Applications are now being accepted for the BMI Contemporary Professional Songwriting Workshop, which kicks off Wednesday, February 2. For 8 consecutive weeks*, participants will meet at BMI’s New York offices (7 World Trade Center/250 Greenwich St, 30th Floor) on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Songwriter Billy Sideman will lead the workshop, which will help aspiring songwriters hone composition skills by focusing on lyric writing, music theory, and arrangement/production techniques used in contemporary songwriting. The class will consistently provide constructive feedback, stimulating assignments and helpful literature.
Billy Sideman’s songwriting career includes staff writing positions at Sony/ATV/Tree Publishing in Nashville and Careers/BMG Publishing in New York. His songs have been recorded by gold- and platinum-selling artists Irene Cara, Vicki Sue Robinson and Evelyn “Champahne” King. Billy is currently signed to Carlin America Music Publishing.
Class size is limited, and while there is no cost to apply, accepted participants will pay a $25 fee for the course. To apply, mail a two-song demo and lyric sheet to:
BMI Attn: W/P Relations/Songwriters Workshop 7 World Trade Center 250 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10007-0030
Or email lyric sheets with a link to streaming music to RSVP@bmi.com, with “Songwriter Workshop” in the subject line. Sorry, mp3s cannot be accepted.
All submissions must be received by January 7, 2011.
*The workshop will not meet February 23, but will meet consecutively for the five following Wednesdays to complete the total eight-week program.