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Published: 9/2/2009

Songwriters Hall of Fame announces Fall Workshops

As the air begins to cool, and the SongHall is warming up our exciting roster of programs....check out what we have in store:



ArtistShare For Songwriters: A Special Presentation
Wednesday - September 23rd, 2009, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Brian Camelio, the founder and CEO of ArtistShare & ArtistShare For Songwriters, will tell you about some important tools for the songwriter/artist, followed by a Q & A session. ArtistShare for Songwriters is a website specifically for songwriters and their fans. It is based on the Grammy award winning ArtistShare fan-funded model which has been making artist/fan connections for over 6 years.  Fans can follow the creative process of their favorite songwriters and participate directly as tomorrow’s hit songs come to life.  Songwriters can build strong, long-lasting relationships with fans while funding the creation of new songs and recordings.
More information here: http://songhall.org/index.php/news/entry/artistshare_for_songwriters_a_special_presentation/

This Songwriting Business
1 Day Intensive / 10AM-4PM / Saturday, October 31, 2009

To provide the “must know” information every songwriter needs to manage, negotiate, make informed decisions, and succeed in this BUSINESS called MUSIC!
Curriculum: This workshop will cover the importance and procedure in copyrighting songs, coming to agreements with co-writers, performance rights organizations (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC), their function, and the differences between them. All aspects of the songwriting income stream, publishing agreements, the types of royalties paid from different sources will be covered along with the importance of independent music supervisors, film and TV sync licenses in today’s world of popular music. Source materials will be distributed.

More information here: http://songhall.org/index.php/news/entry/this_songwriting_business_workshop/

Download application:ww.songhall.org/forms/SongBusinessAppFall09.pdf">http://www.songhall.org/forms/SongBusinessAppFall09.pdf


Song Skills Workshop w/ Arnie Roman
1 Day Intensive / 10AM-4PM / Saturday, November 28, 2009

If you are a pop songwriter who thinks you trend towards country – or a country songwriter who trends toward pop – this workshop is a must! Arnie Roman has been able to write successfully in both worlds earning Top 10 records on all charts. This workshop welcomes the beginning songwriter along with the more experienced writer looking to take their craft to the next level. Popular songs of all genres will be analyzed and decoded to see how and why they work as hit songs. Melody, harmony and lyric will be discussed as individual elements and how they equal more than the sum of their parts in a well-written song. Songs by workshop attendees will be reviewed and all are encouraged to either bring their song recordings on an iPod or a CD. There will be a piano in the studio but we ask that you bring your own guitar if that is your instrument, and of course you are welcome to just listen and learn!

More information here: http://songhall.org/index.php/news/entry/song_skills_workshop_w_arnie_roman/

Download application:ww.songhall.org/forms/SongSkillsAppFall09.pdf">http://www.songhall.org/forms/SongSkillsAppFall09.pdf


The Songwriter In The Recording Studio
Saturday, December 5, 2009 10 AM – 4:00 PM /1 Day Intensive Workshop

This one-day intensive workshop held in a recording studio will focus on many aspects of the recording process as it directly relates to the songwriter. The goal of this workshop is to provide a better understanding of this process and will ultimately save studio hours and demo budget dollars while achieving the best results. Basic recording techniques—following a sound from a microphone to recorder to mixer to mastering—will be explained and demonstrated. The use of compression, limiters, EQ and effects like reverb and echo will be discussed. Each attendee will have a chance to sit behind the studio console and “mix” a song. We will record a simple demo, as well as evaluate demos brought into the workshop. This includes listening to a current hit and decoding the sound. The technology of recording as it exists today allows for everyone to put together an affordable studio in their own home. Equipment lists via the FORUM will be provided along with discussions of home recording studios utilizing Pro Tools LE, Apple LOGIC and a computer.

More information here: http://songhall.org/index.php/news/entry/the_songwriter_in_the_recording_studio4/

Download application:ww.songhall.org/forms/WriterStudioAppFall09.pdf">http://www.songhall.org/forms/WriterStudioAppFall09.pdf


SongHall Writers Workshop “A”
8 Sessions / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM / Wednesdays

Classes meet on October 14, 21, 28 & November 4, 11, 18 & December 2, 9 
Workshop Goal: To strengthen the songwriting skill set and bring the emerging writer closer to the music industry through workshop sessions with hit songwriters and industry professionals in publishing, music licensing and A&R. Each participant will have been selected for this workshop on the basis of two songs submitted. These songs will be played and evaluated by the workshop in preparation for our guests who will listen and review. Along the way all will gain the insights of the songwriters and industry professionals. There will be a Q&A period with each guest. Participants will be expected to begin working on a new song that will be shared with the workshop in its development to be completed and performed during our 8th session. These songs may be co-written and workshop participants collaborating together is encouraged.
Industry Guests: To be announced soon!
More information here: http://songhall.org/index.php/news/entry/songhall_writers_workshop_a/

Download application:ww.songhall.org/forms/WriterWorkshopFall09.pdf">http://www.songhall.org/forms/WriterWorkshopFall09.pdf
For all workshops, showcases and other program initiatives, please contact Peter Bliss at mail to:pbliss@songhall.org for more information!