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Tuesday, September 24
 

1:00pm

Co-Writing: The Pathway to Success
If you take a look at the credits to the top songs on today's Bluegrass Charts, you will find that most are the result of songwriters teaming up together. Co-writing is the pathway to success for most songwriters these days. In this session three of the most successful song collaborators in Bluegrass will share their knowledge on the subject.

Speakers
avatar for Irene Kelley

Irene Kelley

Irene Kelley left Pennsylvania for Nashville in 1984 and signed with MCA Records. Carl Jackson, Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas appeared on her first album. Irene’s trademark is the heart-felt songwriting that exposed her music to millions through hits like “A Little Bluer Than That... Read More →
avatar for Jerry Salley

Jerry Salley

Referred to by Billboard Magazine as “One Of Music Row’s Greatest Veteran Tunesmiths”, Jerry has had over 500 songs recorded in his multi-award winning career. Bands that have covered Jerrys songs include The Steeldrivers, Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lonsome... Read More →
avatar for Donna Ulisse

Donna Ulisse

Donna Ulisse is a key figure in the Bluegrass, folk and acoustic music scene as a singer and songwriter, being awarded 2016 IBMA Songwriter Of The Year and 2017 Song Of The Year with “I Am A Drifter”. Her 10th album “Breakin’ Easy” was released September of 2017 on Mountain... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 B 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
 
Wednesday, September 25
 

9:00am

Music Publishing: Keeping Up with Change
As the daily dynamics of the music business evolve, publishers have to stay on top of the ever changing environment.  This panel will discuss how to navigate the various situations and opportunities that arise, including how to best monetize them.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Aschmann

Lisa Aschmann

Songwriter/Publisher
Lisa Aschmann is a prolific songwriter withy much writing and co-writing experience in Bluegrass as well as many other styles of music. Ricky Skaggs, Hit & Run Bluegrass, The Jaybirds, Diamond Rio, Barry & Holly Tashian, Fragment, Wayfaring Strangers, Becky Buller and Valerie Smith... Read More →
avatar for Sherrill Blackman

Sherrill Blackman

the sdb music group
Active as a music publisher since 1990, Blackman has secured recordings in Country, Pop, Rock, Gospel, Bluegrass, Blues, Jazz, and Polka, resulting in multiple radio hits, Gold and Platinum album certifications, several Grammy and IBMA nominations and one Dove award winner. He is... Read More →
avatar for Scott Paschall

Scott Paschall

Paschall Music Publishing
Paschall is a thirty year veteran of the music industry, first working as Production Assistant for legendary producer Garth Fundis before becoming his partner and VP/GM of the world famous Sound Emporium Recording Studio in Nashville, hosting the O’ Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor Law
Stephanie Taylor is an entertainment and music industry attorney representing a wide variety of entrepreneurs and businesses involved with the creation, use and distribution of copyrighted works. Music Row Magazine has named her one of Nashville’s “In Charge” entertainment attorneys... Read More →
avatar for Jon Weisberger

Jon Weisberger

Asheville Music Publishing
The first recipient of the IBMA’s Songwriter of the Year award, Jon Weisberger has had nearly two hundred songs recorded by artists ranging from Lindsay Lou, the Travelin’ McCourys and the Infamous Stringdusters to Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Junior Sisk and Steve Gulley... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Songwriter Mentor 'One-On-Ones'
This session offers a rare opportunity for up- and- coming writers to learn from some of the most accomplished songwriters in Bluegrass face-to-face.  

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Participating Mentors:
Becky Buller
Donna Ulisse
Mark "Brink" Brinkman
Joe Newberry
Louisa Branscomb
John & Julie Pennell
Laurie Lewis
Troy Engle
 Dawn Kenney

David Morris
Lisa Aschmann
Johnny & Jeanette Williams

Each mentor appointment will be for 20 minutes, and appointments will be filled and assigned by Tony Rackley, IBMA Songwriter Mentor Program Manager.
Slots will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Aschmann

