Category: Songwriter’s Beat

Songs for Social Action: Songwriting Workshop w/ Alex Forbes & Valerie Ghent – May 18, 2019


Songs for Social Action
Writing songs to change the world
(or just one person)

Great songs have the power to uplift, unite and inspire humanity. 

Civil rights, human rights, the environment… there’s no shortage of worthy causes on the planet today. Join us for this hands-on event and start writing a brand-new song with the purpose of changing our world for the better.

Saturday May 18, 2019
Limited to 16 Participants • Manhattan location
Register Today!
Free for ASCAP Members • $100 for non-ASCAP members


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 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.

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 and jazz with her stunning 3 1/2 octave range, 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 released five albums, including Day to Day Dream, which launched her #1 hit song on iHeart Radio, Love Enough for a Lifetime. Valerie’s 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, her popularity in Europe resulted in the release of The French Sessions (2017), her first album on a French label.

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

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

December 14, 2016 at 7pm


and listen via Concert Window!


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

December 2016 is 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.


Songwriters Beat – bringing new songs to life!

“Making Records, Making Hits” with Steve Addabbo

Rare opportunity! Register today for our master class with GRAMMY nominated producer Steve Addabbo – singer, songwriter, musician, producer, engineer, and studio ace extraordinaire.


WHAT: Making Records, Making Hits – Master Class w/ Steve Addabbo
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017
TIME: 1pm-5pm
WHERE: Shelter Island Sound

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


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,



Thanks to The ASCAP Foundation – where music grows

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
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


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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