#Community Manager Wanted
The Songsalive! Community Manager is a part-time visible role with our Member Base (made up mostly of songwriters and composers) and the music industry at large, reporting to the President of Songsalive!, a non-profit 501c)3) charity organization (recognized by Federal and State). You will be responsible for community relations with our members and the community at large. It is a split volunteer, split part-time contractor (1099) position, with room to grow based on value input and commitment, including membership referral commission incentives. The ideal candidate relishes in building community, has a joy to give time nurturing the Arts, and has experience in community, social, membership and/or non-profit activities. You can live anywhere in the world, but if you are in Los Angeles, CA there are greater opportunities to expand your role.
Tasks include but not limited to:
Desired skill set
You need to be able to offer minimum 1 hour a day, every day, to this job.
Please send your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and if considered, we’ll set up a Skype video call to get to know you. Please be sure to have read About us at www.songsalive.org, including our Constitution, before applying.
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June 2018 - Join the party on our mobile app - new songleads today - Songcamp in LA July 22 - are you too old to be a songwriter? Find out...
Welcome to another edition of Songsalive! Songnotes > our crafty newsletter for everything you need to know about the craft and business of songwriting. I'm really happy to reach out to everyone today. We've surpassed 20 years at Songsalive!, always serving our songwriters and music friends in empowering, supporting and nurturing the humble songwriter. Today is a new dawn, as we have kicked off a new mobile app and a refresh of our members' backstage, which many of you are road testing for us (if you haven't please see how-to below). For this Summer (northern hemisphere folks) we are blistering into a hot one (sorry for the folks enduring cold snap down-under) that includes a co-writing Songcamp on July 22, in Los Angeles, a few events across the globe, as well as a masterful series of online videos (we call that 'Songcraft series') to learn from our Guest Speaker Masters about the art, craft and biz of songwriting. You can take that up in our backstage app (again, details below). We've got a cool article for those over 35 (yep I'm one of them...) that confirms what I already know, you're never too old to be amazing.. That's a good read... Plus a dozen Fabulous song leads for you to pitch your best song to (TV, Films, Labels, even Hamilton The Musical).
Our global community is thriving with offering song critiques, collaborations, song leads and inspiration for the creative traveler. We're so happy to have you on the journey with us. Read on and hugs to all the bright pro writers out there. Plus if you read to the end you'll discover an amazing super savings deal you just cannot ignore.
President Songsalive!, and songwriter.
It's a party in our new members' backstage + mobile app for on-the-go
We are having a PARTY in the new Songsalive! Backstage App.
Don’t miss it. Bookmark and log in at www.songsalive.org (tap Log In top right) or directly here - also now on Mobile for both IOS and Android phones. Woot! That IS a party! You can be literally on-the-go and never miss out.
What are we celebrating daily backstage?
1) daily song critiques/feedback by a hundred songwriters literally giving you helpful feedback and positive critique on your songs.
2) daily inspirations to help your writing process
3) collaborations to write with nearby members
4) RSVP to our in-person events, workshops and showcases
5) get DIRECT leads to pitch your songs to films, tv shows, labels (no middle-screener you get the contact)
6) many online 'Songcraft' video workshops of our guest music industry masters teaching excellence
7) Super Cool interface to chat, post, discover everything you want about the craft and business of music
...as so much more...
it’s fabulous. What are you waiting for???
Try it for Free!
(Are you a current Pro Member and can’t access it yet? Email email@example.com to get your exclusive invitation to cut over to the new backstage.)
Got Songs? We have daily leads in Songsalive! Songshop
Get song leads where music business professionals (record labels, publishers, film producers and music supervisors) hunt songs from the Songsalive! song pool. We give you the contact directly. No screeners, no walls. Direct songwriter to business pitch. You can post too. If you know of a TV show, Film, Game, Artist, Company, Gig or Project looking for songs, songwriters or artists, please post. All posts to have as many details as possible with contacts & due date.
Log In to Backstage. Tap on MENU (top right), Tap on Topics, Tap on SONGSHOP
et your learning on...Songcraft Videos now on the new BackstageNow showing:
1. Paul Zollo's Inside 'Songwriters On Songwriting' - a journey into the heart of songwriting wisdom from Sammy Cahn to Bob Dylan and beyond.
2. Gilli Moon's and Mary Lemanski's How To Plan For a Successful Songwriting business
Have you watched videos in our Songcraft Video series yet?
Self-led online learning through an amazing ONLINE VIDEO SERIES
Take control of your learning and power up with some light and heavy reading! Self-service access to some of the best songwriting and music biz articles as well as watch videos from our Master teachers. Topics include songwriting, lyric writing, pitching and the BIZ!
We created this because many of our members are not near a chapter to attend an in-person workshop. So we deliver it to you virtually. How cool is that?!
