|SongPosium 2011 Kicks Off Next Week (Sept. 19-24)|
Get ready - SongPosium Week begins next Monday (Sept. 19). Next to the Tin Pan South festival, this is our largest gathering of songwriters/performances/education/networking/awards on our calendar. Here's what's going on . . .
SONGPOSIUM WEEK 2011
NSAI'S WORLD'S LARGEST #1 PARTY
Monday, September 19
Our annual outdoor party is a true Music Row event, bringing members of our community together to salute songwriters and have a great time in the process! Everything will take place under the big tent in the NSAI parking lot (1710 Roy Acuff Place – the former Music Mill). The event runs from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with free food and drink provided. Attire is casual/relaxed. Parking will be available on the surrounding streets and in the nearby area.
SONGPOSIUM CLASSES (daily)
Tuesday, September 20 - Friday, September 23
SongPosium features more than 120 a-la-carte classes on various topics taught by some of the best instructors in the industry. We make Music Row YOUR Songwriting Campus. Choose classes individually or go for the Max Pack and fill your week with classes! Registration is OPEN -- sign up now!
SONGPOSIUM PERFORMANCE SERIES (nightly)
SongPosium doesn’t conclude with the setting sun each day. Each evening, Sept. 20-24, the SONGPOSIUM Performance Series features Pro songwriters showcasing their hit, and soon-to-be-hit, songs at the world-renowned Bluebird Café, where a veritable Who's Who of the songwriting community will perform two shows nightly. SongPosium 2011 will feature performances by Tom Douglas (NSAI 2010 Song of the Year – “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert), Dave Turnbull (“The Boys Of Fall” by Kenny Chesney), Craig Wiseman (“Voices” by Chris Young), Steve Seskin (“Grown Men Don’t Cry” by Tim McGraw), Clay Mills (“Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” by Darius Rucker), Brett James (“I Love You This Big” by American Idol Scotty McCreery), Walt Aldridge (“I Loved Her First” by Heartland), Leslie Satcher (“Troubadour” by George Strait), Kent Blazy (“Gettin’ You Home [The Black Dress Song]” by Chris Young), Chris Wallin (“Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney) and many more! To view the schedule, click here. To purchase seats, click here.
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|It’s Not That We Don’t Want To Hear Your Beautiful Ballad . . .|
“When I go in to play songs (for artists, label executives, etc.), if they hear a ballad or mid-tempo, they just turn it off and say ‘what else you got? I have nine songs already recorded; I need one up-tempo hit single, ’” says Eddie Tidwell of Muy Bueno Music Group. Every songwriter hates to hear that, and so do publishers and song pluggers because some of our favorite songs are ballads. However, you will maximize your opportunities to get noticed if you write great up-tempo songs. Tidwell took four songs back to his office, and they weren’t all up tempo! Congratulations to Janet Miller, Mick Holland, Ronnie Jones and Joni Ward, whose songs will get a second listen by Eddie.
|Bluebird Cafe Hosts Amazing Shows During SongPosium Week Sept. 20-24|
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Shows nightly -- Sept. 20-24 -- Bluebird Cafe -- Nashville
Reminder: SongPosium doesn’t conclude with the setting sun each day. Each evening, Sept. 20-24, the SONGPOSIUM Performance Series features Pro songwriters showcasing their hit, and soon-to-be-hit, songs at the world-renowned Bluebird Café, where a veritable Who's Who of the songwriting community will perform two shows nightly. To purchase, go online to www.bluebirdcafe.com. Note: Tuesday shows become available on that Tuesday; Wednesday shows on that Wednesday, etc. Lineups may be subject to change.
SongPosium Spotlight: Rick Beresford
Classes daily -- Sept. 21-24 -- various offices along Music Row -- Nashville
Each week leading up to SongPosium 2011, we’ll highlight different instructors to help you become more familiar with some of the event's amazing teachers, as well as find out what classes they are offering. This week, our SongPosium Spotlight shines on: songwriter/instructor Rick Beresford .
Rick teaches commercial songwriting at Belmont University and is the director of the Kerrville Folk Festival Song School held in Kerrville, Texas, and staff for NSAI's song camps and workshops. Many of Rick's private song coaching clients have received publishing contracts or recording contracts as a result of his coaching including Barry Dean, Chris Mann, Lisa Aschmann, and David Wilcox. Rick is a staff songwriter with Zavitson Music Group in Nashville and has two songs on Elizabeth Eckert's 2009 EP and four songs on the Sweethearts of the Rodeo record in 2010. He has had songs recorded by such artists as George Jones (If Drinkin Don't Kill Me), Don Williams (Especially You), Mickey Gilley, the Everly Brothers, John Conlee, BJ Thomas, Brenda Lee with two BMI Awards, Canadian Humanitarian Award and a Music City News Award to his credit.
