January 5, 2019

Schedule For ASG’s Songwriter Symposium 2019

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 15th Annual Songwriters Symposium, that day has arrived. We are now only 5 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 2019 SCHEDULE

(Please note, some aspects of this schedule have changed since first posted here on the website. For the most current version of the schedule, click the link below to download a PDF of the complete Symposium 2019 schedule, along with instructor bios. As always, schedule is subject to change.)

DOWNLOAD PDF ASG SONGWRITER SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2019

5:00 – 6:30 PM

Symposium Registration (Magnolia Room)

Walk Up Registration & Pre-Registration Check In:

Pick Up Schedule and Wrist Bands
Sign Up for the One-On-One with Publisher of Your Choice
Sign Up for the One-On-Ones with the music industry professionals ( writers, publicists, lawyers, producers, performance coach, etc. )
Sign up for showcases

6:30 PM

Kick Off Party Meet and Greet!

8:00 – 9:15 PM PUBLISHERS PANEL

Music Publishers Bobby Rymer, Jimmy Metts, Sherrill Dean Blackman, Steve Bloch, and Antoinette Olesen kick off Symposium 2019 by leading this panel discussing current trends in music publishing.

9:30 PM – Midnight

SONG PICKING CIRCLES
After the Music Publishing Panel, grab your instruments and circle for the opening night song picking circles.OPENING NIGHT PICKING CIRCLES: It’s going to be a long weekend, but we’re going to kick it off in style with the opening night picking circles until about midnight. Usually, these can go on all night, but we figure we ought to pace ourselves. Right?

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2019

9:00 AM

Symposium Registration (Magnolia Room)

Walk Up Registration & Pre-Registration Check In:

Pick Up Schedule and Wrist Bands
Sign Up for the One-On-One with Publisher of Your Choice
Sign Up for the One-On-Ones with the music industry professionals ( writers, publicists, lawyers, producers, performance coach, etc. )
Sign up for showcases

PUBLISHERS PANEL (HILL COUNTRY BALL ROOM)

Bobby RymerJimmy Metts, Sherrill Dean Blackman, Steve Bloch, and Antoinette Olesen will be facilitating our annual music publishing panel discussion. This is an introduction to the publishers. They will tell you a little about themselves, and some of the things they are currently working on. This session will end with a Q & A. This will help you decide which of the publishers might be the best fit for you. There will also be sign up sheets for each of the publishers available for you to sign up for your One-On-One Publisher Pitch in the registration office.

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, Jimmy Metts, Sherrill Dean Blackman, Steve Bloch, Ted Lowe and Antoinette Olesen will be holding private, one-on-one song pitch sessions throughout the Symposium. You must schedule your appointments ahead of time.  Be sure to check in at the Magnolia Room for each of the music publisher’s respective room assignments and time slots availability. When it comes times for your appointment, be sure to check in with the room facilitators 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
BILL & RUTH CARTER SONGWRITING WORKSHOP #1
Stories In Song: It’s In The Details

Having successfully written for or collaborated with over 200 different artists, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robert Palmer, Brian Setzer, and Counting Crows, among many others, Bill & Ruth Carter have learned a thing or two about songwriting. In this workshop, they lend their insights and experience in crafting the details that make for great story songs.

12:15 – 1:30: LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:30 – 3:00 PM

ONE-ON-ONE PITCH TO PUBLISHER SESSIONS

Bobby RymerJimmy MettsSherrill Dean Blackman, Steve Bloch, Ted Lowe and Antoinette Olesen will be holding private, one-on-one song pitch sessions throughout the Symposium. You must schedule your appointments ahead of time.  Be sure to check in at the Magnolia Room for each of the music publisher’s respective room assignments and time slots availability. When it comes times for your appointment, be sure to check in with the room facilitators 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.

GIULIA MILLANTA – PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP PART ONE
Attendees will have a chance to perform a song (an original or a cover) in front of the class and we’ll discuss the issues that may arise. The main points we will focus on will be:

Lyrics: we’ll work on the lyrics in a “theatrical” way, finding a personal way to interpret the song.

The Key and Vocal Issues: make sure there are no vocal issues, which includes checking the key, explore different ones, address the parts that are vocally challenging

Accompaniment: making sure the guitar (or piano) part works well where the vocals and it’s all flowing smoothly.

Stage presence (the most important one): we’ll make sure the song is delivered at its full potential, we’ll address all the little mistakes we make on stage and practice how to introduce the song in an engaging way.

BEN BAZZREA – INTRO TO MUSIC THEORY PART 1 

Want to energize your major scale chord progressions, learn a bit more about harmonizing to your melody, or go a little deeper inside the theory of major scales, join Ben Bazzrea for this intro music theory class where he will be walking through the major scale, and the chords built within the major scale, while highlighting the basics of harmonizing a melody, and much more!  This talk is for all skill levels.

3:00: BREAK

3:15 – 4:45 PM

AMY LOMBARDI of TUNECORE

Music distribution has changed so much in the last 10-15 years, it’s hard to keep up. But, the good news is, there have never been so many tools for independent artists to market and distribute their music to a worldwide audience. Join Tunecore’s Amy Lombardi for this insider’s session on the worldwide distribution of your music.

ANTOINETTE OLESEN, PERFORMING SONGWRITER & PUBLISHER

This Power Songwriting Workshop led by Antoinette Olesen will help you fill your songwriting toolbox with concrete ways to approach a new song and make your current songs even better!

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 MUSIC LEGENDS HALL OF FAME SHOW
Special musical performances from new and past Hall of Fame Inductees, as well as announcing the new inductees for 2019, including Robert Josef Cross, Rosie Flores, Denny Freeman, Joe Gracey, Champ Hood, Michael Martin Murphey, Tim O’Connor, Bobby Earl Smith, and Danny Roy Young. Also featuring a Special Concert Performance with the Lost Austin Band. Open To The Public.

10:00 PM SONG CIRCLES

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019

9:00 AM

Symposium Registration (Magnolia Room)

Walk Up Registration & Pre-Registration Check In:

Pick Up Schedule and Wrist Bands
Sign Up for the One-On-One with Publisher of Your Choice
Sign Up for the One-On-Ones with the music industry professionals ( writers, publicists, lawyers, producers, performance coach, etc. )
Sign up for showcases

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

ONE-ON-ONE PITCH TO PUBLISHER SESSIONS
Bobby Rymer, Jimmy Metts, Sherrill Dean Blackman, Steve Bloch, Ted Lowe and Antoinette Olesen will be holding private, one-on-one song pitch sessions throughout the Symposium. You must schedule your appointments ahead of time.  Be sure to check in at the Magnolia Room for each of the music publisher’s respective room assignments and time slots availability. When it comes times for your appointment, be sure to check in with the room facilitators 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
10:00 – 11:30 AM


STEPHEN DOSTER – “It All Starts With A Song”

Veteran musician, songwriter, recording artist and producer Stephen Doster leads this workshop exploring the process of bringing your songs to life from the initial inspiration through the writing and arranging all the way to a finished recorded production.

WRITERS & TEXAS MUSIC HISTORY

Join Texas music writers Kathleen Hudson, Craig Hillis, and  Harold Eggers as they share some of their personal stories as writers writing about Texas music

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

ASG PRESIDENT, RICK BUSBY’S INTERVIEW WITH TIM O’CONNOR

12:15 – 1:30 PM: LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:30 – 3:00 PM

BILL AND RUTH CARTER SONGWRITING WORKSHOP #2

In their second workshop, songwriting legends Bill & Ruth Carter explore concepts that can make your songs uniquely you, and why that unique factor is important in distinguishing your songs.

3:00 BREAK

3:15-4:45 PM

GIULIA MILLANTA – PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP PART TWO

Attendees will have a chance to perform a song (an original or a cover) in front of the class and we’ll discuss the issues that may arise. The main points we will focus on will be:

Lyrics: we’ll work on the lyrics in a “theatrical” way, finding a personal way to interpret the song.

The Key and Vocal Issues: make sure there are no vocal issues, which includes checking the key, explore different ones, address the parts that are vocally challenging

Accompaniment: making sure the guitar (or piano) part works well where the vocals and it’s all flowing smoothly.

Stage presence (the most important one): we’ll make sure the song is delivered at its full potential, we’ll address all the little mistakes we make on stage and practice how to introduce the song in an engaging way.

BEN BAZZREA & KADY RAIN
SECRETS OF POP SONG STRUCTURE

In this songwriting class, performing and recording songwriters, Ben Bazzrea and Kady Rain will write a song live in front of the audience and discuss some of the strategies they regularly use to make their songs competitive in the pop genre.

4:45 PM – DINNER ON YOUR OWN

6:30 – 7:30 PM (HILL COUNTRY BALLROOM)

PUBLISHER’S DAILY PICK

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.

8:00 – 9:30 PM (HILL COUNTRY BALLROOM)

SPECIAL EVENT & CONCERT TBA

10:00 PM – SONG CIRCLES BEGIN

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019

9:00 AM

Symposium Registration (Magnolia Room)

Walk Up Registration & Pre-Registration Check In:

Pick Up Schedule and Wrist Bands
Sign Up for the One-On-One with Publisher of Your Choice
Sign Up for the One-On-Ones with the music industry professionals ( writers, publicists, lawyers, producers, performance coach, etc. )
Sign up for showcases

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

ONE-ON-ONE PITCH TO PUBLISHER SESSIONS

Bobby Rymer, Jimmy Metts, Sherrill Dean Blackman, Steve Bloch, Ted Lowe and Antoinette Olesen will be holding private, one-on-one song pitch sessions throughout the Symposium. You must schedule your appointments ahead of time.  Be sure to check in at the Magnolia Room for each of the music publisher’s respective room assignments and time slots availability. When it comes times for your appointment, be sure to check in with the room facilitators 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.

9:00 – 10:30 AM

MUSIC PUBLISHING WORKSHOP WITH STEVE BLOCH

Music Publisher, Steve Bloch facilitates this music publishing workshop with pro tips that can assist you in making your songs attractive to publishers and recording artists.

SONGWRITING WORKSHOP TBA.

10:30 BREAK

10:45 AM -12:15 PM

“UPDATE, UPDATE, UPDATE: KEEPING THE MEDIA INFORMED”

Austin music and media professionals Cash Edwards, Roger Allen, Doug Freeman, and Ted Branson discuss the ins and outs of publicity, music journalism and radio in the Austin Market.The Panel will facilitate a discussion exploring strategies for keeping the media professionally informed on your musical projects, focusing on your specific promotional needs and the importance of timing.

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

Keynote Lunch Program begins with a showcase with our Canadian Songwriters, followed by a songwriter-in-the-round with past ASG Songwriters of the Year.

The Keynote Presentation will be Roger Allen’s interview with Austin songwriter, recording artist and Fastball co-founder, Miles Zuniga.

3:15-4:45 PM

MIKE TOLESON – SCHEDULE FOR ONE ON ONE WITH A LAWYER

GWEN SEALE – SCHEDULE FOR ONE ON ONE WITH A LAWYER

MUSIC THEORY PART TWO: MODES AND MORE

Ben Bazzrea continues where his previous “Intro to Music Theory” workshop left off, discussing the modes, songs within the modes, and more advanced topics of music theory.  This talk is going to assume you already know the basics of the major scale and are ready for a deeper dive.

4:45 – 6:00 PM

BRYAN CALHOUN – TEAM BUILDING MASTER CLASS

For artists it is vital to have the right team members representing you to further your career. But, who are they? When do you need them? How much do they charge? What should you expect from them? And, what do they expect from you? In this session, we will discuss the key team members for any artist including when you can go it alone and when you need to bring in help.

6:00 – 7:30 PM: DINNER ON YOUR OWN

 8:00 PM: (HILL COUNTRY BALLROOM)

PUBLISHER’S DAILY PICK

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.

SPECIAL EVENT CONCERT TBA 

FOLLOWED BY SONG CIRCLES

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2019

9:00 AM

Gospel Music Jam (Hill Country Ballroom)

SHORT SURPRISE ACOUSTIC CONCERT followed by the annual Sunday Morning Gospel Music Jam. 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

DAVID LEE – SONGWRITING

WORKSHOP TBA

ONE ON ONE PROFESSIONAL MENTOR SESIONS
(By Appointment Only – Register In The Magnolia Room)

GABE RHODES – PRODUCER, ARRANGER, SONGWRITER, AND MULTI INSTRUMENTALIST

GIULIA MILLANTA – VOCAL/PERFORMANCE COACH

MIKE TOLLESON – ENTERTAINMENT LAWYER

GWEN SEALE  – ENTERTAINMENT LAWYER

DOUG FREEMAN – ENTERTAINMENT WRITER

ROGER ALLEN – AUTHOR / RADIO

CASH EDWARDS –  PUBLICIST

AMY LOMBARDI – TUNECORE

BRYAN CALHOUN – PANDORA AND MUSIC BUSINESS TOOL BOX

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