Monday, April 2, 2018

SONGWRITERS NOTES E-NEWS #197 APRIL 2018

Hello Songwriter, 

Blues band,Holland K Smith, will entertain us at our Songwriters Hall of Fame. They are an incredible blues band. Check out videos on their facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Holland-K-Smith-Band-185811518104353/  This will be a great event this year. We are honoring Delbert McClinton, Bruce Channel, Gary Nicholson, Jerry Lynn William, and the Nightcaps. Here is some more info on our inductees. https://dallassongwriters.org/coming-spring-dallas-songwriters-hall-fame/ This will be lots of fun with the band and special guests performing songs by the inductees, including Jack Alday, the drummer for the Nightcaps. Jack Allday will also be our guest speaker at the meeting on April 5th. See below for more info on the meeting. If you can't attend the HOF event you can still support the event by donating here: https://dallassongwriters.org/shop/donation/ It's your support that will keep this program alive.
Here is the poster for the event this year.   https://dallassongwriters.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/DSA_2018_HallofFame_poster_sm.pdf

DSA will have a Songwriter Spotlight stage at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival this weekend April 6 - 8 at Sons of Hermann Hall. Come out and support our performance of all original songs. Here is the poster . https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-spotlight-at-deep-ellum-arts-festival-april-6-8/
and the events page with a bigger schedule. https://dallassongwriters.org/event/dallas-songwriters-spotlight-deep-ellum-festival-2/

There's a Songwriting workshop at the MCL Grand in Lewisville on April 7th with the Flying A's Songwriters Workshop- https://www.facebook.com/events/282123995654937/  and a Flyin A's performance on April 8 https://www.mclgrand.com/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/25065/1419?curm=4&cury=2018 . MCL grand is offering a discount to the performance for DSA members. See the yahoo members group email for the discount code.

We will have a stage again at the Wildflower Festival in May and we will be at the Dallas Guitar Show also that month.

Coming this month is the BW Stevenson contest at Poor David's. April 10 is the deadline. See below for details in Contests  or click the link to the website: http://poordavidspub.com/Comp.htm

Our monthly meeting features guest speaker, Jack Allday from the Nightcaps, Thursday, April 5th at Half Price Books. See details below under Monthly Meeting.

 Other regular DSA monthly events are the open mics on the 2nd Wednesday, 3rd Thursdays and 1st Monday.

Wheeoo! A lot going on in April!

Coming in June is the Madison Music Conference, In Between The Waves, in June produced by Broadjam CEO Roy Elkins. http://btwmadison.com/  There will be a group of us going there. Are you interested?

We are planning a songwriting workshop at Booker T Washington Arts Magnet High School. We also still planning to bring music to some nursing homes whose do not normally have music do to facility budget restraints and to provide a song or two for bedridden patients who cannot attend the facility's normal activities. 


Thanks to Paul Zander, Jon Jaggers, Bobby Montgomery, Ginger Stanoia, Kenneth Shoemaker, and Kristi Myers for their recent contributions to our fall fundraiser. Other contributors include Ireland, Jon Jaggers, Bill Kapac, Rio King, Mimi Balkey, Suzi Morse, and Jared LoStrato. There is still time to donate. Go to this link: https://dallassongwriters.org/shop/donation/

 Did you know we are live streaming on Facebook? Thanks to Harry Hewlett you can view some of our open mics and guest speakers in a live stream on Facebook? See guest our guest speakers, and past Angela's showcases. Can't make it? Then tune into Facebook/dallassongwriters. Want to be on our facebook streams? Show up and perform.

