Arts Week in Dallas has started! April 10th - 18th
4/11 - DSA Showcase at Angela’s at the Crosswalk: features Mary Guthrie, Dickey Johnson, Bobby Montgomery and Barbe McMillen
4/14 - DSA Monthly Meeting - Guest speaker: Jim Collins
4/15 - DSA Arts Week Showcase/Fundraiser at Poor David’s Pub, 7pm
7:00 p.m. - Dan Roark (host)
7:40 p.m. - Raquel Wynne
8:20 - Sugar Daddy and the M & M's
9:00 - Bobby Montgomery
9:40 - Rio King
10:20 - To be determined - contact me - DanRoark@Faithwriters.net
11:00 - 11:45 - Allen Larson, Dan Roark, others, jam.
There will be raffle drawings held for several items. [If you have any items for the drawings, please let me know - gift cards and so forth.] There will a suggested donation for entry. There’s a possibility that Mayor Rawlings of Dallas may stop by. We need everyone to come. We will have DSA items available for donations. We will also have a table for those of us that have cds to sell - those who are not playing are still welcome to bring their cds. The performers will help man the tables when they are not on stage, but we need others to help us out. Let’s all make it a big success so it can be an annual event!
4/16 - 3rd Thurs. Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
4/18 DSA Booth at ArtsPark in Northpark
ArtsPark will be held from 1-5 p.m. I will be at the booth the entire time. I need one person each hour so we have two people running the booth at all times. We were not contacted early enough to have stage time - that will be corrected for next year. We are, however, being given a location where we can play at the booth. We will do half hour slots - all acoustic. Hopefully you can help with the booth before or after your slot.
There will be arts patrons there who support the arts and are looking for ways to support the arts and have a tax deduction at the same time. Let’s show them that DSA is a good way for them to do that.
Our Second Tuesday Meeting will feature guest speaker, Jim Collins, country singer and songwriter extraordinaire with many hits under his belt. See #2 below.
We've a workshop planned with Liz Rose, Lori McKenna and Friends for May 2Oth and they will perform in the round on May 21st at Poor Davids Pub. Sponsored by DSA and Dallas Business Council For The Arts. Did you know that Liz won a Grammy in 2010 and has written 20 hits with Taylor Swift? See details below in #7.
The worshop and performance with The Waymores at the MCM Grand in Lewisville was absolutely the best! Don Henry, Sally Barris and Tom Kimmell each took time to introduce themselves, talk about their background and present an important element of songwriting, demonstrating an example from one of their own songs. After the introductions, the group began commenting on songs presented live by each registrant. Everyone was able to learn from the comments.
Because SXSW was not aligned with Spring Break this year, it was a day trip for me. I managed to do most of the items on my list. The main event was the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy's soiree on the lawn of the Four Seasons, my old stomping grounds. The tricky part this year was finding a place to park. I did by accident, and I'm not telling you my new secret. It was close to the river and Rainey street which was convenient to my first stop the Culture Collide party. I tried to get in the Spotify House with no luck There were hundreds of others trying. All with special passes like me! How special is that! I sailed the river on the ASCAP boat which was also sponsored by Billboard this year. Hit a few showcases, including Hays Carll at Threadgills and met up with old friends from LA, NY, Gernany and UK that are part of the reason I go to Austin. Fast and fun.
BW Stevenson Song Contest at Poor David's is calling for entries, deadline April 15th. See #10 below.
1. ANNUAL SONG CONTEST - Winners Announced - See the complete list on our contest page. http://dsasongcontest.blogspot.com/
LUCIA COMNES WINS GRAND PRIZE WITH HER SONG, "NO HIDING PLACE"
2nd Runner up
2001 - 2007 Winners Compilation CDs available at the DSA store
All winning songs are on a CD Compilation that was given out at the Awards Ceremony. To get any 3 double CD's simply make a quarter note donation to DSA through our online store and send us an email to request which 3 years of Cd's you want us to mail you.
APRIL 14: Country singer / songwriter, Jim Collins, talks about songwriting, performing and the biz. He will also critique songs.
Free to Members | $5 for visitors
Sign in and Networking begins at 6:30
Announcements at 7PM
Program about 7:30
Song Critiques follow – Members only may enter for $10
DETAILS ON MEETING PROCEDURES
May 12 – Ray Baker - publisher, producer, jazz sax player email@example.com
June 9 – Hal Ketchum - tentative
July 14 – Bill Nash
August 11 – No Meeting
TBA Summer Picnic and Jam
September 8 – Co- Writes
October 13 - Turk Wilder
November 10 - Annual Membership Meeting
December 8 - Christmas Party and Awards Dinner
Boogie Woogie Rhythm by Rio King
4. SHOWCASES AND OPEN MICS -
Saturday Night at the Angela's at the Crosswalk in Downtown Plano
Featured artist each month followed by open mic.
