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21 Jul 09 All Things Songwriter-April 2009

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Dear Songwriting Friends:

I get a lot of opportunities and information concerning songwriters in my inbox every day, so I thought I would compile the best and most interesting things into a monthly e-letter for you to consider as relevant or not. Most of it relates to the Houston-area songwriting community, but I put other stuff in here, too. There’s a lot of information here. Enjoy and Utilize!

Connie Mims
Songwriter-Consultant-Performance Coach
The Woodlands, TX
http://www.conniemims.com


HOUSTON AREA SONGWRITER MEETINGS & ORGANIZATIONS
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, April 13th, 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 http://www.kpft.org. 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 http://www.haam.us

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, April 26th. For more information on NSAI Houston’s meetings, contact Dave at dbannen@hotmail.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, May 3rd, 1:30pm, at JP Hops House, 2317 Hwy 6 South. For more information, visit

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. http://myspace.com/nsaihoustonnorthmetro

SHOWS, EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

Linda Lowe’s Writers in the Round Concert Series proudly presents WITR Kids in Concert Spotlight Band
Friday, April 17, 2009 6:30 – 7 p.m. The WITR Kids will open for the West University Spring Classical Concert Series The Shepherd School of Music in the Gazebo at Colonial Park at Academy & Byron St.
Grab a lawn chair or your favorite blanket and meet us on the lawn by the gazebo!

Houston Music Makers Mixer
The 3rd Tuesday each month; open to music industry professionals; sponsored by The Recording Academy, SugarHill Studios and The Houston Press.
Join us Tuesday, April 21st from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Pearl Bar 4216 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007. RSVP to Gina Miller at SugarHill: 713.926.4431

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! http://www.jphopshouse.com

Texas Music Awards features all-Houston area Nominees for 2009!
Congratulations to Connie Mims, Danny Everitt, TC Smythe, Hank Woji, Brian Kalinec, Derek Aramburu, Jonathan Dewveall, and the group, DEWVEALL, and to radio station KPFT for their various nominations for this year’s Texas Music Awards, presented by the Academy of Texas Music. This event is in its 7th year, and celebrates and acknowledges the Texas Music Industry. It’s the closest thing to the GRAMMYS as it gets- red carpet and all! Fans and Texas music enthusiasts are encouraged to support the Academy and the show by joining today and attending this year’s event. This year’s event features live performances by nominees, and a concert by host Michael Martin Murphey immediately following.

DATE/TIME: Sunday April 26th, 11:00am gates open; Red Carpet Media blitz at 12:00pm; show at 2:00pm
TICKETS – http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.texasmusicawards.org%2Ftickets%2F
LOCATION – Palestine Civic Center (corner of Hwy 287 and Loop 256)
Please come out and show your support for our independent Texas musicians, as well as the non-profit Academy of Texas Music, Inc., whose mission is recognition, scholarships, and benevolence to musicians in need. For only $25 and $35 a ticket, you will not find better entertainment anywhere!!

New Open Mic Needs Your Support to Get Off the Ground and Running!
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. *NO KARAOAKE/SINGING TO TRACKS is available. *NO RECORDING OFF THE BOARD is available. http://www.crescentmoonwinebar.com/ Phone: 281-364-WINE (9463) Contact Danny Everitt for all details: danny@dannyeveritt.com

OPPORTUNITIES, OPEN MICS AND SUCH

Main Street Crossing’s Tuesday Night 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@dannyeveritt.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). http://www.mainstreetcrossing.com

Play For Publishers Workshop
a Barbara Cloyd Songwriting Workshop
THURS JUNE 25 through SAT 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 http://www.barbaracloyd.com for all information.

Check out BIG FAT PRIZE
Listing the latest and greatest songwriting competitions and other prize-winning opportunities.
http://www.bigfatprize.com/

INFORMATION & INSPIRATION

Blogging Muses: #1 Songwriting Blog
Check it out: http://www.bloggingmuses.com

Derek Sivers, Founding Father of CD Baby has Created a Great Inspirational Site
http://musicthoughts.com

Songwriter’s Connection E-Tip
Learn, Grow and Prosper: Subscribe today at songconnection (at) aol (dot) com

Just what does it take to make a number-one selling album these days?
You’ll be amazed: http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/stories/022509no1

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