Songcerely,
Barbe
Spring 2017 Songwriters Notes Get a pdf version here.
Spring 2016 Songwriters Notes Get a pdf version here.
Fall 2016 Songwriters Notes Hardcopy pdf version
https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-news-songwriters-notes-fall-2016/

DSA SONG CONTEST - 2018 contest opens June 1

Mike P Ryan playing his
grand prize Casio  Privia  keyboard
INTERVIEW WITH GRAND PRIZE WINNER MIKE P RYAN 
Mike talks about songwriting, Texas and Louisiana lullabies 
https://dallassongwriters.org/press/dsa-song-contest-winner-mike-p-ryan-talks-about-texas-louisiana-lullabies-and-songwriting/

AWARDS DINNER
  Our Awards Banquet was held on Friday December 8, 2017 at the historic Sons of Hermann Hall celebrating with top songs of the year performed by first rate talent. Some of our DSA Song Contest Semi finalists and Best Songs of the Meeting Finalists performed, including local artists Loralai Milton, Ireland, Megan SullivanDon WallAl Lumbreras, Allen Larson and Virginia native, Mike Ryan. 
Here is a recap in pictures in case you were unable to  attend. Thanks to Gene Schillaci for taking these photos at the awards.   https://dallassongwriters.org/2017-awards-banquet-recap/

Here is a pdf of the program hard copy handed out at the event.  https://dallassongwriters.org/2017-awards-banquet-program-pdf/

See the 2017 song contest winners here:  https://dallassongwriters.org/2017-song-contes…inners-announced/


THANKS TO OUR SONG CONTEST SPONSORS


GRAND PRIZE  -   A Casio Privia Piano


1st Runner Up
 wins studio time at
River Sounds Recording Resort







2nd Runner up
wins recording time at 
Jo-Musik


Grand Prize winners receive:
($199.95 Value) 
Includes Artist Website, 1 Yr. Hosting
1 Yr. Sonicbids Membership

Category winners get cash prizes
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DSA MEETINGS - https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-meeting/

Thursday, April 5th: Jack Allday, drummer from the legendary Nightcaps is guest speaker @ Half Price Books, 6:30


You won’t want to miss the guest speaker at our April 5th general membership meeting at Half Price Books!

One of our inductee’s at this years “Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame” program is the Nightcaps. The last surviving member is Jack Allday the drummer for the Nightcaps. An R&B/Rock & Roll band from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond. Songs you will remember: “Wine, Wine, Wine”, “Thunderbird” just to name a couple.

Jack will be in attendance and set  in with the band for a few songs at our annual April 12th “Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame” program at Love & War.

Jack has also agreed to be the guest speaker at our April 5th general membership meeting.

I have read Jack’s memoirs of the adventures and misadventures of the Nightcaps. Just a hand full of high school kids with a garage band, their journey to stardom, and the passion for music that we all share.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and hear Jacks story of the “Nightcaps”.

Bobby Montgomery


DSA Programs Director

Location: Half Price Books/Northwest Highway in Dallas
6:00 pm: Doors Open/Networking and visiting
7:00 pm: Program followed by song critiques for members only

Pay online for critique. https://dallassongwriters.org/shop/dsa-meeting-song-critique-entry/

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BEST SONGS of the Meeting winners were announced at the Awards Dinner. Contest for 2018 is in full swing. Bring your songs to the meeting for review, no need to have a recording, you can play them live, then use the benefit of the critique to rewrite if need be, or record and then turn in your songs in fall for the judge. 
2017 Song of the Year - Lucky Man by Craig Langford, Dallas, Tx
2017 Winner Songwriter of the Year - Craig Langford
See the Best Songs of the Meeting and Songwriter of the Year 


https://dallassongwriters.org/best-songs-songwriter-year-announced/

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WORKSHOPS

Coming in April
7th Annual Workshop AT MCL Grand, Lewisville, TX with Hilary and Stuart Adamson of the Flyin' A's. They'll be performing on the 8th in the Black Box Songwriters Workshop- https://www.facebook.com/events/282123995654937/ 


Nashville Cool!, April 13-15
A sponsor of The Workshop, is offering all Workshop members a free application (saves $25) to their upcoming songwriting retreat in April. Here's the info.

3 of Nashville’s best-known professional songwriters Pete Sallis, Bridgette Tatum and Joel Shewmake are offering to write with selected Unsigned Songwriters on April 13-15. 

