FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is the Connecticut Songwriting and Performance Conference ?
A: An all-day event that brings together professionals in many
aspects of the craft and business of popular music to share expertise,
experiences, and songs.
Q: What is the educational objective of the event?
A: There are several objectives:
(a) To provide anyone with an interest in pursuing popular music as a
career a realistic look at the skills and knowledge needed to be
(b) To provide
educators with techniques and insights to better enable incorporation of
songwriting and popular music into their music or service learning or
curriculum integration programs
(c) to show how popular music can provide meaningful service learning
opportunities for students at any level and partnering
opportunities for independent artists
(d) To provide attendees with access to professionals with expertise
and experience in a wide range of topics, for structured and
unstructured interaction, networking, feedback, and sharing.
Q: What is the format of the conference?
A: There is a mix of structured and unstructured time. There are
scheduled workshops at specific times, and there will be open time to
meet with individual presenters, have songs critiqued, share a song at
an open mike, etc. . There is an evening concert, featuring original
music and the music of Harry Chapin, which will be a demonstration of
Service Learning in Action, as it is a benefit for Connecticut Social
During the entire time there will be exhibitor tables where you can
interact with presenters and vendors on such topics as music technology,
practice strategies, voice coaching, guitar care and techniques, and much more.
Q: Can I get Professional Educator CEU's for attending ?
A: Yes, the event is approved by LEARN, provider #245. there
are 3 CEU's for the first 4 sessions attended, and additional CEU's for
additional full hours of activities attended and signed in.
Q: Can students attend ?
A: Definitely ! Each teacher registered may bring up to 3 students at
no additional cost, except for meals. Note that this event is
recommended for mature students who are serious about what they do.
Q: Who will be there ?
A : The list of presenters reads like a Who's Who of popular music
from New York and Connecticut -- presenter details can be found
at their individual web sites. We expect the attendees to
include independent songwriters and performing artists, educators, and
students, providing a wide range of networking opportunities. (
NOTE: Presenters may be added or removed from the list due to scheduling
Q: Tell me about the critique sessions.
A: Getting constructive, objective feedback on works in progress is
an invaluable aid in making your work be the best it can be. Having
experienced critiquers who can provide objective feedback in a
supportive, non-judgmental way is an incredible opportunity to see how
your work is being interpreted by others, to see where your strengths
are, and to learn where you might want to give more attention in your
crafting process. CSA has developed the critique process over a 25-year
history, during which thousands of songs have been presented and
Q. Will there be performance opportunities ?
A: We expect to have 2-4 performing venues, including a great
coffeehouse style area. Some of the time will be unstructured open mike,
some will be featured performers requiring advance booking (contact Bill
Pere, at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Since performances will run concurrently with some of the other
activities, we cannot guarantee audience size at any given time., but it
is a great opportunity to share your music. . Any attendee may request a
performance slot. As the performance times and venues are limited, early
requests will receive preference. It is expected that performances will
consist of original songs.
Q: Are there other special offers for professional educators or Indie
A: Educators who register may join the Connecticut Songwriters
Association at a 25% discount. ($30 vs $40). Also, any school which
sends 5 or more people (teachers or students) may have a CSA
professional come to the school as an artist -in-residence for the day,
at discounted cost.
In addition, there are registration discounts for RISA, BSW, Folk
Alliance, Indiegrrl, CTFolk, and Songsalive! .
Q: What is the "Service Learning Concert" ?
A: The finale event of the day will be an evening concert. The
show is a benefit for hunger relief and social service agencies in the
state through LUNCH. The concert will feature music by
all-star CSA artists, and The LUNCH Ensemble, a group of
performing youth who use the power popular music to produce positive
social action, led by Indie Artist of the Year Bill
Pere, accompanied by other CSA artists. There will be music
from the legacy of Harry Chapin, as well as lots of original music.
For details on the LUNCH Community Outreach programs, visit
Q: Where can I learn more?
A: For current details on the Conference, always check this website (www.ctsongwriters.com
For information on Service Learning and School programs, go to
information on the CT Songwriters Association, go to
For more information on the presenters, check their individual
If you have specific questions, contact us at
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