The FWSA is conducting a raffle for a 55" TCL HDR ROKU Smart TV.  Tickets are available at our events or by mail.  You can be invoiced for any ticket sales $20.00 or over.  For information, contact us at fwsanewsletter@gmail.com.

The FWSA is conducting a raffle for a 55" TCL HDR ROKU Smart TV. Tickets are available at our events or by mail. You can be invoiced for any ticket sales $20.00 or over. For information, contact us at fwsanewsletter@gmail.com.

Certificate of Recognition from Governor Abbott to the Fort Worth Songwriters' Association for 25 years of service providing, educating, and promoting music in Texas.

Certificate of Recognition from Governor Abbott to the Fort Worth Songwriters' Association for 25 years of service providing, educating, and promoting music in Texas.



FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

If you have been following recent news in the music industry, you probably know it is in as much turmoil as the American Congress.  The streaming companies Spotify, Tidal, and Rhapsody are being sued for copyright issues and improper royalty payments.  Major record companies are imploding from artists replacing them with modern technology, independent record labels, and taking control of their own careers (DIY).  Performing Rights Organizations, who administers royalties for public performances of songs, recognizes   their own music tracking technology is outdated and leads to artists not being paid for their work.  BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC also charge a music venue separate fees, thus destroying the local music scene for original songwriters.  Technology pirates have a new system called “click bots” where they set up fake music sites on streaming sites, like Spotify, and the “bot” automatically streams plays of imaginary songs and the pirates cash in.  The music world has gone completely mad and many deny or fool themselves into believing everything is just fine, which perpetuates the existing problems.   

How do we as songwriters rise above the madness?  It is called education.  Don’t become a victim of the system.  Know who you are as a songwriter and what goals you want to accomplish.  Use technology to your advantage and in a positive manner.  A lot of songwriters get bad advice from other songwriters because what works for one does not work for another.  Nobody knows you better than yourself.  If you want to do a CD and sell it - go for it.  People still like CD’s.  If you want to bust out a single and sell it on your music site - go for it.  People love to download singles.  Or, you may just want to write songs and perform at open mics.  The choice is yours.  Don’t let anyone discourage you from what you want to do with your music.  There is nothing wrong with writing music just for the simple pleasure of writing music.     

One major advantage of being part of the FWSA is there are songwriters out there willing to share their knowledge and experience with you, good or bad.  You can take it for what it is worth and apply it to reach your goals.  The bottom line is - it is what will work best for you.  Welcome to the new world order where you can follow your own destiny.  Be smart.  

 


FWSA Monthly Songwriter Gathering

Buffalo West Restaurant, 7101 Camp Bowie West, Fort Worth, TX 76132

The Monthly Songwriter Gathering is a monthly educational workshop on various aspects of songwriting. Guest speakers, song evaluations, and networking with other songwriters. These meetings are free to all members. Non-members can attend two meetings, but must become a member to continue attending.

Farr Best Theater Concert

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Farr Best Theater, 109 N. Main St, Mansfield, TX

The FWSA will be hosting a concert at the historic Farr Best Theater featuring members of the organization. Performances by John Terry, Matt and Connie Meek, and Jayson Maxwell. Come out and enjoy a great night of music at one of the most historic venues in Mansfield, TX.

MayFest 2020

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MayFest, 2401 University Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76107

The Fort Worth Songwriters' will be participating in MayFest 2020 by providing members who will be performing at the event on the Oasis Stage. The scheduled performers are: Kem Anderson, 5:00pm, Stephen "Doc Roc" Troum, 5:40pm, David Hunter, 6:20pm, Alan Beauvais, 7:00pm, Michael Anderson, 7:40pm, and Cassidy Ford, 8:20pm. Come out and enjoy this awesome event. Family friendly.

FWSA Spring Musical Showcase

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Truth Vinyl, 300 E. Abrams, #190, Arlington, TX 76010

The Fort Worth Songwriters' will be hosting its annual Spring Musical Showcase featuring selected artists. The performers will be: The Trinity River Trio (Steve Markwardt, Scott Smith, & Rick Allison) at 6:00pm, Chris and Christy Harper at 6:30pm, Grammy winner Brad Davis, at 7:00pm, Rob Owen at 7:30pm, Michael Conner at 8:00pm, and Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year winner, Amanda Hunt Taylor. Come out and enjoy this once in a lifetime show. No charge to attend this venue.