There are a number of workshop opportunities this month. Jason Blume, Danny O'Flaherity, and the SW Folk Alliance in Austin. (See #7) We are also planning a workshop with Nashville producer Larry Bieard on Oct 28th. So mark your calendar with these special events.
Our Second Tuesday Meeting will feature our famous co-write workshop. I got a chance to write with Rio King at the last co-writes. I'm playing our song at open mics now. This is so much fun! See #2 below.
OK. School has started and it's a race to the finish of the fall semester. Whoo - hoo!!
1. ANNUAL SONG CONTEST - DEADLINE SEPT 30TH
Our song contest is underway, thanks to our sponsors . http://dsasongcontest.blogspot.com/
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.
SEPTEMBER 8th: Co-writes For Very Busy People
Co-writes are back by popular demand. We will divide into small groups to complete a writing assignment. This is our most fun meetings, so don't miss this one.
October 13 - Turk Wilder, wrote theme song for Walker Texas Ranger
December 8 - Christmas Party and Awards Dinner
4. SHOWCASES AND OPEN MICS -
Hosted by Craig St.Clair
7:30 host Buck/Harry
7:50 1st feature Rio King
8:35 1st 20 Mark Evans
8:55 2nd 20 Bobby Dallas
9:15 2nd feature Marcus Belmore
10:00 3rd 20 Rachel Wilhelm
10:20 4th 20 Barbe McMillen
10:40 5th 20 Allen Larson
Clocks Turn Slowly by Erin Bertran
The Road of Life by Catherine Pitman
Down by Don Coyne
The One by Angela Thornton
Her Love Burns by Erin Bertran
The Voice by John Friday
6. MEMBER NEWS -
EXPIRED IN JULY: Jay Gerwertz, Stephanie Stewart, John Knoblauch
TIME TO RENEW THIS MONTH: Dru Richmond, Harry Hewlett, Kenneth Golden, Marcus Belmore
Renew your membership online.
7. WORKSHOPS - DSA WORKSHOPS
Saturday - Sunday, September 12 - 13
$225 after Sept 15 (Includes 2 lunches, 2 dinners, cocktail party, Sunday Brunch)
DOWNLOAD MAIL-IN REGISTRATION FORM HERE.
8. EVENTS - Featuring local and worldwide events of the songwriting community including, seminars, conferences, and showcases.
12 Irish Music workshop with Danny O'Flaherity, Murphy, TX
2 Day Workshop at the North Texas School of Irish Music
17 Free online workshop with Jason Blume, www.jasonblume.com
17 & 18 Guitar Show, Arlington Convention Center
9. Featured Articles:
By Tyler Allen -- [A tip of the hat to the Sonicbids Blog for consistently producing valuable articles vital to understanding what is needed to advance a creative career. – DK]
By Kanchan Woods – Neil Young, Journey, The Doors, and Bonnie Raitt have withdrawn from the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) and do not wish to accept MCPS' licensing agreements any longer. [Thanks to Alex Shapiro for the link.]
By Jason Evans -- Any fan of "The Blacklist" will tell you how important the music is to the success of the show. The producers seem to find the perfect songs to fit so many crucial moments .... Beyond that, certain songs have influenced some of creator and executive producer Jon Bokenkamp's storytelling choices – and even character names.
The Healing Power of Music
By Mary Ellen Geist -- New research is confirming and expanding an idea long held by those who work with dementia patients: Music can not only improve the mood of people with neurological diseases, it can boost cognitive skills and reduce the need for antipsychotic drugs. [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]
4 Ways To Attract Good Luck Into Your Life
By Andrea Mann -- We may believe that good fortune has nothing to do with us and everything to do with fate, but the reality is that your thoughts and attitude create the luck in your life. … “Luck is not something that happens to you, it’s something you create,” says Professor Richard Wiseman.
By David Shariatmadari
By Rachel Perkins
A Guide To Apple Music For The Independent Musician
By Andre Calilhanna -- Apple Music is live and streaming, and our partners at CD Baby have provided a lot of information to help you navigate the newest – and potentially biggest – kid on the block.
By Michelle Lou
By Marc D. Ostrow-- A guitarist contacted me recently. He creates arrangements of popular songs and puts the PDFs of the music for sale on his website...He was quite surprised and disappointed when I told him that what he was doing was flat-out illegal. So many well-meaning musicians still either don't know about, or don't understand the concept of, derivative works.
By Eriq Gardner -- On the eve of a judge's ruling, attorneys find key evidence tucked away in the files of the opposing side. They rush to court with word of their bombshell discovery. If this sounds like the third act of a Hollywood movie, it very well might become one
By Jewel Wicker
By Amy Sciarretto
By Chris Robley -- We've talked a lot about singles before on this blog, from the reasons why artists should be releasing new music more often, to building an effective promotional campaign around the launch of your single. What we haven't talked about much are all different kinds of singles you could be recording and releasing in order to build your music career. So here's a list... [If you didn't write the song and/or own the rights, you need a license.]
