Songwriter’s Beat * Dec 14, 2016 @ 7pm * w/ Richard Barone, Mary Lee Kortes, Valerie Ghent & Steve Addabbo – LIVE from Shelter Island Sound

We are thrilled to announce our first streaming Songwriter’s Beat,
with acclaimed performing songwriters Richard Barone, Mary Lee Kortes, Steve Addabbo and Valerie Ghent.

Streaming live from Shelter Island Sound NYC.

Join us December 14, 2016 @ 7pm via CONCERT WINDOW

Click the link above and/or bookmark: https://www.concertwindow.com/146747-steve-addabbo to join us.

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4 Songwriters. New songs. Streaming live straight to your ears!

December 2016 is also the 16th anniversary of Songwriter’s Beat. Since our founding we have featured hundreds of songwriters, hundreds of new songs, bringing new songs to life and artists to new audiences.

Special thanks to The ASCAP Foundation.

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Songwriters Beat – bringing new songs to life!

Songwriting Production Workshop w/ Steve Addabbo * Jan 14, 2016

JOIN US for an incredible Songwriting Production workshop with GRAMMY nominated producer Steve Addabbo – singer, songwriter, musician, producer, engineer, and studio ace extraordinaire.

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WHAT: Songwriter’s Beat/ASCAP Production Workshop w/ Steve Addabbo
WHEN:
Saturday, Jan 14, 2017
TIME: 2pm-5:30pm
WHERE: Shelter Island Sound

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The Power of Song Dynamics – Sat. July 30, 2016 – 12-5pm

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Crafting Unforgettable Melody-Lyric Marriages

Presented by the ASCAP Foundation & Valerie Ghent’s Songwriters’ Beat
A Breakthrough Song Workshop led by Alex Forbes

Join us for this fun fast-paced event on Saturday, July 30th, Noon to 5pm in Manhattan.

Bring a new Verse-Chorus Song-in-Progress for critique.

ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS…
• Are all your song’s elements working together to deliver “the goods”?
• Do you effectively “suck ’em in, build ’em up and pay ’em off”?
• Want to escape your “comfort zone” and take bigger, bolder risks?

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE:
• Passion and Power: A Breakthrough Song’s Most Essential Ingredients
• First Lines: Grab the Ear and Create Tension with Fresh Melody-Lyric Combinations
• Crafting a Pre-Chorus (or Not): Methods To Heighten Listeners’……. Anticipation
• Cool Contrasts: Melodic Shapes, Rhyme and Meter, Vocal Range, & Other Tricks
• The Ultimate Payoff: Ways To Unleash Primal Passions in Your Chorus
• Hooks Supreme, Hooks Galore: Massive, Memorable & More More More
• What Next?!: How To Keep Your Listeners From Clicking Away After Chorus 1
• Why Build a Bridge? How to Make the Most of this Golden Opportunity
• Chorus-Out: Pump Up Your Parting Shot and Make It Unforgettable

This workshop is First Come, First Served.
FREE for ASCAP members, $100 for others.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

This workshop is now full!
  It filled so quickly we may offer The Power of Song Dynamics again later this year.
Watch this page & our Facebook Page for the next announcement!

ABOUT ALEX FORBES
With numerous Billboard-charting singles, over 120 releases, and gold and platinum albums to her name, Alex Forbes exudes a passion for both songwriting and nurturing the next generation of talent. She has led workshops and courses for NYU Steinhardt, The ASCAP Foundation, Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and many other songwriting organizations. Alex is the author of Write Songs Right Now, and she offers professional critiques and free resources for committed songwriters at her website, CreativeSongwriter.com.

 

This workshop made possible by support from The ASCAP Foundation.

Thank you ASCAP!

Bass Master Class – Wed Oct 28, 2015 – 5-7pm

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MUSIC CONNECTIONS/CULTURAL EXCHANGE: 
CAMEROON & FRANCE IN NYC!

Bass Master Class
w/ Fred Doumbé & Sam Favreau

28 October 2015
5-7pm

Fred Doumbé – bass
Sam Favreau – bass
Pierre Sibille – keys
Franck Taieb – drums
Jerome Buigues – guitar
Valerie Ghent – vocals

Musicans Union Local 802
322 W. 48th Street NYC

RESERVE YOUR SEAT:
songwritersbeat@gmail.com

  • How many songs start from the bass?
  • Why does Cameroon bass makes Africa dance?  From traditional lines to the Jazz approach…
  • Can we say Blues comes from Africa?
  • Fred Doumbé & Sam Favreau offer their views & best grooves on this fundamental, remarkable instrument

Space is limited – RSVP to songwritersbeat@gmail.com

Creativity + Critique = Better Songs – November 15, 2015 – 12-5pm

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Songwriters Beat & The ASCAP Foundation Present

“Creativity + Critique + Better Songs”
Songwriting Workshop with Alex Forbes

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Put your songwriting on the fast track! 

