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Friday, July 23, 2010
John & JoAnn Braheny Seminar-- July 24
John & JoAnn Braheny Seminar-- July 24
WHO IS JOHN BRAHENY? 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.
WHO IS JOANN BRAHENY? 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.
*WHAT MADE THAT A HIT? 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.
*MARKETING YOURSELF AS AN INDEPENDENT ARTIST AND SONGWRITER 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?
*CAREER PATH PATTERNS AND TEAM TOOLS 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!
*SONG CRITIQUES 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!!!
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) BARBECUE LUNCH: $10
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
**PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS WONDERFUL OPPOTURNITY TO ALL THE MUSICIANS AND SONGWRITERS YOU KNOW...SONGWRITING GROUPS, CHURCH MUSIC DEPARTMENTS ETC. CALL MARY DAWSON IF YOU NEED A FLYER TO POST WITH THE NECESSARY INFORMATION. WE ARE REALLY EXCITED AND WANT TO SHARE THE NEWS WITH EVERYONE!