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A History of CSA: The First Decade (1979-1989)

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Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting

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The general public is welcome to attend any CSA event and to join the Association!  If you need additional information or directions, e-mail us.  Success comes from opportunity, and opportunity comes from involvement -- We have been helping writers and artists achieve their goals since 1979 !  Get Involved in CSA!

This calendar provides a wealth of opportunities to be part of a creative community of songwriters and artists. The secret to achieving your goals in music is being INVOLVED!    That means attending meetings and concerts and volunteering to help out,  where you will learn from others, network with others, and make yourself known to others.  The single biggest factor in achieving success is BEING THERE  and becoming a FAMILIAR FACE !   Support these CSA events -- an investment in CSA is an investment in yourself !   In addition to the events below, check out these other resources and opportunities:

Connecticut Songwriting Academy

Connecticut Songwriting Resources

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Songwriter Services

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CSA 2017 CALENDAR

2017 EVENTS


 


COMING SEPTEMBER 26:

CSA Launches a new monthly Songwriter Showcas & Open Mice series.

7-9pm, Groton Congregational Church, 160 Monument St, Groton.
Sound System Provided.
If you are interested in performing, please contact us ASAP! (info@ctsongs.com)

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OCTOBER 10: CSA PRO WORKSHOP

with Industry Pro Janey Street
(sign up now!)

Janey Street is a signed recording artist with songs on Billboard  charts, and several film/TV placements.  Janey has worked with many of the top names in the industry. 

Janey Street

Tuesday October 10, 7:15pm at the Mystic Morgan House,  121 High St, Mystic CT.   Come and learn how to get your music into film amnd TV, directly from someone who is having lots of current success.   The workshop is $20 for members, $25 for non-members, and pre-registration is recommended.  (check to CSA PO Box 511, Mystic CT 06355)
Janey will listen to your songs and provide feedback, and songs will be critiqued in the order that registration is received.

COME AND LEARN- BRING A FRIEND!

 

 

 

PREVIOUS 2017 EVENTS


JANUARY 22 12:00-5:00pm
FULL-DAY Songwriting Workshop
Amistad Hall, 75 Main St, Farminton
(includes lunch)

Bill Pere Workshop

A LOOK AT MYTHS , REALITIES  AND
CURRENT TRENDS IF THE CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF SONGWRITING

-What's true, What's not …
-What's current, What's not...
-What's working, What isn't...
-What to seek out, What to avoid...
-What's worth your time, What isn't...
-Who is your audience, Who isn’t
-How to work with a producer -- and How not…
-CDs - Downloads  - Streaming - Video – What to do?
- How to Promote, How Not to…
-Plus Special Topics on Rhythm, Melody, 
And much more information that you rarely get elsewhere!
CRITIQUE SESSION INCLUDED!
BRING A SONG ON CD OR DO IT LIVE, WITH 15 COPIES OF YOUR LYRIC SHEET,  AND RECEIVE VALUABLE CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK

 $ 25 PRE_REGISTRATIONS GET A FREE CSA COMPILATION CD!  Free lunch is included.
Contact: Becky Bridges 860-309-9704 -- rebecca_bridges@snet.net

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SONG DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP !
Plus an update on
Tax Issues For Independent Artists

Tuesday Feb 7, 2017,
Mystic Morgan House
121 High St, Mystic

Bring a song on CD or do it live, with multiple copies of lyric sheet,
and receive in-depth constructive feedback.
This program is FREE to members,  $5 for non-members.

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March 24-25,
Congress Hall, Cape May, NJ

The 10th annual Singer-Songwriter Conference
CSA will be there!

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APRIL 7-9 2017 

CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT
Don't be left out!

See why have  folks come thousands of miles,  from across the US and Canada to participate!

APRIL 7-9 2017: CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT

retreat

CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT!
Camp Wightman, Coal Pit Hill Rd,
North Stonington, CT 
(info, FAQ's,  and directions)


 

Presented all across the U.S. -- Now brought to your doorstep!  A weekend of total immersion into the world of songwriting, in a beautiful rustic setting that is conducive to learning and creating new things.

You will get College Level Master Classes in all aspects of the craft and business of songwriting, based on the groundbreaking concepts of   Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting". Guaranteed to give you practical and actionable tools and techniques for helping you optimize your songs and take your writing to a new level.  This concentrated immersion in the songcrafting process will provide more information in 3 days than you would get in several years of monthly CSA meetings.

Good home cooked meals and 2 nights of comfortable lodging are all included, so you do not have to think about anything but your music.  

Conducted by Grammy-winner and author of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book", Bill Pere, named one of the Top 50 Innovators and Guiding Lights of the Music Industry" by Music Connection Magazine. and Kay Pere,  nationally known vocal and creativity coach.

The information and insight presented here was developed exclusively by Bill in more than 30 years of working with thousands of songwriters, including many of the top names in the industry and is not available anywhere else. You will not find more down-to-earth, practical, and well-researched information under any one roof.  These innovative techniques, presented and acclaimed at workshops coast to coast, are now brought together in one intensive weekend.

JUMP-START YOUR CAREER AND GET ON THE FAST-TRACK

SIGN UP NOW FOR THE 2016 CSA Weekend Songwriting Retreat! 
April 7-9 2017.   Three days with just your music.  Meals and lodging provided.
Get 35 years' worth of CSA knowledge in one weekend!  At a low enough cost to be considered one of the best values in the industry!

See why folks have come from across the U.S. and Canada and have called this weekend "Life-Changing" "Transformative", and "Inspiring"!

LIMITED TO 12 SLOTS -- DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND! -- REGISTER EARLY FOR LOWEST COST AND GUARANTEED SPOT

DETAILS HERE
(Pre-Registration is required - Limited to 12 slots - Register Now to Gurantee your spot!)

INFO and REGISTRATION

 

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Thursday, May 18 7:15pm
Music Business Workshop
Internet Promotion Strategies

Buttonwood Tree
605 Main St, Middletown

What are the best uses of your time and resources in promoting yourself and your songs using Internet tools?
-- Do's and Don'ts of Facebook
-- Do's and Don'ts of  You Tube
-- Bandcamp ? Reverbnation? Sonic Bids?
-- How to use AdWords
-- Best digital platforms
-- Website Strategies
-- Secret Tricks...
..and lots more.
Bring a song on CD or play it live , with lyric sheets,
and receive in-depth constructive feedback.
This program is FREE for members, $10 for non-members

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COMING Tuesday JUNE 6, 7:15pm
Mystic Morgan House, 121 High St, Mystic

CSA PRO WORKSHOP
with Talent Development Consultant Dani Felt from New York City
Dani runs Dani Felt Consulting, with clientsand contacts in all aspects of the music business.

This program is $5 for CSA members, $10 for non-members

 

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SATURDAY JULY 29, 2-5pm
Golden St, New London

SATURDAY JULY 29, 2-5pm. CSA will be hosting a Song Share and free music business consultations at the Tiny Town Festival sponsored by Spark MakerSpace in New London.
The festival is free, and runs Fri-Sat July 28-29 on Golden Street in New London. Come enjoy the festival. Bring an acoustic instrument, songs, and visit our CSA tent. Bring a friend. Keyboard provided.
Tiny Town is a two-day interactive street festival designed to have fun, test new ideas, and introduce education that inspires intentional living and ignites the potential of Southeastern Connecticut. Streets will be closed off outside of Spark Makerspace on Friday July 28th starting at 4pm and through the day on Saturday July 29th to create a mini village in the city through the placement of tiny houses, painted streetscapes, and programming.
Learn more at www.tinytownevents.com

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PREVIOUS 2016 EVENTS

Sunday January 31

MYTHS AND REALITIES OF THE CRAFT AND BUSINESS
OF SONGWRITING

What's true, What's not

What's current, What's not...

What's working, What isn't...

What to seek out, What to avoid...

What's worth your time, What isn't...

And much more information that you rarely get elsewhere!

CRITIQUE SESSION INCLUDED! BRING A SONG AND RECEIVE VALUABLE CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK

The program is $25 which includes lunch, and for CSA members, a FREE copy of the newest, compilation CD, to be released January 2016.

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Tuesday Feb 16. 7:15pm
Mystic Morgan House
CSA Workshop


(121 High St, Mystic )

The Do's and Don'ts of Working with Producers

-- Who is responsible for what?
-- When do you pay for what?
-- What should you have in-hand when you are "done"?
--What if you want to do some work in another studio?
-- Who gets credit for what and who owns what?
-- How do you resolve disputes?
-- How do you AVOID disputes?
-- How do you get the right people to do the right tasks?
-- How do you detect a very common scam?

And much more information that you rarely get elsewhere!

CRITIQUE SESSION INCLUDED!
BRING A SONG AND RECEIVE VALUABLE CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK

The program is FREE to members, $5 for non-members

(in the event of snow, check the website for status)

COME AND LEARN!

