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  • Mar 17, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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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 Cat Cohen+ your opportunity to receive a song critique. (Topic: Defining Your Genre and POV, Marketing Your Brand)

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.

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.


Cat Cohen is a longtime ASCAP/NARAS songwriter, musical theater composer, teacher, and journalist with songs recorded by Cheryl Lynn, Syreeta, Freddie Hubbard and Bo Diddley. He co-wrote a jazz instrumental featured in the HBO movie THE RAT PACK and a funk tune for the Universal feature film UNDERCOVER BROTHER. He was commissioned by OPERA PACIFIC to write a children's operetta THE NOT SO GREAT ESCAPE, which was performed in schools throughout the Southern California area. He released a CD of jazzy-bluesy original songs in a New Orleans meets Motown style called SONGS OF SURVIVAL AND SWEET SURRENDER. Cat’s self-published books have ranged from the pragmatic, insightful SONGWRITING FOR YOUR ORIGINAL ACTto the cookbook CHICKEN SOUPS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, to how he built his own home in MY DESERT BLOG CABIN, to works describing his travels in ROAD POEMS U.S.A. and ROAD STORIES SOUTHWEST. Recently he’s authored TALES FROM A CENSUS WORKER and his first novel THE TRANSFORMATION OF SAM K.

TOPIC FOR SECOND HALF: Defining Your Genre and POV, Marketing Your Brand
It’s one thing to learn how to write a good song, but another thing to market it. A big challenge for most songwriters is defining ourselves as performers and writers as to what genre we write in and shaping and sticking to our point of view. Much as a restaurant gets known for the style(s) of food they serve and how they serve it, we need to build a reputation for the kind of songs we write and the types of audiences they are aimed at. In this cyber age of search engines and niche websites, we need to focus on whether we are pop, rock, country, folk, R&B, rap, new age, or crossover in our music and what core messages and attitudes are expressed in our lyrics. Cat will cover these and other spokesperson issues as discussed in his book Songwriting For Your Original Act.


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" you jeopardize 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 Eligible Songsalive! 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, i
Pod 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.


Join our online LA chapter group and get more info on what we are doing here in Los Angeles at

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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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  • gilli .

    In my honest opinion, I am more and more proud of the caliber of songwriting and songs, and the professionalism of our Pro Members. I feel honored to be surrounded by great people, who come again and again to our workshops. "You are the songwriters community." Thank you.

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Nancy K.

    Received some excellent song feedback from both the guest speaker and our group. The critiques made me feel inspired to work on some revisions and seriously consider the input and suggestions. I plan on re-working my song and presenting it again at a future Songsalive date. Thanks to all for the constructive feedback.

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Anna Gossett J.

    As usual enjoyed the speaker and critiques. Enjoyed networking
    with others. Understand the need for guidelines but hope they are
    flexible and can bend a little for some creative souls (insert modern Mozart type here!) Otherwise, thanks for creating a great venue for creativity.

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Shawn Z.

    I was looking forward to my first Songsalive event but due to some family emergency, I have to leave town.

    March 16, 2013

  • Edwin

    Unfortunately, I can't make it this time.

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, the LA marathon has me locked into West Hollywood. Too many road closures.
    See you next month!!

    March 15, 2013

  • SA

    I am a singer and looking forward to a local songwriter even.

    March 11, 2013

  • Anna Gossett J.

    I am a pro member

    February 22, 2013

    • gilli .

      posting on the event wall is not an RSVP. Please officially RSVP using the Meetup buttons provided

      March 5, 2013

    • Anna Gossett J.

      I already did almost a month ago!

      March 8, 2013

  • Anna Gossett J.

    I am going and I am a pro member. I have an AKA
    it is Ann Vincent Vila. I think Songsalive is a terrific
    opportunity to network with other songwriters.
    Thanks for creating such a creative venue!

    March 8, 2013

  • Cristina P.

    I'm going and I am a pro member.

    February 26, 2013

    • Cristina P.

      Just realized I can't attend afterall. Nextime!

      March 5, 2013

    • gilli .

      Cristina log in and change your RSVP please, so others can take your spot. We only have limited spots now.

      March 8, 2013

  • Jan L.

    It was amazing to teach the class at the last Songsalive Meetup. I loved meeting all of you.

    March 8, 2013

  • John B.

    Looking forward to it, as always!

    March 8, 2013

  • Lucius A.

    Mighty music will be the primary thing that will save the music industry
    (AND US)!!!!!
    Lucius Austin

    February 22, 2013

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