danny joined The Six as a song writer as well as continuing with his university degree

  • For Danny to be part of The Six, he had to reassure his parents that his education would not suffer and convinced them to continue to support him with his career

  • Danny says that "Music is always changing and there should always be new and different ideas", and "if you're that younger generation, you could be that new idea."

What to expect if you want to be a songwriter

  • Songwriter salary: Variable. Your income will depend on how successful you become and how much paid work you secure
  • Songwriter working hours: Variable, depending on what you're working on. Be prepared for long and unsociable hours at times.

What qualifications do you need to be a songwriter?

  • You don't need any particular qualifications to become a songwriter, although there are many universities and colleges that offer courses in related subjects. You do need to be willing to put in the hours and work harder than anyone else. A knowledge of the music industry, song writing and production is valuable, and being able to develop and maintain relationships helps, too.

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