Next Level Songs is a safe but challenging environment where committed songwriters, performing artists and other music professionals gather to cultivate their skills in the pursuit of excellence in their craft. Founder Stephen Duncan brings years of Music Publishing, Songwriting, and Business knowledge along with other tools and resources to individualize the experience and content for each client. All skill levels of music professionals are encouraged to utilize everything that Next Level Songs has to offer such as: Mentorships, Song Evaluations, Consultations, Video Content, and community based events such as the Next Level Songs and GAP Retreats.
MEET THE TEAM
Next level songs founder - Stephen duncan
Stephen Duncan was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, IA and moved to Nashville, TN to attend Belmont University. His college accolades include being the first songwriting major to graduate from Belmont and the first recipient of the ASCAP music scholarship. His first Christian music industry position was as Creative Director for Daywind Publishing, where he signed hit songwriter, Sam Tinnesz, and garnered cuts from Natalie Grant, Newsboys, Mandisa, Michael W. Smith, Hawk Nelson, and is responsible for getting more than 500 songs recorded in his short time in the industry as well as publisher of the year honors from SESAC for 2014.
Stephen joined Centricity Music Publishing in 2013 and spent 2 years as Creative Manager where he was in charge of all catalog and writer development including Seth Mosley: Billboard Christian’s #1 producer and writer of 2014, Aaron Shust, Jason Gray, Unspoken, Lauren Daigle and more. Stephen has also toured with such artists as legendary Country Music Hall of Fame artist, Don Williams, and Christian singer/songwriters, Matthew West and Jonny Diaz.
Stephen and his wife Mary Elise reside in Franklin, TN.
MARKETING DIRECTOR & LEAD MENTOR - BRITTANI SCOTT
Brittani Scott is a worship leader and church planter, alongside her husband Ryan, in Seattle, WA. She's been involved in worship ministry for 16 years and has been writing songs in multiple genres for most of that time. Most of Brittani's songs have gone directly from her to the churches and worship teams she's worked with across the nation. She also has several cuts in both the worship and southern gospel genres.
Brittani is a mentor at heart. She is passionate about empowering others and setting them up for success in God's Kingdom. Joining the Next Level Songs team was a natural step for her and she's excited to connect with songwriters the services offered by Next Level Songs and at the retreats.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will you pitch my songs?
I will not be pitching your songs. My role is to mentor you and help sharpen you to be the best songwriter you can be. I will be your biggest champion and through the Mentorship process or the Phone Consultations I can help position you to get your songs recorded and that alone will set you up for longer term success than pitching your songs ever could.
Will you publish my songs?
I will not be publishing your songs personally nor will I bring you or your songs to the publishing company that I currently work for. I want to honor my current staff writers, and other staff members as well as you! The benefit that you receive is that you are getting comments, critique, and advice from an active publisher in the industry. You are getting all of the information that my staff writers receive. Although you don’t have the instant access to getting your songs published or recorded… there are plenty of ways that I can guide you through that process and help you take calculated steps towards a publishing deal. Please also read the following questions and answers for more information.
Will you connect me with other writers, artists, publishers, etc.?
Yes absolutely! You can be connected with ALL of those people by attending our next Retreat. If you happen to miss the Retreat please try our special Facebook page called "Next Level Songs Connect", and there may be opportunities where I can connect you with other writers, and artists when I feel that it is helpful and necessary to your growth. On very limited occasions I may feel that a writer is ready to be introduced to a publisher… but that is ultimately my decision and I will be the one to approach the subject with you.
Will you write with me or write on my songs?
To honor you in the Mentorship and Song Evaluation processes, I will not write with anyone working with me. That ultimately takes the pressure off of the both of us! As your mentor I will be able to maintain a certain perspective and not get tied to the emotions and ideas in the song, and you as the songwriter can feel free to disagree or challenge my critique without the pressure of a cowriter making decisions about your song so that you can feel completely confident about every change made to the song.