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Suns of March to open for DAVID ALLAN COE...
4-18-07
(Note from Marli: Sorry I'm late getting this news out but I still felt it was worthy of being read)
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Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - Suns of March will appear in support of DAVID ALLAN COE, courtesy of The Legacy in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. This will be the first appearance in five years by Mr. Coe in Tuscaloosa and Suns of March will be performing for an hour before hand. This continues the long streak of opportunities Suns of March has had to perform with other legendary artists such as Damon Johnson (Brother Cane), Diamond Rio, Edwin McCain, Joan Jett, Loverboy, and McQueen Street among many others.

About David Allan Coe
More info can be obtained on David Allan Coe through his website www.officialdavidallancoe.com

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Todd Michaels
Michael Wright Management
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Ken Overcast

Howdy ,

KenOvercast-2.jpg (4505 bytes)It's finally Spring on the Montana range. I love it.

Julie Kieffer of Columbus, Indiana was the name that came out of our hat for this month's drawing.
Because April 15-21 is National Cowboy Poetry Week, we've got some really special surprises this time. Here's what's going to be in Julie's mailbox:

1. The brand new hot-off-the-press cowboy poetry CD "The Bar-D Roundup", AND the special poster created especially to commemorate this special week, featuring a print by world famous western artist, Tim Cox, all compliments of Margo and the crew at www.cowboypoetry.com .

2. An entire year's subscription to "American Cowboy Magazine" (the voice of the American cowboy) compliments of the cowboys and cowgirls over at www.americancowboy.com .
3. An autographed copy of "Honky Tonk Town", the true life story of one of the wildest towns in the West, compliments of my good friend, Gary A. Wilson.

4. An autographed copy of our award winning CD, "Montana Cowboy" that contains the song "Montana Lullaby", the soon to be "Official Lullaby of the State of Montana." You can listen to a little snip of it here: http://www.kenovercast.com/allmusic.html#cowboy

We're scheduled for a meeting with Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer on April 25th to witness his signing of HB594. Here's what it says:

AN ACT DESIGNATING AN OFFICIAL LULLABY FOR MONTANA.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:

Section 1. State lullaby. The song "Montana Lullaby", written by Ken Overcast and Wylie Gustafson, is the official lullaby of Montana.
Boy, what an honor.

To top it all off, the Commissioners of Blaine County, Montana have declared April 25, 2007 as "Ken Overcast Day" in our county. This all is very overwhelming and quite humbling. "To whom much is given, much is required," it says in the Good Book, so it looks like I've got my work cut
out for me.

Don't forget that a special CD of cowboy music or a dandy book of stories make a perfect surprise gift. (either for yourself or somebody special.) Here's the place: www.kenovercast.com

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4th Annual Fox Mountain Country Music Festival, Aug. 2-5, 2007

6128 Aylesford Road, Nova Scotia, Canada, B0P 1C0
(In the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia)

Hello Friends:

JoyceSeamone.jpg (5571 bytes)Don’t think about the current weather! Turn your thoughts to Aug. 2,3,4,5, 2007, and the 4th Annual Fox Mountain Country Music Festival. You’re smack dab in the middle of summer. Dream about acres and acres of camp sites filled with everything from bikers, tents, hard top campers, trailers, fifth wheels, motor homes, and even a bus or two. Dream of the line up at the canteen to purchase fried onions, hotdogs, hamburgers, and fish and chips. They make your mouth water and your tummy rumble. And best of all, dream of ice cream dripping from a cone. You can almost smell the aroma of delicious food cooking on the many portable barbecues around the grounds. Dream of country music drifting from the stage and of sweet harmonies filling the air.