By Larry Butler -- During my 20-year stint at Warner Bros. Records, I provided the extra set of eyes to many of the artist bio's before they were unleashed on an unsuspecting industry and public. Usually I would get a chortle from reading them because I would already be privy to the real story and would be impressed with the ways in which the writers in the Publicity Department had reconstructed those facts into flowery prose.
By Jennifer Newman Sharpe, Esq. -- If you're an independent artist, it's very likely that you have been approached to sign a licensing agreement with a music library...Before signing with any kind of music library, here are 6 big points you should consider:
By Jhoni Jackson
By Cheryl B. Engelhardt -- Here are 11 free online tools for creating branding assets and managing your marketing efforts that every musician should know about!
By Brianna DeMayo -- Does promotion often feel like pulling teeth? Has it been hard for you to get people to share your music? If so, continue reading. We're about to clear things up for you. [Hope the next article is "8 Ways to Get People to Stop Sharing and Start Paying For Your
HFA -- If you are manufacturing and distributing copies of a song that you do not own or control, (including but not limited to "Cover" records) you need to obtain a mechanical license. This is required by the U.S. Copyright Act, regardless of whether or not you are selling the copies that you make.
By Wallace Collins -- When pitching a project, whether a TV program or game show concept, a video game idea, a proposal for a book or magazine article or circulating a demo of your song, it is a good idea to file a copyright registration on it before making it public. It is also important to create a paper trail in order to keep track of where and to whom your work is submitted. In the event that you someday decide that someone stole your work or "infringed" your copyright you will need to prove two things in order to win a copyright infringement lawsuit: (1) access to your work and (2) substantial similarity between your work and the allegedly infringing work
By Duane Byrge -- A steely, hard-charging personality, he was wildly successful in a wide-ranging entertainment career that spanned more than 50 years. ... Before his success as a motion picture producer, Weintraub was a force in the management and musical fields. Weintraub spent more than two decades promoting concerts and some of the top musical acts in the world: Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, the Beach Boys, the Pointer Sisters and John Denver, among them.
Jim Foglesong In Memoriam: Nashville Pays Tribute To Legendary Music Exec, Country Music Hall of Famer
By Phyllis Stark -- For all his successes in the music industry, veteran record executive Jim Foglesong is being remembered most by industry peers and artists this week for his warmth, his leadership, his professional ethics and his gentlemanly approach to a sometimes uncivil business. Foglesong died Tuesday at a Nashville hospital following a brief illness. He was 90 years old.
By Chuck Dauphin -- Billy Sherrill -- the iconic Nashville record producer and executive whose style of production ushered in a sound described as "Countrypolitan" -- has died following a short illness. ... Sherrill's production credits read like a "who's who" of music ...
VIDEO: Steve Cropper
NAMM Oral History Interviews -- Steve Cropper became an integral part of the Stax Studio sound in Memphis as guitarist, songwriter and producer. He was a member of the studio's house band, the Mar-Keys as well as Brook T. Jones' MGs and recorded hundreds of sides for a wide range of artists. Steve famously played guitar on Otis Redding's last recording and his biggest hit, "(Sitting on the) Dock of the Bay" in 1967.
By Dylan Welsh
By Greg Moskovitch
By Nicola Milan
By Stephen Simmons
By Margaret Rhodes
By Belinda Huang -- [I prefer the word by word method which was the case with my favorite recording artist of all time: Fabian. DK]
By Bobby Owsinski -- When people think of studio musicians they immediately think of great technique, but there are a number of other traits that you'll find common in all successful players who make their living in the studio. [One way or the other you have GOT to (pay to) see this movie: The Wrecking Crew.]
Renman Music & Business -- Six-Time Grammy Award winner Glen Ballard is one of popular music's most accomplished producers and songwriters, whose records have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide...In this clip, Glen talks about whether or not you should have what's mainstream in mind when you write a song.
By Judy Stakee,-- In my years of experience in the music industry, I have come across many writers who would benefit from collaborating, but who strongly resisted it. Fear, pride, selfishness and distrust are all obstacles that stand in the way of a writer being willing to cowrite. However, I strongly believe that collaboration can be crucial to your career.
By Mylène Besançon -- Lyrics are a critical piece of songwriting, and the process of writing these lyrics can be one of the most difficult tasks that any songwriter will encounter. Like any other art form, songwriting is a powerful way to communicate with an audience and evoke emotion or convey a message. However, only some songwriters manage to accomplish this task. So how do you make your lyrics shine?