GET INVOLVED !

Tuesday March. 7:15pm
Buttonwood Tree, Middletown CT
CSA Workshop

(605 Main St)

Publishing, Royalties & Taxes for Songwriters & Artists

Among the most difficult things for creative folks to deal with are the many nuances of running a business based on creativity and intellectual property. Royalty streams, publishing and taxes are always near the top of the list.

Many writers and artists never get all the income or tax deductions that they are entitled to because they don't know what questions to ask or they just don't want to deal with the complexities. Using an accountant doesn’t always help because they can only work with the information you provide. If you don't provide some key points, you don't get all your royalties or you lose out on key tax deductions.

Do you know the primary royalty streams and where they come from and how they are calculated? Do you know the one key word in a publishing agreement that can make a difference of thousands of dollars? Do you know the biggest tax misconception that is even perpetuated by tax professionals?

This workshop will address the essential questions and make it all understandable so that you have a clear path ahead to maximize income while minimizing taxes.

And much more information that you rarely get elsewhere!

CRITIQUE SESSION INCLUDED!
BRING A SONG AND RECEIVE VALUABLE CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK

The program is FREE to members, $5 for non-members

(in the event of snow, check the website for status)

COME AND LEARN!

GET INVOLVED !

March 18-19, 2016 : SS Cape May Songwriter Conference

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APRIL 8-10 2016 

CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT
Don't be left out!

See why have  folks come thousands of miles,
from across the US and Canada to participate!

APRIL 8-10 2016: CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT

retreat

CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT!
Camp Wightman, Coal Pit Hill Rd,
North Stonington, CT 
(info, FAQ's,  and directions)


 

Presented all across the U.S. -- Now brought to your doorstep!  A weekend of total immersion into the world of songwriting, in a beautiful rustic setting that is conducive to learning and creating new things.

You will get College Level Master Classes in all aspects of the craft and business of songwriting, based on the groundbreaking concepts of   Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting". Guaranteed to give you practical and actionable tools and techniques for helping you optimize your songs and take your writing to a new level.  This concentrated immersion in the songcrafting process will provide more information in 3 days than you would get in several years of monthly CSA meetings.

Good home cooked meals and 2 nights of comfortable lodging are all included, so you do not have to think about anything but your music.  

Conducted by Grammy-winner and author of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book", Bill Pere, named one of the Top 50 Innovators and Guiding Lights of the Music Industry" by Music Connection Magazine.

The information and insight presented here was developed exclusively by Bill in more than 30 years of working with thousands of songwriters, including many of the top names in the industry and is not available anywhere else. You will not find more down-to-earth, practical, and well-researched information under any one roof.  These innovative techniques, presented and acclaimed at workshops coast to coast, are now brought together in one intensive weekend.

JUMP-START YOUR CAREER AND GET ON THE FAST-TRACK

SIGN UP NOW FOR THE 2016 CSA Weekend Songwriting Retreat! 
April 8-10 2016.   Three days with just your music.  Meals and lodging provided.
Get 35 years' worth of CSA knowledge in one weekend!  At a low enough cost to be considered one of the best values in the industry!

See why folks have come from across the U.S. and Canada and have called this weekend "Life-Changing" "Transformative", and "Inspiring"!

LIMITED TO 12 SLOTS -- DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND! -- REGISTER EARLY FOR LOWEST COST AND GUARANTEED SPOT

DETAILS HERE
(Pre-Registration is required - Limited to 12 slots - Register Now for Lowest Rate)

INFO and REGISTRATION

 

 

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CSA MAY MEETING

The Annual Collaboration Workshop!
Tuesday May 17, 7:15pm, Mystic Morgan House

121 High St, Mystic

Many great songs are written by two or more people working together.  The process can be very rewarding or it can be a disaster.

So much depends on what you know about people, creative process, and also about the business aspects of jointly owning a piece of intellectual property. There are many bernefits to be had, and many pitfalls to be avoided.

We'll take a look at the many aspects of collaboration, hear some case studies, and then, we'll write!  It is amazing what can be written in an hour with people that you've not worked with before.

COME- EXPERIENCE-LEARN

The meeting is FREE to members, $5 for non-members.

 

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CSA PRO WORKSHOP
JUNE 14, 7:15 PM


Buttonwood Tree,
Middletown CT  (605 Main St

Effective Use of Social Media!)

 

With nationally known career coach,
Deb Russell, of  "The Artist's Edge"

 

An amazing opportunity for songwriters and performing artists.

$15 for members, $20 for non-members.

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ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS CONCERT
SEPT 10, 3-5pm at the
Coogan Farm Nature & Heritage Center
126 Greenmanville Ave (Rt 27)
Mystic CT

featuring winners from the CSA Environmental Songwriting Contest, plus several guest artists
(winners to be announced mid-August)


COME HEAR OUR CONTEST WINNERS AND SOME GREAT ARTISTS WITH SONGS TO RAISE ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS. 
Bring a lawn chair, picnic blanket, and enjoy the afternoon in a a beautiful natural setting.   Rain or Shine.
Info about this amazing concert venue ===> HERE


COME JOIN US! BRING A FRIEND!


CONCERT DETAILS HERE

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CSA MEETING FOR SEPTEMBER
SEPT 13, 7:15pm,  Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main St, Middletown

The Ins and Outs of Song Contests. 
What goes on behind the scenes?
Learn about the differnt kinds of song contest. 
Which, if any, are right for you?  How do to maximize your chances?
CSA President Bill Pere has run and organized and judged many national and international contests and has lots of inside info to share.
This program is FREE to members, $5 for non-members.
COME AND LEARN.   BRING A FRIEND.
Critique Session to follow.    Bring a song to present.

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CSA OCTOBER In-Depth WORKSHOPS
Saturday, Oct 22
at the Farmington Valley Acoustic Festival
Winding Trails Campground,
Winding Trails Drive, Farmington CT

MUSIC -- WORKSHOPS -- OPEN MIC
Music/Workshops all day from 12-6 on 3 stages. 


CSA in-Depth Workshops on Songwriting and Vocal Performance
from 1pm-5pm.  One admission price ($10 advance, $15 at the gate) gets you in for all the music and workshops. Open Mic and Fiddle contest too!.  Gates open at 11am.    Come enjoy the incredibly beeautiful trails and grounds, while you learn new ways to move yourself forward along your chosen path.  Bring a song to present for critique - multiuple copies of lyric sheets required!  Full details and performance roster in the CSA Newsletter and at:
http://tinyurl.com/z8mujrf

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CSA -LUNCH HUNGER AWARENESS CONCERT
Sunday November 13 4-6pm
First Church Congregational,
190 Court St Middletown

COME SUPPORT CSA COMMUNITY OUTREACH. BRING A FRIEND

 

Bill Pere - Middletown Concert

 

 

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DECEMBER 3
The 20th Annual LUNCH HOLIDAY SHOW
to benefiot local social services

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PREVIOUS 2015 EVENTS

-- CSA   FEBRUARY WORKSHOP --
Tuesday, Feb 10 7:15pm,
Mystic Morgan House, 121 High St, Mystic

SONG DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

There are well-crafted songs that are not hits, and there are not-so-well-crafted songs that do become hits.  "Craft" and "Popularity" are separate song parameters. not necessarily tied together.

We'll listen to some songs that are considered "successful" and look at whether or not they are well-crafted.   Then you may present your songs and we'll have an
in-depth critique to provide you with constructive feedback.

To have a song critiqued,  bring multiple lyric sheets,  and a song on CD or mp3 device, or do it live.   CSA criotiques are considered among the best in the industry.
We'll see you there, and bring a friend!


This meeting is FREE for members, $5 for non-members.     
See you there, and bring a friend!

-- MORE CSA  FEB/MARCH EVENTS --

(The CSA MARCH meeting will be the Feb 21 event)

Saturday February 21 9am-5pm at University of Massachusetts (UMASS) in Lowell, MA. CSA teams up with the New England Music Awards to present a songwriting workshop, and a day of mentoring along with panels and workshops from many music professionals on a range of topics. There is no better way to network than to attend a conference – and it is FREE! Details here: nemacon15   


ALSO IN MARCH, Fri-Sat March 27-28 at Congress Hall, Cape May, NJ: The Annual  Singer-Songwriter Conference (SS Cape May). Two days of great workshops and panels with current music professionals. CSA will be there with 3 workshops and a mentoring station.
DETAILS: www.sscapemay.com

 

 

 

APRIL 10-12 2015 

CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT
 Don't be left out!

See why have  folks come thousands of miles,
from across the US and Canada to participate!

APRIL 10-12 2015: CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT

retreat

CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT!
Camp Wightman, Coal Pit Hill Rd,
North Stonington, CT 
(info, FAQ's,  and directions)


 

Presented all across the U.S. -- Now brought to your doorstep!  A weekend of total immersion into the world of songwriting, in a beautiful rustic setting that is conducive to learning and creating new things.

