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. This month we will discuss "Favorite Songwriters."  Bring a CD or perform a song by your favorite songwriters, and we will discuss.


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.

    On June 14, Chicago Songsalive! hosted another songwriters workshop at the Beat Kitchen. Songsalive! Chicago host, Mary Lemanski, performed her alt-rock song, "Pretty Pictures," on guitar. The song was well-received, and she got some helpful feedback. Songsalive! PRO Member, Greg Giebler, performed an incredibly amazing country song that he had written with his sister for his mother's birthday, entitled "The Quilt." It told the story of all of the patches in a patchwork quilt and the significance of each one. It was a very touching song about his mother's life. Wonderful workshop!

    June 17

  • E M.

    Sorry Mary, running late

    June 14

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

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