Category: Songwriting Workshop

Song Accelerator Workshop w/ Alex Forbes & Valerie Ghent- Sat. Dec 8, 2018

Song Accelerator Songwriting Intensive – Join us for this fast-paced songwriting workshop !

Saturday, Dec 8th, 2018 * 12pm-5pm

  • 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

Workshop limited to 16 participants
Free for ASCAP members
$100 for non-members

This class filled up fast!

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE WAITLIST

& be the first to know of our 2019 songwriting workshops!

Thanks to The ASCAP Foundation!

 

Alex Forbes bio: With numerous Billboard-charting singles, over 150 releases, and millions of album sales under her belt, Alex Forbes exudes a contagious passion on the subject of songwriting. Her material has found a home on major and indie labels, feature films and TV in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Founder of the top songwriting coaching site CreativeSongwriter.com and author of the inspirational guide Write Songs Right Now, Alex has led courses and workshops for NYU Steinhardt, the ASCAP Foundation and many other organizations. Her most recent release, “I Dance My Dance,” is featured on the new album by three-time Grammy Award-winner, Nile Rodgers.  creativesongwriter.com

Valerie Ghent bio: Powerhouse recording artist Valerie Ghent is a New York singer, songwriter, keyboard phenomenon who wows audiences with her emotive, evocative voice, piano chops to match, and “soul-stirring, uplifting songs full of vitality and joy.” Valerie is an outstanding live performer, weaving together blues, soul, R+B, jazz and pop, with her stunning 3 1/2 octave range and treating listeners to soulful, highly melodic music rendered with passion, undeniable skill and a mighty heart. Founder of Songwriter’s Beat in 2000, Valerie is longtime keyboardist, vocalist and engineer with music legends Ashford & Simpson, and has performed/recorded with artists as diverse as Dr. Maya Angelou, Billy Preston, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Deborah Harry (Blondie). In addition to her newest single, Feelin’ Alright (2018), Valerie has produced five albums, including Day to Day Dream, which launched her #1 hit song on iHeart Radio, Love Enough for a Lifetime. Her album Velours, recorded in NYC and France, was named Soul Tracks Top 50 Albums of 2016, plus launched the hit song and video, New York City Streets, hailed by critics as a “New Anthem for NYC”. Valerie tours and records in France several times each year. Her popularity in Europe resulted in the release of The French Sessions (2017), her first album on a French label.  valerieghent.com

 

Targeted Songwriting: Crafting Your Lyrics & Music – Oct 6, 2018

Join us on October 6th for this fast-paced, hands-on workshop! Bring a new song-inprogress that aims to “hit the mark” for a specific artist or genre, and get professional tips, techniques and feedback from hit songwriter and songwriting coach Alex Forbes and powerhouse recording artist and songwriter Valerie Ghent.

in this workshop you will:
• Take bold risks by escaping your songwriting comfort zone
• Challenge yourself to create unforgettable lyric-melody marriages
• Learn new tools to become more objective about your own work
• Courageously explore your emotional truth and big ideas
• Get professional feedback on your new song-in-progress

More details:
• Workshop will be in Manhattan on Saturday, Oct. 6th from noon to 5pm
• Limited to 16 participants, and it will fill up fast, so register soon!
• The workshop is free for ASCAP members, $100 for other songwriters

To register, CLICK HERE

One-day Intensive Workshop Opportunity presented by The ASCAP Foundation & Songwriter’s Beat

 

Writing Your Next 3-Minute Masterpiece: Pro Songwriting Tips & Techniques

Is it time for your lyrics and music to take an exponential leap in quality?

• Are your songs-in-progress stalled, or in need of in-depth pro feedback?
• Want to practice the essential art of reworking your best Song Starts?

Join hit songwriter Alex Forbes and Songwriters Beat founder Valerie Ghent for this exciting workshop series.

Part 1: Saturday, Sept. 23, noon to 5pm
Part 2: Sunday, Nov. 12, noon to 5pm in NYC

In Part 1, each participant will present two works-in-progress, get detailed professional critiques, and meet new colleagues. Then everyone will return for Part 2 to perform their rewrites… or present completely new material

Workshop limited to 12 participants
Geared for Intermediate and Advanced Songwriters
Free for ASCAP Members
$100 for Non-Members

Submit your application today!

Thanks to the ASCAP Foundation!

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!

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

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