You will get College Level Master Classes in all aspects of the craft and business of songwriting, based on the groundbreaking concepts of   Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting". Guaranteed to give you practical and actionable tools and techniques for helping you optimize your songs and take your writing to a new level.  This concentrated immersion in the songcrafting process will provide more information in 3 days than you would get in several years of monthly CSA meetings.

Good meals and 2 nights of comfortable lodging are all included, so you do not have to think about anything but your music.   (

Conducted by Grammy-winner and author of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book", Bill Pere, named one of the Top 50 Innovators and Guiding Lights of the Music Industry" by Music Connection Magazine.

The information and insight presented here was developed exclusively by Bill in more than 30 years of working with thousands of songwriters, including many of the top names in the industry and is not available anywhere else. You will not find more down-to-earth, practical, and well-researched information under any one roof.  These innovative techniques, presented and acclaimed at workshops coast to coast, are now brought together in one intensive weekend.

JUMP-START YOUR CAREER AND GET ON THE FAST-TRACK

SIGN UP NOW FOR THE 2015 CSA Weekend Songwriting Retreat! 
April 10-12 2015.   Three days with just your music.  Meals and lodging provided.
Get 35 years' worth of CSA knowledge in one weekend!  At a low enough cost to be considered one of the best values in the industry!

See why folks have come from across the U.S. and Canada and have called this weekend "Life-Changing" "Transformative", and "Inspiring"!

LIMITED TO 12 SLO -- DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND! -- JUST A FEW SLOTS LEFT !

DETAILS HERE
(Pre-Registration is required - Limited to 12 slots - Register Now for Lowest Rate)

INFO and REGISTRATION

Tuesday, May 25   7:15pm
at the Mystic Morgan House
121 High St, Mystic CT

CSA SPRING PRO WORKSHOP with

Industry Pro Norman Dolph

Learn the Ins and Outs of the popular tool known as Music X-ray
and how it can help you get airplay. 

This meeting is $10 for members,  $15 for non-members.

CRITIQUE SESSION TO FOLLOW
Bring a song with multiple lyric sheets  for constructive feedback

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Tuesday June  9, 7:15pm 
Buttonwood Tree, Middletown  CT


The Connecticut Songwriters Association Presents a Creative Process Workshop for writers and artists.
"Journaling For Creative Abundance" is a program developed by music pro and creativity coach Jim Clark,
formerly of the band "Amber Blues"

Describing the program, Mr Clark states:

After many years in the music business as a performer, writer, and producer,  I found my focus shifting into a more active role as a Musically Oriented Energy Worker, Creative Life-Coach, and Healer.  My most recent endeavor has been the development of  "Moon Magick,  Manifestation, and Journaling for Abundance.", a workshop focused on integrating many different practices  into a unified program that strives to create a positive life-perspective,  boost productivity and unlock creative stagnancy for participants. "

The workshop combines creative-writing, stimulating prompts and  journaling models with  lunar calendars, astrology, and metaphysical energy work, to cultivate practices that nurture a creative, sustainable, and abundant life.

This workshop is for:
• Anyone who feels that they are artistically, emotionally, personally, or professionally blocked
• Anyone who is seeking an outlet for expression, a source of inspiration, and/or exploration into the world of Metaphysical Arts.  

CRITIQUE SESSION TO FOLLOW
Attendees may present a song on CD or live, with multiple copies of types lyric sheets, and receive constructive feedback.

This program is $5 for CSA members, $10 for non-members.

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SUMMER PROGRAMS:

 

AUGUST 20: The Craft and Business of Songwriting at the Music Bureau, Salem CT.

Thursday Aug 20, 7:00 pm at the Music Bureau, 1 New London Rd (Rt 85) Salem CT.  Come check pout all the great guitars and gear at the Music Bureau, and  get an in-depth presentation of what you need to write great songs, and an in-depth,  Level-3 critique of attendees songs.  $15 for CSA members,
$20 for non-members. 

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SEPTEMBER 2015

-- SONG DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP --
Wed, Sept 9, 7:15pm at
The Buttonwood Tree, 
605 N Main St, Middletown CT

CSA presents a Song Development Workshop In-depth, constructive feedback is invaluable for finding points in your song that can be tweaked for improvement. A true Level-3 critique can uncover strengths and weaknesses you might never have been aware of. Come and bring a song for in-depth critique and receive valuable constructive feedback from supportive folks. Present your song live or on CD, and please bring multiple copies of typed lyric sheets. This program is free to members, $5 for non- members. See you there, and bring a friend!

GET INVOLVED !

 

 

OCTOBER 2015

-- RHYTHM WORKSHOP --
Wed,  Oct 7 7:15pm
Mystic Morgan House,
121 High St, Mystic

The CSA October meeting will be held Wed, Oct 7, 7:15pm at the Mystic Morgan House. CSA presents a Rhythm Workshop. Of all the many aspects of music and songwriting, rhythm mastery is the one thing that most writers and musicians find elusive, both for prosody and for recording.

What is the difference between 3/4 time and 6/8? What are the 5 primary ways to split 4/4 time? What is the relationship of musical syncopation to lyrical prosody? How can you make a drum machine sound "real"? What do swing and shuffle really mean? These are just a few of the key questions that can make or break a song or a recording.  The program is $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

COME AND LEARN!

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-COMMUNITY OUTREACH-
Hunger Awareness Concert
Sun, Oct 25, 4pm
Preston City Congregational Church,
321 Rt 164m Preston City

 

NOVEMBER 2015

-- RHYTHM WORKSHOP PART 2--
Tue Nov 10 7:15pm
Mystic Morgan House,
121 High St, Mystic

At last month's Rhythm Workshop, we looked at how to identify different rhythms that you hear in a song – but that leaves one important question – How do you translate what you hear into a playable rhythm on guitar or keyboard?

How do you actually PLAY 6/8 so that it doesn't sound like 3/4? How do you play 7/4 or 9/8 or swing rhythms at any tempo and still maintain expressive control? How do you deal with syncopated rhythms and add dynamic and timbre variations that add 'zing' to your song?

Most people can hear and understand rhythms – but actually playing them expressively, integrating dynamics and timbre, often poses a challenge.

Bring your guitar and be prepared to work on some techniques that will give you new tools to bring to your songwriting and performance and move you forward. (The is a piano in the room for keyboard players)

The program is $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

COME AND LEARN!

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DECEMBER 2015

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PREVIOUS 2014 EVENTS

January 14,  2014
7
:15pm at the Morgan House in Mystic
121 High St, Mystic CT

"8 Keys to Success in the Music Business"

This groundbreaking workshop has been presented at conferences across the U.S.

     The music industry is first and foremost a people-driven business,  Success is based on networking and personal relationships.  In taking a song from creation to realization,  there are many roles that must be filled, and skills
which must be brought to bear.
     Understanding how a person prefers to take in information, make decisions, and communicate with others
gives you an immeasurable advantage in negotiation, selling, collaborating, and working as part of a group.

Why do bands break up ?
What's really happening when there are creative differences?"
Why are some collaborations successful while others fail ?
What makes any relationship flourish ?
What are the key words you need to get someone to say "yes" to your proposal ?
What marketing tactics will work best for your target audience?
What kind of agent can best represent you ?
How you find the right producer ?
Why is a person drawn to a particular style of music ?
Why do some metaphors resonate with you, while others leave you cold ?
Can successful couples be successful business and artistic partners ?
What are your strengths and gaps as a Writer/ Artist ?

  The answers to these and many other key questions will help you move more smoothly and quickly along
your chosen path
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More Workshop Details Here

This meeting is FREE for members, $5 for non-members.

CRITIQUE SESSION TO FOLLOW

Bring a song with lyric sheets
 for constructive feedback
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Tue Feb 11, Mystic Morgan House,  121 High St, Mystic ((Directions))

"Tax Strategies For Songwriters and Artists to Maximize Your Benefits"

Being a singer-songwriter gives you a tremendous number of tax breaks that can slash your taxes and increase your refund. Many folks are just not aware of how to use these tax breaks. There are huge legitimate deductions you can take if you know how, even if you never make a penny of income from your music. You canít rely on an accountant to do it for you because any tax preparer can only work with the information you give them. If you don't know what they need and the format in which they need it, you could be leaving significant amounts of money on the table. Come and learn how to put some extra dollars in your pocket by learning some simple facts about what it means to be a songwriter or artist.

CRITIQUE SESSION TO FOLLOW!

Bring a song on CD  or do it live, with multiple lyric sheets, and receive constructive feedback.

This meeting is free for members, $5 for non-members.

GET INVOLVED !

