CSA at Startup Storytellers


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.

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Music Is Ketchup

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.

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Next Up: Finale Showcase!


The 2014 Finale Showcase is going to be incredible this year. Make sure to get your Tickets and RSVP on Facebook!

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).


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CSA Member Performs with Bluegrass Legend

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.

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Perform at Scioto Concert Series!

Sundays at Scioto is coming up! Dublin Arts Council extended the application for CSA members only, to Monday, November 10th! Click here to submit your application

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.


The Art of “Reaching Out”

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:

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