Well folks, it’s not a dream! Although the weather in April has been much to be desired, August is really not that far away and then dreams will turn into reality. Under the big tent, shaded from the elements of nature will be campers who are returning, some of them for their fourth time, making friends with newcomers who have come from far and wide. Whether you’re a newbie or not, I truly think you’ll feel like you’re at a big family reunion and I would bet that you’re sure to have one heck of a grand time. After the main stage shows are over for the day, campsite after campsite will enjoy the picking and grinning that seems to take place at every festival. You might hear a Merle Haggard song from the past or it could even be a more current song from the likes of Nova Scotia’s George Canyon, or it might even be Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel”. There’s not much time for sleep.

On Thursday’s opening night of the four day event, we are having an open mike. If you are interested, come to the main record booth and get all the details. Friday we kick off the day with the L & A Cloggers Dance Team followed by Rough Edges who will provide music to dance to. Friday’s dance team demonstration and the public dance is at the mercy of the weather. Should it be raining, heaven forbid, we won’t be able to dance, but we will still be entertained by Rough Edges.

During the afternoon at various times you will be entertained by Laurent D’Entremont. Several years ago, I met Laurent and thoroughly enjoyed his comedic banter. He dates back to August of 1941, which accounts for his corny-type humor...it works for him. Like most of his generation, in the early 1960's he worked as a helper aboard lobster boats, loving every minute of it....then in the off season he worked at carpentry and such, doubling as a grease monkey at his
uncle's service station. Eventually he became manager of West Pubnico Credit Union and retired from that...but at the same time he started freelance writings which he does to this very day for the Transcontinental papers and for a few magazines as well. He also has been doing some standup comedy/ storytelling for over 30 years, and he is a long time Partyliner on CBC's Information Morning. He also does lots of volunteer work, especially a weekly country music show on the French CIFA radio station. As an antiquer, he has two Model T's that he has assembled from parts and a 1931 Model A station wagon which he uses around the Acadien Museum & Historical Village ...Like he says, “anything to keep from working...but standup comedy is what I love best”. Let's raise a cup to that! The afternoon should be one for all to enjoy, dancing, comedy, and music. What more could you ask for!

New bands this year are www.bowesbrothers.com, from Ontario. The band consists of a father and four sons. Also appearing is www.har-moneymade.piczo.com, a favorite with any audience and who hail from the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Halifax based artist Chelsea Nisbett, www.sonicbids.com/chelseanisbett, has a multi-cultural background and wide spectrum of musical influences. She and her band will perform Sunday during the gospel segment. Other new bands to perform on Sunday are favorites, Tumbleweed from Liverpool, and Valley Gospel Ramblers, from the Annapolis Valley.

I’m very proud to have on Sunday, my first American Band. The Berard Family Band, http://www.myspace.com/berardfamilyband , led by Grammy award nominee Al Berard. He was nominated for a Grammy in 1991 for his Cajun CD "Let's Get Cajun". The band's repertoire ranges from Cajun, country and gospel, to R & B, soul, and rock-n-roll. At every performance an unmistakable blend of dynamic family harmonies, original material, and traditional South Louisiana folk roots can be heard. The band members are Father-Al Berard, Mother-Karleen Berard, daughter-Laura Berard and her husband Adrian Huval, daughter-Maegan Berard, and her fiancé Kyle Hebert.

I’ve pretty much covered the new groups, and I am proud to have returning the Hardcore Troubadours from New Brunswick, www.thehardcoretroubadours.ca, Triple Time (Frank Lowe, morning man at 780 KIXX radio, Halifax, and his wife Nancy along with Ruth Manning), and myself , Joyce Seamone &Total Country www.joyceseamone.com. If you go to my web site and click on the videos, you will see my band members and I performing on the last set on Saturday evening’s, 2006, festival.

In future newsletters we will cover the individual and couples performers who will be backed by Joyce Seamone & Total Country Band as well as touching base on the Songwriters’ Circle. All in all, it’s shaping up to be a great time. Act now! Book and pay for your site! Call 902-847-3747 for information. Tickets will be at the advance ticket locations by the end of the second week of May, 2007.

Until next time, my personal thought for today is: I’m not like everybody else. I’m marching to my own drummer yet at the same time working with a team of people to help me get there.

