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Network, learn, be heard. Play songs for successful publishers. Spend three days immersed in what being a professional Nashville songwriter is all about. Meet other talented writers. Click for details.Read More
Some of the people who have attended PLAY FOR PUBLISHERS workshops are Dustin Lynch, Brian Henningsen, Jon Nite, Seth Alley, Adam James, Kelleigh Bannen, Joe Leathers, Skip Black, Olivia Rudeen, Jameson Rodgers, Drew Baldridge, Emily Weisband, Chris Yarber and Frank Merony. All...Read More
By the end of a three-day PLAY FOR PUBLISHERS workshop you will have heard 48 song critiques from publishers who have signed and developed hit writers. You may get some good advice on your own songs but you will be amazed by what you learn from what they tell other writers....Read More
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The two regular Play for Publisher workshops in 2015 will be:
Feb 26 – 28, apply Nov 18 through Jan 11
Oct 22 – 24, apply July 27 though Sept 6th
There will be an additional workshop in July that will be limited to alumni of past workshops. The format will be slightly different. Instead of playing one song at each session, writers will play a verse and chorus of 3 different songs. The feedback will be less about the individual songs and more about the writers’ overall readiness for a publishing deal. All writers are welcome to audit this workshop whether they have attended previously or not.
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.