Coming Arizona Songwriters Events

The July 15 deadline for the September/October Lyric Contest is rapidly approaching. Enter today for your chance to win:

Ovation Exotic Wood Legend Guitar
Sennheiser microphone
>  Full page feature in and promotion across American Songwriter
>  And a co-write with country hit-maker Dallas Davidson (annual Grand Prize).

You'll also get in front of top music industry professionals by getting your winning lyrics placed in the September/October issue.
The top 4 lyrics and 10 Honorable Mentions are listed.


!! We will be meeting on ZOOM in July!!

JULY 18, 2020 at 1pm MST



On July 18th, 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: "To be announced."
“Zoom critiques” coming soon!  Watch for details!

Plus Q&A on the discussion topic; and whatever songwriting questions or answers you may have.

**Reminder: Ivy Jarvis, is looking for singer/songwriters for City of Glendale performances!
Chelsea Robson will be facilitating the meeting again. 
We had a record number of writers attend our first few Zoom meetings!
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.

DETAILS for July 18:

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

**Very Important:  Be 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.

Thanks everybody!



NEW!! ~ Movie Trailer Song** ~ NEW!!
Nancy is presently looking for a song to be used for a movie trailer!  The film is a wonderful young-adult story with a positive message about "self-discovery" as well as learning how to love yourself, no matter how different or weird you may think you are!
Songs must be uplifting, epic, soaring, warm, positive, youthful and/or quirky!
Genres:  Fresh indie-folk, Americana, alt-country (can lean a little country, but nothing too poppy or "bro"-country, please).  Male or female vocals, mid- to up-tempo!
Song References

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros -
"Home" (production) and "Janglin" (quirky)
"Surround You"
The Lumineers -
"Gloria" (epic builds)

Still Looking For...

TV Dramas**
Nancy is gathering songs for two popular shows that will resume production in August!  She needs a lot of mid-tempos and ballads for "contemplative/emotional" moments and montage scenes.  Songs with sparser lyrics and pacing work best in these spots!
Genres:  Singer-songwriter, acoustic pop, indie pop, indie soul, R&B, Americana (not too country).  Male or female vocals accepted.
**All songs that are being pitched to TV/Film sync opportunities must be studio quality (sound "radio-ready") and must be 100% clearable!


Always Looking for Hits!
Michelle is currently working with some of the best signed songwriters in Nashville!  However, she is still open to listening to outside songwriter's songs through the SongTuner!
So, if you want to compete with her writers, then you need to send her your most current sounding, undeniable hit songs - male or female!
If you would like your song(s) to be considered for any of these new opportunities on the
click the link below!

Hey Arizona Songwriters

The email critique service Randy Brown offered has been a huge success. He will continue volunteering his services 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:


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 @ 6pm   -  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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