November Showcase: Last showcase before the Finale in December!


UP NEXT: CSA November Showcase

CSA November Showcase is November 6 at 230p at Notes located at 520 S. High Street in the Brewery District / German Village area. CSA Members can now sign up to perform in the last showcase before our Finale in December! Sign up to perform

COMING UP: Finale Showcase

Each year we invite friends in the music industry to come to Columbus and present workshops to our members. These publishers, supervisors, artists, or label representatives also provide feedback to songwriters who were selected by audiences to perform in this annual event. Finale date/details coming soon!


NEWS: How To Build A Music City ACCEPTED for SXSW 2017

In March 2017, How To Build A Music City will present for the second time at SXSW, featuring Tamara Kaminska from Katowice Cultural Institute, Amy Terrill from Music Canada, and Jesse Elliott from the Bohemian Foundation Music Project in Colorado. Joey Hendrickson will moderate the discussion, which will help musicians and advocates understand the next step planning that goes into the launch of a music commission.


October Showcase is Today!


Autumn is here! So is the October Showcase, happening today at 230pm at Notes the newest music venue in downtown Columbus located at 520 S. High Street.

This venue is mysteriously located under a cool new restaurant called “Copious.” Look for the big sign on S High street, park in the free lot behind it, take the stairs down, and you’ll find us!

October Showcase is our second to last “normal” showcase of the year! And surprise — CSA Founders Joey Hendrickson, Derek DuPont, and also Orion DiFranco will be sharing new songs. Normally these guys are working behind the scenes to help the event happen, but tonight, thanks to our awesome volunteers, they’ll be joining songwriters on stage!

New songs, new friends, that’s what we’re all about! If you want to perform last minute just email and show up. We’ve had a couple last minute cancellations and we’ll get you in!

CSA Benefit Concert – August 5th


Notes and WCBE 90.5 FM have partnered to present the first ever benefit concert for Columbus Songwriters Association!

This concert will feature an astounding, national touring band, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, who were recently showcased on NPR‘s Tiny Desk Concerts!

7p – Doors
8p – A rare performance by Bella Ruse
9p – CSA Founder takes stage in Joey Hendrickson & The Sleepless Nights
10p – National touring, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

Tickets Now Available

For more than 3 years, Columbus Songwriters Association has been a volunteer run non-profit organization. We’ve helped bring together songwriters in our community in Columbus, Ohio. Today, we are the largest songwriting group in the Midwest, empowering and providing opportunities for over 250 members. Proceeds from this benefit concert will be used to help CSA bring in music industry representatives for our Finale Showcase in December 2016. Thank you in advance for your support!

We’re thankful for Notes, WCBE-NPR, Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Ohio Arts Council – major supporters that help fuel music in our city!

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CSA Partners with Columbus Songwriting Workshop


The Columbus Songwriting Workshop is excited to have the Columbus Songwriters Association as a partner in 2016!

CSA members get $5 off the pre-register price of the workshop – that’s $10 off the day of price!

The next Columbus Songwriting Workshop will be October 29th 2016 at the Jazz Academy located inside the historic Lincoln Theatre, just minutes from downtown Columbus!

To get your discounted ticket, email and he’ll get you signed up ahead of time.

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June Showcase Is Almost Here!



It’s time to sign up for the CSA June Showcase! We’ll be back at Notes (520 S. High Street) on June 5th, 3-5pm.

We’ve had over 40 showcases in the last four years. It’s our staple, community event where songwriters share the stage, perform new songs live, and audiences provide written feedback on each song performed.

We like to sweeten up the event with some cool opps for songwriters – 1st prize songwriter receives free recording time at JSR Studios. 1st and 2nd prize go on to perform in our annual Finale Showcase for our friends in the music industry. 3rd place becomes a “wild card” who may be selected to perform in our Finale Showcase at the end of the year, dependent upon space.

Throughout the night, we recognize some of the best-written audience feedback, give away tickets to shows at Promowest venues, and so much more! Mark your calendars for 6/5, and join us on the first Sunday of each month for the CSA Showcase!

Email Update


Click the photo below (Kyle Merkley and Ron Maccabbee at the CSA Finale Showcase) to download our email update!


To join our email list and receive email updates direct, just complete the form below!

CSA Finale Showcase: Mar 6, 6-830


Each year, Columbus Songwriters Association invites music industry leaders to Columbus to hear songwriters from all around the city, perform live!

This year, we’re honored to have Barbara Cloyd (Hit Songwriter from The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville) George Schwindt (Music Publisher and Drummer from Flogging Molly), and Jerry DePizzo (O.A.R.) joining us.

We’ll give away 20 hours of free recording time at John Schwab Recording Studios. We’ll help songwriters get performance opportunities in Nashville, TN. And more!

Tickets || RSVP on Facebook

Last Showcase of 2015!


