COUNTRY NOTES

The NSAI bulletin for the Los Angeles area Workshop

January-Febraury 2000


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Songwriting Success with Jason Blume

by Craig Lackey
 
On the heels of December’s popular and successful Steve Seskin seminar, we are proud to present an all-day seminar on Saturday, March 4 with Jason Blume.  Jason is one of only a few songwriters to have songs on the Country, R&B, and Pop charts at the same time. In addition to the country hit “Change My Mind” recorded by John Berry, Jason has had cuts by such country, pop and R&B artists as the Collin Raye, Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync, and Britney Spears.

Besides his success as a writer, Jason has taught songwriting for many years.  In addition to his private consultations, Jason created the “Getting to the Next Level” series of songwriting lessons and the “Taking Care of Business” series of music business lessons for NSAI. Jason is the author of the recently published book, “6 Steps to Songwriting Success: The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs”.

At the seminar, Jason will offer his unique perspective on what it takes to be successful in the pop and country markets. The seminar will cover both lyric and melody writing, and will include such topics as writing from your heart and for the radio, music publishing, and an analysis of the current market.

Jason will critique 15 songs.  Priority for critiques will be given to the first people who sign up based on the date payment is received.

The seminar will be held on Saturday, March 4 from 9:30AM to 5:00PM at The Musician’s Institute, 1655 McCadden Place in Hollywood. Admission is $35 for NSAI members and $40 for non-members when paid in advance. The cost will be $45 at the door. To register, send your payment to 5835 St. Clair Ave., Valley Village, CA 91607. Checks must be made out to Vickie Vining.  Be sure to include your phone number.

On Sunday following the seminar, Jason will be available for private consultations for an additional fee. You can sign up for private lessons on the day of the seminar.

If you need more information, contact Craig Lackey at (310)319-9454 or Seth Jackson at (323)255-8765.


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January-February '00 Workshop Schedule


Workshop Location
Unless otherwise noted, workshops are held from 4-7p.m. at Musician's Institute, 1655 McCadden Place, just off Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood. Admission is free for NSAI members and NAS members, $10 for non-members. For more information, call Craig Lackey at (310)319-9454 or email Seth Jackson at webmaster.hitmeister@mindspring.com.
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  • Events

    “Writing Music for Hit Songs”, the once-a-year class taught by Jai Josefs, will start on February 3. The ten-week class is based on Jai’s popular book of the same name. For more information or to sign up, call Joni at (310)378-7601 or email jaijomusic@yahoo.com. NSAI members will receive a special discount.


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    NSAI LOS ANGELES WORKSHOP VOLUNTEERS

    EDITOR:
    Seth Jackson
     

    WORKSHOP COORDINATORS:
    Seth Jackson
    Craig Lackey
     

    TREASURER:
    Vickie Vining
     

    EVENT COORDINATOR:
    Cathy Carlson
     

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
    Lisa Blue Fasman


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