Spring has sprung... imagine your music on a plane, having coffee with a music supervisor, and more
Welcome to another edition of Songsalive! SONGNOTES, our regular newsletter for everything you need to know about the craft and business of songwriting.
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, spring is upon us. If you are feeling in a rut with your songwriting, get outside! Talk a walk! Appreciate the beauty of Spring and let it inspire you! Sometimes all you need to get over a songwriting block is to spend some time outdoors in the sun.
We have a great newsletter for you this week. We have some exciting Songshop leads for our members, including a special invitation to submit your music videos to an in-flight programming. Imagine thousands of people watching you while they fly somewhere? Pretty nifty. Also, this Saturday a special Songsalive! Showcase in Los Angeles featuring long time member Cindy Alter from South Africa. In other news, our Songraft Video series is going gang busters, with a new interview Gilli Moon conducted with Kristin Summers, Music Supervisor for "The Talk" TV show. The Ascap Expo is coming up soon in Hollywood. Are you going? If so, be sure to hunt down Mary Lemanski, who will be in her "Got Songs" Songsalive! Tshirt, and ask her some deep and meaningful questions on how to get your songs out there through Songsalive! We've teamed up with MixButton, an online company that mixes your music. It's pretty awesome that we live in a digital age and can do practically anything online. Pro Members get 10% off this service. Also, some awesome music business articles and an opportunity to win a free download of Gilli's book, The 360 Degree Songwriter - A Whole-istic Approach to Becoming A Hit Maker.
All of that, and more, BELOW!
(pictured: Cindy Alter, long time Songsalive! member from South Africa, here in Los Angeles for a short time only).
Now for more Songsalive! news and opportunities...
Get song leads where music business professionals (record labels, publishers, film producers and music supervisors) hunt songs from the Songsalive! song pool. Also, listings of cool gigs, jobs, music and marketing opportunities. We give you the contact directly. No screeners, no walls. Direct songwriter to business pitch.
New Songsalive! Songshop Leads for Pro Members:
Hybrid Trailer Music Needed Immediately For Placement
Dramatic & Romantic Instrumentals Needed For Placement
Music Videos Wanted for In-Flight Airplay !! HOT !!
Watch videos, do courses, and listen to audio podcasts online from our Master teachers. Topics include songwriting structure, lyric writing, songwriting opportunities overseas, publishing, producing, getting songs placed in Film and TV, and so much more. Plus, we offer a multitude of training videos and podcasts that inspire, uplift and engage you. New videos added regularly. Songcraft Video pages start opening up the longer you remain as a member.
The ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO puts you face-to-face with some of the world's most successful songwriters, composers, artists, producers and music business leaders, all who willingly share their knowledge and expertise and give you the know-how to take your music to the next level.
New Partner Added to Songsalive! Marketplace: MixButton
Songsalive! is proud to announce a new partnership with MixButton. MixButton is an Online Mixing Studio Service | Perfect for artists -
songwriters - bands - rappers - composers | Simply send over your stems
and with your ideas and direction, we will mix to our high-end
professional standard and return it within a week. Each package includes
some personal mix variables (e.g. Vocal tuning, Drum Enhancement, Fine
Editing) and also gives you the chance to review our work before you are
happy with the final mix.
About the Songsalive! Marketplace: Maximize opportunities for you as a songwriter, and your songs, going to market, and within the marketplace: that is the music business. We do this by outreaching to our special partners, events and networks around the world that offer ADD-ON opportunities to your existing membership.*
Behind the Songsalive! Backstage, you can access 100 exclusive discounts, only for our Songsalive! PRO members.
LOS ANGELES - Saturday March 26 - Songwriters Saturday Night Live
Stick out your tongue and taste the talent - original, talented songwriters and their songs, live on Saturday night. Featuring our Songwriter Members: Cindy Alter (all the way from South Africa!), Paul Rasmusson (previous Songsalive! Songwriter of the Year Award recipient), Charlie McCord, Mike Schlenoff, and Jimi Yamagishi (Host).
OPEN MIC after the featured artists set. We encourage all singer/songwriters (whether new to our organizations or members) to come down and sign up (must sign up at 7pm)
WHEN: Saturday March 26 7-9pm
WHERE: THE CORK LOUNGE, 5043 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, California 91403 (within Corky’s Restaurant)
COST: FREE entry! Donations welcome to support our non-profit efforts. Open to the public over 21. The Venue has great diner and bar food, and of course great drinks. Free Parking.
CINDY ALTER: Born in South Africa, Cindy has travelled the world through her music. As pop singer for Clout the all-girl 12million album selling band in the 70’s, to the singer/songwriter living and working in Los Angeles through the 90’s, relocating back to South Africa in 2005 to tour and start a new band, Alter Irving, to releasing her 3rd solo album, and her Biography, ‘No Substitute’. This is what she does, and who she is. A musician, songwriter, singer, gypsy soul, following her dreams to wherever they may lead. Cindy has just returned from Nashville, after co-writing, playing and recording a new EP, to be released in June 2016. Now, back in her beloved Los Angeles for a 3 week tour, Cindy is looking forward to connecting with local musicians and songwriters. www.cindyalter.com
PAUL RASMUSSON: I’ve been writing and have recorded over 50 songs to date. With a lifelong interest in philosophy and psychology, I have turned my observations into songs. I was the 2014 “Songsalive! Songwriter of the Year.” www.paulrasmusson.com
CHARLIE MCCORD: Songwriter and guitarist from Los Angeles making rock-infused pop and electronic music. Charlie has a strong family ties when it comes to music - his father, Billy Vera, was a songwriter and performer and he performs and composes with his brother, Lee Mayeux. charliemccord.com
MIKE SCHLENOFF: Mike Schlenoff, affectionately known as Schlenny, is an independent songwriter and musician. Raised on and roused by 20th century popular music, Schlenny’s style evokes sentiments of American roots, traversing the rhythms of Tin Pan Alley, the visceral storytelling of country music and the grit of rock & roll. Before venturing out on his own, Schlenny toured nationally as the lead guitarist for Berklee alumni, Mornin’ Old Sport, and was a distinct part of Boston’s underground jug-funk band, The Hogstompers. In 2014, he released his debut solo album Muse’s Morals. Now relocated to Los Angeles, Schlenny combines soul and study to create fun and informed live music. www.schlennymusic.virb.com
JIMI YAMAGISHI: writes stuff, plays fixes & builds guitars, sings, cooks, works on cars, sometimes successfully, tries to live life off the corporate grid, washes dishes, takes out the garbage, cleans the litter box & generally lives by the grace of God. If ya wanna know more, go talk to him. He doesn’t bite & is not contagious. Yet. www.jimiyamagishi.com
BROUGHT TO YOU BY:
Songsalive! - The largest international non-profit membership organization and social community for songwriters and composers, since 1997. YOUR SONGS. YOUR BUSINESS. WORLDWIDE. GOT SONGS?www.songsalive.org
SongNet - A network of career-minded songwriters, musicians, artists and music industry professionals, supporting each other through network events, seminars, showcases and collaboration. www.thesongnet.org
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