The NSAI bulletin for the Los Angeles area Workshop

July-August 2000

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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 Workshops Program".

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 have adopted.

"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 Director.

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.

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July-August '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, $10 for non-members. For more information, call Craig Lackey at (310)319-9454 or email Seth Jackson at
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