Date/Time: January 12th, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
# of Attendees: 21
ANNOUNCEMENTS: I started off the meeting with a “Welcome to 2016! It’s going to be a Great Year”! Doak Turner, our first NSAI Charlotte Coordinator, who now lives in Nashville, TN, reminded me that this is our Chapter’s 20th Anniversary! So Happy Anniversary Charlotte! Fiona has been a member of our Chapter for 13 of those years with 10 serving as Coordinator. Talk about giving back! Words can’t really capture our appreciation, but Misty and I want to Thank You Fiona for your continued service on behalf of the group!
Then leading into what our National Office in Nashville and we has a local Chapter have planned for the month of May. I started by asking how many folks have been to Tin Pan South? Only a few. So I took the opportunity to cover what this years event in Nashville, TN, currently has advertised on their National Web page. As part of that week long event…I addressed NSAI’s Spring Training, NSAI’s web page say’s “It is two power-pack days of inspirational panels, intense education and a hard-knock look into the business and craft of songwriting with some of the top names in the industry. There is also a pitch opportunity with a Nashville publisher of the attendee’s choice. Approximately 300 aspiring songwriters of all backgrounds, genres and experience from around the globe attend each year, making it an excellent place to find new co-writers and network.” The event fills up quickly so you need to sign up now! Fiona also brought up the Tin Pan South Passes, and quickly explained to the group the concerts that are held in the evenings. Which are also available on the National Web page for NSAI membership.
We are having a very Special Event here in Charlotte on May 14th, so mark your calendars because Nashville is coming to Charlotte! Our Charlotte Chapter, due to our growth, has been chosen as one of four locations in the U.S. selected to host an NSAI Regional Workshop. Some of the top industry professionals/publishers will descend on Charlotte for this one day event. They will be putting on a workshop and you will get to pitch songs to publishers. They are lining up a hotel and food venors as we speak, so as we get more information we will put it out, but for right now save the date! This is extremely exciting for the Charlotte area!!!
With that I turned the floor over to Misty. Misty recapped last year, which saw NSAI Charlotte triple our membership numbers and branch out doing things we’ve never tried before! Such as in house, seasonal, song circles, having more local professionals teaching most of our classes, like Julie Dean teaching her amazing voice lesson and Glenn Shelby teaching one of his CPCC songwriting lessons, then blowing us all away with his song critiques, etc, etc… Every month was filled with something great, and we want to continue that this year. To do that we asked for members input. What is it you would like to see or do? What was your favorite meeting? Consensus was Peter Mulvey’s Songwriting Workshop, Glenn Selby, Julie Dean, in house song circles. So Misty is already in talks with Ellis Paul’s manager Ralph on getting a workshop together with Ellis Paul on Saturday, March 19th, before he plays at the Evening Muse that evening. Glenn, along with Tony Thomas, one of our favorite members, will be back at our February 9th meeting, so have a song you really want a good critique on with 25 copies of your lyrics ready to go. And of course Julie will be with us. As for our in house, seasonal song circles, Fiona came of with a great idea to make them even better. We are going to open with a sing along, and if anyone has a favorite cover that can be a sing along bring additional lyrics and we will add them to the mix as we go around the circle. Misty will take them home and make books for everyone.
Also Misty addressed our Chapter hosting our own Songwriter Rounds at the Evening Muse, during the months of October and March. She has already coordinated with Sarrah at EagleSpeak Coffee for NSAI Charlotte to put on two Charity Concerts “Music for Music”. One will be on April 3rd from 4:00 p.m.- and the other will be on August 21st from from 4:00 pm -. We want to take our music and give a night of music back to people who could not normally enjoy that, so each performer gets to place a name/plus one in a hat. And we will be sending them to the TMP. The first one is on Saturday, April 16th, and the second one is Saturday, September, 10th. We will ask for a $7 donation and they get to come listen to our songwriter rounds, we will have a back room of free food, and of course they can buy of all Sarrah’s coffee drinks, beer and wine. So the first one will be in the Spring and the second one will be in the Fall. So we will start organizing the line up. Everyone will play three songs, and I will have a poster made. Our group has grown, we have great talent, lots of fun, now let’s give some of that back to our communtiy.
Barbara Gardner, gave the group a heads up on, Peter Mulvey, one of NSAI Charlotte’s favorite singer/songwriter’s coming to Huntersville, NC, Saturday, January 23rd, at 8:00 p.m. The address is Wynfield Forest Clubhouse, 15722 Creek Parkway. Ticket info is at petermulvey.com. The venue is BYOB and you can take in your own food. Misty has organized a caravan from Charlotte to Huntersville for the concert, so if you are interested in going with her and group just send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or a text at 980.297.4975.
Laura Rabell reminded us of NSAI’s Wednesday’s with a Pro, Also, they will now be livebroadcasting their “Wednesday with a Pro” events. On January 20th, the pro is Craig Wiseman! https://www.nashvillesongwriters.com/craig-wiseman-online-attendance. Thanks Laura!
After the break, 10 folks presented new songs. I know I sound like a broken record, but we have some really talented writers/performer’s in our Chapter!!! Typically, I don’t single any one out, but this time I will make an exception. Two weeks from this past Sunday, Laura will be traveling to Nashville to compete for a performing slot at the Bluebird. She has also been selected for an audition for the TV show The Voice on February 21st. Regardless of whether she gets selected this time or not, it is going to happen. This is a huge accomplishment and we wish her the very best. We are extremely proud of her!!!!!!.
Thank you to all of our members for a great meeting. Remember….It All Begins With a Song.
Bobby, Misty and Fiona, Coordinators