Songwriting Symposium slated July 26 at Renaissance Center

Release Date: 6/7/2003. Expired: 7/26/2003

The Renaissance Center presents its first Songwriting Symposium featuring four accomplished Nashville songwriters, a chance for participants to perform and a Writers-in-the-Round show that will be videotaped for television.

The multiple-session symposium begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26, with an open-mic dinner for participants at 5:30 p.m. The featured songwriters will perform at 7 p.m. in the Performance Hall.

Tuition for the symposium is $85 per person with an early registration discount of $10 before July 1.

Tickets are also available for the Writers-in-the-Round show for $12.

“This afternoon-long workshop will put aspiring songwriters in touch with the people ‘in the know’ about breaking into the music business,” said Elaine Sherrill, senior director of Music for The Renaissance Center. “We have a great lineup of veteran songwriters who have been recorded by some of the top acts in country music and a terrific selection of sessions.”

Session topics for the Songwriting Symposium include:

  • Lyric writing;
  • Demo production;
  • Writing for niche markets;
  • Licensing, performance rights and royalties, and;
  • Pitching your songs to publishers.

“A major highlight of the symposium will be a panel discussion with our collection of notable and successful songwriters,” Sherrill said. “They will be able to provide first-hand knowledge and an inside-the-industry perspective on becoming a songwriter.”

Guest songwriters for the Songwriting Symposium include:

  • Don Rollins, a staff writer at Warner-Chappell who wrote the current Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffet single “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere;”
  • Neal Coty, who has released two solo albums on Mercury Records and wrote “She Was” recorded by Mark Chesnutt and “Playboys of the Southwestern World” recorded by Blake Shelton;
  • Gene Cook, whose songs have been recorded by John Berry and John Mayall, founder of the legendary Bluesbreakers that included Eric Clapton as a member, and;
  • David Vincent Williams, writer of BMI award-winning songs “Hands of a Working Man” recorded by Ty Herndon and “Iím Moving On” recorded by Rascal Flatts.

The tuition for the symposium includes dinner where participants will have the opportunity to perform open-mic fashion.

The guest songwriters will wrap up the evening with a concert in the Performance Hall at 7 p.m. Show only tickets are $12. The concert will be videotaped by The Renaissance Center’s Multimedia Department for airing on the Renaissance Channel as well as other possible television outlets.

“Here is your chance to learn inside information on a songwriting career from people who are there and writing hits now,” Sherrill said. “It’s also a chance to perform songs you might already have written for your fellow symposium participants.

“With this lineup of talented songwriters, the final concert itself promises to be an evening of great music that we hope to turn into a television show.”

To register for the Songwriting Symposium, call Laura Jackson at (615)740-5533 or Sherrill at (615)740-5545. To purchase tickets for the Writers-in-the-Round show, contact the box office at (615)740-5570.

The Renaissance Center is an arts and technology education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40.