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#742661 - 08/03/09 02:49 AM Songsalive! Chicago Songwriters Workshop - Aug. 29th  
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Are you a songwriter willing to take your songs to the next level? Workshop your songs to be the best they can be, and get them out to the world.

SONGSALIVE! CHICAGO SONG CRITIQUE WORKSHOP WITH GUEST SPEAKER STEVEN WEISS-SMITH

Now over 10 year's old, Songsalive! is the world’s largest non-profit educational organization dedicated to the support and promotion of songwriters and composers worldwide. Songsalive! holds workshops where songwriters gather to share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the songwriting communities we have created around the world. The workshop includes an in-the-round song critique session where writers present one song each - either on tape, CD or live - and receive professional, constructive feedback on your song by a music industry professional. (Guest speakers from various arenas of the music industry give their time to give feedback, educate and provide opportunities and insight.) This is your chance to develop your songwriting in a supportive and intimate environment, meet invaluable music industry experts, network with fellow members, and be part of your local songwriters community. Songsalive! is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting songwriters and composers worldwide.

The Songsalive! Chicago Workshop is moderated by Mary Lemanski on the last Saturday of every month, and this month we are delighted to welcome Industry Guest Speaker - Steven Weiss-Smith - who will discuss “Breaking into Film/TV for Songwriters.” (details below)

WHEN: LAST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
NEXT: Saturday, August 29, 2009
TIME: Starts 11:30 am SHARP. Ends at 2 pm. Please be on time.

WHERE: THE BEAT KITCHEN
2100 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60618
http://www.beatkitchen.com

DONATION REQUESTED TO SUPPORT OUR NON-PROFIT EFFORTS
$5 for non-members, free to Songsalive! members.
You can join Songsalive! to participate in the workshops at www.songsalive.org/join

RULES FOR SONG CRITIQUES AT OUR WORKSHOPS: http://www.songsalive.org/workshoprules. ***************** Please read this page before arriving for the workshop. There are various requirements for attendees including bringing copies of your lyric sheet, arrival and preparation, and more.


THIS MONTH’S GUEST SPEAKER: STEVEN WEISS-SMITH

In 1995, Steven formed the Chicago-based company, Zambuda Productions, Inc. where he produced, wrote, directed and scored commercials, documentaries, and educational films. In 1999, he relocated to Los Angeles for a Development Executive position associated with Twentieth Century Fox where he facilitated feature development deals with Touchstone, Columbia and Disney. He also developed TV movies and show programming for CBS, ABC, USA and Lifetime. Steven later moved to Warner Bros. Television where he worked on Friends, Two and a Half Men, ER, The West Wing, Smallville, Without a Trace, and numerous others.

Today, Steven is President of Shutter Star Pictures, LLC. In 2008, he produced, wrote and music supervised, DEAR ME: A BLOGGER’S TALE, recently released on DVD (www.dearmethemovie.com). Currently, Steven is writing/producing a small town, sci-fi feature comedy to be released in summer, 2010. Additionally, Steven is a Producing partner with Riverview Films LLC, an LA-based production company producing Chicago-centric primetime TV and theatrical Feature films.

All upcoming Songsalive! speakers biographies can be read at www.songsalive.org/speakers.

Join our email list and discussion groups at www.songsalive.org/community.
Be reminded of this event by joining the eNotes discussion group on that link.

For information on this event, go to: www.songsalive.org/chicago

Songsalive! is a non-profit organization dedicated to the nurturing, support and promotion of songwriters and composers worldwide.


#742782 - 08/03/09 04:45 PM Re: Songsalive! Chicago Songwriters Workshop - Aug. 29th [Re: Mary Lemanski]  
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I saw and enjoyed the chicago premier of his movie, A Bloggers Tale and enjoyed it ! Steven is a nice guy, and a native Chicagoan !


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#743460 - 08/06/09 12:37 PM Re: Songsalive! Chicago Songwriters Workshop - Aug. 29th [Re: Herbie Gaines]  
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Mary:

Is songsalive open to those like myself who write lyrics only? If so, what can I gain from this? More later.

Peace,
Brian

#753988 - 09/22/09 03:09 AM Re: Songsalive! Chicago Songwriters Workshop - Aug. 29th [Re: beechnut79]  
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Yes, Songsalive! is open to those who write lyrics only as well. Our next workshop is this Saturday, Sept. 26th at the Beat Kitchen from 11: 30 AM until 2:00 PM. I am the speaker, and I will be talking about "Business Planning for Songwriters." More information at http://www.songsalive.org/chicago.


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