Wednesday, May 1, 2019

SONGWRITERS NOTES E-NEWS #207 MAY 2019

Hello Songwriter,

We had a very busy April.  We started the month off with a bang the first weekend with our special showcase at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival Sons of Hermann Hall Ballroom stage. The showcase was well attended. Here are some photos from Ben Halim of the event starting with Allen Larson. You can scroll forward from this photo. https://www.facebook.com/dallassongwriters/photos/a.715841115134783/2312793382106207/?type=3&theater. Harry put on Facebook individual videos for each performer from Friday and Sunday line up. Check out the videos here: https://www.facebook.com/dallassongwriters/publishing_tools/?section=VIDEOS&sort[0]=created_time_descending



We had a great showing at the Monday Meetup and at our first Thursday meeting we spoke via Skype to Nashville songwriter, Graham Bramblett about his experiences in the Nashville music scene.

We filled the room at the Opening Bell showcase and had a near record attendance at Dunn Brothers for the Third Thursday Open Mic.


Hall of Fame Rising Stars


Our Hall of Fame was April 20th, at the historic Sons of Hermann Hall DSA  inducted Stephen Stills, Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, Larry Henley and Rod Phelps. Check out the Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame website. Our Rising Star talent from local music schools put on a wonderful performance along with a few seasoned DSA members. The event was a great success thanks to our Hall of Fame committee members and VP Bobby Montgomery. View photos from the event here:  Check out the video on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/dallassongwriters/videos/1400659220076298/
  The fun thing about our event was the new backdrop for photos. Everyone enjoyed having pictures taken in front of the backdrop which was conceived and designed by Ben Halim. Thank you Ben. https://www.facebook.com/dallassongwriters/photos/a.2341771882541690/2336657696386442/?type=3&theater

Lastly, there was be a Celebration of Life for former DSA president, Steve Sullivan at Love and War where we expressed our grief and dismay at his untimely passing. As you can see we have kept our A&R director Harry Hewlett very busy booking the showcases, hosting the open mic, and providing sound and video for our events. Thank you Harry! Harry posts videos of our events on facebook. Here is the link for Love & War: https://www.facebook.com/dallassongwriters/videos/2342343632716807/

This weekend begins another fun month. Besides our regular events, we will be at the Dallas International Guitar Show Friday - Sunday the first weekend in May. Look for our booth and come by to take your picture in front of our new backdrop. This is absolutely the best entertainment value for this weekend. It's not only a market to buy and sell guitars, but also a great music festival with 4 stages throughout the weekend. 




 Also, we will be managing and performing on the City Line Courtyard Stage at the Wildflower Festival on the third weekend Friday - Sunday. Brando booked the talent and Ian and Harry will be managing the stage and providing the sound. Come out and be a part of the fun. There is a songwriting workshop there on Friday with Tom Kimmel. You can still sign up to attend. See the workshop section below for details.




Our regular DSA monthly events:
* the Monthly Meeting, 1st Thursday, Guest Speaker, music legend, Ed Bernet of the Levee Singers and Sumet Bernet studios. 
* Songwriter Meetup, 1st Monday, at Half Price Books on NWH in Dallas - Harry Hewlett hosts;
* the 3rd Thursday Open Mic at Dunn Brothers Coffee in Addison.
* the 2nd Wednesday Showcase at Opening Bell in South Side
* the 4th Thursday Showcase at Love and War in Texas in Plano
Our Lyric Contest will maintain it's quarterly deadlines: March, June, September, December.
Song Contest opens in June.

As you can see, you should block out almost every Thursday on your calendar for DSA events, a 1st Monday and a 2nd Wednesday.

We have a new book review by Allan Larson of the Terry Jennings book about his father Waylon Jennings. Read it here: https://dsabookstore.blogspot.com

We still count on you for support with your membership and donations. But most of all we want you to take advantage of the educational opportunities and participate. 
There is still a chance to donate for the new year. Your generosity keeps our organization going. Just go to www.dallassongwriters.org and click on the donation link. 

