January 15, 2018

NEWS!!! Schedule for ASG’s 14th Annual Songwriters Symposium 2018

For those of you who have been waiting to see the schedule of classes, workshops, panels, concerts, showcases, keynote events, publisher pitches, mentoring sessions and more before making your final decision to attend ASG’s 14th Annual Songwriters Symposium, your day has arrived. We are now only 2 days away from the opening night events, so if you are going to register, the clock is ticking. Read on to see the full schedule. 

ASG SONGWRITER SYMPOSIUM 2018 SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2018

5:00 PM
SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION (MAGNOLIA ROOM)
Whether you have previously registered online, or need to register as a walk up, your first stop is Symposium Registration in The Magnolia Room. You will be able to pick up your wristbands and schedules, as well as sign up for your One-On-One Publisher Pitch, and One-On-One mentoring appointments with various music industry professionals. If you are scheduled for a Showcase, be sure to confirm the day and time of your slot, while you are there.

7:30 PM

KICK OFF PARTY & FALL SONG CONTEST 2017 AWARDS SHOW (HILL COUNTRY BALLROOM)

Open to public and there is no charge for this event. We will be announcing the winners for the 2017 Fall Song Contest, as well as crowning the ASG Songwriter of the Year for 2018. Please join us in as we meet the writers of the songs, and hear some great music. After this event, the Song Circles will begin. So, bring your instruments and be ready to pick into the night.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2018

9:00 AM

SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION (MAGNOLIA ROOM)

Whether you have previously registered online, or need to register as a walk up, your first stop is Symposium Registration in The Magnolia Room. You will be able to pick up your wristbands and schedules, as well as sign up for your One-On-One Publisher Pitch, and One-On-One mentoring appointments with various music industry professionals. If you are scheduled for a Showcase, be sure to confirm the day and time of your slot, while you are there.

PUBLISHERS PANEL (HILL COUNTRY BALL ROOM)

Bobby Rymer, Steve Bloch and Matt Lindsey will facilitate our annual music publishing panel discussion focusing on the changing landscape in the Music Business. Come and get a sense of what is happening now, and how it might look for tomorrow from the perspective of those working in this business. Are they looking for different things in a writer now? Are they placing music in different places? Are they pitching differently? What’s new?

SPECIAL NOTE: Anyone that is interested in having a song critiqued by this panel is welcome to bring a CD that will be played. We will draw CD’s from the hat and will get to as many as we have time for.

10:30 AM BREAK

10:45 – 12:15 PM  

ONE-ON-ONE PITCH TO PUBLISHER SESSIONS

Bobby Rymer – (Mimosa Room)
Steve Bloch – (Cedar Room)
Ted Lowe – (Maple Room)
Matt Lindsey (Cypress Room)

BILL & RUTH CARTER – “COLLABORATION WORKSHOP”

Having successfully written for or collaborated with over 200 different artists,  Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robert Palmer, Brian Setzer, and Counting Crows, among many others, Bill & Ruth Carter have learned a thing or two about being musical collaborators. In this workshop, they lend their insights and experience to help you not only identify potential collaborators, but, more importantly, how to be a successful collaborator.

GABRIEL RHODES – “WORKING WITH OPEN TUNINGS”

Producer and Guitarist, Gabe Rhodes is an expert in musical arrangements and working with open tunings. If you are a songwriting guitarist, this class is sure to fire up your musical inspirations this year, giving you a command of alternate, open tunings. Gabe is a great teacher as well, so if you are looking to improve as a guitarist, this is a not to be missed class.

12:15 – 1:30: LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:30 – 3:00 PM

ONE-ON-ONE PITCH TO PUBLISHER SESSIONS

Bobby Rymer – (Mimosa Room)
Steve Bloch – (Cedar Room)
Ted Lowe – (Maple Room)
Matt Lindsey (Cypress Room)

BOB LIVINGSTON, BOBBY EARL SMITH & KIMMIE RHODES – “TURNING YOUR MUSIC INTO A COTTAGE INDUSTRY”

This insightful panel discussion is for anyone aspiring to live the life of a full-time creative artist, as these successful and experienced artists give you the lowdown on turning your music and creativity into your very own “cottage industry” with multiple revenue streams.