Rick will be teaching three times during the week:
* Music With Max Emotion — Class # 11-05
* Pop Emotional Writing with a Bang: Cliché Busting! — Class # 31-05
* Creative Expansion, Building Hit Songs From Writers Block, Curing 2nd Verse-itis — Class # 21-05
For detailed class descriptions, and to register for these or other SongPosium classes, click the headline above! read more...
It’s Rock Music, Anything Goes! Well, Not Exactly . . .
Roger Nichols was lead guitarist and principal writer for the Nashville-based alternative rock band Dreaming In English. He developed and produced the Grammy-nominated band Paramore and created the trailer music for Mission Impossible III’s national TV campaign. That diverse set of skills might make you think he’s a no-rules kind of guy. Far from it. “You really want to have a structure that people feel is familiar,” Roger says. “Don’t bore us - get to the chorus” still applies. Nichols gave helpful tips to members at our rock genre Feedback Night at the Nashville Workshop.
NSAI Song Contest Presented By CMT Now Underway * New This Year – Lyric-Only Category
2011 Song Contest Mentor Charlie Daniels
Start polishing up those songs -- it's song contest time! The NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT began Monday, Aug. 1, and runs through October 31, 2011. The Grand Prize includes a mentoring session with songwriter/musician/industry icon Charlie Daniels! Past winners understand this is a powerful vehicle to get “discovered” and have found success from signing an artist development deal with DreamWorks Records to securing a music-publishing staff writer deal. This nationwide platform is for aspiring songwriters in ALL GENRES to submit their best tunes with one Grand Prize Winner and one CMT Listeners’ Choice Winner. Additional prizes include a single-song professional demo, tickets to the 2012 CMT Music Awards, a private tour of CMT studios, a performance at The Bluebird Café, meetings with major music publishers and a one-year membership to NSAI, just to name a few. Take advantage of this opportunity to launch a songwriting career. For more, visit nsai.cmt.com.
The entry fees are $35.00 (Current NSAI members) and $45.00 (Non Members) per song submitted. Enter today! Check out nashvillesongwriters.com, facebook.com/nsaiofficial and twitter.com/nsaiofficial for updates.
|Sponsor Spotlight: ole - New Platinum Sponsor|
NSAI greatly appreciates its many sponsors, who help make possible the work we do on behalf of songwriters. This time, we shine the spotlight on:
NSAI PLATINUM LEVEL CORPORATE SPONSOR -- ole
ole is one of the world's largest independent music publishers. Founded in 2004, and with offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles, the award-winning company boasts a team of over 30 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide administration. ole has completed over $105MM USD in acquisitions. The company is an expert in administrating and sub-publishing music copyrights and has concluded international publishing administration agreements with some of the world's leading songwriters, publishers and film and television producers. ole recently concluded a worldwide administration deal with DHX Media Ltd. an international leader in television production and distribution, interactive content, and entertainment licensing, with a focus on children, family and youth markets. The ole catalog includes over 40,000 hours of TV music and 45,000 songs across all genres, a number of which are international chart-toppers like the recent “Why Wait” (Rascal Flatts),“Let Me Down Easy” (Billy Currington), “Crazy Girl” (Eli Young Band), “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” (Martina McBride), “Give” (LeAnn Rimes), and “All About Tonight” (Pixie Lott). For more on this sponsor, click the headline above.
“NSAI wishes to congratulate ole on winning the CCMA’s Publisher of the Year Award for the 5th consecutive year!” read more...
|Sponsor Spotlight: Holiday Inn Vanderbilt|
NSAI greatly appreciates its many sponsors, who help make possible the work we do on behalf of songwriters. This time, we shine the spotlight on:
NSAI GOLD LEVEL CORPORATE SPONSOR -- Holiday Inn Vanderbilt
Holiday Inn Vanderbilt is proud to be a long-time supporter of NSAI and the work they do on behalf of songwriters. We appreciate the ongoing efforts of NSAI and are pleased to offer a special rate of $109 to its members. Holiday Inn Vanderbilt is a full-service hotel with free parking, complimentary shuttle service and beautifully appointed rooms with refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker in every room. Located on West End, we are minutes from Music Row and the NSAI headquarters. When making a reservation, ask for the Nashville Songwriters rate. Visit our website at www.holidayinnvanderbilt.com.
|Tune In To 'Live At The Bluebird Café' - Saturday Nights At 7 p.m. On 90.3 WPLN-FM|
The Bluebird Café is a Nashville musical landmark. Great songwriters play this intimate listening room every week. Some are known by name; others are better known by the songs they've written. Live at the Bluebird Café captures these artists at their best, performing those songs to appreciative audiences. Live at the Bluebird Café is hosted by Thom Schuyler, a much admired and respected singer-songwriter who has been a featured performer at the Bluebird Café since its earliest days. Live at the Bluebird Café is a co-production of Nashville Public Radio and The Bluebird Café, which is operated in partnership with the Nashville Songwriters Association International. For more on the broadcast, click the headline above.
|Nissan Presents Bluebird On The Mountain 2011 at Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory|
Sponsored by Jack Daniels and Vanderbilt Heart
Saturday, Sept. 24 -- 8:00 p.m. read more...
