Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Kim Copeland Feb 20th

Kim Copeland returns to DFW Feb 20th for a songwriters/ recording workshop. Time and location TBA.

Play For Publishers Workshop, Nashville

PLAY FOR PUBLISHERS WORKSHOP - writers who want to get songs recorded in the Nashville Country market are invited to apply now for this workshop hosted by Barbara Cloyd. Sixteen writers will be chosen to present their songs to six publishers who come, two at a time, to listen to songs and give feedback. It will be held at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville Feb 24 - 26. Application deadline is Jan 17th. For complete details, visit www.barbaracloyd.com .

Sunday, October 3, 2010

FREE Kim Copeland Recording Workshop -Nov. 7, 2PM

Are you striving for your music to be the best it can be? Learn the secrets of successful recording from Nashville producer, 
Kim Copeland on Sunday, November 7, from 2PM - 4PM at the Frisco Public Library in the Vivian Stark McCallum room. Free and open to the public. http://www.kimcopelandproductions.com/     
 Sponsored by the Dallas Songwriters Association and the Collin County Songwriters Association.

For anyone thinking about recording a new CD, producer Kim Copeland will walk you through the process in this FREE seminar, designed specifically for recording artists.  Kim will bring her years of experience in music production, artist management and her talents as a vocalist, to help you prepare and make wise choices. 
The last thing you want to do is spend too much money and not get a great product!
Some of the topics covered in this seminar are:
1.       Defining your uniqueness
2.       Planning a realistic budget
3.       A step by step description of the recording process
4.       Do I need a producer and how do I chose one
5.       Selecting the right songs for the project
6.       Communicating your ideas to the producer
7.       Key selection
8.       Vocal tuning
9.       Mastering
10.   How to avoid getting ripped off by the “sharks”
Don’t spend your hard earned money till you know exactly how a professional recording experience should work.  

Space is limited. Send an email to info@kimcopelandproductions.com to reserve your spot.  More info at www.kimcopelandproductions.com
Kim Copeland is a long time mentor for The Nashville Songwriters Assoc., the Country Music Hall of Fame and TAXI. She was recently invited to participate in The Art & Science of Sound, the acclaimed video series on music production and recording put together by world-renowned producer/artist Alan Parsons and featuring legends like Michael McDonald and producer Tony Brown.

Frisco Public Library
6101 Frisco Square Boulevard
Suite 3000
Frisco, TX 75034
Click here for a map and directions!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Free Fall Music Buz Lectures from Collin Commercial Music Dept.

Collin College Commercial Music will hold a lecture series off-campus at the Allen Public Library each Monday beginning on Sept 6. They hope to include the community and high school students as well as Collin students.

The series is on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. Each presentation lasts about an hour. 

WHERE: ALLEN PUBLIC LIBRARY / 300 North Allen Drive / Allen, TX
WHEN: Every Monday in September @ 7:00 pm
SPONSOR: City of Allen “Bach to Books” & Collin County College
Bach to Books joins with Collin College to present a series of Monday night programs on “Trends in the Business side of the Music Industry”.  This series will provide legal, marketing, and technical considerations for recording and distributing music.  This program is free and no reservations are required
MONDAY / September 6 / 7:00 pm
Recent Case Studies in Music and Law, will be presented by Craig Crafton at 7 p.m., September 6.  A musician, artist, producer, label and retail owner for fifteen years, he will discuss what a song is legally and how fundamental legal copyrights define a song and the royalties that flow from the copyright.  Craig is chair of the Dallas Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Law Section and serves as associate editor for the State Bar of Texas Sports and Entertainment Law Section journal.   Craig combines his business experience as a performer and creator and with his legal training to provide a unique and insightful perspective.
MONDAY / September 13 / 7:00 pm
Benefits and Challenges of Studio Musicians: At 7 p.m. September 13, Susan Hanlon and the Friday Afternoon Collin Recording Ensemble present their music and discuss the Benefits and Challenges of Studio Musicians.  Teaching commercial voice at Collin College as well as offering private lessons. Susan is completing a MA in music at the University of North Texas. A soloist as well as an ensemble member, she  has sung at many weddings, private events, and prestigious jazz festivals around the country.  Susan’s career highlightshave included performing at the IAJE conference in Toronto with UNT Jazz Singers and The Addison Jazz Festival as opening ensemble for New York Voices.
MONDAY / September 20 / 7:00 pm
Develop your Web Presence: Christopher Davis discusses Develop your Web Presence at 7 p.m., September 20.  Christopher holds a bachelor of music from Drake and earned  a masters degree from Austin Peavy State University. He has performed in master classes for world renowned artists such as Odair Assad and Christopher Parkening. Christopher’s performance experiences include solo classical guitar performances and work with rock, jazz, and Christian groups. In addition, Christopher also maintains and writes for the blog The Classical Guitar. 

