Location: The Well, 220 Main St. Pineville, NC
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Attendance: 18Minutes by: Bobby Davis
ANNOUNCEMENTS: I opened the meeting with an update on Spring Training and Tin Pan South coming up in early April in Nashville, TN. The event is selling out quickly, folks who want to attend will need to get signed up. I then covered the upcoming, “Nashville Comes to Charlotte” on May 14th, 2016. Tentatively, the location looks like it will be at the Holiday Inn in Uptown. Misty conveyed how big of an honor this was to have Charlotte chosen as one of the four locations throughout the entire U.S. based on a number of factors. Folks will be coming from all over to attend this event and there will be an Open Mic later that evening. What a great opportunity to “Showcase” our members and other singer/songwriters in the surrounding area. It’s also a great opportunity to attend the one day workshop with leading industry professionals, coupled with an opportunity to pitch your best song to some of the top publishers in the business without having to travel to Nashville in hopes of getting a one on one with one of these publishers. Misty went over the details of our March 19th Ellis Paul Songwriting Workshop and his performance later that evening at the Evening Muse. If you and/or a friend are still interested in attending please check our website for details NSAICharlotte.com and/or contact Misty at email@example.com. It is only $20.00 the day of the event and that will include a lite lunch. Additionally, several of our members mentioned upcoming gigs that they were playing at and since these gigs have passed I will not include them in the minutes, but I’ve been told there was a good turn out. However, it just goes to show, that many of our members are performing routinely throughout the Charlotte area, with support from the group. Finally, Rebecca and her husband Jason have found a new Open Mic in Ballantyne Village at Rush Espresso Cafe and Wine Bar. The place is new and the owner is a big music lover with homes in Nashville and Charlotte, so there was some talk about our group doing so Open Mics over there together. They have all the equipment and support you would need. Glenn Selby also knew all about Rush.LESSON: Tonight’s lesson was “Critiques”. Misty covered a general guide that Fiona had compiled, and I tied her comments in with the 12 critiques offered yearly to all NSAI members through the National web page. The objective of both is to make us better songwriters! Glenn Selby lead us in our critiques, and we were thankful that Tony Thomas was in attendance to lend his experience in songwriter. It made for a great night of music and learning. Out of the 18 people in attendance 14 presented songs for very detailed critiques. There were some really cool and well crafted songs. Charlotte’s Got Talent!Finally, Misty reminded us that next month-March is our “Kick-off to Spring Song Circle”. Bring friends and family and come really to play some music. We hope everyone can make it.Til next month….Remember….It All Begins With A Song.Bobby Davis, Fiona McAllister, Misty Simpson