Al Anderson, Bob DiPiero, Leslie Satcher
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Reservations required.
Be sure to join us this summer and fall for the Bluebird on the Mountain concert series at Vanderbilt's Dyer Observatory. These concerts under the stars feature some of the best songwriters in Nashville and beyond. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. Admission is $95 for a carload of up to eight people. Feel free to bring blankets, lawn chairs, food and drink. Make yourself comfortable in the observatory's lawn in front of the stage. Relax and enjoy a fabulous evening of sunset, music, and stars. The 2011 concert series will run monthly from May through October. Season passes for all six shows are available for $395 (carload of up to eight people) and are also available at www.ticketmaster.com. Final date for this season is Oct. 8. Dyer Observatory is located at 1000 Oman Drive, off Granny White Pike between Old Hickory Blvd. and Otter Creek Road, near Radnor Lake. Directions are available at www.dyer.vanderbilt.edu/. Corporate partners for the 2010 Bluebird on the Mountain concert series are Nissan USA, Jack Daniel's and Vanderbilt Heart. For more information on these partners, please visit their websites; NissanUSA.com, jackdaniels.com and and vanderbilthealth.com/heart/.
The Latin In You
Can you write a Latin song? Sure, says Rick Rodriguez, even if you’re not Latino. But the term “Latin music” is as broad as saying “American music.” We know that blues, jazz, pop, R&B, rock, metal, country, folk, show tunes and hip-hop are all American music, but they are very different. Before you start writing, check out the sub-genres that make up the wide variety of styles that fall under the broad Latin category -- Tejano, banda, salsa, Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, Tex-Mex, conjunto, regional Mexican, salsa and mariachi are just a few. Listen to some of these styles, and hear the surprising song Rick says is one of his favorite Latino songs, in his Guest Speaker talk, now in our Video Library. To view Rick's webcast, click here.
|Social Sites Unite!|
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|"Network Now" On Workshop Nights|
Looking for a co-writer? Chances are good you can meet one at an NSAI workshop night during our Network Now networking time, 6-6:30 p.m. in the studio. You can meet your future co-writers, share knowledge, talk shop, swap tips and business cards. Networking is “the” word in the music business so here’s a chance to practice! Weekly workshops take place each Thursday evening with doors opening at 6 p.m., and the evening’s event starting at 6:30. Our Christian music workshop takes place at the same time on the first Tuesday of each month. So come early and Network Now!
|09/22/11 - No Workshop|
Thursday, September 22, 2011 -- No Workshop -- Nashville Workshop-6:30 p.m. (Central Time)
No workshop due to SongPosium week. Enjoy the classes and the Bluebird shows in the evenings! See you next week!
09/29/11 - Live Webcast Guest Speaker - Jonathan Riggs
Thursday, September 29, 2011 -- Guest Speaker Night -- Nashville Workshop-6:30 p.m. (Central Time) read more...
Guest: Jonathan Riggs-"Diamond on the 1"(the Nashville Numbers System & More)
To watch live, click here, Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Central Time.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for "Network Now" and the workshops start at 6:30 p.m.
|Know A Non-Songwriter Who Wants To Support Songwriting?|
The FAN membership was created for our Non-Songwriter Industry Professionals, Friends and Family who are passionate about NSAI’s legislative efforts. If you know someone who isn't a songwriter, but who LOVES what NSAI is doing and wants to support our efforts, please let him or her know about this opportunity. As a FAN, they'll receive our weekly E-News, which features party dates such as NSAI’s World’s Largest #1 Party, the latest in political news, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame dates and the opportunity to purchase Tin Pan South Fast-Access Passes at a discount AND before they go on sale to the public. Flex-pay is available for the $150 annual membership or the $2,000 Lifetime membership. Click on the headline above to Join Today!
Rock Some Sweet Swag From NSAI
photo courtesy of Steve Jones Photography
NSAI merch is now available online! Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone else – or yourself – these items are sure to look amazing, AND you’ll be supporting the organization that supports your songwriting. The NSAI line includes military caps, trucker hats, hoodies, jerseys and t-shirts. So what are you waiting for . . . click on the headline above to start shopping now. [We also send out a special thank you to our models -- great job, guys!]
|Say It Loud, Say It Proud…I’m An NSAI Member!|
Do you often flaunt your NSAI membership? Word around the Music Mill is that you do and we appreciate your energy and excitement! If you’ve ever asked, “How can I help promote NSAI?” we want to thank you and offer you a link to the official “NSAI Proud Member” web banner. You can use this code for your website or social sites (MySpace, Twitter, etc.). Click on the headline above to see the NEW DESIGNS and for step by step instructions. With your help we can reach songwriters nationwide. Thank you for your continued support!