This 8-week learning experience has been carefully designed for those who want to learn what it really takes to get paid to write about music.
You will get published clips that will be evaluated and edited by an instructor with 20+ years of music journalism experience, who will work with you to identify your strengths and develop them.
You will take part in eight exclusive Q&A networking sessions with professionals in the field.
You will have a dedicated author page where all of your work will be permanently displayed in one place, receive an official certificate from CMN, and the chance to build your portfolio on CMN for as long as you wish.
The CMN staff will also work with you find paid writing gigs, internships in the music business, and professional opportunities.
There are also multiple opportunities to cover music news, create playlists and collaborate with others in the program on music-related projects.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
- How to craft memorable, distinctive reviews
- Techniques for developing a unique writing style
- Best practices for interviewing musicians
- How to pitch a story to music publications
- How to take your critical writing to the next level
WHAT YOU WILL GET:
- Detailed feedback on your writing, with the explicit goal of developing solid technique and critical voice
- A minimum of 16 bylines
- The opportunity to build your portfolio on CMN after successfully completing the 8-week course
- Ongoing support from CMN staff to achieve your personal music industry goals
- An author page and complete article archive that will permanently reside on CMN
- Official CMN Certificate of course completion
WHAT YOU WILL DO:
- Write two pieces per week to be published on CMN
- Participate in a weekly webinar/video chat with someone currently working in the music industry (music writers, editors, publicists, label owners, music publishing companies)
- Collaborate with other students on a weekly streaming playlist for publication on CMN
- Write a long form, in-depth piece on a music topic of your choice
- Interview and profile a working musician
- Have a chance to appear on a music podcast
If you are enrolled in a college or university and can get academic credit for this course, the CMN team will work with you to complete the required paperwork and evaluations (read about college credit).
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Patrick Foster is the Executive Editor of College Media Network, and a journalist with over 20 years of professional experience. He has written about music for the Washington Post, SPIN, Pitchfork, Time Out, and many other outlets. He co-hosted the Dad Rock podcast for USA Today and currently co-hosts the Rockin’ the Suburbs podcast. He once went to 172 concerts in one year.
Do you have specific questions about the course? Send the instructor an email.