I recently attended a symposium for singers/songwriters centered around how to make money as a songwriter. The panel included an A&R, a representative from a publishing royalty company (PRO) and a YouTube aggregation service professional. In the room were a few dozen hopefuls seeking to learn something from these industry professionals that could unlock the magic of a career as a songwriter. As the moderator made her closing statements she asked the panel to share any final advice on making money as a songwriter. The A&R's response: "Focus on making a hit."