Keeping It Country: Joyce Seamone, Music Coordinator
joyceseamone@bwr.eastlink.ca
www.joyceseamone.com
www.foxmountaincampingpark.com/countrymusic.htm

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USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION
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04/18/07
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*** KEYBOARD MAGAZINE & USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION

Celebrating our 12th consecutive year, 2007 USA Songwriting Competition is now accepting entries! Winning songs will receive radio airplay in United States and Canada along with great prizes such as a Top Prize of over $50,000.

Sponsors of the 2007 Competition are: New Music Weekly, Keyboard magazine, Sony, Audio-Technica, Ibanez Guitars, D'Addario Strings, Sam Ash Music Stores, IK Multimedia, Hear Technologies, Mi7.com, Indie Bible, Garritan Music Software, Acoustic Café Radio Program, Livewire Contacts, AirplayOnly.com, Loggins Promotion, Superdups.com, Sonicbids.com and XM Radio.

Also, there's FREE 12th ANNIVERSARY early entry bonus: first 1,000 entries will each receive a FREE Keyboard magazine subscription (1 full year, worth $18.00 value). That's great value of getting music magazine subscription just by entering! The 1,000 quota is getting real close. So, you need to get your entries in early for this offer!
Ways to enter:

*For the regular entry form, please go to: http://www.songwriting.net/entryform.html

*Enter online with your MP3 files (Powered by Sonicbids): http://www.sonicbids.com/usasong 


*** 2006 WINNING SONG
Many have asked where you can listen to the top winning song "Bridal Train" written by Vikki Simpson, recorded by The Waifs here (please select the Song "Bridal Train" at the audio panel): http://www.myspace.com/thewaifs

For complete winners of the 2006 Competition, please go to: http://www.songwriting.net/winners.html

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PAST WINNERS & FINALISTS' UPDATES
*Shirley Eikhard (2002 First Prize winner, Jazz & 2006 Finalist) had her hit song "Something to Talk About" performed by American Idol's breakout star Sanjaya Malakar on 4/17/2007. Her song was recorded by Bonnie Raitt and became Bonnie's biggest hit to date, receiving over 4 million airplays in USA alone. "Something To Talk About" won a Grammy Award in 1992, for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for Bonnie Raitt. Fantasia Barrino also performed the same song on season 3 on American Idol. Besides Bonnie Raitt, Shirley Eikhard's songs has been recorded by big name artists such as Cher, Emmylou Harris and Alannah Myles.

*Jag Star (2002 Overall Grand Prize Winner) was the only independent band to be featured on MTV "The Hills" soundtrack that was just released on Epic Records. MTV has placed 5 of these new songs on their show, "The Hills". Jag Star was also recently named the new face of "wet 'n wild" cosmetics, and will be featured in their 2007 nationwide ad campaign. Jagstar’s brand new album, "The Best Impression of Sanity" debuted at #10 on the CMJ (college radio) Top 200 Ads Chart.

*Rachael Sage (1999 Honorable Mention Winner & 2006 Finalist) had her song video "Wildflower" recently air on TV (LOGO channel). The song/video is now nominated for their Top 10 countdown, called "The Click List". Among the nominees include big name artists such as Hilary Duff, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Daughtry, Evanescence and Fall Out Boy.

*Silje Nergaard (1999 USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention winner) had her album released by Universal Music. Her album "Darkness Out Of Blue" entered the charts in Norway in the first week after its release at number 3. Silje is one of very few Norwegian artists to have been commercially released all around the globe, on most continent and major music markets including Brazil, Germany, USA and the United Kingdom, and doing so with great success and phenomenal feedback.

*Amelia's Dream (2000 USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention Winner) had their music T.V. and Film such as: The Disney /WABC Family TV FILM "Everything you want" and on Major motion picture film "Miners Massacre" featured the Amelia's Dream's song "Footprints".

