COUNTRY NOTES

The NSAI bulletin for the Los Angeles area Workshop

December 1998-February 1999


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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.


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December '98-February '99 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 (949) 733-2717 or email Seth Jackson at webmaster.hitmeister@mindspring.com.
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MEMBER NEWS

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 at jnmccormick@earthlink.net

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.


EVENTS

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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NSAI LOS ANGELES WORKSHOP VOLUNTEERS

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

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