Kip Moore Discusses Paying Songwriters Bonuses On ‘And The Writer Is…’ Podcast

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Kip Moore appeared on a recent episode of popular podcast And The Writer Is…, hosted by fellow songwriter Ross Golan.

The two discussed Moore’s support for his fellow songwriters, and why he pays bonuses to the writers behind the songs from his albums that do not become radio singles.

“I would hate to be just a songwriter now because they’re so screwed in so many ways…I’m so blessed that I get to actually write and perform mine,” said Moore, who has notched chart toppers including “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck,” “Beer Money,” and “More Girls Like  You.”

As today’s songwriters cannot typically earn a livable income from album cuts alone, they need to write songs that become radio singles for artists. Moore stated that if every artist could offer a portion of their touring revenue to the songwriters on their albums, it would make a large difference to songwriters’ incomes.

“If you’re a successful artist, like I am, and I’m making a decent living on the road, I can afford to take five or six writers that were on my record and throw them a couple thousand bucks. Then if everybody’s doing that, the writers are going to go in the room and be able to breathe a little more and they’re going to be thinking about writing a good song,” Moore stated. “These people [songwriters] are responsible for all of us making money. We’ve got to figure out a way to take care of them.”

Moore is on the road following the release of his latest EP Room To Spare: The Acoustic Sessions.

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