Local Music Shelf connects local music with local stores, through CD distribution on wooden display shelfs and local music playlists. They’re now accepting artists for Summer CD distribution. Also, they may be expanding distribution to 50 locations this year, including placements into Cup O’ Joe locations.
To get started, check out www.LocalMusicShelf.com or email LocalMusicShelf@gmail.com
Join us March 2nd, for the next showcase! Members: Limited spots are available. Sign Up!
Our friends at Columbus Folk Music Society have invited us to take part in the annual Central Ohio Folk Music Festival at Batelle-Darby Creek Metro Park.
Members: If you’d like to perform on Saturday, May 3rd, CFMS is looking for 4-6 CSA songwriters to perform between the hours of 1-4PM. Email us at ColumbusSongwritersAssociation@gmail.com
CSA Member, Meaghan Campbell, needs our help! Her song “Blacktop Ballroom” made it into the NSAI Listener’s Choice Awards. Let’s help her win it! Vote for her song by clicking below
We are now sending out membership renewals and we hope you’ll continue to support Columbus Songwriters Association in 2014. We think it’s appropriate to remind all members that CSA is a non-profit model, centered around collective effort.
Rest assured, all of your volunteer involvement with CSA does not benefit Derek, myself, or anyone’s else’s pockets. We’ve never taken a dime out of the organization.
Instead, CSA revenues are allocated into projects, that lead to promotional value, that leads to partnerships and opportunities, which create more value for songwriters than a 20-way split of the showcase would ever pay to one person. Through your involvement, we’ve built a valuable machine that few cities could replicate. I will soon create a visual to help our members understand how CSA has been a value multiplier for songwriters in Columbus.
In our current state, Columbus Songwriters Association is at the core of a value chain coming together in Columbus, Ohio to turn our city into a hub for independent music. You’ll begin to hear about it more and more in 2014. Exciting things are happening and we’re thankful for the support of talented songwriters in our city.
- Joey Hendrickson, Founder of Columbus Songwriters Association
There is a local value chain forming in Columbus that helps independent songwriters create, produce, and promote their music.
We’re thankful for John Schwab Recording Studios. They are key in this local music value chain. They provide free recording time to songwriters at our Songwriter Showcases and have adjusted their rates for our members so more songwriters can record top quality music.
CSA will be doing something special with JSR this Summer. More details soon.
Many songwriters and audiences braved the -7 degree weather and impending snow storm to join CSA for our January Showcase at King Avenue 5. We’re thankful for each and every one of you!
Thanks to video services by Trevor Arwood, more showcases videos coming soon. Members: Make sure to RSVP on Facebook for our February Showcase on January 2nd!
I asked a friend who is closely involved in LA music publishing what the best medium was to promote new songs to an A&R or Music Publisher when meeting them. Specifically, I asked him if a download card would be the best way to go.
“I think anytime anyone in the industry has to do any extra work to hear your music it’s a bad thing. Card stuffed in pocket, might make it to desk… and then get buried/ or never gotten around to download it. Download cards are only good when you can sell them – you have an upside whether someone remembers to actually redeem them or not. If it were me, I’d make connections, then follow up with an email with the track embedded to listen to directly. Or, if you want something physical, I guess a usb stick of some sort, or the good old CD… immediacy is paramount.”
Columbus Songwriters Association has a lot happening as we enter 2014.
CSA Finale Showcase
- On December 1st, we brought music publishers to Columbus to hear top audience-voted songwriters of 2013 perform original songs. All songwriters amazed the panel of judges. Several songwriters received opportunities to perform in front of publishers in Nashville. This was just the start of a music publishing culture emerging in Columbus in 2014 and beyond.
- In 2013, CSA Film Crew ventured to Los Angeles to help songwriters in the Midwest see how music publishing really works. We interviewed Stephen Finfer from Arthouse Entertainment, as well as David Hirshland, VP of BMG Chrysalis, and President of the Independent Association of Music Publishers, to find out what’s relevant in music publishing today. From the start, we’ve believed CSA could be a bridge to the music publishing world. Through education about the music publishing world, we are drawing closer to that vision.
Local Music Shelf
- In the meantime, Columbus is home to a local music distribution that iTunes could never touch. A grassroots project called Local Music Shelf is uniting local musicians with local stores, while helping local songwriters and bands sell and promote their CDs to an everyday audience. To help local business see the value of local music, CSA provides members with a discount into the distribution. Is your CD distributed by Local Music Shelf? The bigger the distribution grows, the greater the value will be for all involved. Email LocalMusicShelf@gmail.com
to refer a songwriter, band, or store owner.
- With that, it’s time for CSA to gather songs into a catalogue, and pitch this catalogue to our friends in music cities outside of Columbus. This catalogue may help local songwriters become noticed through exposure to the outside world. We have the legal backing to help songwriters negotiate potential licensing or publishing deals for independent songs. We believe that independent music is a valuable aspect of music publishing today, and we believe this catalogue could help foster the emerging music publishing culture in Columbus in 2014.