Coming Arizona Songwriters Events



May 16, 2020 at 1pm MST

We'll be meeting online with Zoom!



On May 16th, our 3rd Saturday Workshop will again be held on Zoom.
The meeting will start at 1pm.
Randy Brown and Jon Iger will be hosting the learning session. 

The topic will be:
**How do the elements of short story writing apply to songs?
**What's needed to stay on track and keep the interest of your audience?

Plus Q&A on the discussion topic; and whatever songwriting questions or answers you may have.
Chelsea Robson will be facilitating the meeting again. 
Last month there was a record number of writers that attended our first Zoom meeting! We hope you can join us this month for another great session!
To participate, you’ll need to download the Zoom app at  on your computer, cell phone or iPad.


The day of the event, please sign-in a few minutes early prior to 1pm so we can all be ready to go.  

** Very ImportantBe sure to keep your microphone muted unless you are speaking to the group.
If the microphone is not muted it will cause feedback

There is no charge to participate.

**There is a possibility that Gaynel Hodge, co-writer of the monster hit, Earth Angel, will be able to join us from the Netherlands during our Zoom meeting! Maybe we can get him to share a story or some writing tips!

 Thanks everybody!

Hey Arizona Songwriters

The email critique service Randy Brown offered in the month of April was such a huge success he will continue volunteering his service until regular meetings can start again at the Glendale Public Library.
 Send requests for critiques to:

Guidelines for submission:
  • One song per writer.  Interested writers send an email to Randy with a recording of their song on mp3, and a lyric sheet.
  • If you only have Lyrics, that’s OK too. 

He will get to them asap, and write back his comments to you.

Randy is a successful songwriter with song placements in many 
TV shows and movies, including "Remember the Titans".

Visit Randy's website at:

Round Two
How Would You Like to Co-Write with an Accomplished Staff-Writer,
Musician, Producer, Artist?

Hayley McLean

Signed to Kobalt Music in 2018, Hayley McLean is a highly
skilled multi-instrumentalist, sync writer, record producer and artist! Dubbed the "#1 Guitar Goddess", by Fender, Hayley has played guitar with acclaimed recording artists including Buddy Guy, Maren Morris, Los Lobos, Chad Brownlee and more!
She wrote, played, produced and engineered the Texada
project in 2016, with the track "All My Life" making its way organically onto both Canadian and U.S. Spotify Viral charts, earning it over 3.4 million streams.  Most recently, she's had a song she co-wrote, sang and produced featured on Grey's Anatomy!

 * * * * *
For This Contest...
This is your chance to take your writing skills up a notch and work with someone that will share her knowledge and talent with you! 
Learn what it really takes to write a competitive, syncable piece of music.
The winner of this contest will receive the opportunity to co-write with Hayley and create a song for a possible sync placement
Hayley will also do a full studio production of the song that is co-written with the winner of this contest and aim it straight
at the sync market!
($1,200 Value) 
 * * * * *
Here is how this contest will work:

To enter, you can submit your song(s) to
Debbie Zavitson
through the Pitch to Pro Pipeline. 
Please write "song contest" in the comments section for your submission!

Cost to submit is $30 per song
Good News for Lyricists!
Debbie Zavitson will also consider "Lyrics-Only" submissions
for this contest! 
Since the Pitch to Pro Pipeline is unable to accept lyrics-only for regular submissions, please send them to me directly at
and I can send you a separate invoice via PayPal for the contest entry fee.
We will post the Top 4 Semi-Finalists of each week the following Monday!
At the end of 4 weeks, Debbie will present the
Top Song and Lyrics Finalists to Hayley for her
direct consideration.

The deadline to submit is May 29th. 
The Top Finalists will be announced on
June 1st.  Hayley and Debbie will personally select the overall winning song, and we will announce the
winning writer on
 * * * * *

Submit Your Song at:
 Debbie Zavitson will primarily be looking for overall great writing skills!  This includes...
a.)  Looking for songs that show a great talent for fresh lyrics and/or unique ideas!
b.)  Looking for catchy, memorable melodies that stand out!
Please send in songs (or lyrics) that show what you are great at!  You may submit song(s)
of any genre and you are welcome to send in more than one song to be
considered for this contest.
**Please note:  Debbie will not be providing feedback sheets for individual songs that are submitted for this contest.


