Here are some useful groups to get plugged into for sharing songs. List updated by Kath in February 2015. Anything I’ve missed?
BRIGHTON groups – songwriter friendly
I don’t know of any songwriting groups per se in and around Brighton. But these venues are particularly receptive to new songs.
Brunswick Open Mic – 200 members
Brighton Musicians Network – 40-odd members
Worthing Ukelele Jamming – run by Daniela Gargiulo, who welcomes people coming to share new songs on the uke.
Songwriting circles around the UK
Have you been to any of these groups? If so can you report back – how active were they? How beneficial was it for you? You can comment in the form below.
London Songwriters http://www.meetup.com/LondonSongwriters/
Manchester Songwriters https://soundcloud.com/groups/manchester-songwriters
UK Songwriting Festival http://www.uksongwritingfestival.com – they have a Facebook page, which I think is open to you even if you haven’t attended the festival. Useful for asking questions.