3rd SATURDAY WORKSHOP September 19, 2020 at 1pm MST



Grammy-nominated songwriter, Harriet Schock will be stopping by Saturday, September 19 to talk with us and offer us her free Ebook called "Why Write from the Heart." Harriet is no stranger to the Arizona Songwriters but it's been a while since she stopped in. She wrote words and music to the Helen Reddy hit, "Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady" which is featured in the bio-pic this year about Ms. Reddy. She also co-wrote all the songs for "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," the theme song for "Jakers, the Adventures of Piggley Winks," as well as songs for many other recording artists including Johnny Mathis, Manfred Mann, the Partridge Family, Smokey Robinson, Roberta Flack, Carl Anderson and many others. She has done music and songs for 4 Henry Jaglom films as well as Delta Force 2, the animated Secret Garden plus countless others. She is in pre-production for a documentary film by Tom Solari called “Hollywood Town-the Harriet Schock Story.”



The September 19th Saturday Workshop will start at 1pm.

Harriet Schock will be first on the Agenda for this Introductory Appearance, so don’t be late!

Randy Brown and Jon Iger will be hosting the learning session.

This month's Topic: Listening! Passive or Critical? What are the elements of each?

Plus Q&A on the discussion topic; and whatever songwriting questions or answers you may have.

Zoom critiques: (We’ll get to as many songs as time permits.)

To submit a song for critique, go to: Your song should be on: Google drive, dropbox, soundcloud, or youtube.

Lyrics are mandatory: You can copy/paste or type your lyrics in the comments at

Chelsea Robson will be facilitating the meeting again. We had a record number of writers attend our first few Zoom meetings! We hope you can join us this month for another great session!

To participate, you’ll need to download the Zoom app at on your computer, cell phone or iPad.

DETAILS for September 19th:

The day of the event, please sign-in a few minutes early prior to 1pm so we can all be ready to go.

Very Important: Be sure to keep your microphone muted unless you are speaking to the group. If the microphone is not muted it will cause feedback.

There is no charge to participate.

Thanks everybody!

Hey Arizona Songwriters…

ASA would like to extend a huge Thank You to Randy Brown for making song critiques available to songwriters when it was necessary to discontinue our in-person 3rd Saturday "Songs in Progress" Workshops. Since we are now able to offer song critiques during our Zoom workshop sessions, Randy will be discontinuing the email critique service. Thanks again, Randy, for your time and commitment to the craft of songwriting!!

The Glendale Public Library is offering a Virtual Coffeehouse Series while we are unable to share our music in person. If you are interested in performing your originals for this community, please reach out to Ivy Jarvis at or 623-930-3573.

VIRTUAL COFFEEHOUSE SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES Video requirements for the Glendale Public Library’s Virtual Coffeehouse series: between 15-35 minutes in length at least 1080p and in landscape format place in Google drive with shareable link emailed to Ivy at

You can view the programs that have already been posted here: http:// These performances are posted on the City’s YouTube channel, and have become some of the most viewed videos on the City’s page!

Be sure to join Dan Gutenkauf and Larry Vail for NSAI-Phoenix Zoom Meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of every month Dan became Phoenix Chapter Coordinator for NSAI in April 2019. He is now the NSAI co-coordinator as he has asked NSAI member, Larry Vail, to apply and assist him. Dan has been hosting meetings via Zoom for several months. The next meeting will be Tuesday, September 15th from 6:00 to 8:30pm. For more information about NSAI Phoenix Chapter contact Dan at:

Check out the TIN PAN SOUTH VIRTUAL SONGWRITING SEMINAR October 19 - November 20, 2020



NEW!! Christmas Songs NEW!!

Jeff is looking for songs to pitch to holiday movies and TV shows! Songs should be pop-leaning and/or have that "nostalgic", traditional Christmas sound.

NEW!! Instrumentals NEW!! Jeff is presently looking for unique and interesting instrumental music in every genre and song category! NEW!! Modern Folk/Pop MusicNEW!! Looking for strong melodic pop songs as well as modern-sounding folk/pop music, a la Taylor Swift's new album! Pop is churning out more unique melodies every day! Backing track needs to sound sparse in order for the song to be commercial! All songs that are being pitched to TV/Film sync opportunities must be studio quality (sound "radio-ready") and must be 100% clearable!


NEW!! Runaway June NEW!! Cutting in October! Looking for some new hits! Think "rootsy/organic, fun" songs, a la early Dixie Chicks. They're the first all-female group to have a Top 10 Hit since 2005! Debbie will be sending any great songs she finds directly to the girls for their consideration!


Soon! Rodney Atkins Soon! Ted recently found a killer up-tempo love song for Rodney that he will be recording soon. He would love to find another undeniable hit song to bring in at the same time! Rodney is also doing a co-project with his wife, Rose Falcon! Think "Little Big Town"-like songs that could easily work as a duet. Looking for something different - a la Jason Isbell or Caitlyn Smith

If you would like your song(s) to be considered for any of these new opportunities on the PITCH TO PRO PIPELINE, click the link below!


Here are some things set up by musicians and music business organizations, both local and national, that might be helpful. There are also links to live streaming industry information and concerts by artists. If you have items you think might be of interest to your fellow songwriters, please send them to Beve at

Many of our local musicians are doing live streaming concerts now. The West Valley Country Music Association lists many of these concerts. ( Also check out times to enjoy local favorite, Hans Olson. ( Check with your favorite bands or musicians to see if they have any virtual concerts scheduled.

1) The Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame shared this information for the local music and arts community from the Arizona Commission on the Arts:

           For artists and musicians: Arizona has some aid available. "Arizona arts funders and service organizations have set up a collaborative fund to provide emergency relief grants of $500-$1,500 to artists and arts professionals experiencing canceled events and residencies or terminated contracts due to the ... pandemic." For more information, visit the Arizona Commission on the Art website.

2) Tucson Musicians Relief Fund:

3) Music Business Association: Initiatives and relief programs being put in place around the industry. A compiled list of the various efforts that both Music Biz and our members have taken to support one another in this tumultuous time, updated weekly as new initiatives emerge:

4) DIY Musicians Blog: Some interesting information about Live Streaming during the COVID-10 crisis:

5) Billboard Live Streaming & Virtual Concerts:

6) Jeff Dayton concerts: Jeff Dayton is streaming mini-concerts Live on Facebook. CHECK JEFF'S WEBSITE TO CONFIRM DAYS & TIMES

          All shows Central Standard Time

8) TAXI Live YouTube Broadcast and Happy Hour Chat:

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