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Spend three days immersed in what being a professional Nashville songwriter is all about. Learn what it takes to get a cut from people who get them. 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 next workshop will be Oct 22 – 24. The application period is July 27 though Sept 6th.
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.