CSA Members:

There are still a few spots left in the CSA November Showcase! If you haven’t performed at Notes — the newest music venue in downtown Columbus — now’s your chance!

This Sunday will be the last showcase of 2015. All songwriters who were voted 1st or 2nd by audiences throughout the year will go on to perform in front of music industry judges at our Finale Showcase!


Learn the Realities of Music


I didn’t think I’d ever learn music theory until I talked with Bill Hilt. It was a Sunday afternoon at Chipotle in Clintonville where he took out a pen and started writing on a napkin. He began showing me the math and science behind the reality of music.

I’ll be honest, he moved pretty fast on that napkin. I don’t remember everything he showed me. But in that 5 minutes Bill Hilt became the Bill Nye of music. He opened my eyes, man. It was in that moment that I realized I’d probably learn music theory if I could learn it fast, and with my friends… Enter CSA. Enter music theory workshop. Enter fun challenge:

Learn the Realities of Music
3 sessions, 2 hours each.
Nov, 8, 15, 22 at 4-6pm.
Just 40 bucks for the whole thing.

After Bill did the napkin thing, I called up Diane Boston from Columbus Folk Music Society. Their organization agreed to split the cost of a cool room at the Jazz Academy (Lincoln Theatre) that has about 15 computers with midi keyboards. Easy. Meant to be. Bill is going to lead us in ““Exploring the Universe of the Principles of Music, Including Practical Music Theory”. Again, I’m inviting our friends, songwriters, musicians, and composers to come together and take the challenge.

It might be a creative struggle and mental challenge for me, but I’m going to weather it with my friends. Throw in $40 and join me. Let’s learn something new. Are you with me?

— Joey Hendrickson
Founder of Columbus Songwriters Association

Sign Up: Webinar, Tomorrow at 9pm

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CSA: Webinar w/

Tuesday, Oct 7 at 9pm

Tomorrow night at 9pm, Joey Hendrickson, Founder of Columbus Songwriters Association is giving his first webinar through about how he believes songwriter groups can change lives.

Hear the story of a small group of songwriters becoming a non profit organization, that is now encouraging audiences, businesses, and the City of Columbus to support the local music community. Join the discussion. Joey will be answering questions at the end of the webinar.

Sign Up Now

CSA Showcase is back!


CSA Showcase Is Back!

We’re trying out a brand new room and stage at Notes, the newest music venue in downtown Columbus. And we’ve got some cool changes to our monthly event:

  • Showcase runs 3-5pm on Sunday, October 4th. This afternoon time is the perfect time to gather, so we can avoid those late nights before manic Mondays.
  • Notes will be helping promote our showcase so we can grow what we do.
  • The room at Notes is bigger, seats about 150 with tables and chairs.
  • The stage is wider. It’s the perfect setup for a 4-member group of songwriters.
  • The speakers at Notes deliver a state-of-the-art “surround sound” that will create an ideal listening room environment for our guests.
  • Songwriters will be able to stow guitars in the green room at Notes. We’ll avoid clutter, and groups will have an easy place to gear up before jumping on stage.
  • CSA Committee meet ups will be held in the VIP room at Notes. This is a private gathering space we’ll have access to before the event.

Other cool things:

  • Notes has an incredible, chef-prepared menu complete with flat breads, $6 mac n’ cheese, and other shareable dishes.
  • Above Notes is a highly regarded comfort food restaurant, currently open for dinner hours. In the future, their lunch crowd may venture downstairs to discover our unique event, and become supporters of the Columbus songwriting culture.
  • Notes is booking opening acts for some of their weekday shows. bringing our showcase to this venue may lead to more gigs and opportunities for our members.


Only 2 Hours Left

For the next two hours until midnight tonight, we need as many votes as we can get. A vote for “How To Build A Music City” at SXSW 2016 could have significant impact on our music city.


– Visit
– Create an account through Panel Picker
– Enter “How To Build A Music City” into the search bar or go directly to
– Vote for “How To Build A Music City” page by giving it a “thumbs up”

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Meeting: How To Build A Music City


Thanks to all who came to How To Build A Music City on June 25. Thank you for building with us. Based on responses, 96% of us believe that a music commission will add value to Columbus. It’s time for action.

Next Monday at 6pm, we’re forming volunteer teams around the Top 5 programs that have been voted up by our community. Our teams will meet and talk with music city experts in small groups at our next How To Build A Music City (September 20th) at Independents Day Music Festival. If you want to build up the music scene in Columbus, this is the perfect time to get involved.

Monday, 6pm at August 31st.
Groove U, 1300 Forsythe Ave, Columbus, OH 43201
>>>>>>>>>>  RSVP HERE  <<<<<<<<<<

The Making of A Music City

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

Performance Opportunity


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.

CSA July Showcase


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!