How does it work? Videos and online content are posted under Songcraft in our backstage app, to up your craft and music biz know-how. New content added regularly. Includes some courses valued at over $150 each elsewhere.
Get your headphones on, grab a notebook and turn up the volume.
Videos added weekly.
WATCH: Log In to Backstage. Tap on MENU (top right), Tap on Topics, Tap on SONGCRAFT
Upcoming Songsalive! Events
SONGSALIVE! SONGCAMP Sun July 22 - get your co-writing on! Los AngelesGet Ready For a sizzling Songsalive! Songwriters Summer with our best program ever: SONGCAMP.
The Songsalive! Songwriter's Workshop series WILL RESUME on July 22nd 2018 at our NEW LOCATION - "The Lake House", . It's part of the Woodley Lake Golf Club and there is plenty of parking. Come through the restaurant to the banquet room at back. Allow enough time for finding it.
For Sunday July 22 we are conducting our SONGWRITING SONGCAMP - a truly collaborative day that you don't want to miss.
Come join this awesome intensive 3 hours of speed co-writing, feedback and fun (prizes will be had). You'll end up with a brand new song and new songwriting friends. Great collaborative day! Sign up early for this one.
Hosted by Songsalive! President and co-founder, Gilli Moon, and run by LA Chapter coordinator Rik Lawrence, our Songsalive! Songcamp is a fast-paced learning writing session for all songwriters of any level. You'll be paired up (groups of 2 to 4) to write in an ambitious hour, where your writing skills will meet the test like many situations in the biz where you have to write to deadline. We'll all provide feedback as well as celebrate the awesome-ness of the writing challenge, with PRIZES and FUN.
ANYONE CAN ATTEND. Cost to attend our SONGCAMP is free for Songsalive! PRO (paying) Members (join here), and $10 for non-pro-members which is paid at the door preferably in cash.
RSVP on Meetup or RSVP in our Backstage (app) Log in to Backstage, Tap on Events under the Menu.
==>Go to our Calendar for all Events Details<==
Or Log In to Backstage. Tap on MENU (top right), Tap on Events and Squads
Tuesday, June 26
New York Songsalive! Showcase & Open Mic
Saturday, June 30
Orange County Songsalive! Songwriters Workshop
Tuesday, July 3
New York Songsalive! Showcase & Open Mic
Tuesday, July 10
Orange County Songsalive! Showcase
New York Songsalive! Showcase & Open Mic
Sunday, July 15
SONGSALIVE! SONGCAMP Sunday July 22 - get your co-writing on!
Tuesday, July 17
New York Songsalive! Showcase & Open Mic
Songsalive! Sponsored Event: Pat Pattison's songwriting seminar - June 30th in LA - Songsalive! members get a discount!
Pat Pattison's Songwriting Seminar - ENROLL NOWEnter code "Songsalive!" for $50 off!
Saturday, June 30th
USC - Songwriter's Theater
3450 Watt Way
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Pat Pattison is a professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches lyric writing and poetry. His latest book, Writing Better Lyrics: 2nd Edition (Writer’s Digest Books) features a foreword by Pat’s former student and 3-time Grammy winner Gillian Welch. In this wide-ranging seminar, covering the essentials of lyric writing, you'll work on verse development, use of image and metaphor, prosody and the art of matching of lyric and music.
2:00-4:00pm: Critique Session
Topics covered include:
- Lyric Structure: Supporting Your Ideas with Structure
- Rhyme Types: Enlarging the Possibilities
- Brainstorming: Techniques for Unearthing Idea
- Verse Development: Strategies for Advancing Your Ideas from Section to Section
Pat will use participant's songs as a springboard to begin conversations on effective re-writing. Interactive, challenging you with a spate of writing exercises, you'll come away from the weekend with deeper insights into writing no matter the genre.
A critique session provides the opportunity to apply the tools and techniques developed in the seminars, demonstrating how they can improve the lyric's impact. We will focus on the strengths of the lyric, with suggestions for taking the next step to make it even better.
Critique session is by submission. Upon registering, if you are interested in submitting for critique, Brittany will collect your submission via this email
These Songwriters Found Success After 35. So Can Youwritten by our friends at Tunedly
There is a general paradigm that ‘making it’ in the music and entertainment industry requires that you be young in age.To begin with, making it means different things to different people. If a musician is able to excel in the art of songwriting, which results in being able to make enough money to comfortably support a chosen lifestyle, then he or she is arguably successful.But even at the highest level, age does not dictate how far you can go. Neither does it dictate the possibility of a comeback later in life after early success followed by the sound of crickets. For the purpose of this article, we’ll use the general yardstick for success in the music business, which is usually achievements such as getting signed to a major label, landing a hit on major charts, selling platinum, winning a Grammy, or all of the above. READ MORE
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There is a general paradigm that ‘making it’ in the music and entertainment industry requires that you be young in age.