Lisa Aschmann

Songwriter/Publisher
Lisa Aschmann is a prolific songwriter withy much writing and co-writing experience in Bluegrass as well as many other styles of music. Ricky Skaggs, Hit & Run Bluegrass, The Jaybirds, Diamond Rio, Barry & Holly Tashian, Fragment, Wayfaring Strangers, Becky Buller and Valerie Smith... Read More →
avatar for Louisa Branscomb

Louisa Branscomb

Louisa is a lifelong visionary in songwriting, performing, and teaching, as affirmed by the 2017 IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award. Accolades include: Grammy cuts (Alison Krauss and John Denver), 2 Song of the Year Awards (Steel Rails (SPBGMA), Dear Sister (IBMA) (w/Lynch), 2 Recorded... Read More →
avatar for Mark Brinkman

Mark Brinkman

“Brink” Brinkman writes songs for the Bluegrass/Americana/Gospel and Country genres. Brink is one of the most sought-after songwriters with over 300 “cuts” and 15 #1 songs. He has won the “Spirit Award”, “Gospel Song of the Year”, “The Governor’s Award” from... Read More →
avatar for Becky Buller

Becky Buller

Becky Buller Band
St. James, MN, native multi-instrumentalist singer Becky Buller performs bluegrass to underwrite her songwriting. Travelin’ McCourys, Infamous Stringdusters, and more have recorded her compositions.She’s a two-time Grammy award-winning songwriter, recipient of 8 IBMA awards, and... Read More →
avatar for Troy Engle

Troy Engle

Troy Engle and Southern Skies
Troy Engle's sideman resume reads like a who's who of Bluegrass and Country Music. He's played everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to Bluegrass Festivals with artists like: Patty Loveless, Larry Sparks, and The Isaacs. He's written award winning bluegrass hits with Dixie and Tom T... Read More →
avatar for Dawn Kenney

Dawn Kenney

Dawn Kenney is an award-winning singer and songwriter. Her songs have been recorded by artists in the bluegrass and folk genres with multiple top ten charting songs in the past few years. Dawn leads songwriting workshops at festivals and various venues throughout the year.
avatar for Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band. Laurie has performed/recorded since 1986 with mandolinist... Read More →
avatar for David Morris

David Morris

David Morris is an award-winning songwriter and winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest. He has co-written two number ones and four top 10 songs. His weekly radio show, Songwriter Showcase, appears weekly on bluegrasscountry.org. Dave also reviews CDs, compiles... Read More →
avatar for Joe Newberry

Joe Newberry

Showcase Artist, Compton & Newberry
Joe Newberry is an IBMA Award-winning songwriter and musician.  A frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, he was a featured singer on the 2016 Transatlantic Sessions, and at the Transatlantic Session's debut at Merlefest in 2017. The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song “Singing... Read More →
avatar for Donna Ulisse

Donna Ulisse

Donna Ulisse is a key figure in the Bluegrass, folk and acoustic music scene as a singer and songwriter, being awarded 2016 IBMA Songwriter Of The Year and 2017 Song Of The Year with “I Am A Drifter”. Her 10th album “Breakin’ Easy” was released September of 2017 on Mountain... Read More →
avatar for Johnny and Jeanette Williams

Johnny and Jeanette Williams

Sixteen SPBGMA nominations, three wins for Female Vocalist, two IBMA awards (2009 Recorded Event of the Year, Daughters Of Bluegrass), winner of (2007 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, 2008 IAMA Songwriting Contest)Twice named PICABO Songwriter of the Year. He won Chris Austin Songwriting... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 305AB 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:30pm

Song Critique Workshop
An important part of improving/growing as a songwriter is to have your songs critiqued. Just bring a demo of what you feel is one of your best songs on a CD, along with four copies of the lyrics, to the session. Our panel will give you a useful evaluation on both composition and presentation. Demos will be chosen at random, and writers will remain anonymous.
Panelists: Stephen Mougin, Laurie Lewis, Mark Simos

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band. Laurie has performed/recorded since 1986 with mandolinist... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin is the guitar player/vocalist for the "Sam Bush Band" and "Nedski and Mojo”. He is the owner/operator of Dark Shadow Recording where he produces and engineers demos, eps, and albums for independents and for the DSR Label. Mougin is a certified educator, teaching music... Read More →
avatar for Mark Simos