GABE RHODES – “STUDIO PRE-PRODUCTION”

Having produced and recorded projects for the likes of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Kimmie Rhodes, and Billy Joe Shaver, among many others, Gabe Rhodes knows how to do the advance preparation for the studio that will insure success once you actually start recording. If you are planning to record a record in the near future, this class will be invaluable to you.

3:00: BREAK

3:15 – 4:45 PM

ONE-ON-ONE PITCH TO PUBLISHER SESSIONS
Bobby Rymer – (Mimosa Room)
Steve Bloch – (Cedar Room)
Ted Lowe – (Maple Room)
Matt Lindsey (Cypress Room)

RON BEER – “ANIMATED MUSICAL STORYTELLING: AN INDEPENDENT WAY TO MARKET YOUR MUSIC”
Presented by YS Animation Studio, Canadian Singer-Songwriter, Ron Beer, gives you the insights on writing songs for animated film. Learn how you can own the content and present your own songs to this studio.

RICK BUSBY & CRAIG MARSHALL – “SONGWRITING WITH THE MASTERS”
ASG President, Rick Busby and former ASG Songwriter of the Year, Craig Marshall take a look at classic songs written by some of the master songwriters of all time to learn what makes great songs great.

4:45 – 5:45 PM

PUBLISHER’S PICKS – (HILL COUNTRY BALLROOM)
Each of the publishers will choose their favorite song from the day’s “Pitch to Publisher” sessions, and the songwriter will have an opportunity to perform it if they wish.

6:00 DINNER BREAK ON YOUR OWN

8:00 – 10:00 PM: TEXAS SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION MUSIC LEGENDS HALL OF FAME SHOW
Special musical performances from new and past Hall of Fame Inductees, as well as revealing who the new inductees will be for 2018. Open To The Public.

10:00 PM SONG CIRCLES

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2018

9:00 AM

SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION (MAGNOLIA ROOM)
Whether you have previously registered online, or need to register as a walk up, your first stop is Symposium Registration in The Magnolia Room. You will be able to pick up your wristbands and schedules, as well as sign up for your One-On-One Publisher Pitch, and One-On-One mentoring appointments with various music industry professionals. If you are scheduled for a Showcase, be sure to confirm the day and time of your slot, while you are there.

9:00-10:30 AM

ONE-ON-ONE PITCH TO PUBLISHER SESSIONS
Bobby Rymer – (Mimosa Room)
Steve Bloch – (Cedar Room)
Ted Lowe – (Maple Room)
Matt Lindsey (Cypress Room)

STEPHEN DOSTER – “MAKING AN INDEPENDENT RECORD”
In this class we will discuss Pre-Production/ Tracking/ Mixing / Mastering and how to better prepare yourself when entering the studio to record your masterpiece.

KATHLEEN HUDSON – “POETRY OF TEXAS MUSIC”
Guided exercises to enhance your creativity and inspire new words and ideas.

10:30 BREAK

10:45 – 12:15

ONE-ON-ONE PITCH TO PUBLISHER SESSIONS
Bobby Rymer – (Mimosa Room)
Steve Bloch – (Cedar Room)
Ted Lowe – (Maple Room)
Matt Lindsey (Cypress Room)

GARY BURR & GEORGIA MIDDLEMAN – “SONGWRITING FROM A TO B”
Gary and Georgia demystify the process of writing a song. Touching on melody, lyric and structure, they explain how it’s done in a way that will ensure that you write the best song possible.

BILL & RUTH CARTER – “WHAT DO I WRITE ABOUT AND HOW DO I SAY IT?”

