News

Primary tabs

June 20 Workshop - Writing for Country

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 11:54am

WRITING FOR COUNTRY
Thursday, June 20, 2019, 7 - 10 PM
Messiah United Methodist Church
527 Ridge Pike
Lafayette Hill PA 19444 (Parking in back)

Hit songs become classics because listeners and fans are craving something they haven't experienced yet.
Even if you're not a country writer (or artist) your songwriting will benefit by using exercises offered at this discussion on how to write for the country genre, where you'll learn a few tips on how to follow your strongest creative notions.

Following the discussion will be song evaluations.
Please bring 6 lyric sheets. You can perform live (bring guitar), play MP3, or CD.

RSVPs appreciated by reply e-mail if you plan to attend. Non-members, guests welcome!

LOOKING AHEAD for SUMMER AND FALL 2019
At this meeting we'll look at ideas for:
*A regular venue space for open mics, writers nights, and showcases (and possibly meetings);
*Gathering for a guitar "pull" summer party where we'll enjoy each other's company while eating and playing our songs; and
*Offering a "pro" workshop in September or October

MAY 16 Workshop - Writing for Sync (and other chapter news)

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 11:59pm

Greetings, Songwriters!
We're meeting again on Thursday, May 16, 7-10 PM. Our discussion topic is "Writing for Sync", followed by song evaluations. Details follow:

WRITING FOR SYNC
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 7 - 10 PM
Messiah United Methodist Church
527 Ridge Pike
Lafayette Hill PA 19444 (Parking in back)

Sync - music for television and film - is a whole different world of songwriting. Writing for tv and film deserves a completely different mindset (most of the time) than writing in a specific genre. We'll watch videos from NSAI that offer advice for sync placement, and look at exercises that can be done for honing sync-writing skills.

Following the discussion will be song evaluations. Please bring 6 lyric sheets. You can perform live, play MP3, or CD.

RSVPs appreciated by reply e-mail if you plan to attend. Non-members, guests welcome!

OLE Chapter Challenge on Tuesday, April 23 ... NSAI songwriters perform at local ThriveFest Earth Day Weekend

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 12:25pm

PITCH TO PUBLISHER - OLE CHAPTER CHALLENGE
Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 7 - 10 PM
Messiah United Methodist Church
527 Ridge Pike
Lafayette Hill PA 19444 (Parking in back)

This is an opportunity for NSAI members to pitch a song to Nashville publisher Ole (pronounced O-lay), giving all NSAI members a chance to be considered for a single song contract.

Non-members are welcome to attend, however, won't qualify to submit a song. Please consider joining or renewing your membership if you've been attending our meetings and would like to submit a song. (FYI, monthly payment options are offered if you want to spread out membership payment).

At the meeting, we will listen to all song submissions, and vote for our favorite. The winning song will then be submitted to the NSAI listening committee in Nashville, who will narrow down submissions from all chapters and submit to Ole Publishing. HAVE AN MP3 (or CD) to submit your song. No live performances. It can be a guitar (or keyboard) / vocal.

Co-Writing Workshop on Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7-10PM

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 5:30pm

Greetings NSAI Philly Songwriters!

We'll be meeting again the second day of Spring, Thursday, March 21, 2019, when hopefully this deep freeze Polar vortex weather will be back in the Arctic. Our "vernal equinox-full moon" gathering of songwriters will be an auspicious evening for all as we dive deeply into the process of co-writing. Here are details:

Thursday, March 21, 2019
7 - 10 PM
Co-Writing Workshop
Messiah United Methodist Church
527 Ridge Pike
Lafayette Hill PA 19444 (Parking around back)

This month we talk all about co-writing and knowing your role in the writing room!

Cowriting is a lot like dating in the way that one must be vulnerable to cowrite. Sharing experiences with people who are barely more than strangers can be scary, but practicing first with a friend may get rid of the nerves that come with cowriting. That's where your NSAI chapter steps in. We'll be practicing co-writing in a "safe space" with each other, breaking into small groups (depending on attendance). There is no better way than to expand your songwriting skills and learn.

