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Advanced Workshop July 23 – 25
Alumni of past workshops can apply to present songs at this special Play for Publishers event where 3 publishers each day will hear three of your songs and weigh in on your overall readiness for a staff writing deal.  Writers who have not played for the publishers before are welcome to come as auditors to network and learn. Click for details.

Next Regular Workshop Oct 23 – 25
Apply Aug 3rd through Sept 13th for a chance to play one song each day for two different publishers. Learn what it takes to get a cut from people who get them. Meet other talented writers. Click for details.

Seth Alley’s music now online

Play for Publishers alumni Seth Ally, now an artist on Big Machine, has been on radio tour for the last few months. There is no single released yet but you can hear his first four songs  on YouTube.

Barbara first heard Seth at a live audition for the Bluebird Cafe writers night. His one-minute performance convinced her he was a star and she asked to hear more of his songs. That started their co-writing relationship which produced “Too Late Now,” a high-energy up-tempo slated to be on Seth’s debut CD.

Olivia Rudeen, now signed to The Song Factory, began writing with Seth after they met a workshop and one of their co-writes is also slated to be on the CD . Olivia invited Frank Merony to the workshop wrap party and he met Seth that night. Their co-write “Me And The Boys” is one of the songs you can hear on YouTube.