(Please scroll all the way to the end. Lots of good stuff! Not necessarily in chronological order.)


ARIZONA SONGWRITERS Coming Events and Announcements


The September Arizona Songwriters Songpitch Saturday will be

Saturday, September 24, 2005

at Fiddlers Dream in Phoenix,

located on 17th street 1 block north of glendale ave. in phoenix.

2 to 5 pm, sign-in from 1:30 pm

admission: $20 members $25 non-members

featuring la publisher Jonathan Rosner from bicycle music

Bicycle is a small, L.A. based independent full service music publisher that's been around since 1976. We do co-pub/pub and admin. deals with writers - writer/producers, bands, pure writers, and are involved with all genres of music from Jazz to Punk to Hip Hop to Pop to Alternative Rock.

Bicycle represents a diversified collection of recording artists and writers

from Agent Orange, The Blue Meanies, to Keith Kool, Masters of Illusion,

to Margo Guryan and Neil Diamond. Check their website for a vast array of talent. www.bicyclemusic.com

If you have a song you want heard, bring it on CD or Cassette, with a lyric sheet.

Our out of town members will be played first (tucson, prescott, etc).


The 2nd Tuesday Songs in Progress Workshop is held the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Next one: SEPTEMBER 13th, Tuesday Night, 7 to 9 pm

The 2nd Tuesday, Songs in Progress Workshop is hosted by One Foot in the Grave’s Gavan Wieser. This workshop gets you some feedback from peers on your new or partially finished lyrics or songs. You can present your work on CD, cassette, or live. Bring a few lyric sheets. Very casual. Held at 8607 N. 59th Avenue in Glendale, AZ.

Call Gavan for more 623-934-8681.



Arizona Songwriters Songpitch for October (date to be confirmed, possibly Oct. 22)

Nashville Publisher Clay Myers (tentative)

After gaining experience with a number of publishers, Clay Myers’ first big success came in 1989 when he was asked to create and build Starstruck Music for Reba McEntire’s Starstruck Entertainment. (Ten years later the company sold for $16 million dollars.) Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which represents top level talents, noticed Myers’ Starstruck achievement and tapped him to create a publishing division for them in 1998. In three short years the deal yielded a joint venture with Chrysalis Music and over 40 cuts by major artists.

Myers moved to Still Working Music (SWM) in 2002. The company is owned by Barbara Orbison, the widow of Roy Orbison, who controls the legend’s music and some of his masters. Roy Orbison would have turned 70 in 2006 and a number of special events are being planned including a TV special, a duet album, a commemorative stamp and more. (www.royorbison.com). SWM has an eclectic staff writer roster active in pop, rock and country formats.





WCS (West Coast Songwriters)

The following item used w/ permission of JB News, with tons more great info at www.johnbraheny.com

25th Annual West Coast Songwriters Conference
Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA (South of San Francisco)
Two Full Days! 10:30am-6pm daily - Sept. 10-11, (Sat - Sun) 2005.
(Sunset Concert Saturday, 6:30pm)

Picture yourself (with John and JoAnn Braheny and a whole host of music publishers, producers, and industry pros) on a small and friendly college campus, with two full days of classes, workshops, private song critiques and stellar showcase performances, and you're there. About 300 songwriters come from all over to show off their stuff, all styles, all levels.

The West Coast Songwriters Conference <http://secure.ifanz.net/clickthru.php?C=453&M=0000005406&L=http://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/conf_howitworks.htm> is one of our favorite events!

Congratulations to WCS Executive Director, Ian Crombie, and the organization, for providing 25 years of superb service to songwriters in the Bay Area and beyond! Call for details:
(650) 654-3996. www.westcoastsongwriters.org formerly NCSA Northern California Songwriters Assoc.

CONFERENCE GUESTS for September 10-11

include (bios to come): Steve Seskin, Hit Songwriter (Tim McGraw, John Michael Montgomery), Peter Bunetta – Producer (Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Mike Reid), Narada Michael Walden – Producer (Elton John, Steve Winwood, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin), Dan Hodges, Murrah Music - Nashville (songs for Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire), Steve Bloch, Writer Zone-Nashville, Andre Pessis, Hir Songwriter, Greg Gordon, Pyramind Studios, Todd Brabec, Executive Vice President, ASCAP and Jeff Brabec, Vice President Business Affairs, Chrysalis Music, Merl Saunders Jr, The Recording Academy, Tom Luce (the band LUCE), Eliot Cahn (has managed Green Day, Papa Roach, Primus), Rex Benson Checks2Rex Music, Steve Memel, Dan Kimpel, Scott Urquhart, Michael Eames, Cassie Wickham, Gian Fiero, Jon Duman, Michael Silversher, Patty Silversher, Gary Malkin, Ritch Esra, Jim Dean, Antoinette Olesen, and many more

Check the WCS website above for more about these great guests and the Conference.