May 23: Michael Brandenberger
Every 2nd Tuesday 7-9 PM @ Fuel Coffee House 106 Main St, Llano, Texas
5. DSA LYRIC CONTEST - Next deadline postmarked June 30th
We are still moving our website. This will probably be the last Lyric Contest post on the old site. Please use the new site for online entries.
Thanks to new Lyric Contest Director Dan Roark and DSA Prez Michael Brandenberger for getting us caught up with the quarterly contests. Here are the semifinalist. The winners are posted on the old WEBSITE.
SUMMER 2014 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
FALL 2014 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Bounce by John Hyden, Ralston, NE
The Road of Life by Catherine Pitman, Tualatin, OR
Stuff by mail in
Angels Down The Road by John Thomas Lane, Monument, CO
Three Toed Wolf by Rio King, Plano, TX
Hide N Watch by Rio King, Plano, TX
WINNERS ANNOUNCED ON THE LYRIC CONTEST WEBSITE.
6. MEMBER NEWS -
Officers Elected at the Planning Meeting on January 10, 2015
Bobby Montgomery - Executive VP, VP Programs
Dicky Johnson - Treasurer
Rachel Wilhelm - Tech
Buck Morgan - Showcases/ Open Mics, Workshops
Dan Roark - Lyric Contest Director
Barbe McMillen - Communications, Administration, Newsletter
Joe Milton, Steve Sullivan, Ken Duren and James Pappas - At Large
Patron Sponsor L1: Ann Cornelius
Patron Sponsor: Bill Kapac, Mary Guthrie, Mimi Balkey
EXPIRED IN NOV: BC Cornish, Jasmine Dia, Richard Hopson
EXPIRED IN DEC: Scott White, Brad Davis, Ashley Sichler, Davi Morales
EXPIRED IN JAN: Grady Yates, Terry Fansler, Ray Phillips, Bill Kapac, Tim Spitzer, Brian Joyner, Cliff Monroe, Troll Mallow, Brit Morgan, Skip Spoonts, Mark Bone, Aaron Rose, Laura Bertwell, Jordy Searcy, Cousin Don Brown, Bob Fisk, Richard Hunt
EXPIRED IN FEB: Jonathan Malone, Jesse Anderson, Wayne Dobry, Anthony Castillo, Daniel Zagotta
EXPIRED IN MARCH: Julia Pauletti, Jeff Rodgers, Ken Duren, Carol Shaw, Craig Langford, Johnny Cromer
TIME TO RENEW THIS MONTH:Tom Thomas, Helene Cronin, David Wysong, Gary White, Kerry McCall, Randy Overton, Kent Poynor, John Mason
Member News :
7. WORKSHOPS - DSA WORKSHOPS
$30 ($5 discount for DSA members) pre-registration required for song submission for critique. Will have a registration site up soon. Check the website in a few days.
Each songwriter will introduce themselves, talk about their background and present an important element of songwriting, demonstrating an example from one of their own songs. After the introductions, the group will comment on songs presented live by each registrant. The critiques are first come first serve by pre-registration only. Everyone will be able to learn from the comments.
Liz Rose has co-written twenty of Swift's officially-released songs and singles, including "White Horse," "Teardrops on My Guitar" and "You Belong with Me," which won her and Swift a Grammy Award in 2010. Liz and Lori McKenna co-wrote Little Big Town's latest single release, "Girl Crush".
Liz founded Liz Rose Music and is currently signing songwriters. The roster includes Texas's Walt Wilkins.
