Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Commercial Theater Institute Workshop in NYC

Producing Workshops, Readings, and Showcases:
A Practical Approach
Friday, December 4

Developing material is a critical part of the production process. Producers and their creative partners have a variety of tools at their disposal to accomplish this task: readings, workshops, and showcases. The CTI Producing Practicum will provide participants with a step-by-step guide to the rules, regulations, and Pro-Forma budgets that are needed. Additionally, they will explore the pros/cons of each kind of production with special emphasis on preparing for NAMT, NYMF, and the Fringe, including a special panel with NYMF's own Isaac Robert Hurwitz! This one day seminar concludes with a networking reception.

Friday, December 4th, 2009
10:00am - 5:00pm
Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

$125 in Advance (Cash, Credit Card, Check)
$140 at the Door (Cash or Credit Card Only)
$110 CTI Alumni Advance Rate

To register, please visit

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

West Coast Workshops - Jan 2010

Steve Seskin, Don Henry and Craig Carothers in January
West Coast Songwriters Presents: Steve Seskin, Don Henry and Craig Carothers January 9th, 10th & 16th in Berkeley, Auburn & San Carlos. Three friends sharing insights into succesful songwriting, hilarious stories, limited critiques and of course their songs. This year's event will be at The Freight & Salvage on Saturday, January 9th - 9:30am-4:30pm; In Auburn on Sunday, January 10th and The Yormo Building in San Carlos on Saturday, January 16th.
Cost for each day's seminar is $100. SIGN up NOW to guarantee your participation - see sign-up details below.


Steve Seskin & Pat Pattison Workshop in Hollywood
Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 30-31, 2010, 10am-5pm both days @ CineSpace in Hollywood, 6356 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
STEVE SESKIN (WCS Advisory Board member and #1 hit songwriter, including his Grammy-nominated "Grown Men Don't Cry" recorded by Tim McGraw) and PAT PATTISON (Berklee College of Music Lyric Writing and Poetry Professor) will be in L.A. for a very special weekend workshop...Anyone who's attended these workshop weekends over the last 3 years knows how many amazing, immediately applicable tools can be easily taken away from the lessons of these two entertaining, incredibly knowledgeable guys. In addition to gaining new tools for your songwriter toolbox, this workshop will be a great networking event as well.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

West Coast Workshops this Weekend

11/21/09!; Last Chance
To Register For The San Diego NSAI Workshop
W/John And JoAnn Braheny 11/21/09!

SAT 11/21, ONLY $25; Darci Monet Vocal
Style Studio Offers Mini Vocal Classes
For One Day Only At Unbeatable Rates

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Music Sunday School - Nov. 15



DATE: Sunday November 15th, 2009 
TIME: 3:30-5:30PM

PLACE: Times Square Arts Center 
LOCATION: 669 8th Avenue NY, NY 10036 (Between 42nd & 43rd Streets)
Please RSVP to: or call Sunday School: (212) 560-2324 for further information and inquiries.

If you ever wondered how to get your foot into the television & Film world or developing your networking skill(s), and understanding the business, this FREE event will answer all your questions and set you off on the right path.

Thank You's:
Phil Londrico
Times Square Arts Center
Def Jam Records
Atlantic Records
Sony Music
X - Box / Dj Hero
Produced by:

Friday, September 4, 2009

Robert Jason’s Songwriter’s Workshop! Oct 24

We are now taking reservations for our first Dallas Workshop, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24th, 10 - 5 Lunch included, venue TBA (probably in Plano. Attendance per Workshop will be limited to 10 participants. This guarantees plenty of time to devote to all writers. The fee per writer is $250, $150 in advance. A 10 writer per session limit is best, so all can get their fair share of attention, though ALL learn by watching. $25 Early Registration Discount is offered to DSA Members who register before October 3rd. If we exceed 10, I will schedule another Workshop for the following day, usually 12PM on Sundays.

To reserve your spot email

"No Diane Warren infestation of country music in the past year is proof that prayer can indeed change things.
" Chet Flippo (Nashville Skyline/

Fellow songwriters….

The goal of my workshop is to provide knowledge, guidance, and encouragement to both full time and beginning songwriters. I promise this will be not only stimulating, but lots of fun, and maybe even a few (happy) tears.

All will have the opportunity to share their songs in the group, whether by cd or guitar vocal live performance.

Songwriters representing all genres are welcome: Alternative rock/pop, Inspirational County, Contemporary Christian, R&B, Folk, AOR, etc.

All writers are encouraged to offer comments on each other’s songs, and I will, of course offer my own. It is in this sharing of thought that great songs spring forth.

I’ll discuss the art of co-writing, lyric construction, becoming a “hook-master” and even the dreaded WRITER’S BLOCK, and its cure.

Of course, writing that hit is just the first step. I’ll delve in to the proper (and cost effective) demo for your song, home recording, song pitching, and publishing.

