Jan 26 2010

2010 Winter/Spring Workshop Initiatives

We’re breaking out in song to warm the winter months right into Spring, and here is our line up:

SongHall Writers Workshop “A” - Winter/Spring 2010 Sessions
8 Sessions / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM / Wednesdays
Classes meet on February 10, 17, 24 & March 3, 10 ,17, 24, 31
*Can’t make those Winter dates? Sign up for the Spring sessions: April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9 &16 *
LOCATION: Penthouse at SHETLER STUDIOS, 244 West 54th St., 12th Floor (Bdwy & 8th Ave)

Winter Workshops: Download Application

Spring Sessions: Download Application

Workshop Goal: To strengthen the songwriting skill set and bring the emerging writer closer to the music industry through workshop sessions with hit songwriters and industry professionals in publishing, music licensing and A&R.

Each participant will have been selected for this workshop on the basis of two songs submitted. These songs will be played and evaluated by the workshop in preparation for our guests who will listen and review. Along the way all will gain the insights of the songwriters and industry professionals. There will be a Q&A period with each guest. Participants will be expected to begin working on a new song that will be shared with the workshop in its development to be completed and performed during our 8th session. These songs may be co-written and workshop participants collaborating together is encouraged.

Industry Guests will be announced in advance of the first session.

Peter Bliss - SongHall Activities Coordinator / Songwriter (Barbra Streisand, NYSNC, Jennifer Love Hewitt) will guide the workshop.

PRE-REGISTRATION: Please attach and email two (2) of your original song mp3s with accompanying lyric sheets to Peter Bliss at: .  Songs may have been co-written. They will be reviewed by the SongHall and you will be contacted regarding your acceptance into this workshop. The level of production is not as important a factor as the song itself though the recording quality should be clear with a vocal and lyric that is well presented. These songs will be played in the workshop for our guests.

FEE: $300.00 Only after you have received confirmation from the SongHall that you have been accepted into the workshop - Class size is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

The Hit Factory: Making Your Music Make Money, With Eric Beall
1 Day Intensive / 10AM-4:30PM / Saturday, March 13th, 2010
LOCATION: Bridge Theater at SHETLER STUDIOS, 244 West 54th St.,12th Floor (Bdwy & 8th Ave)

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This one-day workshop takes a strategic approach to building your songwriting business. It will focus on understanding your market and developing your brand, turning your songs into hits, and selling those hits to the people that need them. There will be interaction as the workshop listens to songs brought into the group for review. The morning will be devoted to “Understanding Your Market;” helping to develop individual business strategies. The afternoon will continue with “Making The Hits” and then finish with “Selling the Hits”.  Songs by workshop attendees will be reviewed and all are encouraged to either bring their song recordings on an iPod or a CD. There will be a piano in the studio but we ask that you bring your own guitar if that is your instrument! Of course you are welcome to just listen and learn!

ERIC BEALL is the author of the book “Making Music Make Money (An Insider’s Guide To Becoming Your Own Music Publisher)” and “The Billboard Guide To Writing and Producing Songs That Sell.” Eric is a music industry veteran, having held senior Creative jobs at Zomba Music, Jive Records, and Sony/ATV Music. He’s worked with a wide variety of artists, writers and producers ranging from NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, and Britney Spears, to Sarah McLachlan, The Script, Stargate Productions, and the Jonas Bros. Currently, he is A&R at Shapiro Bernstein, one of the industry’s most respected independent music publishers, where he’s brought in hit songs like “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae and “Too Little Too Late” by Jojo. Prior to joining the executive ranks, Eric was an accomplished songwriter and record producer, with several Top Ten hits for artists like Diana Ross, The Jacksons, Martha Wash, and Joey Lawrence. He’s a teacher for Berklee Music Online, at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and blogs at ericbeall.berkleemusicblogs.com.

FEE: $150.00
(includes Eric’s books “The Billboard Guide To Writing and Producing Songs That Sell” and “Making Music Make Money” to be distributed at the workshop (if you already own one or both titles - contact the SongHall). Your check should be mailed with the completed upper portion of the applications to the address given. If you are not currently a member of SHOF, an additional dues check and a completed membership application are required, as this workshop is open to members only. You can also make your membership payment only via PayPal here. Please make your checks or money orders payable to Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Again, class size is limited, so early registration is always encouraged.

If you have questions regarding this course, or other SongHall workshops or showcases, please email Peter Bliss at: