Texas Songwriters Association 2020 Symposium

2020 Texas Songwriter Symposium!

We have been working for months pulling together what we think is a great faculty and brilliant schedule of activities, classes and networking opportunities for you to take your musical journey to the next level.

Join us: January 8 – 12 at Holiday Inn Midtown for the 2020 Texas Songwriter Symposium!!!

We have publishers and song pluggers, hit writers, lawyers, publicists, dream weavers and everything in-between. Here is a short list of those that have confirmed being with us this year:

Roger Allen Polson
Ben Bazzrea
Ron Beer
Steve Bloch
Ted Branson
David Carroll
Bill Carter
Ruth Ellsworth Carter
Stephen Doster
Cash Edwards
Doug Freeman
Eliza Gilkyson
Kathleen Hudson
Doug Johnson
Lisa Johnson
Jay Knowles
David Lee
Bob Livingston
Ted Lowe
Giulia Millanta
Scott Paschall
Gabriel Rhodes
Kimmie Rhodes
Bobby Rymer
Gwen Seale
Will Sexton
Mike Tolleson

We have panels, concerts, workshops, open mic, showcases, late night picking circles, one on one with publishers, one on one with a lawyer, vocal classes, writing classes of different kinds and lots of networking opportunities with songwriters and music industry professionals. All this and on Saturday we buy your lunch. I hope you can make it.

Here is a little of what we have planned:

Eliza Gilkyson – “It’s All About YOU!”

Bring your songs and your open minds – let’s see how we can make your songs the best they can be. After a brief question and answer session we will work in a circle and go around the room working on your songs, finding the places where the energy gets dropped or stuck. Group participation. Learn to self critique and support your fellow writers. All “levels of expertise“ welcome.

Eliza Gilkyson is a twice Grammy-nominated (2006/2015) folk singer/songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV.

Bill Carter and Ruth Ellsworth Carter … Write A Song With the Bill and Ruth!

This year Bill and Ruth received the BMI Two Million Airs Awards for CROSSFIRE!!

Their songs have been covered by scores of major artists, from John Mayall and Ruth Brown to Robert Palmer and Waylon Jennings; they have had more than 200 songs recorded by dozens of other artists, including The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Brian Setzer, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Counting Crows, Trace Adkins, Waylon Jennings, Robert Palmer, John Mayall, The Stray Cats, P (with Johnny Depp), John Anderson, McBride & The Ride, Don Williams, The Derailers, Omar and the Howlers, Ruth Brown, Tony Price, Will Sexton, Vanessa Paradis, and many more.


Kimmie Rhodes … Unconscious Songwriting

In her three-decade-plus career, Austin-based singer-songwriter Kimmie Rhodes has released 16 solo albums, written and produced three musical plays, published a novella/cookbook and written many multi-platinum songs, recorded by such stellar artists as Willie Nelson, Wynonna Judd, Trisha Yearwood, Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, Joe Ely, Waylon Jennings, Peter Frampton, Mark Knopfler, Emmylou Harris and others. A native Texan, she was raised in Lubbock, where she cultivated the spirited mix of talent and determination that still fuels her success.

There is way too much to have everything on here but you can see it is going to be an awesome week of fun.. Jan 8 through Jan 12. We’ll get the schedule up ASAP and will be sharing on Facebook and emails until the event.

You can go to this link and sign up at our Early Bird Price of $250. That includes all the classes, concerts, one pitch to publisher of your choice, all night picking and everything on the schedule including Saturday’s lunch. Register Here.

2020 Texas Songwriter Symposium Showcases!

We have a very limited number of showcases that will go for $50 each. There are only 24 showcases over the course of the event. The showcases are 15 min each. For those of you who wish to add a Showcase you can do that here 2020 Symposium Showcase.

LASTLY … You must be a member of the Austin Songwriters Group to attend this Symposium. You can join for as little as $10 per month, or if you make it one payment for the entire year it is only $100 … Join us here!

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