The NSAI update for the Los Angeles area Workshop

August-September, 1997

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by Seth Jackson

I’ve noticed that attendance tends to be thin at the meetings where creative writing exercises are scheduled. One of the primary goals of NSAI is to help us become better songwriters, so it seems that many people are missing out on one of the most important benefits of membership.

It’s understandable why receiving critiques on our latest songs or discussing demos or ways to pitch our material would seem more exciting than doing writing exercises. However, until we’ve mastered our craft, demos and song pitching are not only irrelevant, but they’re even counterproductive. The last thing we want is for publishers to feel like they’ve wasted their time listening to our songs!

We’ll be trying out some new ideas, and we’re interested in suggestions you may have on how to make these sessions more fun and exciting. For now, I’ll leave you with this reminder that mastering the craft should be the top priority for any one who’s serious about a songwriting career.

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August-September '97 Workshop Schedule

Workshop Location

Unless otherwise noted, workshops are held from 5-8 p.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 Bev Nelson at (714) 733-2717 or email Seth Jackson at

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Hugh Prestwood Seminar Rescheduled

The Hugh Prestwood seminar, originally scheduled for July 19, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The workshop will be followed by an Elite Writers in the Round at 7:00pm featuring Hugh, Randy Sharp, Jim Photoglo and surprise guests.

Admission is a) Full Seminar With Critique of Your Song - $40.00 in advance, $45.00 at the door; b) Full Seminar Without Critique - $35.00 in advance, $40.00 at the door. Admission to the Writers in the Round is included. There is a limit of fifty people, with critiques limited to the first twenty to sign up with Vickie at (818)752-7484.

The seminar and showcase will be held at Musician’s Institute, 1655 McCadden Place in Hollywood. Additional tickets for Writers in the Round can be purchased for $10 at the door.

Member News

Michael Crawford was one of seven songwriters out of 200 writers who auditioned chosen to perform at the NSAI Symposium showcase on July 31 in Nashville.

Craig Lackey, Marty Axelrod, and Cathy Carlson had their song “Even the Angels Knew” recorded by Alisha Lynn (Footwork Records). Craig and Marty’s song “His Indecision Is Final” was recorded by both Alisha Lynn and Echo Smith (Sounds of Echo Records).

Seth Jackson’s songs “Blow It Out Your Tailpipe”, “Now That I Finally Know” (co-written with Mark Thompson), and “Attention Shoppers” (co-written with John LeGrande) were recorded by Echo Smith (Sounds of Echo Records).

Bob McGilpin won the Grand Prize in the “Follow That Dream” songwriters contest in Nashville for his song “What I Wouldn’t Give”, co-written with Jesse Turnbow.

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Cathy Carlson
Craig Lackey

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