The BMI Foundation has just announced the opening of a new songwriter workshop beginning September 27. This six-week workshop, to be taught by songwriter Billy Sideman, is designed to help hone songwriting skills by focusing on lyric writing, music theory and arranging/production techniques in contemporary songwriting. The class will feature constructive feedback, stimulating assignments and literature developed especially for the BMI Songwriting Workshop. There will also be visits from music industry professionals designed to provide insight into the business of music. Students should be prepared to learn, study, write and grow.
Billy Sideman’s songwriting career includes staff writing positions at Sony/ATV/Tree Publishing in Nashville and Careers/BMG Publishing in New York. He has had recordings by Gold and Platinum artists Irene Cara, Vicki Sue Robinson and Evelyn “Champagne” King. He’s written successfully for film, TV and commercials. As a session and touring guitarist, he’s worked with Motown legends Ashford & Simpson, as well as with Patti Austin, Jocelyn Brown, David Sanborn and Philippe Saisse.
All classes will be held at the BMI New York office at 320 West 57th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) on the 3rd floor. Classes will meet on Thursdays for six consecutive weeks starting September 27 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Class size is limited; early registration is encouraged. Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2001. Acceptance into the workshop is at the sole discretion of the instructor. There is no fee for the workshop. Participants will be notified by letter of their acceptance.