Here are some things set up by musicians and music business organizations, both local and national, that might be helpful. There are also links to live streaming industry information and concerts by artists.  If you have items you think might be of interest to your fellow songwriters, please send them to Beve at


1) The Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame shared this information for the local music and arts community from the Arizona Commission on the Arts:
            For artists and musicians: Arizona has some aid available. "Arizona arts funders and service organizations have set up a collaborative fund to provide emergency relief grants of $500-$1,500 to artists and arts professionals experiencing canceled events and residencies or terminated contracts due to the ... pandemic." For more information, visit the Arizona Commission on the Art website.

2) Tucson Musicians Relief Fund:

3)  Music Business Association: 
Initiatives and relief programs being put in place around the industry. A compiled list of the various efforts that both Music Biz and our members have taken to support one another in this tumultuous time, updated weekly as new initiatives emerge:     

4) DIY Musicians Blog:
Some interesting information about Live Streaming during the COVID-10 crisis:

5) Billboard Live Streaming & Virtual Concerts:

6)  Jeff Dayton concerts: 
Jeff Dayton is streaming mini-concerts Live on Facebook.

      Mondays @ 8pm  -  Wednesdays @ 2:30pm   -  Fridays @ 8pm
       All shows Central Standard Time


7) Garth Brooks:  Inside Studio G

8) TAXI Live YouTube Broadcast and Happy Hour Chat:

Join Us For TAXI Music's Daily
"Quarantini" Happy Hour
Live YouTube Broadcast and Happy Hour Chat
For musicians from all over the world!

Tuesday - Friday

7pm Eastern (EDT) / 6pm Central (CDT) / 4pm Pacific (PDT)
12am London (BST) / 9am Sydney (AEST)

Dear Songwriters, Composers, and Artists
Join Us Every Tuesday - Friday at 4 pm Pacific Time on 
TAXI TV's YouTube Channel!

We want to include musicians of all types (not just TAXI members), from all over the world, and you will pick the topics. I’ll be there to answer questions, but it’s going to be directed by you!  

And like TAXI TV and the TAXI Road Rally convention, we want to keep it very supportive and friendly! Trolls will be excommunicated on the spot 

You can talk about what's going on in your (musical or personal) life, how you’re dealing with being cooped up, ask pressing music creation or music business questions, share recording and production techniques, trade songwriting tips, ask film and TV music licensing questions, trade time management ideas, meet collaborators, talk about your frustrations or best placements, and whatever else you want our daily hangouts to be about! 

Celebrity Guests
We’ll be joined by some TAXI All-Stars from time to time, as well as some of my music industry friends, so drop by and meet them!
Grammy-winning Producer/Engineer/Mixer Rob Chiarelli joined us a few days ago, and today we'll be having Ronan Chris Murphy as our special guest to talk about production, recording, and mixing! I'm going to invite Bobby Borg to join us this week, as well!
Let’s Turn This into a “Thing”!

We’re doing this for love, not money. It’s totally free — no strings attached. We want to give you a place to hang out with old friends and make some new ones from a bunch of different countries and cultures. 
We only ask two things:
Be polite and respectful.
Tell every musician you know about the TAXI Music "Quarantini" Happy Hour, and here’s why…
If our community gets big enough, I’ve got gear manufacturers that will give us microphones, software, guitars, books, and keyboards to give away for… wait for it… yes, FREE!
Spread the Word!
So forward this email, post about it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and any music-related groups, chats, or forums you know of. If we can get our audience to hit 1,000 people during the live show, I can get my hands on some great stuff to give away!
To Join the Daily "Quarantini" Happy Hour...
Simply go to and search for "TAXI Independent A&R." Then click on the red "subscribe" button! That way you'll get an instant notification that will alert you each time we go live. Otherwise, you can click on the button below to go to our YouTube channel at 4 pm Pacific from Tuesday - Friday and click on the "Videos" section where you'll see the live video for the day and can join the show there.
To Join the Live Chat and Ask Questions During the Happy Hour...
You’ll need to be signed up to YouTube (FREE) and be logged in to be able to join in on the chat during the show. Go to and click the "Sign In" link in the upper right-hand corner of the page and fill out the short form to join. If you have a Gmail account, you’ll be able to associate your YouTube account with it!

See you during Happy Hour,
Michael Laskow

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