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-- MARCH CSA Meeting
   Tue, Mar 11, Morgan House,
   121 High St, Mystic (
(Directions)

 MUSIC WORKSHOP!

TUNESPARKER 
with special guest, Jon Gammell

Coming up with great lyrics is difficult enough, but supporting those lyrics with melodies and chord progressions that are fresh yet accessible is also a great challenge. Itís too easy to wind up using the same phrases and progressions over and over again, or finding it difficult to effectively re-shape scales and keys to give you exciting variations in your music. Ö.
Enter TUNESPARKER. Tunesparker is a software program developed by Jon Gammell that does exactly that Ė show you a new world of options when you are trying to set chords to a melody or a melody to chords. Its ability to show you the full range of scales and chords that can work with your current song is an amazing asset in creating that magical balance of the familiar and the unexpected that makes for memorable music.  Jon will be on hand to present and demonstrate the software, and to provide a special offer for CSA members.

This meeting is $5 for members,
$10 for non-members.

CRITIQUE SESSION TO FOLLOW

Bring a song with multiple lyric sheets
 for constructive feedback

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APRIL 4-6

CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT
 Don't be left out!

See why have  folks come thousands of miles,
from across the US and Canada to participate!

APRIL 4-6 2014: CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT

APRIL 4-6 2014  --  CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT!
Camp Wightman, Coal Pit Hill Rd,
North Stonington, CT 
(info, FAQ's,  and directions)


 

Presented all across the U.S. -- Now brought to your doorstep!  A weekend of total immersion into the world of songwriting, in a beautiful rustic setting that is conducive to learning and creating new things.

You will get College Level Master Classes in all aspects of the craft and business of songwriting, based on the groundbreaking concepts of   Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting". Guaranteed to give you practical and actionable tools and techniques for helping you optimize your songs and take your writing to a new level.  This concentrated immersion in the songcrafting process will provide more information in 3 days than you would get in several years of monthly CSA meetings.

Good meals and 2 nights of comfortable lodging are all included, so you do not have to think about anything but your music.   (

Conducted by Grammy-winner and author of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book", Bill Pere, named one of the Top 50 Innovators and Guiding Lights of the Music Industry" by Music Connection Magazine.

The information and insight presented here was developed exclusively by Bill in more than 30 years of working with thousands of songwriters, including many of the top names in the industry and is not available anywhere else. You will not find more down-to-earth, practical, and well-researched information under any one roof.  These innovative techniques, presented and acclaimed at workshops coast to coast, are now brought together in one intensive weekend.

JUMP-START YOUR CAREER AND GET ON THE FAST-TRACK

SIGN UP NOW FOR THE 2014 CSA Weekend Songwriting Retreat! 
April 4-6 2014.   Three days with just your music.  Meals and lodging provided.
Get several years' worth of CSA knowledge in one weekend!  At a low enough cost to be considered one of the best values in the industry!

See why folks have come from across the U.S. and Canada and have called this weekend "Life-Changing" "Transformative", and "Inspiring"!

LIMITED TO 12 SLOTS -- DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND!

DETAILS HERE
(Pre-Registration is required - Limited to 12 slots - Register Now for Lowest Rate)

INFO and REGISTRATION

 

 

NEXT EVENTS:

April 11 - Pete Seeger Tribute concert,  7:30pm, All Souls UU Church, Jay St. New London

April 26 -- 8th Annual Voices For Hope / Harry Chapin Tribute Event,
                 Union Baptist Church, Mystic

 

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CSA MAY MEETING

THE CSA ANNUAL COLLABORATION WORKSHOP

TUESDAY MAY 13, Mystic Morgan House
 121 High St, Mystic ((Directions)

The annual CSA Collaboration Workshop is a popular CSA event You can arrive either at 5pm for free pizza and free consultations, or at 7:15pm for the regular collaboration meeting. (or any time in between).  From 5pm-7pm there will be free pizza and time for free individual free consultation and in-depth critique on any aspect of music business collaboration -- Working with producers, vocalists, other writers, splitting costs, administering copyrights, etc.  We'll address your specific questions and interests.  Beginning at 7:15, we'll start the actual collaboration process,  teaming up with folks you've never worked with and working together to create a song in 60 minutes.  This program has been presented at many venues across the U.S. and some amazing results have come from these

This meeting is $5 for members,
$10 for non-members.

CRITIQUE SESSION TO FOLLOW

Bring a song with multiple lyric sheets
 for constructive feedback

GET INVOLVED !

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Tusday June 10, 7:15pm
Glastonbury YMCA, Welles St (Fox Run Mall)
 (Directions)

CSA Song Development Workshop
It's time to start getting your songs in shape for the September Pro-Workshop when we will be joined by a  top industry pro from NYC. .
Bring your works in progress or any song you wish to the June meeting and get in-depth constructive feedback.  This can help you decide what to present at the September Pro-Workshop.

This meeting is Free for members,
$5 for non-members. See you there, and bring a friend!

Our June meeting will be an in-depth all-critique session. Bring your works-in- progress with
15 copies of typed lyric sheets and get valuable constructive feedback on your songs. We will have time to do a thorough discussion of each song. Songs may be presented live or on CD. If you only have an mp3 version on a mobile device, bring a mini-patch cable.  CSA is known for providing among the best critiques in the industry!   


This program is free to members, $5 for non-members

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Saturday July 12,  1pm-6pm
 

PERFORMANCE EVENT IN JULY!

CSA is invited for a performance and networking event: The 11th Annual House Party and Jam in Wethersfield. This is an amazing venue and creative opportunity for all.

Enclosed sound stage, and a full sound system and backline is provided. Great food, fun, and the company of other creative folks.

Come share your songs and let other musicians find parts in your songs that you never knew existed – or bring your lead sheets so that others can play along with you.

Hosted by John Pytel and Gary Gidman. Please bring your own folding chairs. More details inside

FULL DETAILS  at: www.housepartyandjam.com

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CSA TAKES THE MONTH OF AUGUST OFF -- SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER

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CSA FALL PRO WORKSHOP
Saturday Sept 13,  1pm-5pm
Mystic Morgan House, 121 High St, Mystic  
(Directions)

CSA FALL PRO WORKSHOP with top hit songwriter Alex  Forbes.   Come and learn, and present your songs to a pro.  With several national Billboard hits and many film/TV placements, Alex is one of the most successful contemporary songwriters, having worked with some of the biggest artists and producers in the business.

Alex will share her business and creative insights, and listen to your songs to provide valuable feedback  -- and maybe pass along songs with potential to her contacts.

Pre-register now as space is limited. The workshop is $20 for members, $25 for non-members.
Register with Paypal below or by mail: (CSA PO Box 511, Mystic CT 06355).
 

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CSA MEETING
Tuesday, Oct 14, 7:15pm
Mystic Morgan House 121 High St, Mystic

DISPELLING THE MYTHS OF THE MUSIC BUSINESS

There are many notions about the craft and business of songwriting which are completley false, yet thay persist for years and years and are passed along even among industry pros as fact and truth.  From song structure to copyright to chord names to production, these misconceptions can take you down paths that cause confusion and miscommunication, and can drain your paocketbook.  Come and learn.   

This meeting is free to members, $5 for non-members.    
See you there, and bring a friend!

GET INVOLVED !

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CSA PRO WORKSHOP
Saturday Nov 8, 9:30am - 11:30am
Mystic Morgan House, 121 High St, Mystic

Another opportunity to learn from and be heard by the pros! Joining us from Philadelphia is producer and composer Dr. Lou DeLise.

Dr. Lou is one of those rare people who has done almost everything in the music business. With classical training from Julliard and a PhD in music arts and composition, Lou has worked with many music icons in the realms of jazz, pop, and classical music including Luciano Pavarotti, Mel Torme, Beverly Sills, Dianna Ross, Lou Rawls, Henry Mancini, Dave Brubeck, George Shearing, Mercer Ellington and many more. He has been an arranger and producer for major labels and has produced Patti LaBelle, among many others. Today, Lou works as a composer of concert music, arranges and conducts for pop records, composes for film and teaches at the Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance. His recording credits include a number one chart album for Patti LaBelle, and many other pop chart records. His theme for the television series, PrimeTime ('It's the PrimeTime of My Life') is recognized as a Philadelphia classic.

It is truly a rare opportunity to learn from someone who has such a broad background in the craft and business of music, successfully spanning styles, artists, and decades. Lou will speak about several aspects of the craft and business of music, answering your questions, and he will critique your songs from a perspective that you rarely get elsewhere.
CRITIQUE SESSION TO FOLLOW! Come and

learn. This meeting is $5 for members, $10 for non-members.
See you there, and bring a friend!

GET INVOLVED !

 

DECEMBER 6, 2014

CSA Community Outreach through L.U.N.C.H. presents the 18th ANNUAL LUNCH HOLIDAY SHOW"
"The Three Scooges!"  to benefit local social services.

