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May 2. The first meeting of the month will feature an entertainment attorney, Susan E. Schneider, of Maple and Associates. She will present her "Top Ten Music Attorney Tips." Ms. Schneider teaches a course in the music industry at Bellarmine College. There will also be song critiques, provided there is sufficient time.
May 16. The second meeting will have Michael Boehnlein continuing his series of workshops on songwriting techniques and tips. A Songwriter Circle (guitar pull) will follow after the meeting. Bring your instrument.
Songwriters having tunes critiqued at the April 4 meeting included Matt Bessen, Mark Gibbs, Charles Farmer, Paul Moffett, Jack Roberts and Ed O'Connor.
The April 18 meeting was well-attended. Steve Eng, a Nashville author and songwriter, was present. He performed during the Songwriter Circle, playing his parody, "He Stopped Songwriting Today," a tune Bill Ede has been performing around town for years. Ten songwriters participated in the guitar pull, and that is good news and bad news. First the bad news: Each participant got to do only a couple of songs. The good news: That's a lot of good songs to enjoy by a nice variety of songwriters. The good news outweighs the bad.
The LASC's Songwriting Competition '94 will be accepting entries from August 1 through August 31, 1994.
The Grand Prize will be $1,000, with a prize of $100 for each category. There will be eleven categories, including lyrics-only, a popular addition in last year's contest.
Entry fees will be $8 per song, or 3 for $20 for members; $10 per song, or 3 for $25 for non-members. There is no limit to the number of entries from each songwriter or songwriting team. Contestants are encouraged to re-enter songs previously entered. Only the Grand Prize-winning songs are ineligible.
Entry forms and rules may be obtained by writing to: LASC, P. O. B. 16, Pewee Valley, KY 40056-0016.
Entry forms will be available after May 15, 1994.
The following folks have joined the Co-op since the beginning of the year. As we have been changing our office procedures, we have not had the opportunity to talk with these writers for this LASC Letter. Watch this space for an update.
#480 Reggie Helm, Owensboro, KY.
#481 Michael Anthony, Louisville, KY.
#482 Daniel MacRae, Toledo, OH.
#483 Donna Dalton, Crestwood, KY.
#484 Keith Pace, Jeffersonville, IN.
#486 D. V. Gilbert Bardstown, KY.
Renewals in 1994
The following songwriters have renewed their membership in the Co-op since the first of the year. Happy to have you back on board!
Barbara E. Allender, Henry Austin, Sharon Beavers, Eddie Burch, Vernon Carne, Gary S. "Doc" Dockery, Londa Crenshaw Gabhart, Mark Gibbs, Ken Hudson, William "Jake" Jacobs, Eric T. Johnson, Cliff Juckett, Paulette Logsdon, Earl Meyers, David Michael, Patrick Moore, Alan P. Morris, Gary Pottinger, Andrew J. Roberts, Mark Spence, Wally Stewart, Mike Swayze, Billy Swisher, John Wigginton, and Ray Yates.