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!

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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

CSA: Webinar w/ Frettie.com

Tuesday, Oct 7 at 9pm

Tomorrow night at 9pm, Joey Hendrickson, Founder of Columbus Songwriters Association is giving his first webinar through Frettie.com 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.

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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 http://panelpicker.sxsw.com
– 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!

How To Build A Music City: Scholarship

CSA Members:

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

How To Build A Music City

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.

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.

Members Only: Launch Party

Launch Party

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.