Since 1989, more than 60 CSA artists have participated in these community outreach events.
Come support using the Power of Popular Music to Produce Positive Social Action.
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 PREVIOUS 2013 EVENTS

CSA JANUARY 2013 MEETING

Tuesday January 8, 7:15 pm,
Morgan House, 119 High St, Mystic
  (Directions)

Tired of the same old chords? Can't decide where to take that melody or how to get in and out of the bridge?

MUSIC THEORY TIPS AND TRICKS FOR CREATING FRESH AND MEMORABLE MUSIC FOR YOUR SONGS.    Multi-award winning songwriter  and national presenter Bill Pere is formally trained in music theory, arranging and orchestration.  His arrangements and productions for clients receive airplay in many markets.  Come and get some actionable tips that you can use for your own writing to ,make it more competitive in today's tough music markets.   There is a big world beyond the realm of majors, minors and  I-IV-V.

Bring a song for critique

This meeting is free to members,
$10 for non-members.

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CSA FEBRUARY MEETING

Tuesday Feb 12, 7:15pm, Morgan House, 119 High St, Mystic


  (Directions)

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF
WORKING WITH A PRODUCER
(and not get taken advantage of!)

More than any other issue, folks come to me with questions and problems about working with a producer. Because it is the interface between the creative and the business sides of the life of a song, it is an often misunderstood process, both creatively and commercially, causing unnecessary frustration. A little knowledge of what to expect and what not to expect can go a long way toward making it the positive experience it should be,  saving  you lots of money and headaches.

-- What IS a producer?
-- What is their role and what your role?
-- Who is responsible and accountable for what?
-- Who owns what?
-- Who gets credit for what?
-- What are reasonable costs ?
-- What do you walk away with when all is done?
-- How do you find someone with the right experience
   and temperament for your project?

Come find out the answers to these and other essential questions.

Bring a song for constructive critique, including multiple copies of typed lyric sheet.

This meeting is free to members,
$10 for non-members.

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CSA MARCH  MEETING

Wednesday,  MARCH 13, 2013  7:15pm,

Glastonbury YMCA (Welles St at Fox Run Mall)      (Directions)

WHY IS IT A HIT (or not?).

The popularity of a song often has little to do with whether or not it is a well-written song.

Noted author, songwriter and past CSA President Joe Manning
co-hosts with Grammy Winner Bill Pere to analyze existing commercial songs to look at why they work -- or not.

Bring an existing commercial song that YOU would like to discuss.  We'll take it apart and see what's good and what is not.  You'll need to have:
(a)  A recording of the song on CD
(b) Multiple copies of the song's lyrics

This meeting is free to members, $10 for non-members.

Bring one of your own songs for constructive critique, along with
multiple copies of typed lyric sheets.

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APRIL 2013 -  Workshop and Retreat Events

*****

CSA Spring PRO Workshop

Saturday, April 6, 1pm-5pm
Morgan House, 119 High St, Mystic
   (Directions)

The Renaissance Man,
Dr. Louis Anthony Delise

Space is limited. Advance registration is recommended  (see below)  Pre-registered folks get priority for critiques, as time is limited.

Dr. Lou Delise is one of those rare people who has done almost everything in the music business. With classical training from Julliard and a PhD in music arts and composition, Lou has worked with many music icons in the realms of jazz, pop, and classical music including Luciano Pavarotti, Mel Tormé, Beverly Sills, Dianna Ross, Lou Rawls, Henry Mancini, Dave Brubeck, George Shearing, Mercer Ellington and many more. He has been an arranger and producer for major labels and has produced Patti LaBelle, among many others. Today, Lou works as a composer of concert music, arranges and conducts for pop records, composes for film and teaches at the Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance.  His recording credits include a number one chart album for Patti LaBelle, and many other pop chart records. His theme for the television series, PrimeTime (“It’s the PrimeTime of My Life”) is recognized as a Philadelphia classic.

You will likely never have another opportunity to learn from someone who has such a broad background in the craft and business of music, successfully spanning styles, artists, and decades.Lou will speak about several aspects of the craft and business of music, answering your questions, and he will critique your songs from a perspective that you rarely get elsewhere.

REGISTRATION: 

Register online with PayPal below, or  send check to: CSA, PO Box 511, Mystic CT 06355.
The workshop is $25 for members of CSA, RISA,  IMC, Indiegrrl, Songsalive.  $30 for non-members.

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              CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT

              Slots are filling up!  Don't be left out!

Why are folks coming thousands of miles, from across the US and Canada
to attend the

APRIL 12-14: CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT

APRIL 12-14  --  CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT!
Camp Wightman, Coal Pit Hill Rd,
North Stonington, CT 
(info, FAQ's,  and directions)


 


Presented all across the U.S. -- Now brought to your doorstep!  A weekend of total immersion into the world of songwriting, in a beautiful rustic setting that is conducive to learning and creating new things.

You will get a College Level Master Classes in all aspects of the craft and business of songwriting, based on the groundbreaking concepts of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting". Guaranteed to give you practical and actionable tools and techniques for helping you optimize your songs and take your writing to a new level.  This concentrated immersion in the songcrafting process will provide more information in 2 days than you would get in several years of monthly CSA meetings.

Good meals and 2 nights of comfortable lodging are all included, so you do not have to think about anything but your music.   (

Conducted by Grammy-winner and author of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book", Bill Pere, named one of the Top 50 Innovators and Guiding Lights of the Music Industry" by Music Connection Magazine.

The information and insight presented here was developed exclusively by Bill in more than 30 years of working with thousands of songwriters, including many of the top names in the industry and is not available anywhere else. You will not find more down-to-earth, practical, and well-researched information under any one roof. Many of these techniques have never been presented before, anywhere.

JUMP-START YOUR CAREER AND GET ON THE FAST-TRACK

SIGN UP NOW FOR THE 2013 CSA Weekend Songwriting Retreat! 
April 12-14 2013.   Three days with just your music.  Meals and lodging provided.
Get several years' worth of CSA knowledge in one weekend!

See why folks have come from across the U.S. and have called this weekend "Life-Changing" and "Transformative".

ONLY A FEW SLOTS LEFT -- DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND!

DETAILS HERE
(Pre-Registration is required - Limited to 12 slots - Only a few left  - Register Now for Lowest Rate)

INFO and REGISTRATION

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CSA MAY MEETING

Tuesday May 7, 7:00pm, Morgan House, 119 High St, Mystic

  (Directions)

CSA ANNUAL COLLABORATION WORKSHOP
Presented nationally - now at your doorstep.

Tuesday May 7, 7:00 pm

Morgan House, 119 High St, Mystic CT 06355

What makes collaboration successful and what turns it into a nightmare?  Learn the key areas in the creative and business aspects of collaboration.   Do some hands-on collaboration with new folks.    Some amazing award-winning songs have come out of  CSA collaborations.

Tuesday May 7, 7pm
Morgan House, 119 High St, Mystic
   (Directions)

The music business is one of the most collaborative industries you will ever find. Writers with writers, writers with artists, artists with producers, producers with session players, and on and on.

Collaboration works only when the parties involved understand both, the human dynamics and the business aspects of the process.

At this popular annual CSA workshop, you'll get an overview of both of these dimensions, hear some case studies, and most importantly, you'll get to do hands-on collaborative writing with someone you've never worked with before. The results from these types of exercises over the years have yielded some amazing and marketable songs that otherwise never would have come into existence. Also, you'll learn how to avoid the major problems, both business and creative, that arise when working with a collaborator at any stage of your project.

This program is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Come and give your career a boost. Bring a friend!

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Wednesday June 12, 7:15pm
Glastonbury YMCA, Welles St (Fox Run Mall)
   (Directions)

An in-depth all-critique session. Bring your works-in- progress with 15 copies of typed lyric sheets and get valuable constructive feedback on your songs. We will have time to do a thorough discussion of each song. Songs may be presented live or on CD. If you only have an mp3 version on a mobile device, bring a mini-patch cable.  CSA is known for providing among the best critiques in the industry!   
This program is free to members, $5 for non-members

PERFORMING OPPORTUNITY

Sunday,  June 23 1pm to 5pm --  CSA Summer Picnic and Showcase.   J.B. Williams Park, Glastonbury.    Bring food for the grill, a dish to share, and a non-alcoholic beverage.   Performance slots all day Rain or Shine.  Sound system provided.    To sign up for a performance slot, contact   Don Donegan (ddcsa@aol.comMeet new folks and old friends, and  enjoy the day in the company of creative people.


DIRECTIONS From New London/Norwich: Rt  2 West to Exit 8 in Glastonbury (Hebron Ave).  Right off the ramp, then immediate right again at the light onto Hebron Ave. Go 2 miles and turn right onto Wickham Rd.  Go to end of Wickham and turn left at the T-intersection onto Neipsic Rd.  The park is 1 block on the left.

