Songsalive! Chicago Songwriters Workshop

Songsalive! holds workshops where songwriters gather to share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the songwriting communities we have created around the world. The first half is solely dedicated to an in-the-round workshop, where writers present one song each - either on tape, CD or live, followed by a guest speaker/industry discussion in the second half and plenty of time to talk and network. Moderated by Mary Lemanski. Guest speaker, music supervisor, Joy Wellington Tillis, will be discussing "Music Licensing:  for commercials, tv and film, videos (dvds), internet."


TIME: Starts 11:30AM SHARP. Ends at 2PM. Please be on time.

WHERE: Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont Chicago, IL 60618

Directions: Located one block block west from the Damen/Belmont intersection. Below are ways to reach the Beat Kitchen through public transportation. Blue Line to Damen Stop - Take 50 Damen Bus North to Belmont. Blue line to Belmont Stop - Take 77 Belmont Bus East to 2100 W. Belmont Red Line / Brown Line / Purple Line to Belmont Stop - Take 77 Belmont Bus West to 2100 W. Belmont.

COST: $5 donation for non-members, free to Songsalive! members. You can join Songsalive! to participate in the workshops at

REGISTER: Pre-registrations are essential, through this Meetup group. You will be automatically registered by contacting us. Or just turn up, but get there early to be considered for song critique. (Official members who RSVP get first priority)

FIRST HALF - SONG CRITIQUE - RULES & WHAT TO BRING: 1 song either on tape, CD or live (bring own guitar or keyboard) and 20 copies of your typed lyric sheet with contact details clearly displayed. Read the RULES here

SECOND HALF - GUEST SPEAKER or industry discussion. see who our upcoming speakers are at Songsalive! supporting, promoting and educating songwriters and composers worldwide

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  • Mary L.

    Chicago Songsalive! hosted another fabulous songwriters workshop on April 12th. Three attendees brought their songs to be played for the critique session. There were lots of positive comments as the songs were of high quality, and they all sounded amazing. For the second half of the workshop, music supervisor, Joy Wellington Tillis, explained the ins and outs of music licensing. She talked a bit about the creative process and how music is chosen for commercials, television, and film. She also gave the songwriters in attendance tips on how to get your music noticed and into the hands of decision makers. She was an excellent guest speaker!

    April 13

  • Lane B.

    What's the fastest way to get your new Cd out before summer arrives? - From Scratch to Fini...10 songs with new Artist and without breaking the Bank.

    April 2

    • Mary L.

      Lane, do you have a recording setup at home? I've done a presentation for Songsalive! on putting out a song or album from start to finish, but it is too lengthy to post here. If you have good studio skills, recording at home is the least expensive way to go. If you plan on attending the workshop on Saturday, we can talk more there.

      April 8

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  • Mary L.
    Songsalive! Chicago Chapter Coordinator, Organizer
    Event Host

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