We’re bringing music industry professionals to Columbus to hear our local talent! Our Host, Krista Kae from CD102.5 will present our songwriters and judges during the event. 2014 Judges include:
Brady Barnett, owner and producer at OSM Music Group in Nashville (Justin Timberlake, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, Bob Seger, Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Urban).
Kyle Merkley, director of music and technology at Arpix Media in Canada (music supervising credits in ABC, TMN, CBC, and composer credit on global documentaries).
Ben Leubitz, co-owner of Bravo Artist in Columbus and has worked in promotions, management, booking, or talent buying for bands like 21 Pilots, GooGoo Dolls, OAR, SwitchFoot, Empires, and hundreds more.
20 songwriters will be performing this year. These songwriters were selected by audiences throughout the past 11 months at CSA Songwriter Showcases.
The lineup includes: Eric Clemens, Dani Serena Harness, Isken Cosip, Andrew Bashaw, Lucas Gladman, Marco Castro, Sara Castro, Doug Hare, Kelly Zullo, TJ George, Will Freed, JT Hillier, Anthony Mossburg, Rick Barr, Maya Mougey, Jonathan Alden Morgan, Matt Brent, Craig Heath, Micah Gunn, Darby Smith, George Barrie, Kat Brennan, and John Leon Jamar Tucker.
CSA member Chuck Williams took stage with Bluegrass Legend, Dr. Ralph Stanley (O Brother Where Art Thou, Clinch Mountain Boys, Stanley Brothers) last Sunday. Dr. Stanley has been a performer for decades, with many accolades and over 50,000 followers countrywide. After the show, Chuck drove three hours south to make it to CSA’s November Showcase. What a night.
It seems like just yesterday I was talking with Chuck for the first time at the Ruby Tuesday open mic. But that was almost two years ago. At the time, Chuck was in a tricky place with work and living. He mentioned that he was thinking about making a run at music, because music was one of the few things that was keeping him going. Being a self proclaimed hillbilly from Southern Ohio, he wasn’t sure if he could do it. I told him he could, and invited him to be apart of the songwriting community that was growing in Columbus.
About 18 months later, Chuck had performed in a dozen CSA showcases, sharing new songs, and telling deep and sometimes dark stories about the truth of his family history. He called me up, and told me he was working on a record in Bluegrass country near Paintsville, Kentucky. I told him I wanted to see it for myself, so we hit the road.
The studio was called Jack’s Tracks, set in a tree house in Wittensville, Kentucky. From the outside, it had all the signs of a home studio, but inside was a high-end setup with an engineer, Jack Priode, who works with dozens of underground and mainstream Bluegrass and Rock artists.
Chuck Williams is set to release his new album in the next month! Make sure to add him on FB for announcements about upcoming releases and shows.
Dublin Arts Council is dedicated to supporting local artists and fairly compensates, helps promote and support the singers, songwriters and musicians who have helped present this annual series to the community. They provide a sound system and technician as well.
Brooke Paul, a serial entrepreneur and investor from Columbus, keynoted the How To Build A Music City discussion. His talk was about songwriters “thinking like entrepreneurs” , and his advice was to “do music like you mean business”.
Entrepreneurs do a lot of reaching out and connecting. Songwriters should too. But that can be an unknown territory for us. For example, when you met someone interested in your music and you feel like they could help you progress, or when you’re trying to book a show through a new city, you need to know how to present well.
A few things I’ve learned:
1. Address the person by their first name. The world of advertising has led us to feel distant from those who call us “Mr.” or use our full names. Or worse, try calling someone “Mister” who is older than you, and notice that they actually feel old. That’s unpleasant. Be a friend, not a hotel clerk.
2. If you have multiple questions, choose only one during your first email. There’s nothing worse than receiving a tirade of questions from someone you don’t know. It can suck the life out of you. Even reporters and interviewers plan ahead, and ask at the appropriate times.
3. Be clear. Make a good first impression by not wasting the other person’s time. Don’t hurt their eyes with small, or unknown font. The longer you talk, the less likely they will care.
4. Be yourself. We grow up watching movies that make us think that professional people speak a certain way that involves fancy adjectives and intelligent verbiage. That’s just movies. Don’t try to sound like someone you’re not.
5. Credentials. You may include an outside link within your signature, so that people can look into who you are. But consider what’s important. Hint: It’s not always your music. Your Facebook may demonstrate your connectivity better. Your LinkedIn may reiterate your role. Align your credentials to who you’re talking to and you’ll be better received.
Behold, the spaceship model. We unveiled this baby during our first launch party, almost two years ago, as of October 21st.
We determined that part-time songwriters could do all of the core activities to get their music out there. Full-time songwriters could probably accomplish the outer ring of things, if they got creative. and focused on each value-add task. But through community, a whole new slew of opportunities emerge for songwriters.
Have you been taking advantage of the benefits of community? We’ve been hard at work on developments in publishing and promotion. If all goes accordingly, we’ll have some neat opportunities to share soon!