How To Write Songs In The Sims 4

Everything you need to know about Songwriting in The Sims 4.

Among the many ways you can live your dreams, you can also choose to become a songwriter in Sims 4 as long as you are willing to put in the required work.

It all starts by picking up your favorite instrument and then increasing your skills until you can finally write a good enough song not only to sing and impress your friends but also to license for additional cash.

The following guide will tell you how to write and license a song in The Sims 4.

Steps to Write Songs in The Sims 4

Becoming a songwriter in the game is a pretty harsh grind. It is best to start as soon as possible to save time. While the process isn’t that tricky, it’s always beneficial to have it divided into steps:

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Step 1 – Choose an instrument to learn and play

The first step is to look through the catalog and buy the instrument you wish to play. In the base game, the available instruments are a piano, violin, and guitar. Pipe Organ is in The Sims 4 Vampire expansion, so you need to have that expansion if you want this instrument.

Step 2 – Practice on your instrument

Once you have purchased a musical instrument, your Sim needs to start practicing. It will take some time before you can start writing. You need to reach level 8 on your instrument of choice before you can start writing a song.

This can prove to be a lengthy grind, so make sure you practice as much as possible.

Step 3 – Write a song

After practicing enough and reaching level 8 with that instrument, you will unlock your songwriting ability. Now, interact with your instrument and select the “Write Song” option. Remember that writing a song is time-consuming, and your Sim requires 12 hours in the game to finish writing a single song.


Since it’s very difficult to write a song in one sitting in Sims 4, you may have to complete them in multiple sittings. To resume a song you were writing, you can resume it from your inventory (use the musical sheet). If you start writing a new song on another instrument, you might lose the progress of your old song in the inventory, and you will have to start over. So, try to finish the one you have started first.

Your Sim could refuse to write a song if his/her needs are not met. So it’s always a good idea to tend to their needs first before they start or resume songwriting. Once your Sim is done with the song, you can name it and you are ready to license it for some royalties.

How to License Songs in The Sims 4

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Licensing a song is one of the many ways to earn money in The Sims 4, provided your Sim is talented enough to compose a good tune. Follow the steps below to start earning from your music.


You can only license one song per week (in-game) for one instrument in The Sims 4.

While you only need to be level 8 to write a song in Sims 4, you need to get another level on your instrument to license a song. That means more practice.

Once you have written a song after reaching level 9 on an instrument, go to your mailbox and select “License Song” to select the instrument and song you want to license. You will start getting royalties for your song the next morning. You will get an amount between 100 to 1000 Simoleons daily.


Writing songs and writing Lyrics are two different things in The Sims 4. For Lyrics writing, you will need the City Living expansion. However, Lyrics writing works the same way as writing songs, and you can license your lyrics as well. You can license one song and one lyrics per week.

How to write songs faster in Sims 4

As already mentioned above, writing songs is a lengthy in-game process. If you want to cut the time down, you can use Sims 4 Cheats.

  • Press Ctrl+Shift+C on PC, or if you are using a console, press all controller triggers at once to open the cheat input box.
  • In the cheat input box, write “testingcheats true” and press the Enter key.
  • Now, open the cheat input box for the second time.
  • Write “stats.set_skill_level Major_ (skill) (skill level)”. For instance, for achieving level 9 skill in violin, enter “stats.set_skill_level Major_Violin9”

If you don’t feel like using cheats, then have your Sim go out and perform in public. This will grant your Sim extra mastery levels, and they can earn some tips. A win-win situation for your Sim if there ever was one.

Another way you can use to write songs faster in The Sims 4 is with the help of mods. Download and install these mods to make the laborious process of The Sims 4 Song Writing faster.

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