Coming soon! SaskMusic is launching a monthly, collaborative songwriting series in Regina and Saskatoon for our members. It’s been an idea that’s been floating around since we received such an overwhelmingly positive response to our last Songwriting Masterclass.
This ‘event’ will be facilitated one Sunday per month. 3-4 songwriters per city will be matched together for a 2-3 hour co-writing session. We hope to get interest from songwriters with interests in all different genres and at various skill levels. We’ll provide a comfy space, snacks and beverages, and a facilitator; you bring the creativity and an open mind!
The goal will be for writers to try writing with people they may not have approached on their own, to build new relationships, gain experience in collaborating and co-writing, and generally advance their craft by stretching themselves in new ways.
For those who participated in past master classes, songwriting challenges, or Nashville writing rooms, it’ll be a similar idea. Once we have a sufficient number of writers signed up to participate in a given city, we’ll launch the first date there. We are open to doing this in any locations that there is enough interest shown.
Canadian Songwriting Challenge 2017
SaskMusic, in partnership with the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) and Bell Media, is accepting applications for this year’s songwriting event.
In this songwriting retreat (dates TBA) in Saskatoon, a mix of experienced and emerging songwriters will be selected and organized into groups to collaborate and then record demonstration songs.
Participants will receive some class instruction on co-writing etiquette, agreements, and songwriting technique, and have an opportunity to network and establish permanent collaborative partnerships.
Songwriters considered for this opportunity will be at an intermediate to advanced level of songwriting (you have a catalogue of material, had material recorded, etc)., in any genre. Previous co-writing experience is not required. Participants from our 2015 and 2016 CSC are welcome to apply again. A jury of industry professionals will select participants based on level of songwriting experience and, if possible, to reflect a range of genres.
Lunches and registration will be free of charge. Accommodations and travel expenses will not be covered.
The Canadian Songwriter Challenge is a multi-year partnership between the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) and Bell Media.
Songwriting Master Class 2018
SaskMusic is in the planning stages for our next fifth Mater Class, which we anticipate taking place February/March 2018 in Lumsden Sask. This will be a retreat-style workshop and co-writing weekend for intermediate to advanced songwriters with international songwriting teachers. Stay tuned!
There are currently two groups in the province that are operating in affiliation with the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC).
Hosted by local singer/songwriters, these groups are a great way to connect more intimately with other songwriters in the community. The time is usually spent working on songwriting skills together and sometimes sharing a song or two. At some dates, a guest songwriter attends to chat about specific topics related to songwriter.
All genres and skill levels are welcome to attend.
Coordinator: Michael Lander and Jay Semko
Meetings: Studio XII Music & Dance Co., 9-1025 Boychuk Drive, Saskatoon
Every 1st Sunday of the month at 1pm
Space is limited; visit https://www.facebook.com/saskatoonsongwriters to register/for more info.
Upcoming guest songwriters:
March 5 - Ross Neilsen
April 2 - Kal Hourd
May 7 - Michael Lander
June 4 - JJ Voss
Be sure to check out our calendar for songwriter concerts, workshops and other events.
Songwriting competitions and other opportunities can be found in our Sound Opps area.