The weekend includes 3 cowriting sessions with a Hit Songwriter, and concludes with a writers-round where all songs written during the event are performed for A&R consultant Steve Bloch. Plus...a representative from publisher Riser Music will be present to offer single song publishing agreements for those songs that fit their criteria. 

The event will be held at Montgomery Bell State Park 30 miles west of Nashville. Lodging is included in the registration fee. 

Six participants will be selected to attend. Get details and apply free here.

Date:  April 13-15, 2018
Location: Montgomery Bell State Park http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/montgomery-bell
Application: Application fee waived for Workshop members ($25 value). Apply free here.
Registration Fee: $1895, lodging included. 

Nancy Deckant
Nashville Cool


Coming in June
Between the Line Songwriting Conference, Madison, WI http://btwmadison.com/ 

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SHOWCASES AND OPEN MICS 

OPEN MICS

 HALF PRICE BOOKS OPEN MIC - NORTHWEST HIGHWAY - Rotating guest host featured artist
EVERY 1ST MONDAY - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Sign up begins at 6:30
If you want peer feedback on a song bring a few lyric sheets

DUNN BROTHERS COFFEE HOUSE - Addison
EVERY 3RD THURSDAY - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Hosted by  Harry Hewlett
In November 2017, DSA will celebrate 13 years at Dunn Brothers
see review of

Renew your membership online.
You'll find the link to the store on the panel to the right
Or paste this link in your browser: https://dallassongwriters.org/shop/dsa-membership/

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EVENTS Featuring local and worldwide events of the songwriting community including, seminars, conferences, and showcases.

2018

APRIL
1 DSA Open Mic at Half Price Books
5 DSA Monthly Meeting at Half Price Books guest speaker Jack Alday from the Nightcaps
6 -8 DSA Spotlight at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Sons of Hermann Hall
7 Annual Workshop AT MCL Grand, Lewisville, TX with Hilary and Stuart Adamson of the Flyin' A's. They'll be performing on the 8th in the Black Box.
12 DSA HALL OF FAME  @ Love and War with Holland K Smith band
13 - 15 Nashville Workshop - see workshops for info
19 DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
21... JIMMY WEBB - Texas Tunes - Tickets selling fast already.

MAY
5-7   Dallas Guitar Show
12 Texas Tunes will have Jon Christopher Davis and Maylee Thomas
18 - 21 Wildflower Festival, Richardson, TX

JUNE
15 -16  Between the Waves, Madison, WI   http://btwmadison.com/ 
16 Texas Tunes is the Quebe Sisters

See Texas Music Office events calendar https://gov.texas.gov/music/events
Moses Avalon's List of Top Ranked Music Conferences.
See house concerts and coffee houses here: http://unclecalvins.org/

DSA LYRIC CONTEST - Next deadline postmarked June 30th

or by mail   

Thanks to Lyric Contest Co- Director, Alexis Tapp

 FALL 2017 -WINNERS ANNOUNCED 

SEMIFINALIST
“Skin Diving” by Martin Robley, Ballajura, Australia
“All the Time” by Phil Casteel, Grapevine, TX
“Thinkin and Drivin” by Bill Kapac, Williamstown, Va
“Why Can’t I” by Ireland Casteel, Grapevine, TX

AND THE 2017 WINTER WINNERS ARE.........  https://dallassongwriters.org/winners-2017-fall-lyric-contest/ 

 2017 SUMMER WINNERS
 https://dallassongwriters.org/2017-summer-lyri…inners-announced/

2017 SPRING WINNERS
https://dallassongwriters.org/winners-2017-spring-lyric-contest/

2017 WINTER WINNERS
https://dallassongwriters.org/2017-winter-lyric-contest-winners/

2016 FALL WINNERS
https://dallassongwriters.org/2016-fall-lyric-contest-winners/

See Summer winners on the website: https://dallassongwriters.org/2016-summer-lyric-contest-winners-announced/

