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A History of CSA: The First Decade (1979-1989)

What is Song Craft ?

Why Join CSA ?

Members featured in Making Music Magazine

American Idol Articles

 Articles on songwriting techniques

Want to Sign a Record Contract ?

Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting

Interested in a weekend Songwriting Retreat?
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Members have the opportunity to get their songs released on our Compilation CD's
 

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Great performance opportunities at our Showcases and Concert Series. For  performance opportunities and schedules, click here   

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET CSA's FAMOUS SONG CRITIQUES BY e-MAIL?

 

Would you be interested in attending a weekend Songwriter Retreat?
(details here)

WHO WE ARE....
WHAT WE DO

The Connecticut Songwriters Association is one of the oldest and largest songwriter groups in the U.S.. We are an educational non-profit organization dedicated to improving the art and craft of original music, combining arts, education and community outreach since 1979.

More than 2,000 songwriters, musicians and vocalists from 28 states and 5 countries have joined CSA since it was founded in 1979.

We have grown to become one of the most active  and best known songwriters associations in the US.
CSA sponsors monthly programs, with nationally known guest speakers, song critique sessions, and interactive workshops.

Monthly meetings and Critiques are hosted by  President and Grammy Winning songwriter   Bill Pere, named one of the "Top 50 Groundbreakers and Guiding Lights of the Music Industry" by Music Connection Magazine.

Programs are designed to provide Indie Artists and mainstream writers with all the information, resources, and connections they need to be successful.

We rotate meeting locations around the State, including: Glastonbury, Middletown, Mystic,   etc. The Association produces songwriter showcases, benefit concerts, and a series of compilation recordings.

Our newsletter,
Connecticut Songsmith, has been published monthly by since 1980.

As well as songwriters, our members consist of lyricists, composers, vocalists, producers, musicians, publishers, & recording artists. We actively encourage and facilitate collaboration.

CSA has been featured in the internationally distributed Songwriters Market Book, as well as in media articles and magazines throughout the State. Sheila Davis' classic book "Successful Lyric Writing", includes a case study of CSA as a highly successful regional organization.   In partnership with community outreach organizations like LUNCH, we have helped raise more than one million dollars for fighting poverty and for providing essential human services

WE TEACH THE ART OF SUCCESS

SUCCESS COMES FROM OPPORTUNITY, AND OPPORTUNITY COMES FROM INVOLVEMENT.  BE INVOLVED!

(more about what we do)

Why Join CSA ?

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CSA President and
Executive Director:
Bill Pere

    CSA Founder:
  Don Donegan

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PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

Members of  
      =>Songsalive
=>RISA
     =>IndieGrrl


are always welcome guests at CSA meetings.

You set your goals, and we'll help you achieve songwriting that gets results you set for yourself.
Production, performance and promotion techniques to keep you moving forward.
Business knowledge to help you get the most from your creations.

 -- DON'T WAIT --
SONGWRITING RETREAT -
Apr 10-12, 2015
          Transform  Your Career!  Sign Up Now!
LIMITED TO 12  SLOTS!


 --  JOIN CSA  online  or by mail
      -- SONG CRITIQUE  by mail or e-mail
      -- SUBMIT A SONG   to our Compilation
                          CD Series
 -- Contact us.

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CSA PRO WORKSHOP
Saturday, Nov 8, 9:30am-11:30am
Mystic Morgan House 121 High St, Mystic

Another opportunity to learn from and be heard by the pros! Joining us from Philadelphia is producer and composer Dr. Lou DeLise, the Renaissance Man.  Dr. Lou is one of those rare people who has done almost everything in the music business. With classical training from Julliard and a PhD in music arts and composition, Lou has worked with many music icons in the realms of jazz, pop, and classical music including Luciano Pavarotti, Mel Torme, Beverly Sills, Dianna Ross, Lou Rawls, Henry Mancini, Dave Brubeck, George Shearing, Mercer Ellington and many more. He has been an arranger and producer for major labels and has produced Patti LaBelle, among many others. Today, Lou works as a composer of concert music, arranges and conducts for pop records, composes for film and teaches at the Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance. His recording credits include a number one chart album for Patti LaBelle, and many other pop chart records. His theme for the television series, PrimeTime ('It's the PrimeTime of My Life') is recognized as a Philadelphia classic.