*Pepper MaShay (2006 USA Songwriting Competition 1st Prize Winner - Dance/Electronica Category) is a World Renowned artist in the Dance charts. She is known for her hit song "Dive in the Pool" Produced & remixed by Barry Harris (Thunderpuss) Nervous Records/US 2000, and peaked at #2 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts on Sept. 23, 2000. "Dive" is also the #2 Billboard "Club Play" Song for the Year 2000. The song has been extensively featured on the hit TV series "Queer As Folk," and is on the official soundtrack and has now crossed over to radio. Pepper also sung back up vocals on the #1 hit song by Tina Turner "What's Love Got To Do With It" and Michael Bolton's #1 hit "Time, Love and Tenderness." Her other long list of background vocal credits include world class artists such as Cher, Celine Dion, Kenny G, Vonda Shepard, Ray Charles, Steve Perry, The Wallflowers, Lenny Kravitz, etc. Also, Pepper Mashay's song "Lost Yo Mind" hit #1 on the Billboard Dance Charts in December 2006.

*Marcy Marxer & Cathy Fink (2005 USA Songwriting Competition 1st Prize winner - Children's music catgegory) will be the featured panelists along with famous songwriters such as Paul Williams, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis at the ASCAP Songwriters EXPO in Los Angeles, CA on April 19-21. Marcy Marxer & Cathy Fink won a Grammy award with the album in 2005 and 2006 (Children's music category).

~Were you a past winner or finalist of the USA Songwriting Competition and have some interesting news on yourself? If so, please e-mail us at: info@songwriting.net

*BLUEBIRD CAFE SHOWCASE

USA Songwriting Competition will present a showcase at the world renowned "Bluebird Café" in Nashville, hosted by Doak Turner (see his article in this newsletter)
Wednesday May 9, 2007 6pm - 8pm
Bluebird Café, 4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215-2700, Tel: (615) 383-1461 (alcohol & food are served, reservations are accepted).
~Artists/Songwriters to appear:
Victoria Banks (2006 1st Prize - Country)
Tim Mathews (2006 Honorable Mention Award)
Cory Batten (2006 Honorable Mention Award)
Mary Danna (2006 Honorable Mention Award)

Katie Miner (2006 Honorable Mention Award)
Treva Blomquist (2006 Honorable Mention Award)
Jen Foster (2005 1st Prize - Gospel)
Zane Williams (2006 & 2005 Finalist)


** COMPILATION CD [sponsored by WWW.SUPERDUPS.COM]
"NEW MUSIC NOW Vol 4" - THE USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION COMPILATION CD sponsored by SUPERDUPS.COM. USA Songwriting Competition's CD Compilation will be out next month. It includes the top winners such as Vikki Simpson, The Waifs, Victoria Banks, Kimberly Bass, Jordan Zevon and more. Vol 1, 2 and 3 have been released to the music industry representatives. Watch out for the details of the CD in next month's email newsletter.
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** COOL MERCHANDISE
You can now purchase our cool USA Songwriting Competition T-shirts, Hats & other stuff online:
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*** Featured Performing Artists Spotlight

Featured Artists of the Month are:

~Jon Black - My Days Are Numbered (1st Prize - Folk/Americana/Roots catgeory, 3rd Annual IAMA)

~Betsy Foster - Mark's Song (1st Prize - Instrumental, 3rd Annual IAMA)

~Mistin (1st Prize - Country/Bluegrass, 3rd Annual IAMA)

For more details of the artists, please visit: http://www.inacoustic.com/artists2.html

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*** USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION WINNING SONGS ON RADIO

Acoustic Café radio show will be airing the winners of the 2006 competition next month. Stay tuned for details in the next e-mail newsletter. http://www.acafe.com

XM Radio will be airing the winning songs of 2006 competition. Stay tuned for details in the next e-mail newsletter. Meanwhile check out XM's XMU: http://www.xmradio.com/programming/channel_page.jsp?ch=43


*** MUSIC CONFERENCES, FESTIVALS & WORKSHOP PARTNERS

2007 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO is set for April 19-21, Los Angeles
http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/events/expo/registration.html

