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Saturday Seminar Doubleheader
On March 24 and 31, NSAI is proud to present back-to-back Saturday pro
writer seminars in Los Angeles. The seminars will be held at Musicians’s
Institute, 1655 McCadden Place in Hollywood from 10:00am-4:30pm.
The first of the two Saturdays will feature Jason Blume (“Change
My Mind”), who returns to LA by popular demand after his outstanding
workshop a year ago. Jason will expand upon topics in his new book, “6
Steps to Songwriting Success”, and will cover both songwriting craft and
music business issues. Jason will taylor the focus to the needs and desires
of the group.
Jason will be followed a week later by singer/songwriter/producer Craig
Carothers (“Little Hercules”), who has had cuts by Trisha Yearwood,
Lori Morgan, and Kathy Mattea, and has produced albums by Steve Seskin
and Angela Kaset in addition to having released four albums of his own.
Craig is a staff writer for Almo Irving Music in Nashville.
Craig will address such topics as striking a balance between being true
to oneself vs. trying to reach an audience; hooks; bridges; what does my
song mean to me?; what does it mean to others?; what do I do when I’m stuck?;
techniques for stimulating creativity; rewriting; demo and CD production;
collaboration; publishing and publishing deals.
Both Jason and Craig will critique songs. Critiques will be done as
time allows with priority given to those who sign up first. Participants
will be considered signed up when the registration fee has been received.
You may attend either seminar individually or both seminars at a special
discount price. Registration fee for the Jason Blume seminar is $45 for
NSAI members and $55 for non-members if paid in advance; $60 at the door.
The Craig Carothers seminar is $35 for members and $45 for non-members
if paid in advance; $50 at the door. The discount price for both
seminars is $60 for members and $80 for non-members, a savings of $20.
You must pay in advance to receive the discount rate. For information
on how to register, send email to Craig
Lackey or call (310)319-9454 or (323)255-8765.
The Craig Carothers seminar will be followed by a showcase concert featuring
Craig, Randy Sharp, and another special guest TBA. The concert
will be held at Hallenbeck’s General Store, 5510 N. Cahuenga Blvd. in North
Hollywood. Participants in the Craig Carothers seminar will receive
free admission to the showcase. Admission for all others is $10.
January-February '01 Workshop Schedule
Thursday, January 11, 7:30-10:30pm - Songwriter Lineup at Hallenbeck’s
General Store, 5510 N. Cahuenga Blvd., N. Hollywood. Featured Guests
are friends of the Northern California Songwriters Association Michael
Silversher, Deborah Levoy, and Sarah Ripard. Writers in the Round
include Michael Fell, Bella, Rosie Casey, Judy Krueger, Maria Butterly,
and Anna Marie Nicosia.
Sunday, Jan. 14, 4:00-7:00pm - Goal Setting Workshop at Musician’s
Institute. 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, Feb. 4, 4:00-7:00pm, Group Song Critiques at Musician’s Institute.
The song critique process allows you to receive feedback on how effectively
your song communicates to an audience. At the same time, it helps you to
develop the skills to evaluate your own songs, which helps you to become
a better writer. Bring a song to play live or on cassette or CD, plus 15-20
copies of your lyric sheet. Lyrics only or music only can also be critiqued.
Thursday, Feb. 8, 7:30pm - Songwriter Lineup at Hallenbeck’s.
Featured writer is Corrine May. Writers in the Round are Eddie Cunningham,
Stuart Ziff, Wendy Waldman, Lisa B., Dean Dobbins, and John M.
Sunday, February 11, 4:00-7:00pm - Mini-Song Camp at Musician’s Institute.
Writing focused lyrics is Element #3 of The Complete Song Wheel.
Sunday, Feb. 25, 4:00-7:00 - Group Song Critiques at Musician’s Institute.
Bring a song or lyric and 15-20 copies of your lyric sheet.
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 email@example.com.
Michelle Myers has signed a co-publishing deal with Great American
Music in Nashville. Great American is Eddy Raven’s publishing company.
Send your email address to Craiglack@aol.com
to keep informed of the latest workshop activities and last-minute updates.
On Sat. Jan. 20, the NSAI Orange County Workshop will present an
all-day seminar with Nashville pro writer Jon Michaels. Micheals,
who has been called “the next Gary Burr”, will focus on using collaboration
to bring your songs to the next level. For more info, call Bev at 949-733-2717
or Kathy at 949-515-9319
Jai Josefs will be teaching a 10-week songwriting class through
the Songwriters Guild of America starting January 27. NSAI members
will receive a discount price of $275, a $20 savings. Call 818-817-0637
for registration information or contact the Songwriters Guild.
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