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04 May 09 Houston Area Songwriter Meetings and Organizations

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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. More info at

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.

Our mission:
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 dbannen (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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


Sundays: NSAI Open Mic Nights Every Sunday at JP Hops House!
Nashville Songwriters Association International hosts an Open Mic at 6:00pm EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT at JP Hops House, 2317 Hwy. 6 South. Thanks to TC Smythe for hosting this premier open mic in Houston!

Mondays: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck’s Open Mic
Anything goes at this great venue, from poetry to comedy to actual music, hosted by Wayne Wilkerson. Signups at 6:00pm-ish. 2425 Norfolk, off of Kirby and 59.

Tuesdays: Main Street Crossing’s Open Mic
Hosted by Danny Everitt, this venue has it all: great food, drinks, staff, sound, stage and vibe. Signups are at 6:30pm and it goes on until 10:00 or later. This is a popular open mic, so plan ahead by contacting Danny at danny (at) dannyeveritt (dot) com. Your 3-song set can be recorded for only $5.00, when you bring your own blank CD-R. Stars are made at this open mic, so even if you don’t perform, it’s a great evening out for a meal and a show. Main Street is located in the heart of old Tomball, at 111 W. Main Street (FM 2920).

Wednesdays: Crescent Moon Wine Bar’s Open Mic
There is a new Open Mic opportunity for the north Houston metro area, at the Crescent Moon Wine Bar, located at 440 Rayford Rd., east of I-45 north. This is a beautiful room: great stage, ample sound and a cool vibe. The Wednesday Night Open Mic will be hosted by Danny Everitt, who will ensure a great time and variety of performances. Sign-ups are at 6:30pm and the music starts at 7:00pm and wraps up by 10:00pm. The stage can accommodate up to 3 vocal mics.
Phone: 281-364-WINE (9463)
Contact Danny Everitt for all details: danny (at) dannyeveritt (dot) com


Wildflower Songwriter School
An outstanding and career changing songwriting school will be held during the Wildflower! Festival at the Marriott Residence Inn in Richardson, Texas. The school taught and hosted by Grammy winning songwriter Jon Vezner and internationally acclaimed songwriting Author/Professor Pat Pattison of the Berklee College of Music, will be held May 15-17, 2009. We invite you and any of your fellow songwriters to attend. As a member of our songwriting community, you will receive a $25 discount on the school when you apply – just note it on the application. As an added bonus, you will also receive complimentary tickets to the 2009 Wildflower! Festival being held the same weekend to hear some of the nation’s most respected songwriters. The school is limited to 40 people so reserve your space as soon as possible by registering at Wildflower Festival Songwriter School.

Play For Publishers Workshop
A Barbara Cloyd Songwriting Workshop, Thursday, June 25, through Saturday, June 27, to be held at The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN, with:
Scott Gunter – Universal Publishing
Rusty Gaston – This Music
Jennifer Chaffin – Curb Music Publishing
Kos Weaver – Disney Music
Jennifer Johnson – Golden Vault Music
Greg Gallo – Greg Gallo Music
The deadline is MON MAY 18th
Go to for all information.

Skip Ewing’s Horse & Writer “Invitational” July 12-18, 2009
All accepted applicants attend on Full Paid scholarships worth $2500 and pay no tuition!
This year’s staff includes: Skip Ewing, Deanna Bryant, and Clay Mills.
Applications must be postmarked by May 15
Contact The Horse & Writer Team at theteam (at) horseandwriter (dot) com

Songwriter Girl Camp May 15-17th in Nashville
We are only 3 weeks away from Songwriter Girl Camp May 15-17th at Montgomery Bell State Park. It will be a life changing weekend of co-writing, networking with industry pros, stage performance opportunities and connecting with other Songwriter Girls. We are still offering $100.00 off the camp pass which makes this amazing weekend a great value of only $248.00!

Artist/Producer looking for original material for recording artists
We’re looking for Country, Contemporary Country, Americana of all tempos. We’re listening to everything. Anyone interested can contact me and I will provide the details. All tunes must be on CD or mp3 file and include lyrics with publishers and writers identified. Thanks for your help,

Donnie Hons
Morning Buck Music. BMI
8988 CR 15
Hallettsville, Texas 77964
donaldh (at) testengeer (dot) com


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We get a LOT of questions about this topic; this article is a pretty good answer.
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Casey Monahan, Marc Fort and Steve Ray
Texas Music Office, Governor’s Office
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512.463.6666 / fax 512.463.4114
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New Site: Texas Music Journal
If you know of any singers/songwriters or bands that would like us to review their albums, we would be happy to do so. They should send 2 CDs and their contact information to my office (Texas Music Journal, 8920 Pocono Dr., Plano, TX 75025). We have set a stiff goal for ourselves to have reviews for CDs on the website within 2-5 days after receiving the CDs. That gives us time to review the music and contact the artist for short interviews related to their music. We use 2 CDs as we peer review the material and then compare and contrast notes.

John South

For more info, contact jrsouth (at) texasmusicjournal (dot) com

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