How to become a songwriter (for Kylie!): Jon's story

Meet Jon and find what it's like to be a songwriter for artists including Kylie. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

Songwriting and production is a tough gig - you've got to stick with it.

  • Jon is a songwriter, which involves connecting with artists, writing and producing songs. Recently he has been working with Kylie on songs for her upcoming album

  • From childhood Jon has had a love for music. Growing up he was always in bands or writing in his bedroom, listening to songs on the radio and trying to work out what made them work

  • His favourite part of the job is making a connection with the artist he is working with and creating a song with them

  • Jon's main advice is to get out there, attend gigs, approach people in the industry, introduce yourself to artists' managers and make connections.

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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