  • Give your brainstorming abilities a workout
  • Get detailed feedback on your latest song-in-progress
  • Strengthen your creative muscles & see how your material lands “out there!”

All committed writers are invited to join hit songwriter Alex Forbes & Songwriters Beat founder Valerie Ghent for this hands-on workshop.

Geared for Intermediate & Advanced Songwriters
FREE for ASCAP Members • $100 for Non-Members
Manhattan location
Workshop limited to 16 participants

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Alex Forbes has placed numerous tunes on the Billboard Pop, Dance and Adult Contemporary and International charts, including the smash singles “Don’t Rush Me,” “Nothin’ My Love Can’t Fix,” and “Too Turned On.”  Others have appeared on gold and platinum albums, TV and feature film projects including the Denzel Washington movie Déjà Vu. She leads workshops for songwriters through numerous organizations, and is the author of Write Songs Right Now and SongLab. Alex also coaches songwriters one-on-one through her website, CreativeSongwriter.com.

 

CLASS LIMITED TO 16 — APPLY TODAY!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Thanks to The ASCAP Foundation – where music grows

Songwriter’s Beat/ASCAP “Unfinished Masterpieces” Workshop – July 18, 2015

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Songwriters Beat & The ASCAP Foundation Present

“Unfinished Masterpieces”
A Workshop For Songs-In-Progress with Alex Forbes

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Unfinished masterpieces….we all have them… lurking in computer files, closets, sock drawers and recording devices. They’re those musical and lyrical gems that hold so much promise… but have never seen the light of day­.

If you’ve lost all objectivity about your unfinished masterpieces, this workshop is a great opportunity to present two of your best and boldest works-in-progress to a group of like-minded souls who are rooting for your success. Find out if they fly or die!

All committed writers are invited to join hit songwriter and songwriting coach Alex Forbes & host Valerie Ghent on Saturday, July 18th, from noon to 5:00pm.

Geared for Advanced & Intermediate Songwriters
FREE for ASCAP members • $100 for non-ASCAP members
Manhattan location
Workshop limited to 16 participants — Register SOON!
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Alex Forbes has placed numerous tunes on the Billboard Pop, Dance and Adult Contemporary and International charts, including the smash singles “Don’t Rush Me,” “Nothin’ My Love Can’t Fix,” and “Too Turned On.”  Others have appeared on gold and platinum albums, TV and feature film projects including the Denzel Washington movie Déjà Vu. She leads workshops for songwriters through numerous organizations, and is the author of Write Songs Right Now and SongLab. Alex also coaches songwriters one-on-one through her website, CreativeSongwriter.com.

CLASS LIMITED TO 16 — APPLY TODAY!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Thanks to The ASCAP Foundation – where music grows

Songwriter’s Beat/ASCAP Production Workshop with Steve Addabbo * Jan 24, 2015

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Songwriter’s Beat/ASCAP production workshop with GRAMMY nominated producer Steve Addabbo

We’re delighted to offer the first of a new series of creative workshops in record production:

WHAT: Songwriter’s Beat/ASCAP Production Workshop w/ Steve Addabbo
WHEN:
Saturday, Jan 24, 2015
TIME: 2pm-5:30pm
WHERE: Shelter Island Sound

In this 3+ hour workshop, we will explore the process of bringing a song to a full production. Along the way we will discuss the process of working with an artist/writer from the initial demo stage through to the final mix of a master recording. We will dissect a finished mix and show the various stages a production goes through. Comparisons with old school analog techniques and the state of the art digital world will help illuminate what remains important in production, and what has and hasn’t changed. Workshop will be held in Continue reading

Songwriter’s Beat/ASCAP Song Accelerator Workshop * Dec 6. 2014

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Songwriter’s Beat/ASCAP Song Accelerator Workshop with Alex Forbes!

Saturday, Dec 6, 2014
12pm-5pm
Manhattan Location

Join Songwriter’s Beat & hit songwriter Alex Forbes for this one-day workshop designed to kick your songwriting process into overdrive. Each participant will present 3 recent works-in-progress to the group and receive in-depth, practical insights about how to take them to the next level. Hosted by Valerie Ghent.

This is a great opportunity to:

• Put your best Song Starts on the fast track to completion
• Get valuable feedback in a rigorous-yet-supportive environment
• Meet colleagues & collaborators whose talents complement your own
• Gather referrals to professional studios, musicians, singers & producers

All committed songwriters welcome to apply! FREE for ASCAP members • $100 for non-ASCAP members

CLASS LIMITED TO 16 — APPLY NOW!

Thanks to The ASCAP Foundation – where music grows

Songwriter’s Beat – May 15, 2014

14.05.15.SWB-flier.webThis month’s Songwriter’s Beat features outstanding songwriters Judy Kass, Janie Barnett, Rhonda Denet and Moses Patrou.

Hosted by NYC singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent.

Join us!

Coffee House at St. John’s
81 Christopher Street
NYC NY 10014

7pm doors, 7:30 show

$10 door – proceeds to artists

Our special thanks to the ASCAP Foundation!

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