This Saturday’s September 10th Lissa Wales Benefit Concert

has added additional artists to the performance roster. Autographed artist memorabilia will be auctioned off throughout the concert. This one of a kind event features many great artists including…

Ronnie Montrose along with David Ellefson (bass) Keith St. John (vocals) and Jimmy DeGrasso (drums) performing original material from the first MONTROSE record.

Glenn Hughes, perhaps best known as Deep Purple vocalist and guitarist, will be joined by drummer Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mark Bonilla and Mic Mahan performing Deep Purple classics.

Saville Row featuring Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta along with Mark Bonilla, Mika Greiner and Travis Davis will showcase material from this new project. Jeff Keith and Frank Hannon will perform an acoustic set of Tesla music.

Nils Lofgren, guitarist from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, will perform acoustically. Valley favorite Jerry Riopelle will do an acoustic performance which will include “Walkin on Water” and “Real Man.’

Tower of Power drummer David Garibaldi will perform “What is Hip” with band mate and vocalist Larry Bragg.

Danny Seraphine (Chicago) will be joined by the house band to perform Chicago classics “25 or 6 to 4” and “Make Me Smile”

Drummer Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) will perform with the house band Eric Clapton’s “Badge.”

Mark Schulman who has toured with Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Billy Idol and Cher (to name a few) will join Marc Bonilla, David Henzerlin, Mic Mahan and Ed Roth to perform Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein.”

Outstanding drummer and Latin percussionist Dom Moio will perform with Cinco De Moio.

This incredible 4 hour concert will open with a performance by Brandon Reid Allen at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The concert will be filmed for an upcoming DVD with proceeds to benefit Lissa Wales.

Tickets ($20 and $30) are on sale now at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office (602-267-1600) www.EveningStarProductions.com www.celebritytheatre.com

Proceeds will go to percussion industry photographer Lissa Wales. Lissa’s recently successful bone marrow transplant requires extended recovery during which will be

unable to work. Her friends and associates in the music industry have come together to support Lissa’s amazing recovery with the help of Arizona music lovers.

If you are unable to attend the concert you may donate through an account set up for Lissa at Wells Fargo Bank (#7140221818)


Benefit Concert Friday September 9 at Alice Cooper’s Town

for little Alysa Anne. Here’s a note from Tina Angotti:

Below is a note I received on the benefit I am involved in on Sept 9th for Alysa Anne. It is a heartbreaking story. You can go to her webpage for more info on Alysa Anne and follow the link to the benefit to get more details on the show. If you can make the show please do, if you can't please buy a raffle ticket or donate what you can. One of the organizer's contact info is below as well if you want to help in some way, just tell her I sent you. I play my set at 5:30-6:15pm with Shawn.

Thanks, and hoping to see you. Please pass this on!



Fri., Sept. 9th


Alice Cooper's Town

101 E. Jackson St.

Phoenix, 602-253-7337

-----Original Message-----

Subject: Benefit at Coopers Town Sept. 9th


My name is Debbie Keith. Mike Mattingly told me to get in touch with you regarding news coverage of the event.

We were hoping to get her story out there to as many people as is possible.

Alysa was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma when she was six and a half months old. Drs gave her a 25% chance of survival. Her single mother took an unpaid leave of absense from her job at the Mayo Clinic to focus her attention to Alysas fight.

I worked with Lisa at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. I ran into her again just after her little girl was born and 2 days before my own was due. She sent me an e-mail after the diagnosis and it's been my mission to get as many people aware of her situation as possible. I have this irrational feeling that the more people I tell... the more support I get for her& the greater her chance for survival. I know that I, personally, can not improve her chances for survival. i would just like to ease the tiniest bit of their burden, if i can.

Two days after we found out, my husband registered the domain <http://www.alysa-anne.com/>www.alysa-anne.com and put up a website. It allows people to get updates and see pictures of Alysa as she grows. Alysa Anne is turning ONE in a couple of weeks. She has completed 6 chemo sessions. Her chances are still pretty bleak.

Thank you for being involved. let me know what i can do to get news coverage.

please check out her website... she's an adorable little girl. www.alysa-anne.com


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Durango Songwriters Expo

October 6-8, 2005

Check their website at durangosong.com

or call jim attebury at 970-259-9747



Kierland Commons FREE Summer Concert Series

every Saturday night, 7 to 10 pm

check out the schedule on their website.