From New Haven :  I-91 North to Exit 25.  Cross the CT River on Rt 3 and bear right on Rt 2 toward Norwich.  Take Exit 9 off Rt 2, go left on Neipsic Rd under Rt 2.  Go 3/4 mile and the park is on the left.

From Hartford area: I-91 South to Exit 25 (Glastonbury)   Cross the CT River on Rt 3 and bear right on Rt 2 toward Norwich.  Take Exit 9 off Rt 2, go left on Neipsic Rd under Rt 2.  Go 3/4 mile and the park is on the left.

From I-84 East or West:  Take Rt  2 and Take Exit 9 off Rt 2, go left on Neipsic Rd under Rt 2.  Go 3/4 mile and the park is on the left

Check Mapquest for details  and to verify your best route     Mapquest

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TWO CSA PROGRAMS IN SEPTEMBER

Wednesday Sept 11, 7:15pm
Glastonbury YMCA, Welles St (Fox Run Mall)
   (Directions)

A SONG DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP:
Parametric Songwriting Analysis: How to determine if your songs are really  "Done".

If you are planning to present a song at the
Sept 21 Pro Workshop (see below), or if you just want to know more about how to accurately evaluate the state of your song,  bring your work to this song development workshop for constructive analysis.  Learn how to ask the key questions that will tell you if your song is working the way you want it to, or what you need to do to fix it.   This  is a great opportunity to get some feedback before presenting to a top Pro at the Sept 21 workshop.  This program is FREE to members and to non-members.

For Critique: Bring your song with 15 copies of typed lyric sheets and get valuable constructive feedback. We will have time to do a thorough discussion of each song. Songs may be presented live or on CD. If you only have an mp3 version on a mobile device, bring a mini-patch cable.  CSA is known for providing among the best critiques in the industry!   

Success comes from opportunity. Opportunity comes from involvement.   Get involved!

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 CSA FALL PRO WORKSHOP!

Saturday September 21 1pm-5pm
                  Morgan House,  119 High St, Mystic CT
     (Directions)

Pro Workshop with one of today's top indie artists and mentor to all writers and artists,
EMIKO
 

Based in the heart of NYC, Emiko is a three-time featured performer of the Songwriters' Hall of Fame New Writers Showcases who has graced the pages of Billboard Magazine, FM Sound, Music Connection, and other mainstream music publications. As an award winning songwriter her credits include major publishing houses and placements such as SONY/ATV, Extreme Music Group, HGTV, E! Entertainment, VH1, MTV, A&E, and CBS Television, just to name a few.  She is also in writing and production partnerships with Liberty DeVitto (best known as the drummer for Billy Joel), Tommy Faragher (Grammy nominated writer and producer, most recently known for his musical productions for the hit FOX television show "Glee") and other notable writers in the European and UK territories.
Read EMIKO's full extensive bio in the Newsletter.

Emiko will be on hand to listen to your songs, and to share the secrets of her great success as a writer and artist.  You will have an incredible opportunity to learn directly from one of today's fastest rising stars.

Space is limited, register in advance: ($20 for members, $25 for non-members)

Success comes from opportunity. Opportunity comes from involvement.   Get involved!

 

 

 NEXT CSA FALL PRO WORKSHOP!

Thursday November 7 7:15pm
   Glastonbury YMCA  (Welles St, Fox Run Mall)
 
 (Directions)

Strategies for Successful Marketing
and Promo through E-mail and Social Media

This is a topic that is essential top any songwriter and artist seeking to answer that universal question:  "I have songs -- now what?"

Our special guest is April Heavens-Woodcock  of the major PR firm "Touching Clients".  April will give a presentation on what makes a successful e-marketing campaign, and she will discuss useful tools like Constant Contact for managing your online promotion strategy.

CRITIQUE SESSION TO FOLLOW -
Bring a song with lyric sheets for constructive feedback.

This meeting is $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

 

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CSA DECEMBER 2013 EVENT

Saturday December 7, 7pm
Stonington Community Center, 28 Cutler St, Stonington, CT

CSA's community outreach projects present the

17th annual  LUNCH HOLIDAY SHOW

A community outreach production involving
several CSA members.  Our outreach programs since
1979 have raised more than $1,000,000

Tickets: www.lunchensemble.com

 

 

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PREVIOUS 2012 EVENTS

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JANUARY 10  2012 , 7:15pm  Mystic CT and the Morgan House, 119 High St  (directions)
(A great new location for CSA!)

(In case of snow, check the website for meeting status).

One of CSA's most requested presentations: 

PARTNERING WITH THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR:  How to Do Successful Benefit Events

Simple question:  Which would you prefer --

(a) being in a room with 200 semi-sober fans grooving, to your music,  who after the show, can give you a pat on the back and maybe $10 for a CD

OR

(b) being in a room with 200 people in suits who if they like what they hear, could easily write you  a check for 5, 6, or 7 figures, or lead you to high-profile performances or  song commissions

Any songwriter or performing artist can give themselves that choice.

Non-Profit Does Not mean No-profit!  Bill Pere  is a Grammy-nominated artist  who has raised more than $1,000,000 through benefit concert events, and was just named 2011 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the AFP.  

CRITIQUE SESSION TO FOLLOW.

Come and Learn.  This meeting is $5 to members,  $10 for non-members.  See you there, and bring a friend.

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FEB  7 2012:   7:15pm   Mystic CT and the Morgan House, 119 High St  (directions)
(A great new location for CSA!)

(In case of snow, check the website for meeting status).

SONGCRAFT WORKSHOP:

The #2 most frequent mistake that all songwriters make: 
Dealing with Prosody, Principle of Contrastive Stress, and Phonetic activity.

How to identify it, and how to fix it!   It will make your songs instantly better than most of the competition.

CRITIQUE SESSION TO FOLLOW.

Come and Learn.  This meeting is $5 to members,  $10 for non-members.  See you there, and bring a friend.

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MARCH 13, 2012  7:15pm,

Glastonbury YMCA (Welles St at Fox Run Mall)      (Directions)

Sparking Musical Creativity with

THE INTERVAL MACHINE

A Hands-on demo/workshop presented by the inventors of the Interval Machine

Jon Gammell & Scott Quillin

This meeting $5 for members,  $10 for non-members

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APRIL 2012 Events

APRIL 13-15: CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT!

APRIL 13-15  --  CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT!
Camp Wightman, Coal Pit Hill Rd,
North Stonington, CT 
(info, FAQ's,  and directions)


 


Presented all across the U.S. -- Now brought to your doorstep!  A weekend of total immersion into the world of songwriting, in a beautiful rustic setting that is conducive to learning and creating new things.

You will get a College Level Master Classes in all aspects of the craft and business of songwriting, based on the groundbreaking concepts of
Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting". Guaranteed to give you practical and actionable tools and techniques for helping you optimize your songs and take your writing to a new level.  This concentrated immersion in the songcrafting process will provide more information in 2 days than you would get in several years of monthly CSA meetings.

Good meals and 2 nights of comfortable lodging are all included, so you do not have to think about anything but your music.   (more...)

Conducted by Grammy-winner and author of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book", Bill Pere, named one of the Top 50 Innovators and Guiding Lights of the Music Industry" by Music Connection Magazine.

The information and insight presented here was developed exclusively by Bill in more than 30 years of working with thousands of songwriters, including many of the top names in the industry and is not available anywhere else. You will not find more down-to-earth, practical, and well-researched information under any one roof. Many of these techniques have never been presented before, anywhere.

JUMP-START YOUR CAREER AND GET ON THE FAST-TRACK

SIGN UP NOW FOR THE 2012 CSA Weekend Songwriting Retreat! 
April 13-15 2012.   Three days with just your music.  Meals and lodging provided.
Get several years' worth of CSA knowledge in one weekend!

See why folks have come from across the U.S. and have called this weekend "Life-Changing" and "Transformative".

ONLY A FEW SLOTS LEFT -- DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND!

DETAILS HERE
(Pre-Registration is required - Limited to 12 slots - Only a few left  - Register Now for Lowest Rate)

INFO and REGISTRATION

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Saturday  MAY 12 - The Annual CSA Collaboration Workshop. 
Presented nationally - now at your doorstep.
10am-5pm at the Mystic Workshop Space
40 Franklin St, Mystic CT

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JUNE 2012 EVENTS:
 

SONG AND ARTIST DEVELOPMENT

Tuesday June 12:  7:15pm  Glastonbury YMCA, Welles St, at Fox Run Mall

From Boston, Producer and Development Coordinator Jordan Tishler of Digital Bear Entertainment will be on hand to listen to your songs.   Jordan has visited CSA before and liked what he heard.  Here is a chance to learn from someone who is at the center of the song and artist development process.  Jordan will be willing to work with artists or songs that he thinks have potential.

