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Songsalive!, the largest international non-profit organization supporting, promoting and educating songwriters and composers worldwide since 1997 – brings you another songwriting workshop with GUEST SPEAKER Joanne Ledesma + your opportunity to receive a song critique. (Topic: Music Placements – Thinking outside the box with your songs)

Are you a songwriter willing to take your songs to the next level? Workshop your songs to be the best they can be, and get them out to the world. The Songsalive! Workshops are open to all songwriters, composers, musicians, singers and music lovers and we’ve been doing this for 15 years!!!!

This is your chance to develop your songwriting in a supportive and intimate environment, meet invaluable music industry experts, network with fellow members, and be part of your local songwriters community. The first half is solely dedicated to an in-the-round critique workshop where writers present one song each - either on CD or live - with feedback and critique given by a guest speaker or the Songsalive! moderator (who in turn may encourage audience comments if time allows). The second half is dedicated to a Music Industry educational and informative discussion/talk, often with an industry guest speaker, and plenty of time to talk and network.


NEXT: May 19th, 2013

TIME: Starts 12:00pm SHARP. Ends at 3:00pm. Do not be late.

WHERE:  Cahuenga General Store
5510 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, CA
(Just north of Magnolia and Chandler, on East side of street)
Please order lunch to support the venue

COST: Songsalive! Pro Members – Free; Non-members - $10. Join on our website.



Ms. Ledesma runs her own grassroots company, Ledesma Music. The focus today is in several arenas including music placement, education, consulting, A&R, producing, management, radio, television and artist development. She has worked with numerous artists like Jackson Browne, Joe Walsh, Carlos Santana, ZZ Top, JoDee Messina, Kenny Loggin, John Mayall and others. Her experience and knowledge of music analysis makes Miss Ledesma a distinguished A&R Representative or the world’s largest A&R Company, Taxi Music ( A music programmer for Airlines, and corporate clients. In 2007 Joanne Authored "Prepare Your Music, a practical guide to making your music marketable”, and became an educator for Citrus College Performing and Recording Arts ( Teaching music business, History of Rock & Roll and Concert/Event Promotion. In the Spring of 2007 Miss. Ledesma created and produced the groundbreaking radio show Music Biz Radio. January 2011 Ms. Ledesma created San Gabriel Valley Music Magazine ( which covers multiple aspects of music for music lovers and music makers. In addition she actively promotes unsigned artists for music publishing including placements with video game, film, TV and radio. (HBO, BRAVO, NBC, FOX, SHOWTIME, A&E, & more) unsigned artist DRIX.

TOPIC FOR SECOND HALF: MUSIC PLACEMENTS –Thinking outside the box with your songs

The traditional business model for song placements has changed dramatically in recent years. Good news is there are more opportunities to reach buyers. Bad news is the competition has risen. Learn new methods of song placement. More importantly learn your market by bringing in one track for analysis by Ms. Ledesma. Get insider information on, who the buyers are, where to find them, what they are looking for, what your completion is and if your songs are ready for placements. Ms Ledesma is currently seeking music for placements all genres. You are encouraged to bring a full CD for drop off. 


1. You MUST RSVP through our Meetup site and answer all questions in order to attend.

(Arrivals without RSVP may be turned away due to limited seating.) 

You have till 7pm Saturday before the workshop to RSVP.

If you RSVP "Yes" and then are unable to attend, please be so kind as to update your RSVP to “no” before 7pm Sat night (night before workshop). If you are a "No Show" youjeopardize your ability to participate next time.

2. Arrive and sign in before 12:00pm. Late arrivals are waitlisted and post 12.30pm arrivals may be turned away. Please stay for full workshop till 3pm.



1. Members and Non-Members can attend the Workshop, however, ONLY EligibleSongsalive! Pro Members can present their song for critique or pitch.

Not your first time (First timers need to come and audit the class. Watch, listen, learn. You can offer critique and questions where applicable).

Being a member of does not constitute being a Pro Member of Songsalive!

2. First timers (whether Member or Non-Member) may only watch/audit their first workshop (not present a song), but can participate in question/answer segment.

3. Song Critiques are randomly chosen from Eligible Pro Members, only watch. Workshop starts on time, 12 noon. Simply put, if you want to be considered to present a song, you MUST ARRIVE BEFORE 11.55am to sign in.

We cannot guarantee all eligible songwriters will get an opportunity to present a song. It depends on # of attendees.



1. The first half is a song critique session. Then there is a break. Then the Speaker talks, followed by questions. It takes the full 3 hours.

2. MEDIA: Eligible Pro Member songwriters presenting a song for critique/pitch must:
a. Bring at least 20 (prefer 30) typed copies of your lyric sheet (with full contact details)
b. Bring your song on CD, iPod or perform live (bring your instrument - unplugged/no P.A). All CD's must be burned to work on a CD Player. Please check the CD first - if it won't play in your car CD then it won't work at the workshop.
c. Have CD labeled with track number / and instruments tuned and ready.