New Music West, Vancouver, BC, Canada. May 2 - 6, 2007
http://www.newmusicwest.com

Paul Reisler¹s Songcamps 2007
June 19-24, 6 day Blue Ridge Songwriters Retreat € Charlottesville, VA
http://www.songcamps.com 

July 27- August 1, Hollyhock Songwriting Workshop€ Cortes Island, BC
http://www.hollyhock.bc.ca 

August 13-16, Rocky Mtn. Folks Song School € Lyons, CO
http://www.bluegrass.com


*RADIO STATIONS THAT WILL PLAY YOUR MATERIAL:
XM Radio - XMU/The R.A.D.A.R. Report, airing Thursday 9pm USA eastern time
http://www.radiounsigned.com

Indie911 Radio & Podcast
http://www.indie911.com

WNCW - Isothermal College
PO Box 804, Spindale, NC 28160
PH: 828-287-8000 x349 FX: 828-287-8012
Martin Anderson marting@wncw.org 
www.wncw.org 
We're always looking for new Americana, Rock, Singer/Songwriter and World music to play.

WOJB - Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa College
13386 W. Trepania Rd. Hayward, WI 54843
PH: 715-634-2100 FX: 715-634-4070
Nicky Kellar programdirector@wojb.org 
www.wojb.org 
We're one of the most diverse and popular stations in Wisconsin.

Unsigned Underground
230 S. Main St., Newtown, CT 06470
PH: 203-426-2030 FX: 203-426-2036
Darryl Gregory info@unsignedunderground.net
www.unsignedunderground.net 
This show is broadcast on WVOF 88.5 Fairfield University, Weds. 4PM to 6PM EST and a Podcast that features independent CDs and interviews with artists. Great free exposure!

WCH Radio
GW Carver House, 3035 Bell Ave. St. Louis, MO 63106
PH: 314-718-7143 FX: 270-682-9474
John ODay wchradio1@lycos.com 
www.wchradio.com 
Features independent artists, both signed and unsigned from around the world. WCH Radio is sister station to The Wave, and is part of the Next Step Promotions Group. Our website is rich in content relative to the music industry.

KRCK-FM 97.7
73-733 Fred Waring Dr. #201, Palm Desert, CA 92260
PH: 760-341-0123 FX: 760-341-7455
The Big KC kc@krck.com
http://www.krck.com 
KRCK supports local talent and encourages independent artists. Rock & Alternative format.

WRHO FM
Hartwick College, 1 Hartwick Dr. Oneonta, NY, 13820O
PH: 607-431-4555 FX: 607-431-4064
Alex Cameron wrho@hartwick.edu 
http://users.hartwick.edu/wrho 
Please send us your promo CDs. We play all genres of music, however we tend to lack in the Folk/Country/Jazz/Blues/ Classical/Spoken Word genres - so more of those genres would be greatly appreciated!

WGRX FM
4414 Lafayette Blvd. Ste #100, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
PH: 540-891-9696 FX: 540-891-1656
Stephanie Taylor staylor@thunder1045.com
http://www.thunder1045.com
A mainstream Country station that mixes in Americana and Southern Rock. We air a two hour Americana/Bluegrass/Texas Country show on Sunday nights that incorporates independent artists.


*The list of radio stations are brought to you by INDIE BIBLE. You can find the Indie Bible in these stores: Borders Books & Music, Barnes & Noble, Sam Ash, Virgin Records, Tower Records and Mars Music. All USA Songwriting Competition subscribers can get the $5 discounted Indie Bible. Go to:  http://www.indiebible.com/usasong

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MUSIC RESOURCES
*NashvilleMuse.com – Doak Turner’s e-mail that is sent to 10,000+ songwriters and music industry people every week – of songwriting and music happenings in Nashville. The site is also a valuable resource for music industry people. Doak also hosts the 3rd Sunday at 3 event at his home in Nashville the 3rd Sunday of the month. Send your e-mail to doakt@comcast.net to subscribe to the weekly mailing.
http://www.nashvillemuse.com

*ASCAP
http://www.ASCAP.com

*GoGirlsMusic.com's mission is to promote, support and empower indie women in music! The organization started in 1996 to unite independent women musicians from all over.

