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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.

Host Mary Lemanski will discuss "History of Music & Songwriting Challenge: American Roots."  Over the course of several workshops, we will explore the history of music and listen to examples.  Then, you will have a songwriting challenge to write in the style of the music discussed and bring your work to share at the next workshop.


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 an educational songwriters workshop at the Beat Kitchen on July 12th. An attendee, Roland Labana, played two different arrangements of a song called “Immortality” that he had written. Both versions were very unique. We decided that the demo/stripped down version would be good for sad funeral scenes in a movie. The other version had an amazing female vocalist and a lush arrangement. Great stuff! For the second half of the workshop, chapter coordinator, Mary Lemanski, discussed the roots of American music from the Native Americans up to the Civil War and played examples of each type of music. The songwriting challenge for the month is to write a song in the style of Native American music, European/Appalachian oral tradition, early American Christian church (hymns, psalms, spirituals), or African slave music (secular and/or sacred).

    July 18, 2014

  • Gayle A.

    I'm working on something to present...

    1 · July 6, 2014

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

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