12:15 – 1:30 PM: LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:30 – 3:00 PM

ONE-ON-ONE PITCH TO PUBLISHER SESSIONS
Bobby Rymer – (Mimosa Room)
Steve Bloch – (Cedar Room)
Ted Lowe – (Maple Room)
Matt Lindsey (Cypress Room)

JIM PHOTOGLO – PERFORMANCE
Jim Photoglo is an outstanding live performer, a master in all aspects of performance. This interactive workshop will discuss all aspects of performance for both solo artists and band members alike.

WRITE A SONG WITH BILL AND RUTH CARTER
This is literally what it sounds like, an interactive opportunity to write a song live in the moment with hit songwriters, Bill and Ruth Carter.

3:00 BREAK

3:15-4:45 PM

ONE-ON-ONE PITCH TO PUBLISHER SESSIONS
Bobby Rymer – (Mimosa Room)
Steve Bloch – (Cedar Room)
Ted Lowe – (Maple Room)
Matt Lindsey (Cypress Room)

KIMMIE RHODES – “UNCONSCIOUS SONGWRITING”
Ever wonder how to keep yourself plugged into the muse? Or, how you can more reliably tap into your creative intuition? In this interactive Q&A workshop, Kimmie Rhodes will reveal some of the successful strategies she has learned from a lifetime of experience as a professional songwriter.

BOB CHEEVERS – “TOURING LIKE A PRO”
In a songwriting career that now spans over 50 years, Bob Cheevers has toured extensively over the years as an independent recording artist. Learn the secrets and strategies that you need to know to book, plan and execute your tours more successfully.

4:45 PM – DINNER ON YOUR OWN

6:30 – 9:00 PM (HILL COUNTRY BALLROOM)

SHOWCASES & PUBLISHERS PICKS
Each of the publishers will choose their favorite song from the day’s Pitch to Publisher sessions and the songwriter will have an opportunity to perform it if they wish. The Publisher’s Picks will be interspersed throughout the evening in between shows performances.

9:30 – 10:30 PM (HILL COUNTRY BALLROOM)
CONCERT WITH GEORGIA MIDDLEMAN, GARY BURR AND JIM PHOTOGLO

10:30 PM – SONG CIRCLES BEGIN

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018

9:00 AM

SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION (MAGNOLIA ROOM)
Whether you have previously registered online, or need to register as a walk up, your first stop is Symposium Registration in The Magnolia Room. You will be able to pick up your wristbands and schedules, as well as sign up for your One-On-One Publisher Pitch, and One-On-One mentoring appointments with various music industry professionals. If you are scheduled for a Showcase, be sure to confirm the day and time of your slot, while you are there.

ONE-ON-ONE PITCH TO PUBLISHER SESSIONS
Bobby Rymer – (Mimosa Room)
Steve Bloch – (Cedar Room)
Ted Lowe – (Maple Room)
Matt Lindsey (Cypress Room)

GARY BURR and GEORGIA MIDDLEMAN – “SONGWRITING Y TO Z”
Gary and Georgia talk about co-writing, demos, pitching, networking….you know…the hard stuff.

BOB CROSS – “BEYOND RADIO”
Time was a music artist’s success depended solely on radio airplay. Not anymore. Learn practical ideas to help spread your music via alternate channels. Learn the hows and whys music makes it to radio and why this might not be the best route for your music. Get an overview of the major players in the internet’s music world and how you might use them to reach an audience.

10:30 BREAK

10:45 AM -12:15 PM

CASH EDWARDS, ROGER ALLEN, PETER BLACKSTOCK, DOUG FREEMAN, TED BRANSON – “MEDIA, MEDIA, MEDIA…IT’S ALL MEDIA”
Panelist discuss the written aspect vs. facebook/social media aspects v. radio vs. podcasts vs. streaming vs. other online music interactions and what’s the most effective? Panelists include Music Journalist, Doug Freeman of The Austin Chronicle; Radio Personality, Ted Branson of KOOP Radio; Music Journalist, Peter Blackstock of Austin American-Statesman; Radio Personality Roger Allen of SunRadio; and Publicist Cash Edwards, of Cash Edwards Music Services.