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. Go to this link: https://squareup.com/store/dallas-songwriters-association


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

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DSA SONG CONTEST -  2019 Contest Opens in June.

http://dsasongcontest.blogspot.com      Cash Prizes +

JOHN LATINI WINS GRAND PRIZE IN THE 2018 DALLAS SONGWRITERS SONG CONTEST 

Grand Prize winner, John Latini, was a semifinalist in the categories of Americana, Christian, Pop and Singer Songwriter. His grand prize winning song, "Pull Me Up”, won in two categoriesA three time Detroit Blues Champion, John Latini is riding the wave from his last release and 5th Cd, his first full length blues recording “The Blues Just Makes Me Feel Good”. Within 10 days of its release to radio, it garnered 41 shining reviews including one in No Depression, “Vocalist/guitarist/ songwriter John Latini's first full length release is a shack-shakin', window bustin' blues party.” The album remained on the top 50 Blues Album Chart for 7 months in 2017, and took the #23 spot for the Top 200 Contemporary Blues Album releases of 2017. John took some time out in his busy world to answer a few questions about his songwriting success.  more .... https://dsapress.blogspot.com/2019/03/john-latini-wins-grand-prize-in-2018.html

THANKS TO OUR SONG CONTEST SPONSORS

 



1st, 2nd and 3rd place 

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
Winners announced at our Awards Banquet.


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DSA MEETINGS - http://dsameetings.blogspot.com

MUSIC LEGEND ED BERNET is Guest Speaker for Thursday, May 2nd , at Half Brice Books. 

A former American football wide receiver, Ed Bernet has been a legend in the Dallas, Tx music industry for many years. In 1961, Bernet founded Ed Bernet Art and Entertainment specializing in booking entertainment for "one-nighters"...wedding receptions, conventions, corporate functions, school dances, class reunions, society galas and other special events of all kinds. Around the same time Burnet started The Levee Singers who marked our 50th Anniversary in 2011. In addition, Ed owned the area's most popular recording studio, Sumet-Bernet Sound Studios, so he became friends with all the area's best musicians who came to the studio to record. Read more here ----   http://www.edbernet.com/id2.html
He is still active in artist booking and will share stories about the history of music and popular entertainers in Dallas and throughout the music world.

Critiques will follow:
As usual, for members we will also have song critiques by industry pros Barbe McMillen and Joe Milton.  Bring your song on a CD or email an MP3 to Harry Hewlett at hhhewlett@gmail.com, and also bring plenty of copies of the lyrics so the members can give comments as well.  You will also be entered in the DSA Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year contest. The cost is $10 per song.


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://squareup.com/store/dallas-songwriters-association or
https://dallassongwriters.org/shop/dsa-meeting-song-critique-entry/
Each song is entered into the Song of The Year and Songwriter of the Year Competition which is awarded at our December Awards Banquet. 
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Thanks to Harry Hewlett we have a video of the Sept 6th 2018 meeting with Bruce ChannelBruce received an award from BMI for two million radio performances of Hey! Baby. His original record of Hey! Baby is featured in the hit movie, Dirty Dancing, and on the international sound track album, listed in BILLBOARD’s Pop Album for over three months with sales of over twelve + million units.

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Winners were announced at the Awards Dinner. 

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR IS CRAIG LANGFORD


SONG OF THE YEAR WINNNERS
1. A TIME FOR LOVE  Michael Brandenberger
Michael Brandenberger
2. THAT’S JUST WHAT I’LL DO Craig Langford
3. BRANDY BLUES Rio King

See the Best Songs of the Meeting and Songwriter of the Year 
Past Winners here:

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WORKSHOPS and CONFERENCES

DSA MEETUP - 1st Monday at Half Price Books - May 5th, 6:30PM, hosted by Harry Hewlett 


By BWW News Desk (Broadway World)
The 2019 ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop, in partnership with Universal Theatrical Group (UTG) and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (The Wallis), returns to The Wallis' Beverly Hills campus in May marking the fourth consecutive year for this creative collaboration. The acclaimed workshop series gives participating composers and lyricists the rare opportunity to present selections from original musical works-in-progress for professional critique.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

MAY 2-4
What Is The ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO?

