COUNTRY NOTES

The NSAI update for the Los Angeles area Workshop

January-February, 1998


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by Seth Jackson

    We write songs because itís what we love to do, and we dream of being able to earn a living from our music. Weíve all been told how important it is to take care of the business end of being a songwriter, and many of us have put considerable time and expense into demoing and pitching our songs.

     The music business can seem like a big, intimidating, mysterious entity even to those of us who make regular visits to Nashville, have signed publishing contracts, and have had some of our songs recorded. It often seems like a lottery, a game of who you know, and how well you can schmooze.

    We spend a lot of time thinking about what kind of demos we need, where to make them, and how much money to spend. We hear conflicting advice from industry experts and from each other.

    We know about the politics involved in getting songs cut, and we strategize on how we can make the right contacts that can help put us into the position of the insider. We ponder moving to Nashville and wonder if itís a necessary step in our careers.

    The business side certainly can absorb a lot of our energy. It can be exhausting and even discouraging. It seems that taking care of business leaves little time for the creative side of songwriting.

    While thereís no denying the importance of getting ourselves and our songs out there, the good news is that thereís a lot we can do that doesnít involve publishers, travel, or expensive demos. It involves continually working to improve our craft and our songs.

    The truth is that the business is extremely competitive, and the best schmoozing, contacts, and demos in the world arenít going to help if the songs arenít strong enough. On the other hand, if we have songs that are truly great, much of the business will take care of itself.

    The workshop provides an opportunity to help each other learn and grow as writers. I look forward to a lot of growth in 1998.


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January-February '98 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 and NAS members, $10 for non-members. For more information, call Bev Nelson at (714) 733-2717 or email Seth Jackson at webmaster.hitmeister@mindspring.com. 
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NSAI LOS ANGELES WORKSHOP VOLUNTEERS

EDITOR:
Seth Jackson
WORKSHOP COORDINATORS:
Bev Nelson
Seth Jackson
MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR:
Vickie Vining
EVENT COORDINATORS:
Cathy Carlson
Craig Lackey
COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Lisa Blue Fasman
Cliff Nelson

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