The new songwriting website Hook(ist) allows fans and aspiring songwriters to collaborate with top musicians to create an original song.
Hookist starts a new songwriting event every few weeks helmed by a different artist. The site launched over the summer with Brad Roberts, lead singer of Crash Test Dummies, followed by master guitarist and Grammy-nominated songwriter Gary Lucas.
Canadian band The Bros. Landreth, which is touring North America, is the site’s current featured artist. The event concludes Oct. 6.
“We’re really excited about having an opportunity to share our song writing process intimately with such a great community of talented writers,” The Bros. Landreth said in a statement. “Can’t wait to explore our collective muse with all the folks on Hookist!”
The project allows fans and aspiring musicians to submit their original lyrics to Hookist’s featured band, and the band announces winning lyric submissions each day and offers fans feedback on their work.
Members receive Road Stories, where the band members share their personal stories from the road and studio, and offer advice on navigating the music industry. Members can also build profile pages where they can promote their own projects and build their own fan bases.
Hookist, founded by music producers Terry Derkach and Meredith Collins, will also work to raise money for partner charitable organizations like Musicians on Call, which brings live music to the bed of hospital patients, and Salute Military Golf Association, which uses rehabilitative golf experiences to empower post-9/11 wounded war veterans.