To begin with, making it means different things to different people. If a musician is able to excel in the art of songwriting, which results in being able to make enough money to comfortably support a chosen lifestyle, then he or she is arguably successful.
But even at the highest level, age does not dictate how far you can go. Neither does it dictate the possibility of a comeback later in life after early success followed by the sound of crickets. For the purpose of this article, we’ll use the general yardstick for success in the music business, which is usually achievements such as getting signed to a major label, landing a hit on major charts, selling platinum, winning a Grammy, or all of the above.
While evidence shows that youth will definitely help you in terms of marketing and giving you more time (a bigger window) to achieve success, as well as to hone your skills, being young doesn’t have much to do with being successful in the grand scheme of things.
In fact, a number of big-name musicians, and other 'well-knowns' in the broader entertainment industry, have thrown cold water all over the notion that you have to be young in order to not ‘miss the boat,’ so to speak.
We’ll highlight a few songwriters who defied the odds to strike it big later in life. There are tons of other examples you can find with a quick Google search, but these five are among the most striking. Here goes...
Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen’s songwriting career was one of perseverance that lasted for over 50 years. But his entry into music didn’t come until he was in his 30s, although he had already achieved critical acclaim in his life earlier as a poet and novelist.
At 33, he released Songs of Leonard Cohen, which put him on the map as a folk singer-songwriter of note. But in the context of making it big, Cohen did not achieve a high level of success until 1984 when he was 50 years old. That year saw him releasing the album Various Positions, which contained the iconic song "Hallelujah," an anthemic number that has since been covered by more than 200 artists.
From then onwards, Cohen became a household name, selling millions of records, touring, being inducted into Halls of Fame, and winning a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, among other awards. His fame continued right up to his passing in 2016 at the age of 82.
Thelonious MonkWidely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of all time and a forefather of modern jazz and bebop, Thelonious' advent into the music business was not met with much fanfare. In fact, the master improviser didn't get much recognition in terms of sales for much of his 20s and 30s, plus he was rejected by several record labels.
It wasn't until 1956 when he was in the region of 39 years old that he got a breakthrough with the album Brilliant Corners. That record was followed by huge success with the Thelonious Monk Quartet going on tours. Monk eventually signed a record deal with Columbia Records and, in 1964, he became one of only a select few jazz musicians to grace the cover of Time Magazine.
James MurphyAt the age of 31, electronic dance music maestro, James Murphy, started the band LCD Soundsystem. But, after having spent much of his earlier years in obscurity in various bands, he would have to wait a while longer before tasting success.
He persevered with the group after minor recognition from 2002's "Losing My Edge" and they recorded their debut self-titled album. LCD Soundsystem was launched in 2005, months after Murphy had crossed the 35-year-old mark and the rest, as they say, is history.
2 ChainzIf there was ever someone who benefitted from a name change in the music business, it was 2 Chainz. As has been famously recorded in the annals of hip hop history, 2 Chainz (birth name Tauheed Epps) managed to recover from relative obscurity to become a household name in the latter part of his career. While in his 20s, he combined with a fellow rapper to form a hip-hop group known as Playaz Circle, and operated under the name Tity Boi.
During this time, Chainz was signed to Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace, trying to float his own career as a rapper while working as a songwriter for a number of notable artists, including Lil’ Wayne and Drake. After not getting the breakthrough he wanted, the “I’m Different” rapper decided to change his name to the more family-friendly 2 Chainz in 2011.
A year later, and at the ripe age of 35, 2 Chainz saw his mixtape T.R.U. REALligion take off, which led to the release of his debut album, Based on a T.R.U Story. The album earned him a Grammy and was later certified Gold by the RIAA. Since then, the rapper has gained worldwide fame and been ranked among the genres top earners.
Andrea BocelliAndrea Bocelli is regarded as one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time. His repertoire includes 15 solo albums and nine complete operas. The Italian artist, who has managed to sell over 80 million records to date, has composed and performed music across both pop and classical genres; in fact, one of his claims to fame is crossing over onto mainstream pop charts with classical music.
However, fame wasn’t to come for the legendary singer until late in his career, after finishing up with law school. As luck (or destiny) would have it, a demo recording by Bocelli winded up in the hands of Luciano Pavarotti, which kicked off a chain of events. The release of Bocelli in his mid-thirties gave him some amount of recognition in Europe, but he didn’t get a massive breakthrough until he was 41.
In 1999, the release of Sogno, saw Bocelli entering several major charts around the world, leading to international fame and a Grammy nomination. Bocelli has even earned a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records for his classical album, Sacred Arias.
There you have it. It's evident that the older you get, the smaller the window to achieve success but that's as far as it goes where age is concerned. There will always be a chance once the window still exists, as long as you keep on making your music and applying best practices to get your creations out into the world.
Thank you to our partners at Tunedly.com for use of this article!
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