Sunday, December 7, 2008

Other Song Association Workshops


NSAI Houston North Metro Chapter
Meets the 1st Wednesday of each month for informative lessons, guest speakers, group critique and songwriters’ performances in-the-round. Next meeting is Wednesday, May 6th beginning at 7:00pm at Dosey Doe Coffee Shop, on I-45 north, in the Woodlands.

Woodlands Songwriters Association
WSA is an organization offering an environment of support, information and creative inspiration to the songwriter hobbyist or to those wanting to advance to a more professional level, by providing opportunities to learn more about the craft and business of songwriting and to form creative partnerships and networking among fellow songwriters. WSA is open to anyone who wants to be a part of a network of songwriters of all levels. Meeting the 2nd Monday each month at Borders Books, Market Street, The Woodlands, TX, 7:00pm.
Next meeting Monday, May 11th, 7:00pm. Join the MySpace group:

Houston Association of Acoustic Musicians (HAAM)
The Houston Association of Acoustic Musicians is a not-for-profit community of Acoustic Musicians and those who support acoustic music in the Greater Houston Area.
To develop and share resources with our membership and the Greater Houston Community.
To create an identity for the Houston acoustic music scene by encouraging awareness.
To provide and explore opportunities for social and professional development and networking.
HAAM has a weekly radio show called The HAAM Radio Show & Traffic Jam, spinning tunes from local to regional singer/songwriters and bands, along with a live in-studio segment featuring a local or touring artist. Tune in each Monday from 3:00 to 5:00pm on 90.1FM KPFT or listen live at Bi-annual fund drives help keep this program on the air, so your financial support is encouraged. To find out more about HAAM, go to

NSAI Houston Monthly Meeting and Open Mic
Dave Bannen hosts the Houston area chapter of NSAI the last Sunday of each month at JP Hops House, at 4:00pm, followed by an Open Mic hosted by TC Smythe at 6:00pm. Next meeting is Sunday, May 24th, 4:00pm. For more information on NSAI Houston’s meetings, contact Dave at

Houston Songwriters Association
The Houston Association (HSA) is a non-profit 501 (C3) organization serving the greater Houston area for over 15 years. Originally started in Richmond, Texas and called the Fort Bend Songwriters Association, the name was changed to Houston Fort Bend Songwriters Association acknowledge the area wide demographics of the members. On January 1, 2008 it was changed to its present name of Houston Songwriters Association. Our mission is to support and encourage the art and craft of songwriting, to provide resources and educational opportunities to songwriters, and to nurture a positive environment in which songwriters may fully develop their potential as songwriters. The group meets monthly to critique songs and showcase talent. News, member achievements, and special events are conveyed through our newsletter, "Liner Notes". During the monthly critique sessions, two to three songs are chosen by ballot as the song of the month. At the November meeting, the "Song of the Year" and the "Songwriter of the Year" are chosen by secret ballot from those monthly winners, with the results announced at the Annual December Party. All ages, all musical styles and all levels of experience are invited! We welcome you to visit and make some new friends that share your interest in songwriting. Next meeting Sunday, June 14th, 1:30pm, at JP Hops House, 2317 Hwy 6 South. For more information, visit

As you know by now, the ASG Songwriter Symposium is just about one month away - (January 9-11). Early Registration discounts are in effect until December 20th. If you register by that date, you will be entered in a contest for a mentorship with Radney Foster. To register, go to the ASG website. If you are currently an active member, the early registration price for the Symposium is only $175. After December 20th, that price will go up to $210. If you are not currently an active member, the early registration price is $225, which includes your membership dues for 2009. After December 20th, the non-member price will go to $260. Registration at the door for the conference will be $245 for members and $295 for non-members. So, if you wish to save money and get a chance for a mentorship with Radney Foster, be sure to register online at the ASG website before December 20th. After that date prices will go up and you not have a shot at the Radney Foster mentorship.

The 4th Annual Texas Songwriters Cruise
A combination songwriting conference and 7-day cruise, sails out of Galveston, Texas on February 1, 2009, with port of call in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the Grand Caymans, and Cozumel, Mexico. Aspiring songwriters from all over the country attend this event where they learn about the craft and business of songwriting, and get the opportunity to pitch their songs to major publishing companies, top producers, and hit songwriters.

DurangoSong Next Expo Feb 26-28!
We are gearing up for our next Expo which will take place Feb 26-28, 2009 in Santa Ynez (Santa Barbara, CA).
If you've never been to our Santa Barbara Wine Country event, you should definitely try to come to this one! We've just secured the fantastic Jim Lauderdale as a headliner and we'll have the usual enormous contingent of top-notch industry movers and surprises, as always!

Workshops at our monthly meetings

(Each month we have a workshop at our monthly meeting on the 1st Monday and 2nd Tuesday.)
DSA will be giving a Saturday workshop at a college in the spring.

Friday, September 12, 2008


presented by the Dallas Songwriters Association
sponsored by BMI, Broadcast Music Inc

Saturday, Sept 20th 1-5PM at Richland College , room D163
*There will be a $10 charge for each song critique.

Join the Dallas Songwriters Association for an afternoon of
Songwriting Basics. Faculty are members and directors from the
Dallas Songwriters Association

1-2 Music Biz 101 - Copyright and Music Industry overview
2- 2:15 Anatomy of a Song
2:15 - 2:30 - Popular Song Forms
2:35 - 3 - Finding Songwriting Ideas
3:-3:30 - Writing Good Lyrics
3:30 - 3:45 - Writing Good Melodies
4-5 - Song Critiques
Bring your songs on CD and 20 lyric sheets for song critiques at
a fee of $10 per song.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Pat Pattison
When: “June 7th (Sat) & 8th (Sun) ”
10am-4pm BOTH DAYS

Sponsored By:
The “Dallas Songwriter’s Association”
“Absolute Rehearsal Studios”
Workshop Location: Absolute Rehearsal Studios
2607 Walnut Hill Lane (@ Shady Trail intersection)/ Dallas, TX 75229 214-295-2673

This seminar, in a Master Class format, will use participants' songs to demonstrate the rewriting process. We will focus on various issues, including verse development, productive repetition, phrasing, effective matching of lyric and melody, structure and prosody. We'll try to focus particularly on polishing those small bumps that distract the listener and let air escape from the song'stires.

About Pat Pattison
Pat Pattison is a Professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches Lyric Writing and Poetry. In addition to his three books, Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming, Pat has developed three online lyric writing courses for Berklee's online school, available through He has written over 30 articles for Home & Studio Recording Magazine, and Performing Songwriter. Pat continues to present songwriting clinics across the US,
Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Several of his students have won Grammys, including John and Gillian Welch. For more info visit Pat’s website at:

COST: $125 @ person. $100 for the first 20 Dallas Songwriter Association Members to register.
It's only $50 to become a DSA member. Join today! Please pre-register!

Include the information below and Return With Payment To:
Dallas Songwriters Association Pat Pattison Workshop
Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Box 20
Dallas, TX 75219
First name, Last name, Street Address, City,
State/Province, Zip Code, Phone, E-mail

Our pay online:

Thanks to our sponsors:
Absolute Rehearsal Studios for all your rehearsal needs call 214 295-2673

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Educational workshops on the craft and business of songwriting featuring industry professionals as panelist or guest speakers.