PHILADELPHIA CHAPTER WRITERS NIGHT & OPEN MIC ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2019

Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 4:23pm

We're featuring NSAI Songwriters in "the round", followed by an open mic, on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

WRITERS NIGHT & OPEN MIC
*Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 7 PM
Brickette Lounge
1339 Pottstown Pike
West Chester, PA 19380

The Writers Round starts at 7 PM featuring four Philadelphia area NSAI members. Following the round, all songwriters can play a 3 or 4 song set throughout the evening.

This is our first event at this venue, and depending on member interest and turn-out, we'll continue doing this three to four times a year, with different songwriters being featured in "the round" each time.

It's a great opportunity to network and meet other songwriters, to share your music as you hone your performance skills, and support other songwriters and our local NSAI chapter. Bring friends, significant others, and invite songwriters you know who would like to play and learn more about the Philadelphia NSAI Chapter.

Hope to see you there!

* This event will be postponed and rescheduled if there is a winter storm, snow or freezing rain.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 CHAPTER WORKSHOP and PERFORMANCE EVENT WEDNESDAY, February 20

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 9:15pm

Greetings Philadelphia area songwriters!

Between the awful Northeast winter virus, post holiday blues, heavy work schedules, and travels, we were unable to have a January meeting. SO, to make it up to you, we are holding 2 events in February.

Our first meeting-workshop of the new year will be:

Thursday, February 7, 7PM.
SONG IDEAS
Increase your songwriting ammo as we discuss song ideas after watching an NSAI video on the subject.

Where does inspiration come from?
What to train your brain to look for
Mapping out songwriter goals

Messiah United Methodist Church
527 Ridge Pike
Lafayette Hill PA 19444 (Parking around back)

Increase your songwriting ammo as we discuss song ideas after watching an NSAI video on the subject.

Song critiques will follow. Bring 10 lyric sheets for maximum benefit of the song critique process. Play live (bring guitar), CD, or MP3. Highly recommend bringing a song you are willing to rewrite, and not yet professionaly demo'd or recorded.

PERFORMANCE EVENT

December 2018 Regional Workshop

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 9:40pm

In response to member requests, the Philly NSAI Chapter presents:

NSAI Philadelphia Chapter Workshop
A LESSON IN FUNDAMENTALS--Strategies for Songwriting
Thursday, DECEMBER 20, 7-10PM
Messiah Methodist Church (back entrance)
527 Ridge Pike
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444

Build your songwriting tool box, up-level your skill, with the goal of capturing the ears of publishers, music directors, producers, and recording artists.

ADMISSION: FREE
All songwriters welcome.

Who will benefit?
Beginning songwriters, writers new to NSAI; experienced members are also welcome to review and reinforce fundamental songwriting concepts.

What you will learn:
Among topics covered will be song structure, function, prosody and strategies key to all genres, whether country, Americana-folk-singer-songwriter, rock or pop.

WHAT TO BRING:
12 lyric sheets for one song.
Bring your guitar to play live; or you can play your songs on your phone, iPod, or a CD.

November 2018 Regional Workshop

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 8:58pm

At our November NSAI-Philly Chapter regional workshop, we’ll dive into The Business of Publishing with a focus on pitching. There’ll be a video presentation and discussion, followed by song feedback/evaluations.

NSAI Philadelphia Chapter Workshop
TOPIC: The Business of Publishing – PITCHING
Thursday, NOVEMBER 29, 7-10PM
Messiah Methodist Church (back entrance)
527 Ridge Pike
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
ADMISSION: FREE
All songwriters welcome.

Once the creative “fun”of writing and recording a song is completed, what’s next? How do we reach a wider audience for our music?

This is when knowledge about the publishing side of the music business is absolutely essential!
For all types of publishing – self publishing, sync placement (TV/film), and capturing the ear of reputable publishers (a value-added benefit of NSAI membership!), we’ll focus on the importance of building relationships and how to do it.