Song Pitch

Pitch Sessions are events where music industry professionals, as guests of SDSG, listen to entrants’ prerecorded songs. Producers, publishers, A&R representatives, managers and artists use these events to identify songs or artists of interest.

Pitch sessions take place in front of an audience of San Diego songwriters. Guests typically listen to a song’s introduction, first verse, and chorus, but how long they listen is completely at their discretion. Guests will often provide a critique, again, at their discretion. Guests may elect to “pick up” a song, which means they take the song with them for further consideration. At a typical Pitch Session, only a few songs are picked up.

Pitch sessions provide a great chance to learn, not just through critiques of your own compositions, but also through comments offered about the songs of others. Even if you don’t pitch a song yourself, you can gather a lot of valuable information at an SDSG pitch.

Pitches also provide an opportunity to meet potential collaborators. If you hear a song you like, introduce yourself to the writer!

Our guests are professionals who are accustomed to hearing quality recordings of well-arranged songs.

Out-of-tune instruments or vocalists, interminable introductions, or sub-par recording quality can cause guests to lose interest in your song prematurely. For members who have not pitched before, we strongly recommend first attending critique sessions (San Diego NSAI is a great resource) or having someone who has pitched before listen to your songs. Put your best, most professional foot forward at Pitch Sessions.

Pitch Session Rules

Submission fees and door fees vary; please check the event listing for specifics.  The door fee may be applied to Membership. Writers may join The San Diego Songwriters Guild on the night of an event by paying the applicable membership fee, which is currently $50.00.

CD’s should be clearly marked as to which track to play. Songs will not be accepted without a lyric sheet, instrumentals excepted. Include contact info on all lyric sheets and CDs. No live performances at Pitch Sessions.

When you register your submission, sign in the names of all writers, the song title, and your phone number and email address.

The submission limit is 2 songs per session per writer or team of writers. If you submit more than one song, mark your first and second selections accordingly so that we may prioritize playback. Entrants’ songs are played in the order they are received, however, all entrants’ first submissions are played prior to any entrants’ second submissions. In-person submissions take precedence over mail-in submissions. Mail-in submissions may be accepted only if they are received with appropriate entry fees at least 3 days before the scheduled event.

The total number of submissions per Pitch Session is determined by SDSG.  SDSG reserves its right to limit submissions at any time. Submissions will not be accepted for the pitch session once the event starts.

Due to time constraints, SDSG cannot guarantee that all submissions will be heard in a pitch session. If a submission isn’t played during the pitch session and the guest doesn’t agree to listen to it at a later time, the fee for that submission will be refunded at the request of the entrant.

Check the SDSG Website before each session to confirm the event has not been rescheduled or cancelled.

use these events to identify songs or artists of interest.  Pitch sessions take place in front of an audience of San Diego songwriters.  Guests typically listen to a song’s introduction, first verse, and chorus, but how long they listen is completely at their discretion. Guests will often provide a critique, again, at their sole discretion. Guests may elect to “pick up” a song, which means they take the song with them for further consideration. At a typical Pitch Session, only a few songs are picked up.

Pitch sessions provide a great chance to learn, not just through critiques of your own compositions, but also through comments offered about the songs of others. Even if you don’t pitch a song yourself, you can gather a lot of valuable information at an SDSG pitch.