*Indiefi.com Custom Printing - T-shirts, Buttons, Stickers, Posters, Post Cards & More - High Quality Printing - Amazingly Low Prices - No Setup Fees - 100 Color T-shirts Only $390!
http://www.Indiefi.com

*Music Marketplace - A network of musicians and website owners who wish to sell the music of iJamr's musicians via " iJamr Music Grids "
http://www.iJamr.com

*AirplayOnly.com - available to Program Directors, Music Directors, Syndicate Radio, and Internet radio. Radio airplay is tracking using the STS technology. AirplayOnly is the music industry’s answer for fast, secure music delivery, enabling registered industry professionals, records labels, artist/bands to get their promotional music directly to radio as broadcast quality digital files. Airplay Only is a complimentary service to radio stations from a trusted name in radio airplay tracking...STS
http://AirplayOnly.com

*The Music Broker - We pitch unsigned talent to Record Companies, Music Publishers and Film/TV studios. We represent only the best songwriters/artists we can find, wherever they are in the world and whatever style of music they write. http://www.TheMusicBroker.net

*New Music Weekly
http://www.newmusicweekly.com

*Loggins Radio Promotion
http://www.logginspromotion.com

*Hal Leonard
http://www.halleonard.com

*Ibanez
http://www.ibanez.com

*Sony
http://www.sonystyle.com

*Livewire Contacts
http://www.livewiremusician.com

*IK Multimedia
http://www.ikmultimedia.com

*Onlinegigs - Onlinegigs Version 4 fully automates the booking and promotional process for bands, booking agents, record companies and music managers. Onlinegigs will do it all for you, from finding the right venue to automatically reminding your fans about upcoming performances right on their cell phones.
http://www.onlinegigs.com


*** Networking in the Songwriting Business by Doak Turner

You are at songwriting round, open mic, showcase, CMA Week party, Jason Blume BMI workshop, NSAI Song camp, ASCAP Party, 3rd Sunday at 3 event or other networking event in Nashville. You attend the event to meet songwriters and other industry professionals, and want to be prepared and leave a great impression on the people that you meet.

Start by introducing yourself and ask about the other person. Maybe tell them you enjoyed their songs, or ask how long they have been in Nashville, or other small talk. Take an interest in the other person, and DO NOT tell them what a great songwriter that YOU are, or hand them your CD and ask them to listen to your songs! This is a relationship town, and you need to show an interest in other people, take the time to get to know them, and the time will be right to play your songs for that person. Do NOT meet a hit songwriter at The Bluebird Café or other venue, introduce yourself and hand them your CD. This is a relationship town – just tell them you enjoyed their songs and you look forward to seeing them around town – as you will, at the YMCA, grocery store, another songwriting event or someone’s party in the future. You want them to like you, not avoid you because you hand them a CD and ask them to write with you – which is another Not To Do Thing! Hey – a great book that will help you with those topics is “The Do’s & Don’ts of Music Row” by Liz Hengber. Read that book!

Now, it is time to exchange business cards, and you want to be prepared and do not want to fumble through a pocket full of everyone else's cards you have collected that particular day, trying to find one of your cards that does not have scribbled notes on it. One networking tip is to have Your Business Cards in your Left pocket, and Everyone Else's Cards in your Right pocket. Always have a pen in your pocket and take notes from your conversation, after you have said your, “see you around town¨ or “I will call you next week and set a co-writing appointment¨, or whatever happens during your conversation.

