Next Session Wednesday, November 9th
It will begin at 5:30PM so those heading home from work can stop in without it getting too late. Each session will end promptly at 8:30pm when the studio will go back into record mode for the evening schedule. Drop in at anytime up until 7:30pm during each session. You can’t even really be late! Leave when you like!
"SONGWRITER SESSIONS" w/ Hit Maker Shelly Peiken
The New York Songwriters Collective featured songwriter Shelly Peiken for a mini-concert and selected readings from her memoir "CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL SONGWRITER" followed by an audience Song Critique session with Shelly and song publisher Suzan Koç. Together they listened to songs submitted and critiqued with their years of experience as writer and publisher!
Shelly and Suzan greeted all and Shelly signed copies go her memoir. You can still purchase the book at a special Collective price by clicking HERE!
Here's a chorus of Shelly singing her hit song "BITCH"!
A WONDERFUL EVENING of READINGS, SONGS & BOOK SIGNING!
LEGENDARY SINGER/SONGWRITER SHELLY PEIKEN RELEASES HER MEMOIR
"CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL SONGWRITER" Hal Leonard/Backbeat Books Shelly Peiken is best known for writing culturally resonant female-empowerment anthems such as Christina Aguilera’s No. 1 hit, “What a Girl Wants” and Meredith Brooks’ smash, “Bitch."
Confessions of a Serial Songwriter, a humorous and poignant pop culture memoir about Peiken’s journey, takes readers into the rarefied world of the music business. From a young girl falling under the spell of magical songs to a working professional writing hits of her own, Peiken describes how she built a career, from fledgling songwriter, pounding the streets of New York City to Grammy nominations, international hits, and the first Number One song of the millennium.
“THE SONGWRITER IN THE RECORDING STUDIO"
This one day intensive workshop's morning session discussed the steps every songwriter needs to take in preparing for recording their songs either as demos meant to pitch for artists or as personal artist recordings. We talked about how to pick a producer, a recording studio, the kind of contract agreements one should consider and to walk away from, and the finished product deliverables you should insist on having in hand upon completion.
The afternoon sessions a demonstration in the process of recording from microphone to finished mix. We went over the vocabulary of the studio as we demonstrate techniques like compression, EQ, reverb, mixing, mastering and more. Workshop members shared their home recording set-ups and issues they were facing and concerned they had. Many questions answered! The key goal is to educate you as you enter a recording situation to get the best product at the right cost. This is one of the Collective's most popular workshops and will be held again in the fall!
“ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SONG & MUSIC LICENSING”
The business of music licensing was explained with many questions answered along the way.
Look for the announcement of our next one day seminar very soon!
The "COLLECTIVE SONG CLUB" rings in the New Year this Wednesday, January 6th from 5:30-8:30pm and every other following Wednesday evening with January 20th and February 3rd in the calendar! Save the dates. For all the info click HERE!
CHLOE COLLINS is an award-winning, Singer-Songwriter with a funny, frank and definitely female point of view.
Chloe Collins is a teenage singer/songwriter who started singing when she was just a toddler and learned a few guitar chords at 8 years old. Soon Chloe started writing songs, and then started performing at talent shows and coffee houses. One of Chloe's songs entitled "I've Had Enough" was recently used in the ABC/Family TV show "The Vineyard."
Click HERE for a wonderful review!
Our recent "PITCH TO PUBLISHER" workshop session with David Hoffman / Creative Director at Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc. included a film crew taping a documentary on songwriting today! Now that is going to be some dramatic viewing!!! David shared recent pitch opportunities and the workshop split into two groups with each jointly composing a song for presentation. Each workshop member then held a "meeting" with David presenting themselves and their songs. Valuable skills that every songwriter/artist needs!
SPRING WRITERS WORKSHOP / Dates to be announced next week!
This workshop will be geared towards the singer / songwriter. The workshop will focus on developing the special unique song and sound to become a signature independent artist! Expect special guests as always!!! Our weekly Tuesday evening workshop sessions held in a recording studio are unique in that our writers interact with industry hitmakers. Writing skills are strengthened along with conveying an understanding of the songwriting market and music industry today.
"Write Your Top 10 Hit" Workshop
What a great way to spend a Saturday looking at the current Top 10 songs and finding out what makes them tick! Primary Wave Music Publishing's Creative Director Calvin Rosenkrans then shared his insights and listened to workshop member's songs. Look for our continuing series of workshops to be announced monthly!
A wonderful weekend at the New York Songwriters Collective's Summer Camp Workshop with special guests Daniel Novick, Esq explaining the ins and outs of the business of songwriting and Molly Seel (pictured), creative at Atlas Music Publishing, discussing the role of the music publisher in the industry and listening to our campers songs!
Thanks to all our members who added their talents to our Member Showcase to benefit the "Music For Youth" programs of the UJA of NYC! A wonderful evening of original music. A big thanks to Kenny and all at The Bitter End. Thanks to "Katherine Abbot" for her pictures in the slideshow below! Enjoy!
The Collective's first live performance event "Occupy Hearts & Minds" took place on December 14th, 2011 at The Bitter End to benefit Why Hunger. We want to share this wonderful evening with you - KLIK HERE - to go to the "Occupy" YouTube channel and enjoy!
Excerpt of session with Julie Gold. See complete video here!