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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.
January-February '00 Workshop Schedule
Thursday, January 13, 7:30-10:30pm - Songwriter Lineup at Hallenbeck’s
General Store, 5510 N. Cahuenga Blvd., N. Hollywood. This
will be a very special show to usher in the new millennium starting with
a writers in-the-round performance with hit writers Angela Kaset (“Something
In Red”), Randy Sharp (“Then What”), and Wendy Waldman (“Save the
Best for Last”). This will be followed by our featured guest, #1
hit writer (“I Just Fall In Love Again”) and two-time Emmy Award winner
Gloria Sklerov. The evening concludes with the traditional open mic
on a first come, first served basis.
Sunday, January 16, 4-7pm at Musician’s Institute - Goal Setting.
Having clearly defined goals can help us progress in both our personal
and professional life. The new year is an excellent time to evaluate
where we are, where we’d like to be, and steps we can take to get there.
Craig Lackey leads us through his comprehensive goal-setting program at
our annual kickoff meeting.
Sunday, January 23, 4-7pm at Musician’s Institute - Group Song Critiques.
Critiquing songs and having our songs critiqued is one of the most valuable
ways to improve our current and future work. Receiving critiques helps
us to understand how our songs are coming across to impartial listeners.
Giving feedback to others helps us develop the skill to better refine our
own songs. Bring one song to perform live or on cassette, plus 20
copies of your lyric sheet. Lyrics can also be critiqued.
Thursday, February 10, 7:30-10:30pm - Songwriter Lineup at Hallenbeck’s.
Hit writer Michael Anderson (“Maybe It Was Memphis”) is the featured writer.
Bill O'Brien, Rayne and Rob, Susan Toney, Wildwood, Nancy Bryan, and John
Peterson. Open mic concludes the show.
Sunday, Feburary 13, 4-7pm at Musician’s Institute - Mini-Song Camp.
It’s time to get creative as we learn and practice techniques to help us
write better, more commercial songs.
Sunday, Feburary 27, 4-7pm at Musician’s Institute - Group Song Critiques.
Bring a song or lyric to be critiqued plus twenty copies of your lyric
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 email@example.com.
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“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSAI members will receive a special discount.
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