Tom Kimmel presents the 2019 Wildflower! Songwriter Workshop


Friday, May 17
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Courtyard Dallas Richardson at Spring Valley
1000 S. Sherman St. , Richardson TX
Cost: $50 per person (includes lunch)
*Each registration includes one Single Day ticket to Wildflower. Workshop is limited to 30 people.
Click Here to Register


Sun, Jun 9 at 10 AM PDT to Fri, Jun 14 at 11 AM PDT

"Everyone has a story. It's about getting to that story and getting the clichés out of the way. It's so brave... I know how terrified I am to sing a new song for someone... If I get through it and it feels better, it might be a keeper. It doesn't get easier." - Jonatha
An inspired weekend at beautiful Blue Rock Studio in the Texas Hill Country with acclaimed songwriter JONATHA BROOKE
5 Sessions + Song circles
Limit 21 participants / All experience levels welcome 

Meals included / Lodging available at local B&Bs & cabins
INFO & Register: $500 prepaid


Between The Waves Conference and Festival - June 7 - 9
As the Midwest's premier event geared toward independent musicians and anyone interested in music creation, collaboration, performance, production, distribution, publishing, or licensing, Between The Waves Conference and Festival brings together musicians, educators, and music industry leaders for an immersive experience built on inspiration, instruction, networking, and support.

Listen Up to Sparrow Music Camp!
Sparrow Music Camp is dedicated to teaching and preserving traditional music. Our next Sparrow Music Camp will be held June 5-9, 2019 at O'Leno State Park in High Springs, Florida. Student registration includes workshops, jams, concerts, meals and lodging for the weekend. All ages and skill levels are welcome!  CLICK HERE to join!
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SHOWCASES AND OPEN MICS

SHOWCASES: DSA SPOTLIGHT

WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL COURTYARD STAGE MAY 17-19

OPEN MICS

 HALF PRICE BOOKS OPEN MIC and co-writes - NORTHWEST HIGHWAY - 
EVERY 1ST MONDAY - 7:00pm to 9:00pm hosted by Harry Hewlett
Open mic has changed to an old fashion guitar pull and group discussion about creation to biz. Bring your guitar of pull one from Harry. Play your recorded songs from your phone. 
If you want peer feedback on a song bring a few lyric sheets

DUNN BROTHERS COFFEE HOUSE - Addison
EVERY 3RD THURSDAY - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Hosted by  Harry Hewlett
In November 2018, DSA is celebrated 14 years at Dunn Brothers. Check out our facebook page for performance videos

see review of
11th Anniversary DSA 3rd Thursday Open Mic at Dunn Bros.

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://squareup.com/store/dallas-songwriters-association
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EVENTS - Featuring local and worldwide events of the songwriting community including, seminars, conferences, and showcases.

2019

MAY
2 - DSA Monthly Meeting and Song Critiques
2-4 ASCAP Inside The Music, LA
3 - 5 Dallas Guitar Show
6 - DSA MEETUP Guitar Pull and Discussion at Half Price Books
9 - DSA Showcase at Opening Bell
16 - DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
17  Wildflower Songwriting Workshop with Tom Kimmel
17 - 19 - Wildflower Festival
18 - 19 ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop
23 - DSA Showcase at Love N War

JUNE
2 - DSA MEETUP Guitar Pull and Discussion at Half Price Books
6 - DSA Monthly Meeting and Song Critiques
5 - 9  Sparrow Music Camp at O'Leno State Park in High Springs, Florida
6 - 9 Between The Wave Music Conference, Madison Wisconsin
12 - DSA Showcase at Opening Bell
14-16 Jonatha Brooke Songwriting Retreat at beautiful Blue Rock Studio in the Texas Hill Country
20 - DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
27 - DSA Showcase at Love N War

JULY
1 - DSA Monthly Meeting and Song Critiques
4 - NO DSA Monthly Meeting and Song Critiques
10 - DSA Showcase at Opening Bell
18 - DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
25 - DSA Showcase at Love N War

AUG
1 - NO DSA Monthly Meeting and Song Critiques
3 - DSA Pool Party & BBQ at the Miltons
5 - DSA MEETUP Guitar Pull and Discussion at Half Price Books
14 - DSA Showcase at Opening Bell
15 - DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
22 - DSA Showcase at Love N War


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/
Local Blues events: Bluelisablues.blogspot.com
Local Jazz events: https://www.kntu.com/live-wire/

_________________________________DSA LYRIC CONTEST 

- Next deadline SUMMER CONTEST postmarked June 30th
Enter online https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-lyric-contest/
or https://squareup.com/store/dallas-songwriters-association
or by mail

