Creativity, General, Music

Shout Out to ASG and the Songwriter Symposium

I promised a shout out to the Austin Songwriters Group (ASG) and the 2013 Songwriter Symposium held here in Austin last weekend… so here it is!

My first thank you has to go jointly to Rick Busby (Singer-Songwriter, ASG President) and Lee Duffy (Singer-Songwriter, ASG Executive Director). The Symposium was my first time meeting them both, and it was truly a pleasure. I watched them work tirelessly behind the scenes, as well as present on panels and perform in showcases. Their efforts were greatly appreciated! Check out the ASG website.

The focus I had going into those industry panels, songwriting and performance workshops, and mentor sessions was like a throw back to my medical school self: intensely acquiring knowledge like someone’s life depended on it! 🙂 I learned a great deal in all of the sessions, but the workshop leaders that I wanted to give a special thanks to, are Chuck Cannon and Matthew Santos.

If you are ever at a music or songwriter conference and Chuck Cannon is presenting… run, don’t walk to attend! He’s such a gifted songwriter and engaging performer, and I learned a great deal from him about songwriting as an art.

Matthew Santos, who you may know from his collaborations with Grammy-Award winning hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco, is an amazing talent! I enjoyed his songwriting and performance sessions (he brought cool music tech-toys) and the song circles he participated in.

Other special mentions from the sessions I attended are: Chris Oglesby (music publisher); Marvin Dykhuis (singer-songwriter, producer and amazing guitarist); Debby Throckmorton (singer-songwriter, performance coach); Danny Wells (singer-songwriter, producer); Jim Photoglo (singer-songwriter); Sonny Throckmorton (singer-songwriter): Kimmie Rhodes (singer-songwriter); Mike Tolleson (entertainment attorney); Robert Cross (KUT/KTX Radio); Kevin Benz (CultureMapATX); John Mullins (SESAC); and Valerie Femin (Valerie Fremin Photography).

It was wonderful to be around so many positive, like-minded, creative people! I can honestly say I left the Songwriters Symposium inspired and energized. Looking forward to future ASG events!

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