Publisher Writer Experience
Summer 2022

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Don't wait! Make sure you get the publisher you want. Apply today!

Songwriters and artists who want to get their songs cut by major artists or want to be major label artists, need a relationship with a top music publisher. Getting those relationships is hard work, even if you have amazing songs.


Since major publishing companies are extremely selective about who they choose to work with, developing relationships can literally take years to make! But it doesn't have to be this way…

Program Overview

3 Meetings With A Major Publisher!

The Publisher Writer Experience is a chance at new beginnings with some amazing people who want nothing more than success for you.


You'll work one-on-one with major publishers Lauren Funk or Gilles Godard for 3 months who'll give you career guidance, help you make your songs more cuttable and treat you as they would any songwriter at their company.

Lauren Funk
Sr Creative Director
Endurance Music Group 


You'll be mentored by either Lauren or Gilles. When you apply, indicate which publisher you prefer to work with. 


All meetings with Gilles will be on Zoom.


All meetings with Lauren be held in-person in the Nashville area. 

Gilles Godard
Sr VP Publishing
Anthem Entertainment

3 Co-writing Sessions!

It can be tough to find great co-writers and even tougher to get in the room with them. But the Publisher Writer Experience makes it easy. At each meeting, you'll write with other program participants in co-writing teams of three. These talented songwriters and artists are trying to break through, just like you.

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A Champion for You!

The Publishing Writer Experience is so much more than just a program. It's an experience that builds long-term connections with publishing professionals. Multiple writers have taken giant steps forward with invitations to write at publishing companies. Whether that happens right away or not, we are your champion long after the program is over. We keep that connection between you and the publisher strong as long as you need us! 

Thoughts from Lauren, Jesse and Sarah...


Program Overview:

Publishers: Lauren Funk OR Gilles Godard (select your preference)

Publisher Mentoring Sessions: 20 minute 1-on-1 per meeting

Co-writing Sessions: 3 way co-write per meeting

Participants: Limited to 9 writers per group (total of 18 writers will be accepted)


Location: In-person with Lauren Funk in the Nashville area

Location: Zoom with Gilles Godard

Save These Dates: 

Application deadline

  • May 22, 2022 

Applicant selection notification

  • June 1, 2022

Songwriter orientation

  • Jun 6 or Jun 20 (5-6pm cdt)

*Meetings with Lauren in Nashville

  • Jun 7, Jul 12, Aug 9 (4-8pm cdt)

*Meeting with Gilles on Zoom

  • Jun 27, July 26, Aug 23 (4-8pm cdt)

*Co-writing sessions are on the meeting dates with your selected publisher


Members: On Zoom $357 or $377 in-person

Non-Members: On $417 or $437 in person

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We do rolling admission. Once you apply, we'll let you know if you are accepted within 10 days if you're in. The first applicants will get their preferred publisher. Groups fill up quickly so don't wait!

Application Fee: $20

Deadline: May 22, 2022

Time left to apply:

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Publisher Bios

Lauren Funk
Lauren Funk

Lauren Funk is the senior creative director at Endurance Music Group. Her roster includes Jimmie Allen, Matt Stell, Scooter Carusoe, and Paul Sikes.


Before Endurance, Lauren spent seven years working at Big Yellow Dog music with Grammy award-winning artists and songwriters Maren Morris, Meghan Trainor, Josh Kear, and Daniel Tashian. She signed hit writers Jim Beavers with several Dierks Bentley #1s as well as writer/producer Dave Pittenger who penned the global number one pop hit "abcdefu". Lauren also secured cuts with artists like Gary Allan, Jessie James Decker, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Chris Lane, LoCash, Dustin Lynch, Michael Ray, Runaway June, Blake Shelton, Josh Turner and more.

Gilles Godard

“As a publisher I have always had an open-door policy because there are so many undiscovered artists and writers out there. If you have talent and you are trying to break into this music industry, I want to meet you!” Gilles Godard


Gilles is Anthem Entertainment's Senior Vice President Publishing. Gilles focuses on all of Anthem's publishing interests globally, as well as stakeholders and industry relations worldwide, he is also responsible to initiate strategic acquisitions and creating market opportunities on an international scale. Gilles provides advice to the creative teams and is a liaise with artists, composers and songwriters in Nashville, LA, New York, Canada and Europe.


Gilles is an award winning writer, publisher, artist and producer. He has had Juno award nominations, won a Felix Award as an RCA French Recording Artist, received the award as Record Industry “Person Of The Year” by the Canadian Country Music Association, has two BMI Awards and four SOCAN awards including an International Songwriter Achievement Award.

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1. Sooner Members: just add 5 songs in your Music List.

Non-Members prepare a link to 5 songs on SoundCloud, Songspace, Dropbox, etc.

2. Fill out the application form. Fee $20 

3. Admissions are rolling. When you apply, we'll let you know your status within 10 days. The first applicants will receive their preferred publisher. Groups fill up quickly, so don't wait to apply!


4. You will be emailed details and a link to pay for the program if selected.


Time Left To Apply

Don't miss out, apply now! When you apply first, you will be able to work with the publisher of your choice, so be sure your name is at the top of the list!

Application Deadline: Sunday May 22, 2022


Apply ASAP!


Those who wait till the deadline may not get their preferred publisher.

First come! First serve!


You'll need a SoundCloud, Songspace, Dropbox, Box, Disco (any link) to 5 of your best songs.



Do I need to be a member of Discover Sooner to attend?

No, but it saves you money if you belong. Learn more about Sooner>>

Is there an orientation?

Yes. We want you to set you up for success. If you've never met with a publisher before, there's an art to it! At orientation we will go over: time management, what to talk with the publisher about, pitfalls to avoid and get your ready to share your music. If you're on Zoom, we'll teach you how to share your music so it sounds great.

What should I talk with the publisher about?

A mentoring session is less about "pitching" songs and more about making a relationship. Be ready to play some songs, but talk about your career in music, get advice on the challenges you face as a writer or artist and most importantly, get to know this publisher.

What does it mean to be "waitlisted"?

If there's not enough room in this class, you'll be invited to the next class with no need to apply again.

What if I can't make it to one of the scheduled meetings with the publisher?

A make-up session will be scheduled.

Why is the program on Zoom?

Publishers decide if they want to work virtually or in-person. 

I'm in a duo. Can we be in the same writing and mentoring sessions together?


How are meetings conducted?

Writing takes place on the date of the meeting with the publisher. When it's your assigned time to meet with the publisher, you will move to the publisher's room. You will know your scheduled time with the publisher in advance.


What if I can't make it to the meeting?

If you are out of town or sick we will work with you to get new date with the publisher and co-writers.

Who will be my co-writers and how are co-writes organized?

You’ll be writing with other program participants and co-write in teams of 3. Before the program starts, you’ll receive your team assignments and contact info.

I am in the group on Zoom, can I still co-write in-person?

Absolutely yes! If you're all in the same town, get together wherever you and your co-writers decide to write and go for it! Just be ready with your computer or phone to talk with the publisher when your time comes.

What if I just want to meet with the publisher and don't want to co-write?

When you apply to the program, you have the option to select meeting with the publisher only. As soon as the program starts, you cannot change your mind because co-writing teams have been set. Meeting only with the publisher does not result in a price discount.