"Wow, what an amazing resource. Your First Cut sets your goals for you, keeps you focused, and then helps you track your own progress. It also offers 'battle-scarred' advice from hit composers that is profound, encouraging and downright inspiring. It is a sure-fire 'how to' guide for the serious songwriter."
-Woody Bomar
Senior VP / GM,
Creative Services
Music Publishing,


Welcome, and thanks for visiting our website!

Whether you’ve written your very first song or you’re a seasoned songwriter pounding the streets, you’ve come to the right place. “Your First Cut” will help you set your goals, keep you focused, and help you track your own progress toward realizing your dream of someone recording your song.

Start by taking the questionnaire to see where your strengths and weaknesses are. Feel free to browse the sample chapters, read the latest news and reviews, and be sure to sign up for our semi-occasional newsletter. Drop in on our discussion forum where you can communicate with other songwriters about both your, and their, first cut endeavors and support each other's dreams.

We’ll be traveling around the country facilitating workshops to help songwriters achieve their first cut goals. Click on “Appearances and Workshops” to find out when we’ll be in your area.

Don’t forget to explore other songwriting-related websites from our “Links” page.

Finally, be sure to order our book, Your First Cut, A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting There from our “Order” page.

Most of all, have fun. Stay awhile and visit often. We want you to get that first cut as much as you do.

See you on the charts!

- Gracie and Jerry

Mission Statement

Your First Cut, A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting There is designed to guide, encourage and enable the aspiring, serious songwriter toward achieving the goal of acquiring his or her first cut.

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