The Pivot

Songwriters:

Every small business owner goes through it at one point or another.

With federal guidelines for event bans and social distancing extended until June, you probably could guess that we too must cancel our April and May showcases. We miss all of you. We are alone together and we are keeping you on mind.

With everything moved to Digital, one thing is sure: We must embrace the pivot.

Here are a few things we’ve seen work for members of our community:

  1. Live Stream with Facebook or Zoom, and use Venmo or Paypal as a tip jar. Consider launching your show frequently, at a consistent time and day. Talk with your audience. Social interaction plays a very important role in some of the most engaging streams we’ve seen.
  2. Drive-Up Concerts. Cars park around the PA system setup in a parking lot. Best practice: All parking lots are privately owned. If you’re going to set up a show in parking lot, schedule it ahead of time with the owner. Promote the concert as you would on Facebook.
  3. Launch your podcast. There’s no better time. We love the quality of Dan Heidt’s “Flies In The Kitchen” podcast. Using digital calling, there are ways to record the episodes and conduct interviews and storytelling completely remote.
  4. Digital Songwriting Groups. Rob Maccabee has taken songwriting group, The Fertilizers, digital. With video chat capabilities on Zoom, the “digital open mics” and virtual co-writing session are more active in Columbus, Ohio. Brent Baxter leaders another virtual, online songwriting resource: SongwritingPro.com
  5. Recording. There’s no better time to record. Whether you choose home recording and bringing outside musicians in, or a (ten or less) local recording studio environment, please keep social distancing in mind!
  6. Porch Concerts. Zach Friedman and Can’t Stop Columbus are testing an innovative approach to bringing music to specific neighborhoods who request it via live artist and pickup trucks. CSA Member, Will Freed, supported the first test of this live music delivery service.
  7. Campfires. We’ve seen many people going to parks, riding their bicycles outdoors, gardening, and we’ve recently received requests to put on socially distanced concerts in back yards. While a bit on the “risky” side for some, we all know the federal guideline is 10 people, and maybe there is a way for social stream of a very lightly attended and carefully managed bonfire series. That being said, maybe best to stay indoors!
  8. Virtual House Concerts. Given that there is a space big enough for 10 people to fit six feet apart, some hosts in Folk Alliance International have been live streaming house concerts with a small group of audiences.
  9. Concerts for One. This was gaining momentum even prior to COVID with artists like Damien Rice and Justin Vernon taking part.
  10. Digital Festivals. We’ve heard through the grapevine about global streams of artists emerging through companies like NetGigs.com (based in Adelaide, Australia). What a great way to “bring together” artists from different cities around the world while audiences sample the music styles of each city/culture.
  11. Artist Grants from GCAC are now available for those without a financial safety net.
  12. Medical Emergencies for artists during COVID.
  13. Sweet Relief Fund for those artists who receive 50% of their income from music and have a documentable financial need at this time.
  14. Small Business Loans through SBA are available.
  15. Government Stimulus checks are coming.
  16. Here is the link to unemployment benefits, if self-employed as an artist and not able to collect/declare income during the event ban.

We implore you to explore the grants resources available, consider new ways of using technology to reach audiences, and use your creativity to try out new technologies and digital experiences. We’re in this together. We’ll get through this together.

What other resources have you come across? Write to us directly at ColumbusSongwritersAssociation@gmail.com

How has COVID affected you? Please take a moment to complete this 5-7 question survey.

Members: We Want To Hear From You

For nearly 8 years, CSA has been on mission to empower the lives of songwriters. As an organization, we interact with more than 400 songwriters in Central, Ohio. We realize our position to advocate for your needs beyond what our organization can provide.

We’d like to invite songwriters in the Central, Ohio are to complete this Grants Needs Assessment. While our organization has a very small operating budget and cannot provide grant funding, we do have the energy to help musicians navigate the available grants through organizations who are directly supported by the City of Columbus bed tax and city budget who have publicized their desire to support the careers of musicians. We are gathering this grants need assessment in hopes to inspire more successful grant applications that support the needs of hundreds of musicians in Central, Ohio.

Please take 5 minutes to complete the grant need assessment here. Email us at ColumbusSongwritersAssociation@gmail.com with any questions.

What are you tinkering on?

Songwriters: Are you tinkering on any new music tech?

CSA Founder, Joey Hendrickson, and Nathan Dickson are building a mobile audio system (IoT) that allows Columbus Music to be

heard on sidewalks. Lamp Amp can accept cashless tips for you through it’s app. It can also automatically notify your followers when/where your mini-concert is happening.

This is a new way for songwriters to bring music to the streets while earning some money! If you’re on Facebook, smash the “like” button on the Lamp Amp facebook page and come to one of our showcases to meet Joey and let him know what you’re building!

CSA Showcases: Now on 1st Sundays!

Songwriters, we’ve had an incredible year of showcases at Brothers Drake Meadery.

When we started CSA in 2012, Sunday was always our time to gather. Over the years, we’ve adjusted to the schedules of venues and stayed together no matter what day of the week we met up on.

Finally, it’s time to move back to the 1st Sunday of the month! This is our sweet spot. We’ll start each showcase in 2020 at 6pm. Feel free to arrive early to setup and tune your guitar prior to sharing your newest songs with a listening audience.

As always: Sign up on our website prior to each showcase. We’ll add you to the lineup our Facebook events from there!

– CSA Team

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Members: We Want To Hear From You

For nearly 8 years, CSA has been on mission to empower the lives of songwriters. As an organization, we interact with more than 400 songwriters in Central, Ohio. We realize our position to advocate for your needs beyond what our organization can provide.

We’d like to invite songwriters in the Central, Ohio are to complete this Grants Needs Assessment. While our organization has a very small operating budget and cannot provide grant funding, we do have the energy to help musicians navigate the available grants through organizations who are directly supported by the City of Columbus bed tax and city budget who have publicized their desire to support the careers of musicians. We are gathering this grants need assessment in hopes to inspire more successful grant applications that support the needs of hundreds of musicians in Central, Ohio.

Please take 5 minutes to complete the grant needs assessment here. Email us at ColumbusSongwritersAssociation@gmail.com with any questions.