RON BEER – “GIVE YOUR SONGS A LIFT”
The art of key change …learn to create and release tension in your songs.

12:15-3:00 LUNCH & KEYNOTE PROGRAM (HILL COUNTRY BALLROOM)

LEE DUFFY INTERVIEWS KIMMIE RHODES

3:15-4:45 PM

ONE-ON-ONE PITCH TO PUBLISHER SESSIONS
Bobby Rymer – (Mimosa Room)
Steve Bloch – (Cedar Room)
Ted Lowe – (Maple Room)
Matt Lindsey (Cypress Room)

GIULIA MILLANTA – “PERFORMANCE COACHING”
In thIS class, Giulia will talk about different aspects of a performance and how to get ready for it. Attendees may have a chance to perform a song (an original or a cover) in front of the class, and use those performances to discuss the issues that may arise. The main points we will focus on will be: 1) working with lyrics in a “theatrical” way to find a personal way to interpret the song; 2) working with vocals, choosing the right key, and addressing vocal parts that are challenging; 3) fine tuning accompaniment and arrangements, making sure instruments work well with the vocals; and 4) enhancing stage presence (the most important one) to make sure the song performance is achieving its full potential, addressing common performance mistakes, and practicing how to introduce songs in an engaging way.

JIM PHOTOGLO – SONGWRITING
Jim Photoglo has had a long and successful career as a songwriter. In this interactive workshop, he will facilitate a Q&A with participants that will cover a wide range of songwriting tips, insights and strategies to improve your songwriting. There will be no song critiques, just valuable discussion on songwriting from a master of the craft.

4:45 – 6:30 PM: DINNER ON YOUR OWN

6:30 – 9:00 PM: (HILL COUNTRY BALLROOM)

KEYNOTE EVENT – “ROGER ALLEN INTERVIEWS SHINYRIBS’ KEVIN RUSSELL”

SHOWCASES & PUBLISHERS PICKS
Each of the publishers will choose their favorite song from the day’s Pitch to Publisher sessions and the songwriter will have an opportunity to perform it if they wish. The Publisher’s Picks will be interspersed throughout the evening in between shows performances.

9:30 – 10:30 PM

CONCERT WITH KIMMIE RHODES & JIM PHOTOGLO

10:30 PM

SONG CIRCLES BEGIN

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2018

9:00 AM

Gospel Music Jam – KIMMIE RHODES (Hill Country Ballroom)

SHORT CONCERT …AND ..Bring your instruments and favorite gospel songs to share in this Sunday morning gospel music breakfast jam that has become an annual final day tradition at the ASG Symposiums.

10:45 AM

ONE-ON-ONE PITCH TO PUBLISHER SESSIONS
Bobby Rymer – (Mimosa Room)
Steve Bloch – (Cedar Room)
Ted Lowe – (Maple Room)
Matt Lindsey (Cypress Room)

STEVE BLOCH – BEFORE THEY WERE HITS
Ever wonder how the artists first heard (chose) the songs that helped shape their careers?  Why they chose to invest their futures (financially, as well as, artistically) into these songs out of the thousands they hear to best prepare for each project? In this class, we’ll play several demos BEFORE THEY WERE HITS and put ourselves in the artist’s heart, mind (and ears). Together, we’ll analyze what made these songs work, and in doing so, you’ll hone your own skills in becoming part of the next wave of successful hit makers.  (We may even throw in a few songs which I so believed in and invested in at the time, which I can see now was money wasted. We’ll examine why I say this now.

ROBERT CROSS – SOCIAL MEDIA 101
Want to get the word out about your work? Want to build an audience? Social Media is the solution. In today’s world, a social media presence is a must. Learn the difference between the major platforms and how each can help fulfill your goals. Get practical content tips to increase your audience engagement. What are the best practices for each major platform? Robert Cross will introduce you to the world of social media and help you navigate this ever changing world.

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