2016 Spring Winners on the website: : https://dallassongwriters.org/2016-spring-lyric-contest-winners/

See winners from 2016 and 2015 listed in the DSA 2016 Fall Hardcopy of Songwriters Notes featuring winner, Bill Kapac on front page. This issue was handed out at the Arlington Guitar Show in October.
https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-news-songwriters-notes-fall-2016/

See Winter 2016 on website: https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-lyric-contest-winners-winter-2016/

 SUMMER and FALL 2015 RESULTS

LYRICISTS GAIN RECOGNITION THROUGH COMPETITION
Next Lyric Contest Deadline is June 30th for Spring Lyric Contest
Entry fee is $10
Please see lyric contest webpage for details.

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 MEMBER NEWS -

Wanna get involved? Become a committee member. It's fun! Be apart of the inner workings of the DSA. We have committee positions open. Let us know if you'd like to be on the board. Just show up a our membership meeting.

Directors elected at our Nov 6th 2017 Annual Membership Meeting were:
Michael BrandenbergerBobby Montgomery, Phillip CasteelBarbe McMillenJoe Milton, Marcus Belmore, Steve Sullivan, Ken Duren, James Pappas, Jessica Ewy, Rod Phelps,Gene Schillaci and Harry Hewlett. New officers were elected at the planning meeting on Jan 6th. 

 Officers 2018
Michael Brandenberger -  Prez
Bobby Montgomery - VP Programs
Phil Casteel - Treasurer
Jessica Ewy - Secretary
Alexis Tapp - VP Membership, Lyric Contest Director
Barbe McMillen - Administration, Newsletter
Harry Hewlett - A/
Gene Schillaci - Lyric Contest Director, Webmaster
Steve Sullivan, James Pappas, Joe Milton, Ken Duren - At Large
Marcus Belmore - Executive VP,  Technology

If you are not a DSA Member, you missed these tips sent out through our yahoo group:

* Publisher looking for songs
* Artists/Producers looking for original material for recording artists
* Major Brand X (To be disclosed at a later time) Seeks Independent artist for music campaign.
* Where to get your cd reviewed
* Music related job listing
* Film Licensing Co. seeking instrumental music
* Cheap and free tickets - Free tickets to selected Winspear Opera House events.

Lyricists are invited to co-write with music writers by submitting your lyric through the member yahoo group.
NEW MEMBERS: Have you joined our member only yahoo group where you can talk with the group and get special offers and last minute updates on events? subscribe: dallassongwriters-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

                   PATRON SAINTS: PAUL ZANDER, BOBBY MONTGOMERY, JOHN JAGGERS
Patron Sponsor L3: Michael Brandenberger, Bill Honker, John Stone
Patron Sponsor L1: Cliff MonroeSuzi Morse Rio KingGinger Stanoio
Patron Sponsor: Mimi BalkeyKristi Myers

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Ryan Mahoney, Steve Ledford, Lance French, Melissa Standifird, Douglas Lloyd, Mitch Horner, Kerry Maddox, Brandon Elliott, 

THANK YOU FOR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP: Raquel Linderman, Phillip Wildman, Greg Waits, Randy Wallace, Ryan Galloway, Phillip Casteel, Joseph Lopez, Don Wall, David Claerr, Stephen Valenzuela, Gene Schillachi, Ricky Gene Wright, Aaron Shook, Jacquelyn Schwartz

TIME TO RENEW: The following members owe dues:
YOU HAVE A TWO MONTH GRACE PERIOD TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR YOU WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE MEMBER GROUP

