Workshop venue Camperdown Commons
31A Mallett St, Camperdown NSW 2050
Our friendly workshop director, Songsalive! Australia member and songwriter, Shaun Walker (pictured right) does a great job, and has a lot of fun, running our monthly workshops.
Bring your voice and guitar or keyboard and sing it live, or bring your CD or mp3 track, with some lyric sheets copies. Songwriters benefit from workshops, which provide an excellent forum within which they can air musical ideas.
Here is a brief run-down on a typical workshop.
Our capable Workshop Directors will commence proceedings at around 7:30 pm, outlining the nature of the process to any visitors on the night.
Given that there may be upwards of 15 songs to be critiqued on any workshop night, our workshop director will keep tabs on the time taken discussing each, so as to allow for a fair amount of time to be spent on each song, and that the night doesnt run too late.
Attendees are asked to provide copies of the lyrics to songs submitted to be critiqued.
Membership applications are available at the door for those wishing to join on the spot.
You can join now for $60 for a full years membership.
Guest Speakers / Presenters
As often as we can, Songsalive! Australia like to invite music industry representatives, especially those whose work interacts with areas pertaining to songwriting, to speak about, present or even host the workshop, with a view to educating songwriters as to the machinations of the Australian music industry, its position within the global industry, and how it affects them.
Our annual songwriting retreat held at a venue in the Blue Mountains.
Workshop In The Mountains
- Live performances
- Group songwriting sessions
- Industry professional facilitators
- For songwriters of all ages
- Covering two full days.
Monthly Workshop Guidelines
The following is a set of guidelines to help ensure that the workshops are efficient, worthwhile and fun for all attending.
- Please bring around ten copies of your lyrics to hand out to attendees. Comments may be written on these sheets.
- We suggest you put your name, copyright symbol and the date the song was written on your lyric sheet.
- If you have a CD, check that it plays in a normal CD drive.
- There are a lot of conventions and widely used formulas, but ultimately, creative choices are up to the songwriter's discretion.
- When making a comment, try to be succinct and relevant.
You've written a song. Now what?
Is there a hook? Do the words and music fit together?
When you're stuck for a word or an arrangement, coming to a Songsalive Australia workshop can be helpful and enriching.
Even though people write for many different reasons, in many different styles, and with varied levels of skill, they all want to write a song that satisfies their creative vision and can be appreciated by an audience.
At the workshops we endeavour to help songwriters do just that.
Every now and then we will have a guest speaker. It may be someone in the industry who has some skills, knowledge and experience to share with our songwriters. In the past, guest speakers have included producers, publishers, jingle writers, legal advisors, musicians and people who are in the business of helping songwriters get their songs "out there".
Where and when?
Workshops are held on the first Wednesday of the month at Camperdown Commons 31A Mallett St, Camperdown
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Workshops are held on the first Wednesday of the month at
31A Mallett St, Camperdown NSW 2050
(02) 9559 0050
One of the best things you can do for your song, especially if you're almost finished, or have just recently finished it, is to bring it to a workshop.
Having your song listened to, and critiqued by fellow songwriters, often shows up elements which may need addressing, or extending. Sometimes, new ideas flow from the creative reactions to the song, and you find it benefits greatly from having been given a hearing before finally committing it to recording.
Songsalive! Australia is an independent songwriting community advancing Australian songwriters.