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About American Songwriter
American Songwriter magazine is now in its 29th year—continuing to cover every aspect of the craft and art of songwriting, from how and why writers give birth to their songs, to engaging assessments of songwriting culture as a whole.
The magazine provides in-depth interviews with up-and-coming, established and legendary songwriters; recording technology alongside the latest gadgets and gear every songwriter should see; plus interviews with music professionals from publishers, producers, A&R executives to the latest music technology entrepreneurs who have something of interest to provide to our readers.
AmericanSongwriter.com now in its 10th year, provides daily news, new album reviews, video interviews, in-office video recording sessions, live photos, business insight, blogs and online exclusive contest for the aspiring to professional musician or music enthusiast to enjoy anywhere.
The American Songwriter App for the iPad officially launched May 25th, 2011, Version 2.0 was released December 2011 and the newest App can be downloaded for free here. Features of the American Songwriter App for iPad include:
- Embedded music videos;
- Streaming music tracks from featured artists;
- Exclusive artist photo galleries;
- The ability to purchase songs directly from iTunes;
- “The Muse,” featuring a highly curated list of 30 staff-picked songwriters to check out.
History and Readership
The American Songwriter staff has concentrated on fulfilling the original objective of the magazine as set forth in the first issue in May of 1984: producing an insightful, intellectually intriguing magazine about the art and stories of songwriting.
American Songwriter strives to serve as the unparalleled source of inspiration, by exploring all genres of music -from country to hip-hop, folk to classical, rock to pop, blues to electronica and soul to r&b. Over the years, issues have featured Garth Brooks, Bob Dylan, Poison, Clint Black, John Denver, Smokey Robinson, Wilco, Bon Jovi, Willie Nelson, Billy Joel, Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp, Richard Marx, Drive-By Truckers, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Beck, Dolly Parton, Eric Clapton, R.E.M., Weezer, Death Cab for Cutie, Ryan Adams, Jimmy Buffett, Merle Haggard, Rob Thomas, Toby Keith, Eddie Rabbitt, Roger Miller, Public Enemy, Sheryl Crow, James Taylor, Ray LaMontagne, Tom Petty, Neil Diamond, Zac Brown Band, Kings of Leon, Neil Young, My Morning Jacket, Taylor Swift and many, many more.
In the short period of time since the magazine’s change of ownership in April 2004, American Songwriter has grown from a 2,000 circulation to more than 45,000 as of November 2010—with a readership of approximately 90-95,000 per issue and 150-200,000 unique visitors to AmericanSongwriter.com each month as of March 2011.
Distributed on an international level, with primary subscriber base domestically, the readership of American Songwriter is just as diverse as its contents—professional to aspiring songwriters, music fans to music publishers, demo studio owners, copyright lawyers, record label presidents to music consumers.
Advertisers include national instrument manufacturers, record companies who want to gain exposure for their singer/songwriters and bands, publishers who honor writer achievements, demo studios, recording software and a select group of non-musical companies who are positioning their products within the musical culture.
For more information about advertising with American Songwriter contact a representative above.