EXPIRED IN APRIL: Helene Cronin, Kathy Adams, Jim Collins
EXPIRED IN MAY: Daniel LaToof
EXPIRED IN JUNE: Robin Dossey, Joe Austin, Wayne Talley, Loralee Pearman, Lynn McCracken
EXPIRED IN JULY: Bill Nash, Bill Cox
EXPIRED IN AUGUST: Yanna Zovich, Warren Hanson
EXPIRED IN SEPT: Adrianna Braddon Patrick Deasey
EXPIRED IN OCT: Charles Carter, Roger Kaye
EXPIRED IN NOV: All renewed -Thanks
EXPIRED IN DEC: All renewed -Thanks
EXPIRED IN JAN: Conrad Shwartz, Chris Sjostrom, Lauren Paley, Pam Oliver, Ritchie Smith, Yulia Petrova, Bonnie Warren, Don Coyne 
EXPIRED IN FEB: Bianca Rodrequez, Trevor Dahlen
EXPIRED IN MARCH: Al Lumbreras, Jessica Ewy, Charles Barrale, Jeff Stachowesky, Victoria Bouton, Julia Pauletti, Ken Duren, David Byboth
TIME TO RENEW: Aubrey and Audie Teeter, Suzi Morse, Claude Webb

Renew your membership online.
You'll find the link to the store on the panel to the right
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Featured Articles:

A good summary of the CRB decision. YES, it's good news.
A Letter To Songwriters Regarding The Copyright Royalty Board Decision
By Jordan Bromley
Following two lengthy years and tens of millions of dollars spent by the NMPA and the digital streaming services regarding setting new streaming mechanical rates, the Copyright Royalties Board has finally reached its decision to increase payout to songwriters and publishers by (on paper at least) 43.8%. Here we look at what this actually means for your bottom line. Continue Reading

10 Types Of Songwriter Jobs
By Evan Zwisler

The Musician's Guide to Taxes: Top Tax Deductions
Here are some of the top business deductions and expenses for self-employed musicians, as well as some tips to guide you through filing your tax return. Continue Reading

MUSIC BUSINESS

What "Entrepreneurship" Really Means For Musicians, Part 1: Rethinking Entrepreneurial Musicianship
By Nicholas Patrick Quigley
We are fortunate to live in a time where we have an incalculable amount of information at our fingertips. "How do I distribute my music?" "How do royalties work?" "Why won't Logic save my volume levels?" Just about any problem can be solved when a musician knows what questions to ask. However, when it comes to bigger questions about artistic and business growth and direction, it can become hard to find the next step Continue Reading

What "Entrepreneurship" Really Means For Musicians, Part 2: Music Is Never Made In A Bubble
By Nicholas Patrick Quigley
In this short article, I will begin to highlight ways in which musicians can stand out, and be effective in their missions to make music and do good. I will also highlight the need for critical reflection upon our music making in social context, so that we may continue to evolve and become more effective over time. Continue Reading

What "Entrepreneurship" Really Means For Musicians, Part 3: Looking Towards The Future
By Nicholas Patrick Quigley
In the first two parts of this series of brief articles on entrepreneurial musicianship, I provided a definition of entrepreneurship, and a model for critical reflection to practice entrepreneurial musicianship. In this final installment of the series, I am going to begin to discuss how we can apply this rethinking to our planning for the future, and why looking towards the future is one of our fundamental responsibilities as artists and arts leaders. Continue Reading

4 Steps to Successfully License Your Music
By Michael Elsner
These 4 steps have allowed me to generate over 2000 placements of my own music. There's nothing like upfront sync fees, as well as recurring 'mailbox money' in the form of royalties, to keep a consistent stream of income coming your way. Continue Reading

Inside the Bizarre, Booming Business of Turning Hit Songs into Baby Lullabies
By Leanne Butkovic
There is not one, nor two, but at least three albums of Tool songs transposed into lullabies. Songs by metal bands like Iron Maiden, Slayer, and (deceptively) Babymetal have been decelerated and marimbafied for the ears of infants. Continue Reading

A step-by-step guide
How To Get Your Music Posted On Websites
By Naomi Zeichner and Rahim Wright

