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#266487 - 03/28/02 05:11 AM Portland folks..  
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Hi Folks,

We got a ton of CD's from Oregon this year with a lot of great music. We'd love to get a chapter going so we can do showcases, but we need some folks to step up. Anyone interested?


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Brian, I am interested in helping organize a Portland Chapter for JPF. I am currently the Vice President of the Portland Songwriter's Association (about 300 strong), as well as being a lifetime member of the Kansas City Songwriter's Association where I also served on the board.

My current job allows me the extra time to do activities like this (and still make a living! <grin> )

I live just across the river, in Vancouver, WA (which is a "suburb" of Portland sorta??) and even have a facility where we could easily have meetings and get togethers.

I know we have other members on our PSA board that are active with JPF board here, so have some other built in support.

I had a chance this last weekend at a Songwriter's Expo to connect and talk to Derek of CD Baby and he gave me a card to get in touch with him for PSA activities and seminars too, so maybe Portland might have a shot here???

Think really now, we just need to know what has to be done??

Let me know.


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#266489 - 06/11/05 05:18 PM Re: Portland folks..  
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I presented the idea of working with JPF to the PSA board last Wednesday night (June 8, 2005) at our board meeting. It was welcomed with enthusiasm, and we would like to go forward with this.

I don’t foresee any problems i.e. “turf war” – the PSA has gone through some real changes this last year.

We have changed the venue for our monthly Showcase, and are now packing the place every month, with a waiting list for performance slots (we had trouble before filling the evening at our last venue – so this is a great plus)

We also are seeing our membership grow exponentially every month.

There is a new web site, with a new look and feel, which we have followed up with t-shirts, decals etc. www.portlandsongwriters.org.

We have an enthusiastic board, some real movers and shakers, and we are working on our networking, and establishing some great connections both in the Portland/Vancouver area as well as across the country.

We now have a monthly showcase, several monthly workshops, and a “Songwriter’s Mixer” slated for July, Annual Songwriting Contest, as well a great line up of seminars booked for this year and next.

What we would like to know now, is what do we (PSA Board) need to do to establish a connection with JPF, and help foster and nurture a JPF Chapter here in the Porland/Vancouver area???

If someone could just plug us in and let us know what is needed, we’re READY to GO, and take advantage of the momentum that is currently building in our area for songwriters and artists.

As I noted before in my previous post, I am willing to coordinate this effort, and have the time, experience and desire to do so.

Reni Kay
V.P. Portland Songwriter’s Association

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