2018 Workshop Series Registration

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All Workshops are held at the Edgewater Hotel, 402 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN.  If you are planning on staying at the Edgewater Hotel tell them you are with the SMSWF.  All hotel/motels found on our web-site offer a special rate for those attending the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival. 

If you purchase multiple workshops, the price per workshop goes down.

1  Workshop  $65 / 2  Workshops  $115 / 3  Workshops  $155/  4  Workshops  $195/ 5 Workshops $225 / 6 Workshops $265 / 7 Workshops $285

Price for workshops registered after Aug. 14th are $75.00 for the first workshop and $50 each workshop thereafter.

1-3 PM Thurs. 8/16 

How to Make Good Songs Great presented by Sandy Ramos, The Songtuner.  Ever wonder why some songs get taken by publishers and song pluggers while other songs don’t?  This workshop will break down your songs into 4 areas:  Hook, Lyric, Idea, and Melody.  What works ~ what doesn’t?  Sandy will teach you how to take a good song to the next level and make it great.

3:30-5:30 PM Thurs. 8/16  

Studio Singing for The Songwriter presented by Victoria Venier.  Victoria will teach you not only the basics of vocal technique, but also what makes studio singing so much different than live singing. Additionally, you will learn how to get the most out of your demo vocal. If you want to raise the bar on your craft, this seminar is a must.

9:30-11:30 AM Fri. 8/17  

PLUGGING AND PITCHING – The INS AND OUTS of Song Plugging and THE ETIQUETTE of Pitching Songs presented by Debbie Zavitson.  Have you ever wondered what the protocol is, when you want to send a song to a publisher or a record label?
1-3 PM Fri. 8/17

BLUEGRASS SONGWRITING FOR ALL LEVELS presented by Bobby Starnes and Larry Cordle.  This workshop will focus on Bobby’s and Larry’s  ideas on songwriting in general as well as topics specific to bluegrass.

3:30 – 5:30 PM Fri. 8/17

The Pitch Stop Workshop gives you the opportunity to have your song(s) evaluated and possibly get a pitch taken by one of these music industry’s pros – Debbie Zavitson, Steve Bloch, Lisa Johnson.

9:30 – 11:30 AM  Sat. 8/18

MUSIC BY NUMBERS: Back to the Basics presented by Michael deBills.  Michael will teach you 1) How to read and Write Music number charts.  2) Why it’s important to have a workable Chart. (3) How number charts work/history. (4) How to enhance your tune/timing/time signature.  (5) Tricks to the art.  (6) Marrying the melody with the lyrics.

3:30 – 5:30 PM Sat. 8/18

SHINING THE LIGHT ON GOSPEL MUSIC VOL. 2 presented by Jeff Silvey and Jerry Salley.   How to let your light shine through songwriting from life’s daily experiences, inspired inspiration and who we are as a songwriter.

Pay here for the number of workshops you are wanting to attend.

Then E-mail which workshop(s) you want to attend:   smswf@yahoo.com


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