Presented by DSA and Dallas Business Council For The Arts
3 - 5 Deep Ellum Festival, Dallas, TX
10 - 18 Art Week all over Dallas
11 Sugar Daddy and M&Ms, Bobby Montgomery and Barbe McMillen at Angela's
14 DSA Meeting at CCC with Jim Collins
15 DSA Showcase at Poor Davids
18 DSA at Arts Park
18 Tom Faulkner at MCL Grand, Lewisville, TX
25 Rachel Wilhelm and Shane at Angela's
13-17 SERFA - South East Regional Folk Alliance, Montreat, NC
15 - 17 Wildflower Festival, Richardson Tx
23 Max Baca and Los TexManiacs at MCL Grand, Lewisville, TX
29-31 Dallas Guitar Show
13 Colin Gilmore and Nicolette Good at MCL Grand, Lewisville, TX
9. Featured Articles:
By Anthony McCartney -- A jury says singers Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied a Marvin Gaye song to create "Blurred Lines" and awarded $7.3 million to Gaye's family [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]
The Future of Music has taken a stand against payola—the practice of record companies secretly paying broadcasters to air their music on the radio. Payola is bad for musicians, and bad for music fans. It makes it next to impossible for artists without the backing of a giant label to have a fair shot at getting played on commercial stations. Right now, it’s only legal to pay a radio station for airplay if the payment is disclosed on the air, at the time a paid-for song is played.
But now, big broadcasters like iHeartMedia (Clear Channel), Entercom, and Cumulus want to change that. They’ve asked the FCC to waive the disclosure requirement, effectively legitimizing payola. You can help! Visit their campaign site at STOPPAYOLA.com
Today, ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights. Representing ASCAP's 525,000 members, Matthews spoke of the need to reform the ASCAP consent decree that governs how songwriters are paid.
By Marc D. Ostrow -- There's been a blizzard of articles regarding the jury decision finding that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' 2013 megahit, "Blurred Lines," infringed upon Marvin Gaye's song, "Got to Give It Up..." While most of my musician friends were pleased with the decision and the jury's $7.3 million award, my copyright law colleagues and I are somewhat skeptical that it will upheld on appeal.
By Ari Herstand -- Last Tuesday, Amanda Palmer launched her Patreon...[which] breaks all the 'music business' rules we have come to know (and love?). But the thing is, this new, crazy model, is working [Thanks to Erik Philbrook.]
By Ari Herstand
The Demise of New Music Tuesday By Bryan Logan
By Chris Robley
By Rick Goetz -- Rose Slanic is the General Manager of Eleven Seven Label Group, a full-service physical, digital and mobile independent record label operating with global sales, distribution and comprehensive marketing capabilities…Rose spoke to me about her career in the rock music industry and how she has seen the marketplace evolve since her career began. She also discussed how rock-focused labels like Eleven Seven are building careers and how artists can get their music heard in the current market.
By Alex Aguilar –- [S]treaming services such as Spotify and YouTube are fragmenting the music market and leaving their own digital trace, which is then used to identify suitable talent. As well, the focus of modern music marketing is not just paying consumers but consumer brands that are looking to match music to suit their own ends.
By Leah Betancourt -- Researching, keeping on top of digital trends, tools and strategies and knowing your audience prove to be key as part of the content marketing process.
Mix magazine is saddened by the April 2, 2015 passing of Grammy Award–winning mastering engineer Doug Sax of The Mastering Lab in Ojai, California, a mentor and friend to audio engineers, producers and musicians for more than four decades, whose discography includes Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Jackson Browne, Diana Krall, and George Strait, to name a very few.
By Ed Christman -- Al Kohn, a big band music arranger, a music publishing executive and an author, has died of natural causes in Encino, Calif. He was 96. Kohn, who grew up in the Bronx, had a successful career as a big band arranger for such musical giants as Irving Berlin and Paul Whiteman before embarking as a successful music publishing career, which culminated in is co-authoring the book, "Kohn on Music Licensing," which he wrote with his son Bob Kohn
Whenever the term "British Invasion" is bandied about, most of us think of those four cheeky lads from Liverpool. But there were more sounds coming out of the UK in those early days than just the Mersey Sound; there was also the Tottenham Sound, represented by The Dave Clark Five. The group's first U.S. hit, "Glad All Over," knocked The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" out of the top spot in England, and the group quickly gained a huge following both there and in the States.
How Covering the Right Song at the Right Time Can Catapult Your Music Career
By Dave Kusek
How to Really Drive Across the U.S. Hitting Major Landmarks
By Tracy Staedter
[A] fun and moving tribute to the 60's and 70's secret west coast star-making machine – comprised of incredible musicians who became known as "The Wrecking Crew' because many believed they would wreck the music business - is in theaters now. Don't miss it if you can.
By Jamie Hill -- My friend was frustrated. He's highly talented, and his songwriting has been getting really strong, and his performances are becoming highly compelling. And yet he feels like nothing's really clicking for him, like he's spinning his wheels, like he can't get traction for his career. And: I hear this all the time. The basic line of reasoning is "I'm super talented; so when are things going to start happening for me?"
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