3. Do I have to present a song for a song critique? No. You don’t need to present a song for critique to benefit from our workshop. Watch, listen, participate and meet fellow peers. It’s all part of learning. In fact, if you are not chosen to present, please understand that the workshop provides value in so many way.

4. Song critique is provided by the Guest Speaker, and if time, 2 or 3 comments from the floor. It is at the Guest Speaker's discretion as to how much of the song he/she wishes to hear (when to fade song) before he/she is ready to provide a valuable, educated, and expert critique. Any song that goes longer than 4 mins will be automatically faded. Any long discussions will cut into your time.

5. The audience is encouraged to write feedback of the song on the songwriter's lyric sheet. Please hand that lyric sheet back to the songwriter after they have presented.

6. The above is a short summary. Download the Workshop Critique Rule sheet here:



Our guest speakers represent all facets of the industry from A&R, publishers, successful producers, CD production and distribution execs and, of course, writers and composer who share their ideas, tips & techniques on all aspects of the songwriting craft. Some topics include song structure, song production, lyric writing, finding inspiration, songs and the media, promoting your music online, how to tour, how to get songs in film and television, performing at your best.

Our workshops are designed for songwriters and composers (from budding to professional) who have written songs, or are in the songwriting stage, who want to further their craft, gain feedback on their music, and potentially get their songs out to the world. However, we also have singers, musicians, and non music types who attend as it's a great networking opportunity (singers looking for songwriters, or musicians looking for songs, as examples).

The goals of the workshop are about 1) the SONG and making it the best it can be 2) providing a community for our members to gather, network, collaborate and learn.


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Songsalive!® is the leading international non-profit organization (public benefit charity) dedicated to nurturing, support, education and promotion of songwriters and composers worldwide*. Since 1997, Songsalive! is run by volunteer songwriters for songwriters. Through our grassroots international efforts, we’ve put a stamp on what “global community” truly is and it’s the type of community that is definitely needed in this ever changing music business where songwriting can be a very isolating experience and career. We provide a "home", a family, for songwriters and composers through our programs, resources, community and support, all focused on the art and business of songwriting. It acts as an epicenter, a heart of the international songwriting community and music markets, bridging the gaps, tapping songwriters into the pulse of the business and at the same time giving them and their music the support they deserve. Through Songsalive!, songs and songwriters can be accessed by the whole world and when the hunt is on, Songsalive! is a one-stop song shop! Join as a Pro Member today at


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Joanne Ledesma provided a treasure trove of information. Wow, she really knows her stuff. I so enjoyed it!! :-)

    May 22, 2013

  • Edwin

    I really enjoyed coming to this event. It was great, and I also got to hear some great music!

    May 21, 2013

  • SA

    Very informative, worth taking the time.

    May 20, 2013

  • John B.

    Great presentation and feedback! Joanne was very knowledgeable and real! Loved it!

    May 20, 2013

  • Nancy K.

    Eye opening, informative, encouraging...

    May 19, 2013

  • Karen S.

    I'm cancelling for today due to another pressing commitment. I sure do pray someone else will benefit.

    May 19, 2013

  • Jim A.

    May 19, 2013

  • Deanna

    God is so good! I was hopeful a spot would open up for me and it did~ See everyone tomorrow~

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • MoniqueMarissa

    Will we be notified via email by MEETUP if spots open up?

    May 17, 2013

  • Dharmika

    Looking forward to coming back again... my daughter is 10 and, being new here, really does not like being left home alone; do I still have to pay for her as a guest?

    May 7, 2013

    • Dharmika

      Oh well, I will try to find another alternative.

      May 10, 2013

    • gilli .

      Dharmika, sorry about this. If we had a small crowd there would be no problem, but we are over packed with people on the wait list so we need to ensure everyone has chairs. I'd hate for your little one to have to stand the whole time.

      May 16, 2013

  • John N.

    Sorry, would have loved to be there, but just got a gig Sunday afternoon and regretably will be unable to attend. Have a great day and let me know how it goes.

    May 16, 2013

  • Mansoor

    Joining you with a release CD!

    May 15, 2013

  • Dharmika

    Looking forward to coming back again...

    May 7, 2013

  • Sean B.

    Just realized Topanga is this weekend. Sorry to miss it!

    May 6, 2013

  • Rena Dictor L.

    I just realized much as I'd like to be there I can't. I have something else that day. I look forward to the next one.

    April 26, 2013

    • gilli .

      thanks for letting us know but rsvps are not taken under comments. please alter our RSVP on meetup to 'no', so that others can take your place (limited seating).

      April 26, 2013

  • John B.

    As always, looking forward to it!

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • Lisette S.

    Looking forward to it!

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • Anna Gossett J.

    I am a pro member and have enjoyed all the speakers and networking with musicians.

    1 · March 20, 2013

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