Free concerts in the plaza by the fountain across from barnes&noble

www.kierlandcommons.com NW Corner Greenway parkway & Scottsdale rd. 480-348-1577


Local record label is looking for Arizona based Christian songwriters for a compilation CD. If you have material you would like to submit for consideration contact Mark Myers at markymo777@yahoo.com. The material should be copyrighted and unreleased.




October 8 - 13, 2005 (Saturday-Wednesday)
Set sail from Galveston, Texas, with stops to shop at Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen on Mexico's East Coast.

Texas Songwriters Cruise <http://secure.ifanz.net/clickthru.php?C=453&M=0000005406&L=http://www.txsongwriterscruise.com/> with John and JoAnn Braheny, Jason Blume, and more - from the website:

The 1st Annual Texas Songwriters Cruise is a combination songwriting conference and 5-Day Caribbean vacation rolled into one. The cruise will leave Galveston, Texas on October 8, 2005, aboard the Carnival Cruise Ship Ecstasy with ports of call in Cozumel and Playa del Carmen/Calica in the Eastern Caribbean. The event was created by songwriters for songwriters, with the focused vision of providing something for songwriters at all levels. It will include opportunities to pitch your songs to publishers and music industry professionals, personal career/music consultations with successful music pro's, and sessions by proven hit makers and artist development pro's regarding the business and craft of songwriting. The songwriting faculty will include Jason Blume, who has written album cuts for Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, Collin Raye, the Oak Ridge Boys, John Berry, and others. John and Jo Ann Braheny will also attend as faculty members. John co-founded the legendary Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase which provided exposure and encouragement to an impressive list of later-to-be-successful writers/artists including Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham, Janis Ian, Warren Zevon, Karla Bonoff, Stephen Bishop, and Diane Warren. John teaches songwriting/music business classes all over the country, including UCLA, Musicians Institute and LA Recording School (Hollywood). Jo Ann Braheny has lectured on Creative Process nationwide as well and has extensive experience in the music industry gained, in part, through stints with Billboard Magazine, CBS Records, Warner Bros, Island Music, ABC-TV, NBC-TV, Dick Clark Productions, and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Of course, you don't have to live in Texas or be a Texan to participate in this event - everyone is welcome!

Please make your reservations ASAP because they've reserved a limited number of cabins and they're going fast!


Some interesting websites:

Looking for open mics to play at or check out in az?

Try Chris Frazer’s site www.azopenmic.com


Dale Kawashima’s www.songwriteruniverse.com

A great resource for all kinds of songwriter info.


Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame (amehof).

Learn about Arizona’s musical heritage and history. The site is under construction, but has some good stuff.

Ken Skaggs of the Glen Campbell band does the website. Check it out www.azmusichalloffame.org


Arizona Songwriters

meetings are usually the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Saturday of the month.

(but not always, depending on Holidays and hectic schedules of guest speakers).

The best way to reach us is by E MAIL at azsongwriters@cox.net





A guitar pull, music jam, down home SUNDAY get together!

When: the 3rd SUNDAY of EVERY month, from 1:00 pm till ??? next one Sept. 18.

Where: The home of Jack and Rose Prock, 12211 North 62nd Avenue

Glendale, AZ 85304 Phone: 623-792-SONG (7664)

Take Cactus west to 61st Avenue. Turn right (north) at the stop light at 61st. Go two blocks to Charter Oak. Turn left. Go to next street which is 62nd Avenue. You can only turn left. First house on the left is 12211 North 62nd Avenue.

Bring your guitar and/or keyboard and let’s rock this town!!! Optional: bring a covered dish, cans of soda, bottles of water, bags of ice, chips & dip, beer, etc. There will be plenty of FOOD.

Note: You do not have to be a member of NSAI to attend the ROCK WITH PROCK parties! All musicians and songwriters welcome…bring a friend or 2 or 3 or 4 …!!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 2005 Jul 17, Aug 21, Sep 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18

2006 dates: Jan 15, Feb, 19, Mar 19, Apr 16, May 21, Jun 18, Jul 16, Aug 20, Sep 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17


From NSAI Nashville:



The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) announces the 6th Annual CMT/NSAI Song Contest. The 2005 Song Contest Grand Prize Winner and the CMT Listeners' Choice Award Winner, along with four finalists, will be offered a single-song publishing contract from one of six major publishers. (Last year's publishers included BMG, SONY, CURB, EMI, Warner Chappell and CAL IV). Winners also receive prizes from Elixir Strings, Gibson Guitars, Fostex, SHURE Microphones, MasterWriter, and others. Entry deadline is November 30, 2005. For more information and an entry form, visit www.nashvillesongwriters.com or call 1-800-321-6008.










JUSTIN WILDE of Christmassongs.com



Mary Lemanski