Dallas Songwriters Lyric Contest,
Sammons Center For The Arts
3630 Harry Hines Blvd #20 Dallas, Tx 75219

Thanks to Lyric Contest Co- Director, Gene Schilaci

FALL LYRIC CONTEST - Our website was down during this period. We had two entries which will roll over to the WINTER CONTEST


SUMMER 2018 -WINNERS ANNOUNCED -
Come Rain Come Shine by Martin Robley, Ballajura Western Australia

SEMIFINALIST
A Seat At The Table by Ross Miller, Newton. MA
Come Rain Come Shine by Martin Robley, Ballajura Western Australia
Fireworks Don't Last Very Long by Bill Kapac, West Wildwood, NJ
Let Yourself Fly by Ross Miller, Newton. MA
Restored(The Jimmy Song) by Patrick Shade
Rottin’ Reindeer by Melissa Standifird, Dallas Tx
Rockin’ Reindeer by Melissa Standifird, Dallas Tx
Till We All Drove It by TY Nelson, Billings, MT

THE 2018 SUMMER WINNER IS .........
.https://dallassongwriters.org/2018-summer-lyric-contest-winners/

2018 Spring Winners: https://wp.me/p5ky4B-32R

2018 Winter Comments are posted here: http://dallassongwriters.blogspot.com/p/lyric-contest.html

PAST WINNERS and LYRICS POSTED ON THE OLD  WEBSITE

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.
http://dallassongwriters.blogspot.com/p/lyric-contest.html

HARD COPY OF 2012 WINNERS IN SPRING 2013 ISSUE OF SONGWRITERS NOTES.

HARD COPY OF 2013 FALL ISSUE INCLUDES SPRING AND SUMMER WINNERS 2013

HARD COPY OF SUMMER AND FALL 2013 WINNER ARE IN THE 2014 SPRING ISSUE OF SONGWRITERS NOTES

2017 FALL WINNERS ARE.........  https://dallassongwriters.org/winners-2017-fall-lyric-contest/


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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.

2019 Directors elected at our Nov 1st 2018 Annual Membership Meeting were:
Michael Brandenberger, Bobby Montgomery, Phillip Casteel, Barbe McMillen, Joe Milton, Marcus Belmore, Steve Sullivan, Ken Duren, James Pappas, Jessica Ewy, Rod Phelps,Gene Schillaci, Harry Hewlett, Craig Langford, Buck Morgan Ricky Gene Wright. New 2019 officers were elected at the planning meeting on Jan 5th.

Officers 2019
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/R
Gene Schillaci - Lyric Contest Director
Ben Halim - Tech Director
Rickey Gene Wright - Showcase Co-Director,
Craig Langford - Showcase Co-Director
Buck Morgan - PR Communications
James Pappas, Joe Milton, Ken Duren, Jack Allday - At Large

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.

NEWS: DSA Member, Brook Malouf is celebrating a cut with Maddie Wilson called RIP. It was just released on Friday. You can check out the song here:
https://www.maddiewilsonmusic.com/music/ RIP.



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 Monroe, Suzi Morse, Rio King, Ginger Stanoio
Patron Sponsor: Mimi Balkey, Kristi Myers

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Michol Daniels, Jana Stanfield, Amanda Banks, Pamela Musgrove, Beau McDermott, Christopher Kuhn, Jade Nichol, Stephanie Sammons, Mathew Carroll, Ainsley Lornds, Ben Halim, Keith A Dodson, Julie and Jeff Carter, Steven Lowden, Ted Vahovius, David Lewis, Anna Xiong, Jane Fallon, Caera Thornton, Robert Long, Michael Richards, Teresa Ann Turner, Katie Dundas, Donette Murphy, Alejandro Dominguez, Jack Simmons, Steve Brown, Terry Jennings, Todd Catham, Jack Allday, Josh Goode, Ryan Mahoney, Steve Ledford, Lance French, Melissa Standifird, Douglas Lloyd, Mitch Horner, Kerry Maddox, Brandon Elliott,

