Local songwriter seminar shaping up
by Ralph B. Davis
The local songwriter and musicians seminar scheduled for Saturday, December 8, is shaping up.
Time Recording Studio of Buskirk, Ky. and Lyrick Promotions, LTD based in Williamson, are teaming up to hold a seminar at 6:00 p.m. at the Thoroughbred Steakhouse in Goody, Ky.
Longtime local musician L.E. Simpkins and music promoter John Carlin are teaming up to form the non-profit group to help local songwriters and musicians.
“I will be in Nashville, Tennessee on Dec. 3 through Dec. 6, to meet with Bernard Porter of PCG Artist Development Institute,” Carlin said. “I will also be meeting with Gene Higgins of Higgins Music Group (HMG) during that trip to Nashville.”
Carlin also plans to meet with Ryan Hamblin, a Williamson native, who is the owner of a music video corporation. Hamblin currently does contract work with Warner Brother’s records.
The local promoter also hopes to meet with representatives of the SESAC, which is the Society of Entertainers, Songwriters and Composers on his trip to Music City.
Both Simpkins and Carlin are sponsoring the seminar for local musicians and songwriters. They will have special guests from South Carolina and North Carolina to talk about music promotions and venues for artists to get their music heard.
The roundtable discussion will be on certain aspects of the music business.
Carlin said the seminar is on a first come, first serve basis and that they have reserved 35 seats for the meeting.
“We will discuss the legal aspects of music, such as copyrights, publishing, and how to get your music on radio,” Simpkins said. “With Reverbnation, I-Tunes and CD Baby (on-line music services) and others sites, we hope to learn how to get CDs duplicated at a reasonable cost.”
Musicians may also learn how to format a CD for promotions and ways to get demo music to recording companies.
“Info on recording, engineering, mixing and mastering, will also be discussed,” Simpkins said.
Simpkins is a longtime local musician and has had a professional recording studio for many years
“Our Goal is to establish a local singer - songwriter association and to have a pool of musicians to support original songwriters,” he added.
The seminar is free and persons who attend will only have to pay for their own meals via “Dutch treat.”
Other local musicians that may be involved besides Simpkins and Carlin are Paul Pigman, Glen Simpson, Jim Charles and Jamie Hall. Jeep White, who now resides in Charleston, S.C., will also be attending the first meeting.
For more information, those interested can call 606-427-7615 or 304-928-5085 to reserve a seat if they plan to attend.
Carlin, who has been holding local talent search events in Williamson the last couple of years, will be moving to the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) in Prestonsburg, Ky. beginning January 12, 2013. He has also reserved slots at the Expo Center in Pikeville, Ky. for future events.
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