The NSAI bulletin for the Los Angeles area Workshop

January-February 2001

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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.

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January-February '01 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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Member News

Michelle Myers has signed a co-publishing deal with Great American Music in Nashville. Great American is Eddy Raven’s publishing company.

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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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