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About zero360

I'm a singer/songwriter currently living in Charlotte, NC.

Apply by Sept 18th
a Barbara Cloyd songwriting workshop
Chris Oglesby – Oglesby Writer Management
Rusty Gaston – This Music
Freeman Wizer – Universal Music Publishing
BJ. Hill - Warner Chappell Music Publishing
Brook Arrington – Big Yellow Dog Publishing
Emily Schiraldi - Carnival Music
(click names to read their bios)

If your goal is to get your songs recorded in the major-label Country market, this three-day immersion into the Nashville songwriting world will help you learn what the market is looking for from publishers who are on the front lines pitching songs to the top producers and labels.

Writers are invited to apply. Sixteen will be selected to present songs (live or a demo) and get feedback on the craft and commercial potential of their writing from the publishers. Not only will this help you take your writing to the next level, but it if they like what they hear you may end up with open doors on Music Row.

Since listening to feedback on other people’s songs is one of the best ways to learn the craft, writers who are not among the sixteen selected are still welcome to attend as auditors, who participate in every way except playing their songs.

Additional activities include studying hit songs to see what they have in common, a Q&A session with a hit songwriter, playing at a local writers night and attending a show with hit writers at the Bluebird Cafe

Dates: Oct 20 – 21
Location: Bluebird Café, Nashville TN
Cost: $295 (scholarships available)
Cost to audit: $175

June 14th Meeting

Tools for Indie Songwriters & Musicians

At this month’s meeting, local indie artist and self-professed computer geek Brian Hartzog ( will discuss his favorite tools for indie songwriters and artists. Brian has recorded and released two of his own CDs, applying his Technical Analyst mind to the indie promotion of his own music. In this session, Brian will walk through each stage of the songwriting and indie promotion process, describing what tools he personally uses to help him complete each stage. The discussion will include a description of what needs to be done, and a recommendation for the best free and paid tools/resources to complete the job.

Tools will be grouped into the following categories:

  • Songwriting
  • Recording
  • Social Networking
  • Promotion
  • Graphic arts
  • Web development, blogging and Hosting
  • Market and keyword research
  • Internet marketing
  • Tracking and Analytics
  • Productivity

Please bring your questions and be prepared to chime in with your favorite tools and tips as well!

February Meeting: Skype with Barbara Cloyd

We are going to start out 2011 with a Skype visitor from Nashville. Barbara Cloyd will be visiting with us and sharing her top ten list of things song writers do that help them, and top ten list of things songwriters do that hurt them.

Barbara books the shows, and runs the open Mic and Nashville’s famous BlueBird Cafe. She has been a Nashville songwriter since the 80’s and wrote Lori Morgans “I Guess You Had To Be There”. She also runs a demo service, critique service, and pitch to the publisher workshops. She has seen scores of songwriters go through Nashville and has a unique perspective on songs and songwriters to share with us.

We will start our meeting at 7:00 and start our Skype session with Barbara at 7:30 (6:30 TN time) on Tuesday February 8, 2011. Remember to bring your latest song and 25 copies of lyrics for member critique after the Skype session.

Looking forward to seeing you all there! Happy writing,

2011 Kick-Off Meeting: CANCELLED

Freezing rain is predicted for tonight and with the cold temperatures the road will still be very dangerous for our meeting tomorrow. We are going to cancel it now instead of struggling and ending up with low attendance and dangerous drives home.

However, 2011 still needs to start with a big bang and a commitment to our wonderful writers and song writing. Since we have already set aside Tuesday at 7:00 for our meeting, we are moving it to your house! So at 7:00 tell your families you have a meeting. Retreat to a private room. Brainstorm titles, pick one, brainstorm a plot with the problem and a chorus with the resolution… and by 10:30 you will have written your best song of 2011… or at least you will have gotten a good start. We will be looking forward to sharing them at our February meeting!

See you then!
Stay warm and drive safely,

Fiona McAllister

p.s. Don’t forget with your membership comes many great webcasts… watch and extra one since we missed this meeting. Also remember Song Finishers will be meeting on the 4th Tuesday — and put March 29th on the calendar for a group trip to Nashville for the worlds largest all songwriter festival Tin Pan South, March 29 to April 2.

Plus for NSAI for Spring Training April 1-2!

Charlotte Music Awards and Christmas Social

Tonight (December 14th) is our annual Christmas and holiday social at The Well. We’ll have lots of good eats, networking, plus a time of fellowship and open mic, please bring your guitar (piano available at The Well) and a song! If at all possible, please bring a side dish, appetizer or dessert to share.

Also want to inform those that didn’t see the article in the Charlotte Observer, our very own Fiona McAllister accepted a special recognition award for the Charlotte chapter at last week’s Charlotte Music Awards ceremony. Congrats to NSAI and all the award recipients.

Hope you can make it… see you tonight!

NSAI Song Contest DEADLINE is this Weekend!

If you’ve not gotten your song(s) submitted, the deadline is this coming Sunday, October 31st. All entries have to be postmarked by then, or you can use Sonicbids… either way, time’s almost up!

NSAI (CMT) Song Contest

September Meeting: Skype with George Teren!

OK, so you can’t miss this months meeting tomorrow night because we have George Teran!  He wrote “I’m a Real Good Man” for Tim McGraw.  (Fiona’s favorite McGraw song ever!)  George will be visiting us through Skype, talking about writing for the celebrities, and taking questions from our group.  Here is some more scoop on this songwriter icon.

George is an NSAI Vice President, serves on the Membership Committee and also participates as an Adopt-a-Shop mentor.  He serves on the Legislative Committee and has lobbied with NSAI in Washington, D.C.  George’s songwriting credits include Chuck Wicks’ “Stealing Cinderella,” the Brad Paisley-Dolly Parton duet “When I Get Where I’m Going,” which was named one of NSAI’s “Ten Songs I Wish I’d Written” for 2006. George is also the writer of Gretchen Wilson’s “Homewrecker,” Trace Adkins’ “Ladies Love Country Boys,” Tim McGraw’s “Real Good Man,” the Tracy Byrd-Mark Chesnutt duet “A Good Way To Get On My Bad Side,” Gary Allan’s “Man Of Me,” Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Busy Man,” Rick Trevino’s “Running Out Of Reasons To Run,” Kevin Sharp’s “She’s Sure Taking It Well” and Billy Dean’s “I’m Not Built That Way.” George also has written, produced and sung radio and TV themes for the NBA, College Football and the Winter Olympics.

Bring a song for critique and register for our fast-approaching workshop in October! See you tomorrow night (September 14) at 7:00 PM at The Well in Pineville!

Fiona, Carl and Angelo


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