Ultimate Songwriters Workshop teaches the secrets of success

Monday, July 28, 2008

How does a person break into songwriting? It takes more than music in your heart and lyrics on your lips.

From Saturday, Aug. 2 to Tuesday, Aug. 5, a select few will come closer to their dream of hearing their songs played on the radio by top artists. The Ultimate Songwriters Workshop will be held at the Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down Theater in Eureka Springs.

The Workshop may help participants learn how to break into the music industry.

Even those who do not attend this four-day event can enjoy part of the schedule. Tuesday night's concert at the Hoe-Down will be open to the public, and will include performances by the successful songwriters who have come to share their experiences with those attending the event.

Workshops will include seven seminars, three concerts, and nightly jam sessions for all participants.

Registrations will be taken until the Workshop begins. The fee for the four days is $100. Organizers expect to make this an annual event, so anyone who misses out this year can look ahead to 2009.

Concerts will include the following singer/songwriters: Dave Berg, who wrote "Stupid Boy" for Keith Urban; Jason Matthews, who wrote "Must Be Doin' Something Right" for Billy Currington; and Sam and Annie Tate, who wrote "If You're Going Through Hell" for Rodney Atkins.

Barbara Cloyd, who wrote "I Guess You Had to Be There" for Lorrie Morgan will be instructing several seminars as well. She will be choosing 20 writers out of the 600 to pitch their material to two top Nashville publishers that will also be attending the event.

More information is available at www.ultimatesongwritersworkshop.com.

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