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FRANCESCA DE VALENCE

Songwriter – Educator – Inspirer

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  • The music industry never seemed to be about guiding and supporting musicians to thrive, so what will support you being a musician in 2022.

    A unique approach to being a musician in 2022: Live the light don’t fight the dark

    The past 18 months have been a revealing time for everyone on this planet - both personally, and globally. And especially so being a musician.A torch has been shining on various aspects of the world’s structures and systems allowing people to see more clearly what’s [...]

  • The New Paradigm

    I did something a week ago that I could never have imagined doing even a month ago. A lot happens in a month! From a very young age, I had been conditioned to see things in a certain way. Maybe you can relate. I had [...]

  • The Gift Of Song

    In these times of crisis, more than ever, there is a palpable need for our musical talents and songs to be shared with others to offer comfort, hope, love, connection. As songwriters, we have been given a gift of music and story and it’s ours [...]

  • The Song I Wrote on the Left Bank of The Seine

    In the wee hours of a dark winter's Sunday in Paris, French photographer Christophe Berjot arrived at my Airbnb apartment in his small European car big enough only for two people. As we drove through the deserted streets of Paris, we passed the debris of [...]

  • 2016 ARIA Update

    November 23, 2016 was my first ARIA Awards experience and second red carpet music awards. What an honour to have been in the voting pool for 4 categories. There were no nominations for me but when Sia and Bernard Fanning win your sections, it's just an honour to be there in [...]

How To Access Creative Joy – A Simple Tool To Keep You Open

Over the last month, I have received so many messages from songwriters calling for help. They are saying things like “I just don't feel great” or “I’m not in a great space right now”. They’re also telling me they haven't written songs in months, maybe even years, and they know that they want to be doing this again. I really empathize with them. I feel for them. I’ve felt like this before. But I don’t anymore, and haven’t for [...]

I Can’t Write Songs (Because I’m Not Talented Enough)

One of the most disheartening things I hear from people who want to be songwriters is: “I can’t write songs because I’m not talented enough.” This breaks my heart. These people have a belief that they don't have the talent to write songs. Let’s talk about talent. Growing up I was often told I was talented, “Francesca, you’re so talented. You’re a talented pianist, talented violinist, talented musician, singer...”. And in many ways, being a ‘talented’ child became a [...]

Mid-Year Check-In – Make 2020 the Year of Your Dreams 💫

2020 may feel like the biggest year so far, and whilst it feels like a year has already passed (don’t you think?), it’s not over yet! But you still have plenty of opportunity to make 2020 an amazing year for you. It’s up to you. I’ve been using my “at home” time each week to share some ways to overcoming the biggest barriers in your songwriting career through my blogs and on socials - Instagram & Facebook. If you've [...]

Finish What You Start!!!

Are you a songwriter who has hundreds of ideas for songs on your phone? Audio memos of melody ideas, verse ideas, banger chorus ideas... Maybe you've got a book filled with lyric ideas? They’re really great ideas, they really are. That's why you've captured them. I’m not doubting that. But these ideas are not going anywhere, are they? You’re not alone. It is the single biggest shared problem amongst the songwriters I have worked with. I run workshops and [...]

The Transformational Power of Music

If there is one thing that I absolutely love about the songwriters that I work with, it is that they understand the transformational power of music; the healing power of music. They get it. They get the way that their music can not only affect them and help them, but affect and help others. Right now, given the current state of the world, I feel that's a really powerful thing to remember. That as songwriters and creators, we have [...]

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