4 Opportunities Your Band is Missing Out On
By Angela Mastrogiacomo (Sonicbids Blog)

LISTEN 
VIDEO
Delbert McClinton and Bruce Channel live performing Hey Baby
The Music Album Is Dead, But Not Everyone's Accepted It Yet 
By Bobby Owsinski (Forbes) 
To many music artists and bands, making an album has always been the epitome of their art. This group of songs was a statement to their voice and current state of mind, not to mention a reflection of their social and physical environment. It was thought to be the highest form of recorded experience the artist could offer. It wasn't always that way though, and for the most part, it's not like that now. The trouble is, too many artists fail to recognize that the album is quickly becoming a relic of the past and even detrimental to their success. Continue Reading  

PERFORMANCE 
How to Make a Hit Song in 2018 
By Tariq Hussain 
Why artists are rethinking old formulas for chart-topping music. Continue Reading  
Some interesting ideas but all almost impossible to pull off if your objective is to reach a mainstream audience. 


3 Ways to Tell If Your Song is Just 'Too Smart' 
By Dan Reifsnyd 

3 Reasons You Shouldn't Change Up Your Chorus Lyrics 
By Dan Reifsnyder – (Sonicbids) 
Sometimes it can be tempting to change up the chorus lyrics each time — but here are three important reasons you shouldn't. Continue Reading  

Why Writing Music All About Yourself Hurts Your Songwriting Craft
By Patrick McGuire
Music critics often describe the navel-gazing aspects of songwriting as indulgent, but they can be even more destructive than that. Continue Reading 

Barbe McMillen's blog, The Craft of Songwriting

Online Thesaurus and Rhyming Dictionary

Great web tool for lyric writing
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 Song and Talent Contests

 DSA Quarterly Lyric Contest http://dsalyriccontest.blogspot.com/
Next deadline - March 31

Best Songs of the Meeting - for DSA Members only - submit at the monthly meeting.
  
30th ANNUAL BW STEVENSON MEMORIAL SINGER SONGWRITER COMPETITION. 
April 10th DEADLINE http://poordavidspub.com/Comp.htm

FIRST PRIZE;  1200$ CASH! + OPENER AT PDP
2ND PRIZE 250$ CASH + OPENER, 3RD PLACE 150$ CASH + OPENER.

SOLO ONLY, SUBMIT TWO ORIGINAL SONGS + 25$ ENTRY FEE TO 
PDP, 1313 S. LAMAR, DALLAS TX 75215, OR DELIVER TO BILL’S RECORDS
AT 1317 S. LAMAR. CD OR MP3’S ACCEPTED AT THIS EMAIL;

DSA Song Contest OPENS JUNE 1

https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-annual-song-contest/  

Important FOLK ALLIANCE Regional Deadlines | July - Sept 2018

SWRFA | Southeast Regional Folk Alliance
Official Showcase Deadline July 15 | Apply Here
September 27 - October 1
Austin, TX | Register Here

NERFA | Northeast Regional Folk Alliance
Semi-Formal Showcase Deadline July 16 | Apply Here
November 9 - 12
Stamford, CT | Register Here

FAR-WEST | Folk Alliance Region - West
Summer Special ends August 31
October 5 - 8
Bellevue, WA | Register Here

A comprehensive list of Song Contests compliments of MusesMuse.com
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DSA depends on your support.

Giving Rocks! While it never hurts to remind you that DSA is a non-profit organization (and so your contributions are tax-deductible) -  this year it means so much more. We're proud to be celebrating our 25th Anniversary as a non-profit. DSA has been an organized songwriter group since 1985 and became a non-profit in 1990.

Your gift
 enables us to meet our mission.

Our programs created to meet our mission goals are: a monthly newsletter, workshops, critique sessions, showcases, contests, networking opportunities and community service.
If you like what we do, and want to help us keep doing it, please make a contribution today. Gifts of all sizes are meaningful and appreciated.
Donations are welcome year round. 
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Songcerely,
  Barbara McMillen, Editor
  Songwriter Notes
  Founding President Emeritus,
  Online Songwriting Workshop