NSAI New York City, NY Chapter

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Meetings consist of reviewing a lesson on the craft of songwriting or a music business related subject. We then host a feedback session where participants share a song with the group. Members should bring a song to share and lyric sheets for the group.

April 3, 2019
6 pm-10 pm Wednesday
Ripley Grier Studios
520 8th Ave
New York City, NY 10018
United States
Room 10-C. Bring your songs to be critiqued by the group. Members go first - free to members non members $15 Signups start at 6pm. Critiques at 6:30pm

Welcome To Our Chapter!



Sandy Murphy
Nick Serro
Scott Forman

Chapter News and Events

NSAI NYC Chapter is proud to present an evening with hit songwriter Shelly Peiken on Wednesday evening, March 20th from 6-10pm at Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Ave., NYC, Room 17-C.  Shelly will present to us her presentation “Confessions of a Serial SongwriterLive!” — where she will share her journey through song & monologue.

 Two-time Grammy-nominated songwriter Shelly Peiken has been a prolific, behind-the-scenes force in the music business for more than two decades. Her songs have sold in excess of 50 million records. She is best known for penning culturally resonant, female-empowermentanthems such as Christina Aguilera’s No. 1 hit, “What a Girl Wants” and Meredith Brooks’ smash, “Bitch.”

 Her book "Confessions of a Serial Songwriter", a memoire that chronicles her journey from a young girl falling under the spell of magical songs to writing hits of her own, earned her a second GRAMMY nomination for Best Spoken Word Album.

 Shelly is a fierce advocate of creators’ rights with her grassroots organization, SONA (Songwriters of North America). She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter and 2 cats.

 There is heart as well as humor in Shelly’s stories of a modern music business where the creative process doesn’t exist without computers, hit songs list 10 writers, and pop stars compile albums from material written at “song camps.”

 Shelly comes out on top however, with the realization that change is inevitable. With acceptance and some adjustment there is still purposeful work to be done and room for her after all. And then she wrote a book about it!


 The evening's highlights will include:


 -A peek behind the curtain of writing sessions and the stories behind the songs

 -Candid conversations


 -Q&A with Shelly

 -Book signings

-AND…. Shelly will critique the songs of a few lucky participants, to be chosen at random! 


 This is a ticketed event and a rare opportunity to learn from a current professional songwriter. Seating is limited , so please register asap. This event is open to both NSAI nembers and non-members and will sell out.  Tickets are $15 for members and $20 fornon-members.  Available now on Eventbrite, but we will also accept cash on the night of the event if there is space available. 


Tickets available now on Eventbrite:


 (you may have to cut and paste the link and put in your browser)


Nick, Scott, Sandy & Randi

p.s. See NSAI's website www.nashvillesongwriters.com foronline critiques, archived video lessons and more.

 p.s.s. Check out our website! www.nsainyc.com


NSAI NYC coordinators:

 Nick Serro / Scott Forman / Sandy Murphy

NSAI News and Events



  • You must be an NSAI Member (non-expired) to play a song
  • Songs must be played as a recording (no live performances)
  • You must be an NSAI Member to vote on the song submissions
  • Members can vote even if they don't have a song submitted for voting
  • Coordinators songs will not be in consideration during the voting rounds at the chapter meetings to maintain impartiality. 
  • Coordinators can't be co-writers on the chapter member submissions to avoid any bias. 


  • Coordinators songs will not be in consideration during the voting rounds at the chapter meetings to maintain impartiality. 
  • Based on the volume of submissions- coordinators reserve the right to limit song listening session to 1st verse and chorus  if necessary.  
  • Although you can attend multiple chapter meetings and submit one song at each for the voting round, If you are selected as the winner at one chapter, you cannot win at another.  


We will announce the individual chapter winners in May after all names and songs have been collected by NSAI. 

The final announcement regarding songs selected by ole is TBD. 



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