Mark Simos

Mark Simos is a respected songwriter and tunesmith, with songs and instrumentals recorded by many prominent bluegrass and progressive acoustic artists. Simos’ signature style blends deep grounding in traditional forms with contemporary lyrics and themes. Teaching at Berklee College... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:00pm

Songwriters Meet & Greet
Wednesday September 25, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
 
Thursday, September 26
 

9:00am

Effective Song Pitching: What You Need to Know
A highlight for any songwriter is to have your song cut by a recording artist. Artists often listen to hundreds of songs, looking for "just the right ones" for their project. Our panel represents a cross section of the music industry, all having years of experience with the process of pitching songs. They will offer insight that will surely be helpful to every songwriter.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Brinkman

Mark Brinkman

“Brink” Brinkman writes songs for the Bluegrass/Americana/Gospel and Country genres. Brink is one of the most sought-after songwriters with over 300 “cuts” and 15 #1 songs. He has won the “Spirit Award”, “Gospel Song of the Year”, “The Governor’s Award” from... Read More →
avatar for Matt Lindsey

Matt Lindsey

Matt Lindsey is originally from Statesville, North Carolina and moved to Nashville in 1980. He owns a music publishing/production/songplugging company and has had songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Ledoux, Blake Shelton, George Strait and many more.Matt... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin is the guitar player/vocalist for the "Sam Bush Band" and "Nedski and Mojo”. He is the owner/operator of Dark Shadow Recording where he produces and engineers demos, eps, and albums for independents and for the DSR Label. Mougin is a certified educator, teaching music... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith

Born in the small town of Davisville, West Virginia, Amanda grew up singing in church choirs and participating in talent contests at local fairs.Kenny and Amanda Smith are winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s prestigious Emerging Artist of the Year award in... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 B 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

Songwriter Showcase
Since its inception in1999, this is a unique opportunity for songwriters to showcase their original compositions before a live audience at WOB. A lot of great new talent has been introduced to the music industry through the Songwriter Showcase. Be sure to check it out on the Workshop stage on Thursday afternoon.  It all starts with a song!



Speakers
avatar for Mike Mitchell & Jennifer Brooke

Mike Mitchell & Jennifer Brooke

Floyd Music School
Jenny and Mike make their home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Founders of the Floyd Music School, they continue the tradition of teaching bluegrass music to young people in their community and online, to kids across the U.S.Mike’s sophomore album release, Small Town, debuted... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Mezzanine - Level 2 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:00pm

Youth Songwriting Workshop
Designed specifically for our younger IBMA songwriters (under 25), this is an opportunity to learn some of the fundamentals of songwriting from one of the very best. Join Louisa Branscomb in an interactive exploration of what it means to be a songwriter from the inside out - how to write from the heart, then craft your ideas into effective songs. It will be time well spent!

Speakers
avatar for Louisa Branscomb

Louisa Branscomb

Louisa is a lifelong visionary in songwriting, performing, and teaching, as affirmed by the 2017 IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award. Accolades include: Grammy cuts (Alison Krauss and John Denver), 2 Song of the Year Awards (Steel Rails (SPBGMA), Dear Sister (IBMA) (w/Lynch), 2 Recorded... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 203 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3:00pm

Song Circles
Song circles offer an opportunity to share your songs with others in a low-key setting. Just bring along a new song or two, your instrument of choice, and join in the fun.
Song Circle Leader: Melody Williamson

Speakers
avatar for Melody Williamson

Melody Williamson

Melody Williamson is a 3rd generation bluegrass musician and songwriter. She penned the title track, and chart single, from her family’s last album, Free; and tours professionally as the front woman for Williamson Branch.


Thursday September 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3:00pm

Song Circles
Song circles offer an opportunity to share your songs with others in a low-key setting. Just bring along a new song or two, your instrument of choice, and join in the fun.
Song Circle Leader: Mark Simos

Speakers
avatar for Mark Simos

Mark Simos

Mark Simos is a respected songwriter and tunesmith, with songs and instrumentals recorded by many prominent bluegrass and progressive acoustic artists. Simos’ signature style blends deep grounding in traditional forms with contemporary lyrics and themes. Teaching at Berklee College... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 B 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601