From: Songsalive! <>
Subject: The Craft & Business of Songwriting


The craft of songwriting is the creative side of songwriting. Improvisation, form, theory, techniques for writers' block, and more are tools you can use in crafting your song. The business of songwriting concerns itself with things like copyright, music licensing, performance rights organizations, etc., as well as more general business topics like strategic planning, management, finance, marketing, etc. Through our various programs, Songsalive! hopes to help educate songwriters on both the craft & business of songwriting.

For more information on Songsalive! programs, please visit

Read on for some great opps, drops, and props from Songsalive! Love you all,..



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SPOTLIGHT - Songsalive! Orange County Chapter


Orange County Showcase Review: Mike V and RD Girard Jazz the Audience with their Music at Orange County Songsalive! November Showcase

Two skilled veterans of our stage came back to join us for the last Songsalive! Orange County Songwriter Showcase of 2015, filling up Sam Ash Music in Westminster, California with some bluesy bluster and soulful ballads. Mike V was up first, and as usual his licks were chunky and his lyrics were heart-felt and homey. Then finally, RD Girard had the audience alternately laughing and crying with his songs and the stories in between. The audience at Sam Ash (and the customers passing by casually even) walked away jazzed from the evening of music. We skip the show in December (people are busy ‘round the holidays!) but make sure to join us in January of 2016 when we welcome Bobbo Byrnes (of the Fallen Stars) and the Fossil Tones to our stage!

-Rod O’Riley, Songsalive! Orange County Chapter Coordinator

More information on the Orange County Songsalive! chapter at



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Tuesday, December 15
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Tuesday, December 22
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Tuesday, December 29
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CALL FOR PERFORMERS: Songwriters Saturday Night Live (Los Angeles Songsalive!/SongNet)


Songwriters Saturday Night Live

Hosted by Songsalive! president gilli moon, and Songnet president Jimi Yamagishi. Stick out your tongue to taste the talent!  Open Mic after featured set.



5043 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

(Just north of the 101 on the West side of street, adjacent to Corky’s Restaurant)

TIME: Doors open 6.30pm. Show starts 7pm with featured performers.

Open Mic  after the featured slot (must sign up by 7.30pm)

COST: FREE entry! Donations welcome to support our non-profit efforts. Open to the public.

The Venue has great diner and bar food, and of course great drinks – happy hour all night.



Looking for solo artists and bands to perform at our January 30th Los Angeles showcase.

APPLY TO PERFORM AT A FUTURE SHOWCASE to be considered as FEATURED ARTIST, promoted to 20,000+ music fans (or go to our website, click on Programs / showcases)

Please read the criteria carefully. Songsalive! Pro Members & SongNet members need only apply. Join today at


This Songwriters showcase is a joint effort between:

Songsalive! - The largest international non-profit membership organization and social community for songwriters and composers, since 1997.

Songnet - a network of career-minded songwriters, musicians, artists, and music industry professionals supporting each other through network events, seminars, showcases, and collaboration.


Did you try our mobile app? Don’t worry, most didn’t. Therefore, we have decided to streamline our services and discontinue the particular mobile app we had on the app store, at this point in time due to limited capabilities and small downloads. If you have it, please delete from your phone. Stay tuned for a new mobile app in the future.




Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it.
-John Lennon

Thank you from Songsalive!

Mary Lemanski
Director of Operations

Gilli Moon