Portland Songwriters Association

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Songwriting Workshop with
Nashville Songwriter Steve Dean
April 29
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub
915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland

The Portland Songwriters Association is pleased to be able to recommend this to our membership.

$35 general / $25 PSA members

Also available: Sunday 1 on 1 mentoring $65/sign up

Please Register by March 28, as there is limited seating

To Register, Email: Carrie@carrielive.com

About Steve Dean


Nashville songwriter Steve Dean has co-written eight number one hits, including the most played song on Country Radio in 2007, "Watching You" for Rodney Atkins, the Grammy nominated "It Takes A Little Rain" for The Oak Ridge Boys, "Southern Star" for Alabama, "Round About Way" for George Strait, "Hearts Aren't Made To Break" for Lee Greenwood and "Walk On" for Reba McEntire. Reba: Greatest Hits Volume 2 was a Grammy winner at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards. Steve is coming to Portland for this special workshop to help you grow as a songwriter, no matter what genre you are!

Recent Seminar:

Creativity, Song Craft and Marketing

A Seminar for Songwriters with John & JoAnn Braheny

Participants had the opportunity to learn from and interact with the author of The Craft and Business of Songwriting in this one day workshop with John & JoAnn Braheny in PORTLAND!

$75 for non-members
$65 for members of: PSA / WCS / NSAI / PFS / Artichoke / AFM-99


registration and info email: danlowe@aol.com

Don’t miss this remarkable opportunity to learn from and interact with the author of The Craft and Business of Songwriting in this one day workshop with John & JoAnn Braheny in PORTLAND!

Creativity, Song Craft and Marketing:

9:30- 10 a.m. Registration and networking

10 – 11 a.m.  Career Path Patterns and Team Tools
JoAnn Braheny – The corporate ladder, as a career path, doesn't work for everyone… especially if you're in the creative arts. Here, four basic career paths, including the corporate ladder, are explored, to identify what motivates and rewards you. If you're uncomfortable with the direction you're headed in, you’ll find this class a liberating experience. JoAnn uses practical tools to assess your individual work-style to help you find your most productive work environment and workmates. You won’t get this anywhere else!

11-1 p.m.  No Rules-Just Tools.
John Braheny - John offers this popular class for writers who started writing by instinct before exploring the principles of manipulating song structure and dynamics for maximum impact. When you follow the principles rather than arbitrary "rules," you have much greater creative latitude. If you keep getting critiques that say you need better structure or more contrast, or if you need to expand your toolbox of creative options and get more control over what you instinctively know, this class is for you.

1-2 p.m.  Lunch and networking

2-4 p.m. Marketing Yourself as an Independent Artist and Songwriter

1. Are major label deals possible?  Why would you want one – or not?  We'll discuss the plusses and minuses and what kinds of artists benefit the most.

2. Approaching your career as an independent entrepreneur.  What should you know and how do you learn it? Best FREE learning resources.

3. Using social networking resources to promote yourself.  What are the best services and resources? Is MySpace still viable? Do you need a manager?

4. As a songwriter/composer, what sources of income are available to you and how do you connect with the opportunities. Can you still get songs to major artists? How do you get your songs into film/TV?

4-5 p.m. Critiques selected at random from attendees
If you’re also interested in receiving a song critique, simply come ready to play a recording of it (on CD/cassette w/ lyric sheets attached) in the workshop, where John will critique as time allows.


About John Braheny …
John Braheny is a top consultant for songwriters and writer/artists and one of 5 national nominees in the Best Music/Performer/Artist Development Executive category of NARIP's (National Association of Record Industry Professionals) 2011 Best In The Biz. The author of The Craft and Business of Songwriting (which has sold over 80,000 copies and is now in its 3rd edition), John also co-founded and ran the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase - a non-profit organization that for 25 years provided a weekly showcase and early exposure for writers including Diane Warren, Warren Zevon, Wendy Waldman, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham and many more. A past president of California Copyright Conference and former board member of the L.A. chapter of NARAS, he has interviewed more than 600 songwriters and industry pros, and began his career on the road for 7 years as a solo indie folk and blues performer, songwriter and recording artist and writer/producer of music for commercials. For more info, see: www.johnbraheny.com

About JoAnn Braheny …
JoAnn Braheny began her music industry career as Atlanta’s first full- time female DJ. JoAnn was soon hired in National Promotion & Marketing by GRC Records and then in their music publishing division to develop songwriters. She opened her own company, Jaffe Music Consulting, to provide career direction for both pro and new songwriters. She was the founding secretary of the Atlanta Songwriters Association, and in Los Angeles worked for Rogers and Cowan doing public relations for internationally known celebrities in music and film. Five years in Talent Development for Walt Disney Imagineering gave her a first class education in creativity management, and today she is a career counselor for songwriters and artists, guest-speaking at conferences across the country. For more info, see: www.goosingyourmuse.com

Other recent PSA Seminars...

Barbara Cloyd
Hit Songwriter, Booking and
Host of Nashville's Bluebird Cafe

Ted Lowe
Song Screening,
Choice Tracks Inc.

Antoinette Oleson
Song Screening,
head of A&R for Parthenon Music Group Inc.

Steve Gilette
Acclaimed Songwriter, Author

Peter Vaughn Shaver
Entertainment Attorney

Craig Carothers
Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter

Wendy Waldman
Grammy Nominee

Steve Seskin
Grammy Nominee

If you have an idea for a seminar and/or contact information
please let us know
contact: info@portlandsongwriters.org



P.O. Box 28355
Portland Oregon 97228




Be sure to check out and take advantage of these and other membership benefits:

PSA Monthly Showcases -
performance free to members

PSA Seminars -
discounted tuition for members

Annual Song Contest and Quarterly Lyric Contest - discounted entries fees for members

Member Web Links - free link to your website and photo inclusion

Collaborator's Corner - free listings for members looking to collaborate with other members

Marketplace - free listings of members' CD releases

Newsletter - new printed newsletters delivered to members who provide mailing address