It is truly a rare opportunity to learn from someone who has such a broad background in the craft and business of music, successfully spanning styles, artists, and decades. Lou will speak about several aspects of the craft and business of music, answering your questions, and he will critique your songs from a perspective that you rarely get elsewhere.
CRITIQUE SESSION TO FOLLOW! Come and learn.


This meeting is $5 for members, $10 for non-members.      See you there, and bring a friend!

GET INVOLVED !

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CSA COMPILATION CD #20!

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CSA DAY OF PRAISE
COLLABORATIVE CONCERT

CSA SHOWS THAT COLLABORATION WORKS

CSA's  Day of Praise  events are
 educational and uplifting collaborative concerts
 combining the talents of  many  great CSA artists
for a memorable performance. These benefit shows have raised thousands of dollars for charitable agencies.  We are always  open to helping folks produce events in any style  of music. If you would like to be an event or showcase coordinator please contact us!
It only happens if YOU make it happen !

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CSA SUCCESS !

700 people were on their feet for this incredibly successful event to benefit Liberty Community Services for the homeless in New Haven, bringing together CSA artists, the Steve Chapin Band, and the LUNCH Ensemble.

LUNCH presented a $1,000 donation for World Hunger Year  to Steve and Jonathan Chapin

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The  CSA collaborative concerts presenting the music of the  compilation CDs were great successes!

They are a fine example of talented artists coming together to lend their skills to each other's songs and delivering a great concert

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS

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A Look Back at CSA's 25th Anniversary Songwriting Conference

(click here for Concert PHOTOs ! )

(click here for Conference Feedback ! )

( click here for a full review ! )

(click here for press articles)

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NEW
OPPORTUNITY !

The CSA  Songwriting Retreat
Apr 10-12, 2015
REGISTER NOW!

(info here)

Our  retreats are  descibed as
"Life-Changing!" and "Transformative"

Check with us for slot availability
info@ctsongs.com

REGISTRATION

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Songcrafters' Coloring Book by Bill Pere
The collected experience of 35 years of  CSA! Your purchase helps support CSA Education Programs.

Comp CDs

Submit a song to the CSA compilation CDs

CSA COMPILATION CD's are Here Available for Download Purchase as single tracks or full CD !

Are you a part of the CSA Community yet?
Join Here

How much do you know about the music business ? Take the
MUSIC BIZ QUIZ.

Need a Song Critique by
e-mail?  Go Here

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Would you like to be a Regional 
CSA SHOWCASE Coordinator  to start or run a performance showcase ?
Info Here

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Info on joining CSA
 

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Perfo
rmance Opportunities through

CSA Summer Showcases

CSA Special Events and Collaborative Concerts

and the LUNCH Ensemble

Would  you like to perform at a show?

  e-mail us
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NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR NEW CSA COMPILATION CD's
 

 THE NEXT CSA COMPILATIONS will be looking for:


-- Spiritual/Inspirational Songs

--  Songs of Social Relevance

-- Country Songs

-- Holiday Songs

-- Collaborative Songs
 

For submission  guidelines, click
 
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If you have a song that
fits any of the themes, send it in for consideration for the next compilation CD.

Songs should be well crafted and professionally produced.

Songs on our compilations
are distributed as physical CD's and sometimes as digital downloads.  Writers get standard mechanical royalties from sales of digital downloads. 

When possible, we do a live concert CD Release Event. (see photos page)

For submission  guidelines, click
 
       here          

You set your goals, and we'll help you achieve songwriting that gets results you set for yourself.
Production, performance and promotion techniques to keep you moving forward.
Business knowledge to help you get the most from your creations.

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Connecticut
Songwriters Association

PO Box 511 Mystic CT 06355 -- E-Mail: info @ ctsongs.com
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Mystic -- Glastonbury - Watertown - New Haven - Danbury - East Hartford - New London

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