I do not waste your time playing my songs. I’m there for YOU, not the other way around. I do not accept songs for publishing, but will be most happy to recommend publishers in Nashville or Los Angeles IF appropriate.

Lunch will be provided, as I keep the workshop open for as long as we are productive. This can be as long as 6 hours.

As a special “reward” for the all the hard work, I invite all attendees to an “after glow”, a get-together at a local coffee house where we kick back, exchange emails/network and such. The first cappuccino is on me!

About Robert Jason

Monday, July 6, 2009

Nicholson Workshop Comments, photos, and video

Please tell Mr. Nicholson again for me that I greatly appreciated him doing this workshop. It was very informative and enjoyable at the same time ........ Michael Fredde

Good morning Barbara and everyone else who helped make the workshop happen last evening, Thank you all very much for your efforts; it was truly an inspiring event for me!! ....... Butch Shindel

Hey Everyone,
Many thanks to all of you that came out to DSA "Gary Nicholson Songwriter's Workshop" on Wednesday, June 24th and made it a great success with an overflowing crowd of 35 people.

Please see some of the pictures posted on our DSA Yahoo Groups site. This is the members group, so you will have to be a member to view the photos. Here's the link:
Here are two of many:
Gary Nicholson

DSA President, Steve Sullivan, Gary Nicholson, DSA Founder, Barbara McMillen

You can download your pictures with Gary from here. A couple of videos have been posted on YouTube as well.
Part One:
Part Two:

Thank You,
Steve Sullivan, DSA President

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Song Workshop with Gary Nicholson

Songwriting Workshop
presented by the Dallas Songwriters Association
Wednesday, June 24
6PM - 9:30PM
Center For Community Cooperation
2900 Live Oak Dallas, Tx 75204
PLEASE PRE-REGISTER by emailing to info at "RSVP Workshop" in the subject line.
Workshop Fee
$25 for DSA Members
You can pay by credit card online at our kagi store
or by cash or check at the workshop.
Light Sandwiches Provided

He has recent cuts with Ringo Starr, George Strait, Keb Mo, John Mayall, Buddy Guy, and song in upcoming Jeff Bridges movie.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wildflower Songwriting School

Music is life's only true magic, treat it with all the respect that it deserves.”
~Bruce Swedien

May 15-17, 2009 Marriott Residence Inn Wildflower! Richardson, TX 75081

No matter if you are writing your first or five hundredth song – This is the school for you!

School limited to 40 students
Cost for 3 Day Seminar - $175 Note: If you entered the 2009 singer/songwriter contest, you receive a $25 discount. If you attended the 2008 Song School, you receive an additional $25 discount. The total available discount is $50.

Nationally Acclaimed Faculty

Jon Vezner
Nashville Grammy winning songwriter. Jon has had 24 of his songs recorded by over 15 different artists including Diamond Rio, Faith Hill, Ronnie Milsap, and of course, Kathy Mattea.

Pat Pattison
Professor of Music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and author of three books on songwriting: Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming; Conducts song schools from Canada to Australia

Musical Workshops

Spring and Summer 2009
ONE-DAY Workshops
What’s the perfect theatre experience for kids and teens? Be sure to see the stage productions of these best loved musicasl at The Music Hall in Fair Park, and then learn from the professional cast members.
DATE: Saturday, May 23rd DATE: Saturday, June 13th
TIME: 10:30am to Noon TME: 10:30 to Noon
LOCATION: The Majestic Theatre,
LOCATION: Dallas Opera Downtown Dallas Rehearsal Center-Fair Park
COST: $40 COST: $40
AGE: 10 + AGE: 7 +
Please call the offices of the Dallas Summer Musicals Academy to enroll. A credit card payment will reserve your spot in a workshop. Must wear appropriate dance or athletic wear and NO HARD SOLED SHOES please.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Songsalive! Austin, TX Workshop

at Genuine Joe's Coffee Shop

2001 W. Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 220-1576 for directions only.
(512) 939-4077 
Venue info: 

Songsalive! event info 

DATES: Wednesday, January 21st, 2009,
Then  28th and continuing into February… 

TIME: 8:30PM till 10:30PM. Starts on time. Please do not be late. Must arrive on time to be considered to present a song for critique.

Songsalive! holds workshops where songwriters gather to share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the songwriting communities we have created around the world. The first half is solely dedicated to an in-the-round workshop where writers present one song each - either on tape, CD or live - followed by a guest speaker/industry discussion in the second half and plenty of time to talk and network.

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS are hand picked from publishers to record company A&R, well-known songwriters, authors, artists and music industry reps. Most months we have guest speakers. 
Check out who has spoken and who will speak at our workshops at

COST: $5 for non-members, free to Songsalive! members. You can join Songsalive! to participate in the workshops at

RULES & WHAT TO BRING: 1 song either on tape, CD or live (bring own guitar or keyboard) and 10 copies of your typed lyric sheet with contact details clearly displayed. Read the RULES at


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