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The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has launched
"Adopt-a-Shop," a mentoring program that matches professional songwriters
with the members of NSAI's 104 worldwide chapters through the "NSAI Regional
The task force is composed of 45 professional songwriters who have volunteered
to serve as a direct liaison to a workshop. Each pro writer will be in
touch with their adopted workshop through its coordinator once a month
for the next 12 months. Whenever possible, writers were matched with chapters
where they either live, moved from, have relatives, vacation, or travel.
"Adopt-a-Shop" is headed by a task force of professional songwriters
in Nashville, chaired by NSAI board members Debi Cochran and Bob Regan,
NSAI's Regional Workshops Director Gracie Hollombe and Birmingham, Alabama
Workshop Coordinator Lonna Miller.
Some of the ways the professional songwriters assist are by answering
questions through e-mail, holding online chats or personally visiting their
workshop. They will also work to help bring professional writers,
publishers and other music industry executives to the workshops that they
"Every craft is learned by the craftsmen and women who came before them
and the songwriting craft is no different. A mentoring program is
essential in developing the next generation of songwriters," said Adopt-A-Shop
Pro Songwriter Jeff Prince. "Having personal access to a member of
the pro writing community is a great benefit. Sharing their experience
not only offers a link to the music community, it provides encouragement
and inspiration, as well."
"The Adopt-a-Shop program is an exciting addition to the NSAI family.
It will give our workshops even more resources to assist aspiring songwriters
reach the next level of their craft," said Gracie Hollombe, Regional Workshops
NSAI is presently surveying publishers, record labels and performing
rights societies to determine the home area of music industry professionals
- in order to match them to workshops and encourage participation whenever
possible through personal visits.
The local Los Angeles chapter has been "adopted" by professional songwriter
Vince Melamed (“Walkaway Joe”, “What Mattered Most”).
Vince will be our guest at a special workshop on Saturday, July 29,
where he will critique songs and answer questions on the craft and business.
July-August '00 Workshop Schedule
Thursday, July 13, 7:30-10:30pm - Songwriter Lineup at Hallenbeck’s
General Store, 5510 N. Cahuenga Blvd., N. Hollywood. Featured
writer is Ann McCue. Performing in the round are Paul Nielson, John Silver,
Laura Coyle, Wendy Conrad, John Andrew Parks, and Mary Coppin. Evening
concludes an open mic, with signup on a first come-first served basis.
Sunday, July 23, 4-7pm at Musician’s Institute, Mini-Song Camp.
You’ve worked on your craft for years. Publishers tell you that you know
how to write a hit song. But what you need to get a cut is a great idea.
The Unique Idea is Element One of The Complete Song Wheel, a series of
six workshops developed by Nashville pro writers Kim Copeland and Susan
SATURDAY, July 29, 2-5pm at Musician’s Institute, Special Guest Vince
Melamed. Meet our Adopt-a-Shop pro Vince Melamed, writer of such
hits as “Walkaway Joe” and “What Mattered Most”. Vince will critique songs
and answer questions about the craft and business. See accompanying article
for more info on Adopt-a-Shop.
Thursday, August 10, 7:30-10:30pm - Songwriter Lineup at Hallenbeck’s.
Featuring hit songwriter John Townsend (“Smoke of a Distant Fire”).
Sunday, August 13, 4-7pm at Musician’s Institute - Mini-Song Camp.
Element Two of the Complete Song Wheel is Universal Theme. The objective
is to find a way to make the listener care about the subject. How can you
make ten million people respond?
Sunday, August 27, 4-7pm at Musician’s Institute - Group Song Critiques.
Bring one song to perform live or on cassette, plus 20 copies of your lyric
sheet. Lyrics can also be critiqued.
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,
$10 for non-members. For more information, call Craig Lackey at (310)319-9454
or email Seth Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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