Written By: Jason Turner
Photos By: Dan Mitchell
Increasingly, Columbus, Ohio, is finding itself at or near the top of the list in terms of national rankings. Be it shopping (No. 4), sexual satisfaction (No. 3), or intelligence (No. 1), Columbus is consistently being recognized as a national leader. But where does it rank as a music city?
Chances are, if you’re not from here you’re probably not aware of the talent-rich music scene in Columbus, but there is a growing number of artists, musicians and entrepreneurs who are intent on changing that.
On June 25, more than 150 Columbus artists and city leaders gathered at the Garden Theater in the Short North for the second annual “How To Build A Music City” event, hosted by the Columbus Songwriters Association (CSA). The purpose of the meeting was to discuss local music and explore new ways to grow and support it.
Experts from around the country and within the community spoke to a room full of students, creatives and Columbus advocates, on topics ranging from music licensing to best practices, networking and the impact of local music on the city. Continue reading
Gateway Film Center is looking for one songwriter to perform before the Amy Winehouse documentary this Friday, from 620-720pm. Sound provided. Payment: $50 in movie passes and gift card to the Torpedo Room. Music loving audiences will be passing through the lobby as the film ends and the next one begins.
Update: Gateway Film Center selected Micah Gunn for this performance opportunity. Please follow this website to be the first to receive information about future opportunities.
Members: Remember to Sign Up for the CSA July Showcase this Sunday, July 5th!
This is your chance to get feedback from audiences on your newest songs, and perform to place in our Finale Showcase where we bring in music industry experts to hear our top, audience-selected songwriters perform. CSA July Showcase will begin at 6PM at King Avenue 5. We’ll see you there!
We were able to raise support to create a scholarship fund for musicians and songwriters who want to attend How To Build A Music City, Round 2 for free.
Thanks to the support of Experience Columbus, The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Baker and Associates Insurance Agency, Bell Tree Productions, and Fashion Meets Music Festival, you can now apply to HowToBuildAMusicCity.com/Scholarship to get a free ticket for tonight’s event. Scholarship opportunities close at 4PM tonight!
Seating will be very limited (we’re already at capacity) so free tickets for musicians are limited to one per musician, and only up to 50 free tickets are made available.
– Joey Hendrickson
Founder of Columbus Songwriters Association
CSA presents How To Build A Music City, Round 2.
When: June 25, 530-8pm. (We’re working on an After Party, too.)
Where: Garden Theatre in the Short North.
What: Simply put, we’ve worked really hard to put this on. How To Build A Music City features 4 music industry experts from cities like Nashville and New York and 10 local leaders in music, arts, and commerce.
Why: Something special is happening. Songwriters, musicians, bands, and city champions are starting to work together to make music more valuable in Columbus. In the next year, we believe the City of Columbus will begin supporting local music unlike ever before. How To Build A Music City, Round 2 will showcase the heart of this movement.
This is the perfect event to get to know music industry experts who deal in artist management, publishing, and production for bands like Walk The Moon, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Justin Timberlake, and hundreds more like them. Bring your albums and demos. They’ll be much easier to talk to at How To Build A Music City than at a Billboard Conference, CMJ, or South by Southwest. Save yourself a plane ticket and claim your seat in Columbus!
How: We couldn’t put on How To Build A Music City without support from our Partners: Experience Columbus and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Thanks to our Promotional Supporters: WCBE and CD1025. Also, thanks to our Sponsor: Bell Tree Productions. Our Supporters: Dickson Creative, Frettie, Groove U, Small Business Beanstalk, Local Music Shelf, Yelp Columbus.
For the first time in our history, CSA is canceling our June Showcase and inviting members to a private Launch Party on May 31st!
There’s a lot happening in the Columbus music community. We want to devote an evening to sharing our vision. We’ll show you where we’re at, and where we’re headed.
To reserve seating, we’re sending this private invite to CSA Members, before we invite anyone else. If you’re a member, fill out the form below and we’ll send you more details.
CSA Founder, Joey Hendrickson, has been diving into Columbus’ jazz community, filling in as interim marketing director of Jazz Arts Group, and witnessing performances by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and the many world class jazz musicians living in Columbus.
If you haven’t explored jazz music, there’s no better time. CSA members get a special deal on tickets to Jazz Arts Group’s finale concert, featuring multi grammy award winning composer, Maria Schneider. Showtimes are May 1-2 at 8PM, at the Southern Theatre.
To get the hook up, email us at ColumbusSongwritersAssociation@gmail.com with the subject “Ticket Hook Up” and we’ll send the code your way.
Long ago, CSA partnered with Local Music Shelf to help support the movement of local music into local stores. An exciting article was released yesterday that highlights their recent success through partnership with Donatos Pizza! Songwriters: There’s no better time to get started with Local Music Shelf distribution, streaming, and licensing services for local artists.
On Friday night, music and business came together in Columbus, unlike ever before.
Entrepreneurs shared the stage with songwriters. Both told their story, of how passion leads us to create something new and valuable for ourselves and others. Songwriters aren’t so different from entrepreneurs. Our songs are our way of impacting audiences. It’s just like an entrepreneur who creates a product to impact customers. We’re both creating, sometimes for different purposes, but sometimes for the same end goals. Either way, that creation process is strikingly similar.
On Friday night, people in the business and trep’ community learned what we know: Songwriters can live our passion like we mean business. We can use music to add value to our community. We can use music to impact lives, audiences, events, and commerce. We’re valuable to our city.
Relive it through the Instagram feed.
Highlights and video of the full event coming soon.
Thanks to Diane Boston and our friends at Columbus Folk Music Society for interviewing our Founder in their recent newsletter! The interview begins on page 4, but don’t miss out on the great information in here about the local music and storytelling community.
If you let it be.
As founder of Columbus Songwriters Association, I come from a zealous camp of thinking. I’m from a tribe of independent songwriters that want to make a living on our music, without performing 50 states and 5 continents to do it. When you think about streaming, and the 10,000% less royalties that are paid through it than other forms of royalties, the future doesn’t look very green for the copyright holder. Artists may justify this due to the promotion it brings to their live shows. But if you take performance out of the formula, the “to stream, or not to stream” debacle is simple: Control the access to your music.
CSA has partnered with RegOnline to provide an easy way to renew membership. Get your annual membership setup now, and never worry about CSA membership dues again!
CSA is launching a new initiative to help songwriters write, connect, and vibe. CSA Home Groups are living room style hang outs where songwriters bring some food and drink, trade chord and lyric sheets, and exchange direct feedback that builds each other up.
Songwriters: The Greater Columbus Arts Council launched a paid opportunity for songwriters to busk at places like Columbus Airport, North Market, and other spots around Columbus.
More info here. While you’re there, check out the grant opportunities for artists that may apply to you!
Songwriters: There’s no better time to SIGN UP for our February Showcase. 2/8! This year, we’re hosting our showcases at Woodlands Tavern. RSVP on Facebook!
Haven’t booked a gig yet for St. Patrick’s Day?? Your in luck, we are working with our friends at CD102.5 on a unique opportunity for you!
Email us at ColumbusSongwrtiersAssociation@gmail.com with the subjected reading ‘St. Patricks Day’ as soon as possible for more information and consideration!
Members: Kyler Merkley (left), music supervisor from Arpix Media is speaking tonight at Garden Theatre, at 7PM. If you’re interested in how music gets placed into television and film, please join us! Your ticket to the CSA Finale Showcase tomorrow night gets you in for free!