This program is $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

Directions     Mapquest         info@ctsongs.com   

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PERFORMING OPPORTUNITY

Sunday,  June 17  1pm to 5pm --  CSA Summer Picnic and Showcase.   J.B. Williams Park, Glastonbury.    Bring food for the grill, a dish to share, and a non-alcoholic beverage.   Performance slots all day Rain or Shine.  Sound system provided.    To sign up for a performance slot, contact

  Bill Pere.  or  Don Donegan.  Meet new folks and old friends, and  enjoy the day in the company of creative

DIRECTIONS From New London/Norwich: Rt  2 West to Exit 8 in Glastonbury (Hebron Ave).  Right off the ramp, then immediate right again at the light onto Hebron Ave. Go 2 miles and turn right onto Wickham Rd.  Go to end of Wickham and turn left at the T-intersection onto Neipsic Rd.  The park is 1 block on the left.

From New Haven :  I-91 North to Exit 25.  Cross the CT River on Rt 3 and bear right on Rt 2 toward Norwich.  Take Exit 9 off Rt 2, go left on Neipsic Rd under Rt 2.  Go 3/4 mile and the park is on the left.

From Hartford area: I-91 South to Exit 25 (Glastonbury)   Cross the CT River on Rt 3 and bear right on Rt 2 toward Norwich.  Take Exit 9 off Rt 2, go left on Neipsic Rd under Rt 2.  Go 3/4 mile and the park is on the left.

From I-84 East or West:  Take Rt  2 and Take Exit 9 off Rt 2, go left on Neipsic Rd under Rt 2.  Go 3/4 mile and the park is on the left

Check Mapquest for details  and to verify your best route     Mapquest

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JULY 2012 EVENTS

CSA SUMMER SONGWRITING RETREAT --
July 20-22 at the beautiful Gove Hill Retreat Center in Thetford, VT.

Come yourself or bring the whole family for an amazing weekend. 
The retreat is family-friendly, with lots of great attractions within a 30-minute radius.

INFO HERE

Presented all across the U.S. -- Now brought to your doorstep!  A weekend of total immersion into the world of songwriting, in a beautiful rustic setting that is conducive to learning and creating new music.

You will get a College Level Master Classes in all aspects of the craft and business of songwriting, based on the groundbreaking concepts of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting". Guaranteed to give you practical and actionable tools and techniques for helping you optimize your songs and take your writing to a new level.  This concentrated immersion in the songcrafting process will provide more information in 2 days than you would get in several years of monthly CSA meetings.

Good meals and 2 nights of comfortable lodging are all included, so you do not have to think about anything but your music.

Conducted by Grammy-winner and author of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book", Bill Pere, named one of the Top 50 Innovators and Guiding Lights of the Music Industry"

The information and insight presented here was developed exclusively by Bill in more than 30 years of working with thousands of songwriters, including many of the top names in the industry and is not available anywhere else. You will not find more down-to-earth, practical, and well-researched information under any one roof.

JUMP-START YOUR CAREER AND GET ON THE FAST-TRACK

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Tuesday July 10: 7:15pm, Wesleyan University, Middeltown.

July 10, 7:15pm, at Wesleyan University, Middletown   (directions)

A Look at Logos  Everyone knows that a logo is an important way to achieve recognition of your name and your brand. But what makes an exceptional logo and what makes a logo a
no-go? We will look at some actual examples of each. If you have a logo, bring it along and we'll discuss. If you don't have a logo and are looking for ideas, we'll help. Following the discussion we'll have an in-depth critique session.   This meeting is free to members, $5 for non-members.   

 

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AUGUST 2012 EVENTS

 


 

 

 

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3  SEPTEMBER  WORKSHOPS !

SEPTEMBER 29:  The Day Your Life Can Change!

PRO-WORKSHOP with Internationally known creativity guru and author of 35 books, Dr.  Eric Maisel.  Having taught at top creativity institutes from Paris to Prague and across the U.S., Dr. Maisel is recognized as a world leader in creativity coaching.  Don't miss this incredible opportunity.  Full details in the newsletter!


Sept  29, 1pm-5pm, Mystic Workshop Space, 40 Washington St, Mystic.  
REGISTER IN ADVANCE!

(more info...)

ALSO IN SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 4
7:15pm  Glastonbury YMCA,  (Welles St at Fox Run Mall)  (Directions)
In-Depth Song Critique Session.  
 

SEPTEMBER 26  7pm
Bill Pere presents:
The 8 Keys to Success in the Music Business, with in-depth critique session.
Presented at Digital Bear Studios,   1035 Cambridge St, Suite 17B, Cambridge, MA

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OCTOBER EVENTS:

2 CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS

October 15:   Mystic Arts Center,  9 Water St, Mystic.  Kay Pere presents "The Creative Compass:   Achieving Sustainable Creativity in a Busy World
7pm - $20 pre-registration, $25 at the door  (benefits MAC)  Call 860.536.7601 x209.

October 29:  Mystic Arts Center,  9 Water St, Mystic.   Bill Pere presents   "Expression vs. Communication:  The Essentials of Effective Songwriting"  7pn - $20 pre-register, $25 at the door  (benefits MAC) Call 860.536.7601 x209.

 

CSA National Outreach:  OCTOBER 19-21   INDEPENDENT MUSIC CONFERENCE,
Musicians Institute, Hollywood    INFO HERE

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NOVEMBER  EVENTS:

NOVEMBER 13,  7:!5  Wesleyan University, Middletown   (directions)

PRO WORKSHOP:  A Pitch/Publishing session with industry pro Paula Savastano from NY/Philly 

Paula is a key industry pro in the Indie music scene, and someone you definitely want to have on your side.

This program is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Pre-registration recommended

Pre-registered attendees get priority in presenting their songs

Pre-registered attendees get priority for
presenting their songs. Use Paypal below or check to:  CSA ,  PO Box 511,  Mystic CT 06355

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DECEMBER 2012

Tuesday Dec 4, 7:15 pm,
Glastonbury YMCA (Welles St)  
  (Directions)

Our special guest is Grammy-winner and winner of more than a dozen national awards, Les Julian.  Les is a past President of CSA, and is one of the organizations' most successful members.

Les is a great critiquer, and he collaborates with many other writers. Come learn first-hand how success can be achieved as an Indie artist.

Bring a song for critique - any song is okay, but if you have a Holiday song, this is the perfect time.

This meeting is free to members,
$5 for non-members.

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PREVIOUS 2011 EVENTS

 

JANUARY 2011 Event

(Weather status:  the meeting is on for tonight)

Tuesday, Jan 18, 7:15pm, Mystic Chamber of Commerce, 14 Holmes St, Mystic (directions)

Begin the new year by becoming an involved member of CSA! Success comes from opportunity, and opportunity comes from involvement.
The year begins Tuesday January 11, 7:15pm at the Mystic Chamber of Commerce, 14 Holmes St, Mystic.  The topics for this meeting will include Bill Pere's popular presentation on "How to Do Successful Benefit Events:  Non-Profit Does Not Mean No-Profit".   This program has been presented at music conference across the U.S.,  changing the direction of many artists' careers. --  ALSO:  SONG CRITIQUES
The meeting is free for  members, $5 for non-members.

Free to members, $5 to non-members (applicable toward dues if you join within 30 days 7:15pm    For more information e-mail  info @ ctsongs . com 

(in the event of snow, check this website for meeting status)

Mystic Chamber of Commerce
14 Holmes St,  Mystic

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FEBRUARY 2011 Events

 BACK BY POPULAR REQUEST

Tuesday, Feb 8, 7:15pm, Mystic Chamber of Commerce, 14 Holmes St, Mystic (directions)

TWO IMPORTANT TOPICS:  The Axe-Man and the Tax-Man, and How to Be Your Own Publisher: Bill Pere presents a workshop on tax issues for independent musicians.   Bill has worked with independent artists for more than 20 years, helping to optimize tax strategies.  The rules are always changing and even if you have someone else do your taxes, the results are only as good as the information you give them.    Are you optimizing your tax strategies? 
Are you unable to market your music because you're unsure of how to handle the publishing?   Come and learn about this important part of being a songwritier. -- Licensiong, Co-publishing, mechanicals,  Sync, etc -- all made easy for you. This meeting is free to members, $5 for non-members.

Critique session to follow.
(in the event of snow, check this website for meeting status)

Mystic Chamber of Commerce
14 Holmes St,  Mystic

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MARCH 2011 Events

Tuesday, March 15   -- CSA   Meeting    7:15pm  Glastonbury YMCA, Welles St, FoxRun Mall 

Our special guest from Massachusetts is music veteran Tommy Byrnes of Sovereignty Music Services.

