As CSA Member Lucas Gladman puts it:

“The songwriters are separated into small groups at the beginning of the evening. The small groups rotate onto the stage and the songwriters take turns showcasing their material. The audience members, provided with critique cards, are encouraged to give written feedback that will end up in the hands of the songwriters. It’s pretty much like your favorite playlist mixed with an episode of VH1 Storytellers and a dash of whichever competition reality show you fancy. Also, it’s worth mentioning that all the ingredients are local and organic.” – Lucas Gladman

How It Works:

  • CSA Showcase runs 6-9PM.
  • In 2018, each CSA showcase will take place at Brothers Drake Meadery, located at 26 E 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201 in the Short North Arts District.
  • Songwriters: You’ll share the stage in a group of 3 or 4 songwriters. Each songwriter will perform 1 song in each round, for a total of 2 rounds during the night. Please prepare 2 original songs to share!
  • Songwriters may use their instrument of choice, and up to 1 additional musician for accompaniment.
  • Feedback from CSA feedback cards determines the Top 3 prizes.
  • 1st and 2nd prize earn a spot in the CSA Finale Showcase.
  • 1st prize receives 2 hours of free recording time at John Schwab Recording Studios.
  • 3rd prize is recognized on stage, and receives wild card opportunities, which may include being selected for the Finale Showcase.
  • All songwriters receive their feedback cards back at the end of the night.


  • Members of CSA are welcome to sign up.
  • All songwriters must arrive by 530pm.
  • Each songwriter is asked to bring 5 friends so we have a widespread audience and diversity of feedback for all performers.
  • Songwriters need to prepare 2 original songs.
  • Only original songs!

How We Determine Best Songs:

  • All top songs are based on audience feedback cards.
  • A diversity of criteria is considered, including the number rating, written commentary, and physical audience response, ie. “room” during the performance.
  • We do consider flaws in the system: Did this songwriter’s friends stuff the box? Did the overall audience take interest in the song?
  • We do consider outliers:  The songwriter may have had an average of 8.5 rating, but there were two “low” review cards that did not have commentary, which drove their average rating down. We’ll typically remove these low outliers from our consideration.
  • Note:  We rarely “throw out” feedback, but will do so if we see crude, profane, or overtly negative feedback.

3 thoughts on “Songwriter Showcase

  1. I like how you use Sara Castro’s song at the end of the video. Good exposure for her. She’s a great artist.

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