Is it really September? August seemed to be our busiest month this year. We held a Dance Fundraiser, Songwriter Workshop with Brad Davis, FWSA Summer Showcase, Monday Night Open Mic, Monthly Songwriter Gathering with guest speaker, Mitch Cigainero, and a Songwriters in the Round concert. I think it may be time for a break. Or, is it?
Before the end of the year close-out, we are still hosting 5 open mics, 4 monthly gatherings, 2 showcases, 1 dance fundraiser, and the annual meeting and Christmas Party. Sounds like a Christmas song to me, without the partridge in a pear tree. Of course, this is all in addition to our Songwriter Contest which will end on October 1st. So, get those entries in before the time runs out.
If you missed the Songwriter Workshop with Brad Davis, you missed something very special. The participants finished the workshop with a wealth of knowledge and Brad did an outstanding job presenting the information. He also stayed over for the FWSA Summer Showcase the next day and opened the show.
It seems there are a lot of music related organizations more concerned with the amount of money they can bring in than the members which make up the ranks. There are extremely high yearly dues and each workshop will cost you money. When the Board of Directors decided to do this workshop for our members, we wanted to provide a quality workshop at no cost. This is just our way of giving back to the membership. Because without the members, we would not exist.
But, I must also say here, the FWSA Board of Directors are working very hard to bring these events to you. I am talking about everything from equipment set-up for events, to scheduling performers, setting up guest speakers, contacting venues, coordinating with the local community for performances, computer networking, fundraisers and contests. These things don’t magically appear out of thin air. So, the next time you see a Board member, let them know how much you appreciate their hard work. I know, I do.
Get those costumes ready for the big dance on October 1st (see page 5). Until next time - be safe out there.
Executive VP, FWSA