Tommy is an accomplished guitarist, arranger and producer. He conducts seminars on "Digital Recording and the Home Studio".  He has presented at conferences and colleges in New England, and has exceptional insights into the key issues facing songwriters seeking to record their own material, whether for demo or final release.   His company also offers Music Instruction, Digital Recording and Engineering, Music Career  Planning, Music Marketing Strategies, Press Kit Design, Band Logos and Graphics, Album Artwork and Layout.


Tommy will speak about Digital Recording and the Home Studio.  This meeting is  $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

 Directions     Mapquest 

 info@ctsongs.com   

 

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APRIL 2011 Events

APRIL 1-3: CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT!

APRIL 1-3  --  CSA SONGWRITING RETREAT!
Camp Wightman, Coal Pit Hill Rd,
North Stonington, CT 
(info, FAQ's,  and directions)


 


Presented all across the U.S. -- Now brought to your doorstep!  A weekend of total immersion into the world of songwriting, in a beautiful rustic setting that is conducive to learning and creating new things.

You will get a College Level Master Classes in all aspects of the craft and business of songwriting, based on the groundbreaking concepts of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting". Guaranteed to give you practical and actionable tools and techniques for helping you optimize your songs and take your writing to a new level.  This concentrated immersion in the songcrafting process will provide more information in 2 days than you would get in several years of monthly CSA meetings.

Four good meals and 2 nights of comfortable lodging are all included, so you do not have to think about anything but your music.   (more...)

Conducted by author of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book", Bill Pere, named one of the Top 50 Innovators and Guiding Lights of the Music Industry" by Music Connection Magazine.

The information and insight presented here was developed exclusively by Bill in more than 30 years of working with thousands of songwriters, including many of the top names in the industry and is not available anywhere else. You will not find more down-to-earth, practical, and well-researched information under any one roof. Many of these techniques have never been presented before, anywhere.

DETAILS HERE
(Pre-Registration is required - Limited to 12 slots - Register Now for Lowest Rate)

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MAY 2011 Events  

CSA  ANNUAL COLLABORATION  EVENT

May 14, Union Baptist Church, Mystic

DAY OF PRAISE COLLABORATIVE CONCERT

All details for this unique event are in the Newsletter!

Concert tickets are $10 for CSA members

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JUNE 2011 Events  

 

Tuesday, June 14   -- CSA   Meeting    7:15pm  Glastonbury YMCA, Welles St, FoxRun Mall 

 Directions     Mapquest 

Noel Ramos, publisher of Inteermixx Magazine, owner of Indiegate digital distribution portal, and Founder of the national Independent Music Conference, speaks about the new way to get funding for your projects that is empowering many independent artists:   Crowdfunding!

This meeting is $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

 info@ctsongs.com   

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PERFORMING OPPORTUNITY

Sunday,  June 19  1pm to 5pm --  CSA Summer Picnic and Showcase.   J.B. Williams Park, Glastonbury.    Bring food for the grill, a dish to share, and a non-alcoholic beverage.   Performance slots all day Rain or Shine.  Sound system provided.    To sign up for a performance slot, contact   Bill Pere.  or  Don Donegan.  Meet new folks and old friends, and  enjoy the day in the company of creative people.


DIRECTIONS From New London/Norwich: Rt  2 West to Exit 8 in Glastonbury (Hebron Ave).  Right off the ramp, then immediate right again at the light onto Hebron Ave. Go 2 miles and turn right onto Wickham Rd.  Go to end of Wickham and turn left at the T-intersection onto Neipsic Rd.  The park is 1 block on the left.

From New Haven :  I-91 North to Exit 25.  Cross the CT River on Rt 3 and bear right on Rt 2 toward Norwich.  Take Exit 9 off Rt 2, go left on Neipsic Rd under Rt 2.  Go 3/4 mile and the park is on the left.

From Hartford area: I-91 South to Exit 25 (Glastonbury)   Cross the CT River on Rt 3 and bear right on Rt 2 toward Norwich.  Take Exit 9 off Rt 2, go left on Neipsic Rd under Rt 2.  Go 3/4 mile and the park is on the left.

From I-84 East or West:  Take Rt  2 and Take Exit 9 off Rt 2, go left on Neipsic Rd under Rt 2.  Go 3/4 mile and the park is on the left

Check Mapquest for details  and to verify your best route     Mapquest

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July 2011 Events

Tuesday July 12, 7:15pm, Wesleyan University, Middletown (directions)

 Multi-Enny Award Winner A.J. Gundell is our guest, speaking on how to get music placed in TV.
AJ has written for many TV shows, and has a publishing and placement company. 
This meeting is $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

 

 

 

ALSO IN JULY:

WEEKEND SONGWRITING RETREAT !

July 22-24, Gove Hill Retreat Center, Thetford, VT
Get many years of CSA knowledge in just 3 days, in an incredibly beautiful setting with incredibly good food!
 

DETAILS AND REGISTRATION HERE:     http://www.govehillretreat.org/stories/storyReader$59

A weekend of total immersion into the world of songwriting, in a beautiful rustic setting that is conducive to learning and creating new things.

You will get a College Level Master Classes in all aspects of the craft and business of songwriting, based on the groundbreaking concepts of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting". Guaranteed to give you practical and actionable tools and techniques for helping you optimize your songs and take your writing to a new level.  This concentrated immersion in the songcrafting process will provide more information in 2 days than you would get in several years of monthly CSA meetings.

Great meals and 2 nights of comfortable lodging are all included, so you do not have to think about anything but your music.

Conducted by author of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book", Bill Pere, named one of the Top 50 Innovators and Guiding Lights of the Music Industry" by Music Connection Magazine,  and Kay Pere, nationally known voice and creativity coach.

The information and insight presented here was developed exclusively by Bill in more than 30 years of working with thousands of songwriters, including many of the top names in the industry and is not available anywhere else. You will not find more down-to-earth, practical, and well-researched information under any one roof. Many of these techniques have never been presented before, anywhere.

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August 2011 Events

Sunday,  August  28 --  1pm to 5pm --  CSA Summer Picnic and Showcase.   

CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE

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September 2011 Events

Tuesday, Sept 13   -- CSA   Meeting    7:15pm  Glastonbury YMCA, Welles St, FoxRun Mall 

PROFESSIONAL SONG PITCHING SESSION!  Get your best songs ready!

Nashville pro Janey Street has a proven track record of song placements.  She  will be on hand to listen to your songs, and if she thinks there is potential for film or TV placement, she will take your song and present it to her contacts.  This is an exceptional opportunity to get your music directly to where things can happen.  All songs presented will be critiqued.

This meeting is $28 for members, $35 for non-members.

Pre-Registration is highly recommended to guarantee that your song gets pitched.
Register by Mail (Check to CSA PIO Box 511 Mystic CT 06355)  or use PayPal below:
Directions     Mapquest 

If you would like a one-on-one consult with Janey at a discounted rate, she will be available the following day (Wed, Sept 14) to meet with individuals.  Contact us to arrange fort a time -   info@ctsongs.com   

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October 2011 Events

OCTOBER:  CSA MIDI WORKSHOP

Tuesday, Oct 11 7:15pm, in Mystic.  Hands-on session with the magic of Midi from one of the first Midi studios in the state -- Bill Pere has been producing songs with midi for 25 years, you'll see ways of making music that you never saw before, including 5 different types of midi guitar, trumpet, sax, percussion, Q-chord, Vocal harmonizers, etc.  Limited to 10 pre-registered slots.  You must pre-register to attend.  If all the slots are filled, we will open a second session the following week.  $10 for members, $15 for non-members

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November 2011 Events

Tuesday November 08, 7:15pm, Wesleyan University, Middletown (directions)

Get that in-depth Level-3 analysis of your song that you've always been wanting.   This all-critique session will allow plenty of time to thoroughly discuss each song and provide the best possible constructive feedback from many perspectives.   If there is time we might be able to do more than one song per person, so bring two.   This meeting is free to members, $5 for non-members.

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December 2011 Events  ---  Two  events this month!

Tuesday, December 6 , 7:15pm
Glastonbury YMCA, Welles St.

Indie Artist and Past CSA President Kayte Devlin shares her experience and insights in navigating the creative and business  mazes of the Indie world.

This meeting is FREE to members, $5 for non-members.

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Saturday December 3, 7pm (live pre-show at 6:15)

15th Annual LUNCH HOLIDAY SHOW
 

COMING DECEMBER 3


Star Wars meets the Old West in "May the Horse Be With You: Christmas at the OK Chorale"

 

Come see community outreach through music  IN ACTION -- we've raised almost $1,000,000
through performances across the state.  We teach Independent Artists how to do successful benefit events.

Saturday December 3, 7pm, at the Stonington Community Center.
This is our major benefit event to support local social services. (details at www.lunchensemble.com)

TICKETS:
$10 for CSA members

WE WISH YOU A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON