The NSAI bulletin for the Los
Angeles area Workshop
December 1998-February 1999
by Seth Jackson
At our final meeting of 1998, we asked each person in the room to name
something significant they accomplished during the year with respect
to songwriting. As we went around the room, it became clear that this is
a group that’s serious about furthering their careers as songwriters.
The list of achievements ranged from getting songs placed on national
TV broacasts to starting lessons to learn how to play an instrument.
Writers reported making their first trip to Nashville, making their first
professional song demo, signing their first publishing contract, attending
NSAI Song Camp, having songs recorded on independent releases, and having
songs on hold with major Nashville recording artists.
Judging from what we’ve done for ourselves in 1998, we each have a lot
to be proud of. As Workshop Co-Coordinator, I’m proud to be a part of this
group. I wish you all a happy holiday season and a healthy, happy,
and rewarding 1999.
December '98-February '99 Workshop Schedule
Sunday, December 6, 4:00pm at Vickie Vining’s Residence - Annual Holiday
Gathering. Don’t miss the fun at our annual potluck dinner party
and guitar pull. Bring a food and beverage item to share with the
group. Bring your guitar, keyboard, recorded demo tape, or lyric
sheets, and we’ll take turns sharing our songs and lyrics. Call (818)752-7484
Thursday, December 10, 7:30pm at the Atomic Cafe, 6541 Hollywood Blvd.
(at Whitley) - Songwriters Lineup. Join us for the premier of this
monthly Nashville-style writers night “in the round”. The featured writer
will be Mary Coppin, a finalist at the 1998 Kerrville Folk Festival.
Sunday, January 3, 4-7pm at Musician’s Institute - Goal Setting. 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.
Sunday, January 17, 4-7pm at Musician’s Institute - Group Song Critiques.
Play your song live or on cassette. Bring twenty copies of your lyric sheet.
Lyrics and works-in-progress can also be critiqued.
Sunday, January 24, 4-7pm at Musician’s Institute - Guest Speaker Al
Kasha. Don’t miss this evening with two time Academy Award Winning
hit songwriter, producer, and publisher Al Kasha (“The Morning After”,
May Never Love Like This Again”). In addition to his work in film,
Al has had songs recorded by everyone from George Burns to Aretha Franklin.
He also wrote the book, “If They Ask You, You Can Write a Song”.
Sunday, February 7, 4-7pm at Musician’s Institute - Song Critiques with
Special Guest Janet Fisher. Janet Fisher, songwriter and director of
Goodnight Kiss Music Publishing, will provide professional feedback on
your songs. Janet has placed more than fifty songs with major motion picture
companies and has served as Music Coordinator for film and TV. She hosts
the weekly radio show, “The Goodnight Kiss Country Music Hour”.
Sunday, February 21, 4-7pm at Musician’s Institute - Mini-Song Camp.
Bring your creativity for this fun and educational workshop in which we
will rewrite lyrics to a hit song.
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 (949) 733-2717 or email Seth Jackson
John McCormick (SAG-AFTRA) and NSAI member served at AFTRA’s national
convention in Los Angeles in 1997. He has again been nominated to serve
at AFTRA’s 1999 national convention as a delegate. He may be contacted
Cathy Carlson’s songs finished 1-2 in the voting for CCMA Los
Angeles Region Song of the Year. “From Where I Stand”, cowritten
with Lynn Rutherford and Marty Axelrod took first place, while “Dumb
and Dumber” co-written with Seth Jackson was the runner-up.
Clive Kennedy was named Entertainer of the Year for the CCMA
Los Angeles Region. Clive also picked up Vocalist of the Year honors.
Thursday, December 10, Songwriters Lineup, the new Nashville-style
writers night will premier with featured writer Mary Coppin, plus Marty
Axelrod, Kathy Ashworth, Seth Jackson, Craig Lackey, John LeGrande, and
Larry Vail. At the Atomic Cafe, 6541 Hollywood Blvd.
Thursday, February 25, International Performing Rights Seminar
featuring GEMA, the world’s second largest Peforming Rights Organization,
from Germany. Learn how money is collected and distributed, and how it
can affect your bottom line as a songwriter. You have choices! Presented
by the AACO, 7-10pm at the Hotel Nikko Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega.
Call (818)998-4948 for reservations. Admission $15.
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