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 c.topherjames@gmail.com and he’ll get you signed up ahead of time.

For more information, visit: ColumbusSongwritingWorkshop.com



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!


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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

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.

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 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.