MONDAY / September 27 / 7:00 pm
Issues with Live Electronic Music: The members of 755 will cover Issues with Live Electronic Music as well as present live music, 7 p.m.  September 27.  755 is a music collective centered around Russ Callison & David Siu. Started in Collin County in Spring 2010, the duo brings in a variety of collaborations and influences with a focus on dance genres.

Planned for October, a presentation on iPad/iPhone development of music apps by Nick Wheeler as well as a presentation by former student Jason Martin who works/composes for the Tom Joyner morning show and (hopefully) a presentation by our own faculty member Christopher Lund on his compositions in electronic music.

DSA encourages everyone to take part in this opportunity to learn from and network with the local music industry.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Free Vocal Workshop for DSA Members

Who: Michael Maresca, MMOV Studios
What: Free Vocal Workshop
Where: 1865 McGee Lane Suite D, Lewisville, 75077
When: Aug. 14, 5p.m.
How: Contact Buck Morgan, 972 345 2133, wmsmorgan@verizon.net

Friday, July 23, 2010

John & JoAnn Braheny Seminar-- July 24

John & JoAnn Braheny Seminar-- July 24

John Braheny is a top consultant for songwriters and writer/artists. He is the author of "The Craft and Business of Songwriting" which has sold over 70,000 copies and has been called "the songwriter's best friend."

As the co-founder of the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase, John helped to provide early exposure for such household-name writers as Diane Warren, Stevie Nicks, Warren Zevon and Lindsey Buckingham.

John has served as president of the California Copyright Conference and on the boards of the Recording Academy (The Grammy Organization) and the National Academy of Songwriters. He has taught songwriting and music business classes at a variety of schools including Musicians Institute, UCLA Extension, the Los Angeles School of Recording and conducts seminars for colleges and organizations throughout the country.

John is a walking wealth of knowledge on almost every phase of both the creative and business aspects of songwriting. You will NOT want to miss this unique opportunity to spend a day up-close-and- personal with John!

Click on John's photo at left to go to his very informative website.
JoAnn Braheny began her music career as Atlanta's first full-time female DJ. She went on to become a National Promotion and Marketing specialist for GRC Records where she also worked in their publishing division to develop songwriters.

JoAnn later opened her own company, Jaffe Music Consulting, to provide career direction for both pro and aspiring songwriters. In Los Angeles, she worked for Rogers and Cowan Public Relations representing international music and film artists, and also for Walt Disney Imagineering -- the Disney theme park "think tank." Today, JoAnn is a career counselor for songwriters and artists. She is a sought after guest speaker at music conferences across the country.

A powerful husband-wife team, John and JoAnn are experienced in all phases of the music business and are committed to passing their knowledge forward to aspiring and professional songwriters around the world.

For more information on JoAnn, click on her photo at left which will take you to her very creative website.
Mary Dawson's Book on the Music BusinessWHAT IS THIS SEMINAR ABOUT?

Instructor: John Braheny
I hear hundreds of songs that show great potential and talent that are missing an understanding of some basic principles of structure and dynamics that could change good songs into hits. These principles (not rules, by the way) and techniques have characterized radio hits and just plain great songs of all styles throughout the history of popular music. If you understand the principles you can bend the rules. We'll analyze examples of past and current hits. Don't let your songs be rejected because you haven't mastered the basics.

Instructor: John Braheny
1. Are major label deals possible? Why would you want one – or not? We'll discuss the plusses and minuses and what kinds of artists benefit the most.
2. Approaching your career as an independent entrepreneur. What should you know and how do you learn it? Best FREE learning resources.
3. Using social networking resources to promote yourself. What are the best services and resources? Is MySpace still viable? Do you need a manager?
4. As a songwriter/composer , what sources of income are available to you and how do you connect with the opportunities? Can you still get songs to major artists? How do you get your songs into film/TV?

Instructor: JoAnn Braheny
The corporate ladder, as a career path, doesn't work for everyone… especially if you're in the creative arts. Here, four basic career paths, including the corporate ladder, are explored, to identify what motivates and rewards you. If you're uncomfortable with the direction you're headed in, you’ll find this class a liberating experience. JoAnn uses practical tools to assess your individual work-style to help you find your most productive work environment and workmates. You won’t get this anywhere else!

The last hour of the seminar will be devoted to John and JoAnn critiquing original songs at random from the attendees. Bring your best song on cassette or CD. MUST have typed lyric sheet attached!!!

Master Songwriting SessionsHOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE SEMINAR?

WHEN: Saturday, July 24, 2010
TIME: 10 AM to 5PM
WHERE: CBI Laboratories, 4201 Diplomacy Rd., Ft. Worth, TX 76155
COST: $65 (before July 15 -- $75 after deadline or at the door)

SPECIALS FOR SONGWRITERS: If you are a member of ANY local songwriting organization anywhere, your lunch is FREE. Just be sure that you let us know which songwriting group you belong to when you send in your registration.