THANK YOU FOR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP: Carol Shaw, Lance French, Dori Weaver,Rob Case, Steve Ledford, Ryan Mahoney, Raquel Linderman, John Nelson, Ron Young, James Pappas, Jacquelyn Schwartz, Aaron Shook, Gene Schillaci, James Foster, Stephen Valenzuela, Johnny Cromer, Terry Bloss, Don Wall, David Clearr, Phil Casteel, Ryan Galloway, Rick Babb, Ken Golden, Scott Mendenhall, Stephen Houpt, John Mason, Trevor Dahlen, Ginger Stanoui, Gigi Gostas, Alexis Tapp, Suzi Morse, Ricky Gene Wright, Cat McGee, Aaron Shook, Ken Duren, Phillip Wildman, Greg Waits, Randy Wallace

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 MAY: Dan Roark, Dickey Johnson, Kevin Brennan, Matt Brent, Charles Leftwich.
EXPIRED IN JUNE: Brad Banning, Davis Banning, Bill Honker, Robert Tomberlin, Malini Shaw, Marcus Belmore.
EXPIRED IN JULY: JR Rosenberger, Bob Sullivan, Mike Mullins, Bill Cox, Bill Sibley
EXPIRED IN AUG: Robert Graham, Lanny Sherwin, Wayne Willingham
EXPIRED IN SEPT::Serges Himbaza, Doc Parker, Lezleigh Kleibrink
EXPIRED IN OCT: Christine Winburn
EXPIRED IN NOV: Martha Myer, Greg Waits, Randy Wallace
EXPIRED IN DEC: None
EXPIRED IN JAN: Jeff Moxcey, Joseph Lopez, Mitch Horner, Shanna Stallworth, Ross Miller, Jane Fallon, Yulia Petrova, Deb Weedekind, Natinee Paris, Lucia Commes, Bernard Groll
EXPIRED IN FEB: Melanie Stever, Tim Sharp

EXPIRED IN MARCH: Melissa Standifird, Ken Duren, 
EXPIRED IN APRIL:  None Thanks for renewing

TIME TO RENEW: Alejandro Dominguez, Steve Brown

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://squareup.com/store/dallas-songwriters-association
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Featured Articles:

By Haleema Shah (Smithsonian)

The story of an indigenous Hawaiian instrument with a familiar sound and unexpected influences. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Aida Amoako (BBC)
Billie Holiday recorded her iconic version of Strange Fruit (by Abel Meeropol, aka Lewis Allan) on 20 April 1939. Aida Amoako explores how a poem about lynching became a timeless call to action.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

MUSIC BUSINESS
By Alyssa Torres (Eventbrite)
If you've got a major show or tour in the offing, you may be eager to think of new ideas for taking your marketing to the next level, and amplifying your exposure among potential ticket buyers. Here we look at ten great guerrilla marketing ideas for 2019.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Ari Herstand (Ari's Take)
Oh, and he's got no label, no manager, no publicist, no agent and is on zero official Spotify playlists. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif
Hear more wisdom from Ari Herstand at the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, May 2-4 in Hollywood.

By Suzanne Paulinski (Sonicbids)
Here are five sometimes-counter-intuitive steps to help you work smarter and better manage your time. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Chris Robley (DIY Musician)
When you're ready to create your first ad campaign, follow these tips.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif


By Tracey Arbon (Music Think Tank)
Before you pump your music out to the world, take a good look at what you are offering.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Dani Deahl (The Verge)
Musicians have more ways to self-monetize than ever before, but all too often, it feels like that money is just out of reach. Putting out music yourself is not as hard as it used to be, but making money from that music takes a bit more work and know-how. It's a minefield most artists still haven't been able to navigate. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Leah D. Nelson (Flypaper)
For many artists, marketing their work is by far the most loathsome aspect of being a DIY artist. Whether you hate it or not though, selling your music is essential, so you might as well get good at it. Here we look at what exactly you should be doing to market your next release.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Emma Griffiths (Music Think Tank)

Want to learn all there is to know about sync licensing and music supervision? Plug in your headphones and take a deep dive into these great podcasts. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

PERFORMANCE 
By Chris Robley (DIY Musician)
The healthy way to confront stage fright as a performing musician.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Suzanne Paulinski (Flypaper)

It can feel pretty discouraging to play live, giving all you've got to the people in front of you and not get that same energy back in return. So how can you change that without begging for people's attention? Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