Speaking of business cards, your card should include your name, phone number, PO Box or address, website AND e-mail address, and be easy to read. Be sure to include your e-mail address on every business card. If you just have your website address, you are asking people to spend the time (most won't take this extra time) to go to your website, find the contact section and then send you an e-mail. Do not have fancy music logos such as music notes on your business card, unless maybe it is your company logo. You should have your personal music business card, not your day job company business card, if you work outside of the music business.

I mention PO Box and offer this tip for everyone in Nashville. Go to the Acklen Post office in Hillsboro Village (behind the Sunset Grill) and obtain your personal PO Box. About 99% of Music Row receives their mail at this location, and this can prove to be a great networking location. I have made several contacts, a co-write or two appointment after running into people that I met previously, and several acquaintances from standing in line, or just saying hello at this post office location.

Another unique networking tip for your business card is when you see someone looking for a piece of paper or something to write on at an event, offer your card and a pen that you should always have in your pocket at these events. Tell that person to use the BACK of your business card to write notes. I do this all the time, and got a call one day from a pro songwriter telling me that he had six of my cards in his wallet from the previous evening's event. I asked him if he thought it was a coincidence, “I don't think so”!

Want to know a great resource for songwriting events in Nashville? Go to www.nashvillemuse.com for a list of songwriting and industry events. You can also get on a weekly e-zene publication called the Nashville Muse, which is sent to 10,000+ readers - songwriters and industry pros around the country by sending a note with your address in the note to doakt@comcast.net .

The key to networking is being prepared before you get to the event. Always have a positive attitude at the event, ask positive questions instead of dwelling on how tough it is, how it is not fair, or you do not understand why your songs are not on the radio. I may ask a question like, “What is happening good for your songwriting world¨ or “What is happening good in your life these days¨? This will get the other person off on a good note and they may want to spend a couple extra minutes talking to you.

I like to arrive early at an event and get a plate of munchies or the food they are serving at the showcases. This prevents you from trying to talk to everyone, shake hands and do the business card exchange while holding a plate in one hand and a drink in the other hand.

Always strive to have fun at the events, meet new people, learn something new and just enjoy the experiences on this journey of songwriting! Best wishes for your music journey and I will see you networking in Nashville!

Doak Turner is a songwriter in Nashville, TN and he will be hosting USA Songwriting Competition's showcase at the Bluebird Cafe next month. He has songs on independent CD projects, former 6-year local coordinator in the NSAI Charlotte workshop, produced several successful songwriting events, a writer for www.musicdish.com in the “Song Works¨ section of the site, and editor and publisher of The Nashville Muse . You can contact Doak at 615-354-6400 or doakt@comcast.net

~Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the tragic Virginia Tech University shootings earlier this week. I would like to thank Mandy Williams of Alexandria Virginia for submitting in a song entry dedicating it to the victims of the shootings. A big thank you to ASCAP, Music Connection magazine, Singer & Musician magazine, Nashville Music Guide and Australian Musician magazine.

....Jessica Brandon, Artist Relations ~~

Jessica Brandon
Artists Relations
USA Songwriting Competition
*World's Leading International Songwriting Competition*
http://www.songwriting.net 
info@songwriting.net


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Amazon Unbox is a video download store that has thousands of high quality TV shows, movies and more for you to purchase or rent. You can view these downloadable videos on your PC, your Portable Media Player, or your TiVo DVR. In addition, Amazon Unbox stores a copy of all purchased videos in an online storage locker for re-download at any time. So, videos do not have to eat up hard drive space, and no matter where you are you can download and play your videos.

Unbox on Tivo
Unbox videos can now be downloaded directly to TiVo DVRs! Using Amazon Unbox’s unique RemoteLoad™ feature, consumers can now remotely load their TiVos with purchased or rented movies and TV shows—no more trips to the video store!

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That's all Folks!

As always, Thanks for being there and take care,
Marli
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More Country!
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** Country Legends Association (CLA) http://www.clalonestar.com/
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Terri Lynn http://www.mkoc.com/TerriLynn/
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Project Linus - Nashville Chapter http://www.projectlinusnashville.org/
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