If you bring a friend who has never been to a songwriting seminar before, their lunch will be FREE. Make note of this as well when you submit your registration.

SPECIAL DRAWING: The first 15 paid registrations we receive will be eligible for a special drawing. One lucky registrant will receive a FREE one-hour consultation with John Braheny!!! This is a $125 value! There will be other great prizes as well for the first 15 to register. Don't procrastinate. ..register now.

Send your payment by check or money order to:
DFW Master Songwriting Sessions
2221 Justin Rd., Suite 119-142
Flower Mound, TX 75028

JOHN WILL ALSO BE OFFERING ONE-HOUR PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS ($125hr) on July 25, the day after the seminar. To schedule an appointment call John at 818-528-5152 or e-mail him at
john@johnbraheny. com. Write "Dallas consult" in the subject line. This is an opportunity to not only get songs critiqued but to get specific direction on your career objectives.

ANY QUESTIONS? Call Mary Dawson at 972-317-2760


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Garland Opry COMING events with Gary Nicholson

Gary Nicholson Songwriters Workshop

Saturday , July 24th 2:00pm to 4:30pm

at The Pace House (behind Granville Theater) $35.00

Gary Nicholson CD Release Show The Plaza Theatre

Sunday, July 25th 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Tickets are $15.00 - Barbara Nicholson will be selling front row tickets for $50.00 to raise money for her Charity org


Contact CBLuce at verizon dot net

Saturday, June 19, 2010


Our next Songwriting Workshop and Showcase is in conjunction with the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance. Since I'm moderating the songwriting panel, I will be asking questions.

Do you have questions for me to ask our songwriters, Gary Nicholson, Anthony daCosta, Mark Wayne Glasmire, Lynn Adler, on the panel? Please post in the comments below.

Sign in is at the Opening Bell. All attendees are required to register in advance www.unclecalvins.org/SWRFA.

Registration closes at noon on Friday, June 25. Space is limited, so don't delay!


Southwest Regional Folk Alliance and Folk Alliance International present the


Saturday, June 26, 2010, 9:00 am – 6:30 pm

At Opening Bell Coffee, South Side on Lamar, and Poor David’s Pub 1409 & 1313 South Lamar, Dallas 75215

$5.00 per attendee (includes lunch) paid at the door

Bringing local artists and venues together for a full day of networking, education, musical performance and listening, and mutual discovery

9:45 - 10:45

Promotion, Marketing, & Social Networks

Ryan Galloway (facilitator), Lisa Taylor (tentative)

Sponsored by DSA

11:00 - 12:00

Songwriter's Roundtable

Barbe McMillen (facilitator), Gary Nicholson, Anthony da Costa, Mark Wayne Glasmire, Lynn Adler

Sponsored by DSA

Building a Venue Audience

Al Johnson (facilitator), all venue reps (general discussion)

12:00 - 12:30 Lunch at Poor Davids

12:30 - 1:30

How to Get Booked at Local Venues

Robert Scarborough (facilitator), all venue reps (general discussion)

1:30 - 4:30


4:30 -6:30

Open Mic

7:30 - 11:00

FEATURED PERFORMANCE: Tom Prasada_Rao & Cary Cooper, Lisa Marklet & Bruce Balmer, and Camile Cortins, Dave Little & Don Cento. A perfect way to top off the day! $10

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Richard Leigh Songwriting Workshop, May 13

Dallas Songwriters Association Presents
a Songwriting Workshop with

Richard Leigh
Songwriting Workshop
This three-time Grammy nominee and inductee
of the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame,
explores the techniques and cognitive tricks
you can learn to:
• Improve your odds of writing competitive songs
• Tap your personal creative well
• Gain perspective on co-writing and songwriter’s
• Improve productivity
• Conquer writers-block
You’ll begin to look at the process of producing
these musical short stories in a new light. You’ll
see what little miracles they actually are and
why some of them surmount seemingly
impossible odds to make their way from the
songwriters pen, on to the radio, and finally into
our lives.
When: May 13, 2010
Dallas Center for Community Cooperation
Oak Corner
2900 Live Oak St
Dallas, TX 75204
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Other: Tickets are $35 and seating is limited.
Bring check or cash to the workshop or buy tickets online
through our website, www.dallassongwriters.org or go to
www.kagi.com, search for “Dallas Songwriters”. Buy
Richard has eight #1 singles and 14 top 20
country hits including:
•“Don’t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue”
•“Somewhere in My Broken Heart”
•“I’ll Get Over You”
•“The Greatest Man I Never Knew”
•“That’s the Thing About Love”
•“Life’s Highway”
•“Come From the Heart”
•“Put Your Dreams Away”
Want to get some one-on-one feedback on your songs from Richard Leigh?
Private consultations will be conducted on Friday May 14th between 3:30pm and 8:30pm.
Slots are extremely limited so email bob.dsaprograms@gmail.com if you are interested (available
to DSA members only).


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