CRAFT OF SONGWRITING
By Dan Reifsnyder (Sonicbids)

So how to find collaborators that are a great fit? Here's just a few tips. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Caleb J. Murphy (Music Think Tank)

By Shaun Letang (Music Think Tank)
Some of these ideas might sound bizarre initially, but give them a chance and I promise you your songwriting will benefit. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif


RECORDING
By Scott McCormick (Disc Makers)
What is it?  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Noah Yoo (Pitchfork)
Mobile music-making apps have long been seen as gimmicks—something cool to futz around with during your commute, but not necessarily serious platforms made for professional musicians. That is starting to change, though.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

(AWAL)
Building Your Dream Team breaks down the fundamental members of an artist's operation through the 5Ws lens: Who, What, When, Where, Why.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

LISTEN 
STEVE MILLER  Greatest Hits

STEVEN STILLS  MANASSAS  

BOZ SCAGGS - Greatest Hits

LARRY HENLEY -   Bread & Butter - The Newbeats
IN MEMORIAM

https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/blog/musicians-who-died-in-2019.html

By Bill Friskics-Warren (The New York Times)

Mr. Conley had 24 Top 10 country singles in the '80s, several of which he wrote or co-wrote, including 18 that reached No. 1. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

 VIDEO
Vaudeville! It's Alive! It's Alive!
By Hillary Klug

Hillary Klug plays her arrangement of Cotton Eyed Joe on the fiddle while buck dancing.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

 BOOK REVIEW
We have a new book review by Allan Larson of the Terry Jennings book about his father Waylon Jennings. Read it here: https://dsabookstore.blogspot.com


Barbe McMillen's blog, The Craft of Songwriting

Online Thesaurus and Rhyming Dictionary

Great web tool for lyric writing

Music Theory Resource
http://www.hooktheory.com/

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 Song and Talent Contests

 DSA Quarterly Lyric Contest https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-lyric-contest/
Next deadline - March 30

Best Songs of the Meeting - for DSA Members only - next chance to submit is Thursday, May 2 at the Monthly Meeting at Half Price Books.
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://squareup.com/store/dallas-songwriters-association or

DSA Song Contest OPENS JUNE
http://dsasongcontest.blogspot.com


POOR DAVIDS PUB BW STEVENSON CONTEST - DEADLINE May 15th

Entries are now being accepted for the Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic. Deadline: August 5th. Entries should be submitted to the following locations: online at BosqueArtsCenter.org or by mail to Bosque Arts Center/PO Box 373/Clifton, TX 76634.  Entry guidelines are available online; email questions to Music@BosqueArtsCenter.orgJudging this year will be songwriter Miss Jeannie Seely! Miss Seely is a Grand Ole Opry member as well as a Grammy winner for the song “Don’t Touch Me,” and she has had numerous hits in the top 10 on both country and pop charts during the course of her career in country music. She received a star on the Music Walk of Fame in Nashville in 2018. She also has a show on SiriusXM radio each Sunday from noon to 4PM. -LP


The International Songwriters Day Song Contest is looking for “songs of inspiration.” Contest runs to March 25 and winners will be announced on International Songwriters Day, April 9. Details are at www.internationalsongwritersday.com and on the contest site at : https://filmfreeway.com/InternationalSongwritersDaySongContest 
There are some heavy weight judges and cool songwriter prizes.

FAI's Regional and International Events and Deadlines

FARM | Folk Alliance Region Midwest
Official Showcase applications due June 10
October 24 - 27, 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan
*Look for FAI staff at this event!

NERFA | Northeast Regional Folk Alliance
Semi-Formal Showcase applications due July 9
November 8-11, 2019
Stamford, Connecticut
*Look for FAI staff at this event!

SWRFA | Southwest Regional Folk Alliance
Official Showcase application due July 15
September 26 - 30, 2019
Austin, Texas
*Look for FAI staff at this event!

FAR-West | Folk Alliance Region West
Summer Registration Rate ends August 31
October 10 - 13, 2019
Woodland Hills, California
*Look for FAI staff at this event!

SERFA | Southeast Regional Folk Alliance
More Info Here
May 15 - 19, 2019
Chattanooga, Tennessee
*Look for FAI staff at this event!


https://www.folk.org/page/Regions