What we're about

Meet with Chicagoland people who write and perform songs! Our motto is, "Where songwriters gather and grow". All singers and songwriters in all genres are welcome! Network, collaborate, and learn the craft of songwriting. Our monthly meetings around the Chicago area ( also known as Song Sharing) typically include song circles where you can share your music and get positive feedback. We also provide performance opportunities at venues across the area.

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I Wrote a Song - Now What? Expert Advice from a 25 yr. Music Promotion Expert

Music Executive Amanda Alexandrakis has had a long and storied career in music marketing and promotion. She and CSC Pres John Ludwig will be livestreaming a most informative session that takes you inside the pro level of what to do with your music once it's recorded. There will be a time for Q&A after too.

In 2011, Ms. Alexandrakis founded Music Promotion Inc. after seeing the need for a comprehensive marketing company for small labels, artists and management companies. The company works strategic marketing, radio, press and digital campaigns in the U.S, U.K., Europe and Australia, juggling several different time zones with ease. During this time, Ms. Alexandrakis also began working with the David Lynch Foundation Music, acting as their Worldwide Radio Consultant and Marketing Manager for a charity compilation series featuring 18 artists released in over 30 countries. “This was one of the most gratifying projects I have ever been involved in. It was extremely complicated with so many moving parts (that I was in charge of)and I loved every minute of it!”

Music Promotion takes the approach of being a successful music marketing firm that marries strategic marketing with other promotional aspects of an artist’s career. Not content to focus on just one area, Ms. Alexandrakis looks at the big picture and, with an ‘all hands-on-deck’ mentality, connects all the marketing aspects so they function together to promote a project from top to bottom.

Ms. Alexandrakis is an active member of The American Marketing Association as well as The Recording Academy (Grammys). She has worked on multiple projects that have won or have been nominated for a Grammy and she has been recognized by The Recording Academy for her professional contribution 4 times. FYI - she's married to a Grammy nominee too!

Previously, Ms. Alexandrakis co-founded South Beach Marketing and Promotion, Inc, in 2001 based in both Miami, FL and Boulder, CO. A radio promotion company that focused on secondary and mainstream Adult Contemporary radio campaigns, Ms. Alexandrakis would head up all corporate marketing, campaign development, branding and sales. She also expanded the company into the Australian market. During this time, Ms. Alexandrakis also worked as a consultant for the European Music Office, an official government funded agency created to educate artists, something she still looks back on as a career highlight.

Her academic background includes a Certificate in Disruptive Strategy from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s (Business Administration/Marketing) and Master’s degree (International Business) from Florida International University’s College of Business.

While attending college in Miami, Ms. Alexandrakis established two entities: Dalin Promotions, an independent promotion company that specialized in College Radio Promotions and soon after came Dalin Records, a recording label that focused on the Adult Contemporary and Alternative genres. The label’s first release charted Top 20 on the national radio charts and for the next five years, the label signed multiple acts and became known within the industry for their high-quality releases and youthful but aggressive approach to marketing.

Don't miss this evening if you want to expand your knowledge on what to do with your music once you've created it??

Links will be posted later.

Chicago Songwriters Collective 4th Monday Live & Virtual Song Sharing Meeting

SAE Institute - Chicago

4th Monday Song Sharing at SAE Institute -YES we are finally back!!
We’ll be VIRTUAL too via Ring Central:

I will send info on RIngCentral separately although feel free to sign up on PC or via the app.

Hey writers - this is a fun, supportive and safe environment for every songwriter, regardless of where you're at in your musical journey. So - come on out!

All in all, this is your chance to hang around with other songwriters. Talk about the details and learn from each other. Feel free to bring along material to share with the group for positive Collaborative Feedback. For best results please bring along extra lyric sheets. No Keyboard on site although if you request I can typically bring one along. We can play most anything recorded be that on your phone/in the cloud and even CDs and MP3s.

We'll have a time for sharing and review a songwriting topic before the song circle. Low key, but a great personal way to connect in the Chicago community. Join us! All ages, levels, styles are welcome!

SAE Institute is a great location for these meetings - plan on joining us!

for the Chicago Songwriters Collective - where songwriters gather and grow

John Ludwig - call or text at[masked] if questions or need info

Park in the lot across the street (corner of Institute and Orleans) for $8 evening special if driving.

Chicago Songwriters Collective 4th Monday Live & Virtual Song Sharing Meeting

SAE Institute - Chicago

4th Monday Song Sharing at SAE Institute -YES we are finally back!!
We’ll be VIRTUAL too via Ring Central:

I will send info on RIngCentral separately although feel free to sign up on PC or via the app.

Hey writers - this is a fun, supportive and safe environment for every songwriter, regardless of where you're at in your musical journey. So - come on out!

All in all, this is your chance to hang around with other songwriters. Talk about the details and learn from each other. Feel free to bring along material to share with the group for positive Collaborative Feedback. For best results please bring along extra lyric sheets. No Keyboard on site although if you request I can typically bring one along. We can play most anything recorded be that on your phone/in the cloud and even CDs and MP3s.

We'll have a time for sharing and review a songwriting topic before the song circle. Low key, but a great personal way to connect in the Chicago community. Join us! All ages, levels, styles are welcome!

SAE Institute is a great location for these meetings - plan on joining us!

for the Chicago Songwriters Collective - where songwriters gather and grow

John Ludwig - call or text at[masked] if questions or need info

Park in the lot across the street (corner of Institute and Orleans) for $8 evening special if driving.

Chicago Songwriters Collective 4th Monday Live & Virtual Song Sharing Meeting

SAE Institute - Chicago

4th Monday Song Sharing at SAE Institute -YES we are finally back!!
We’ll be VIRTUAL too via Ring Central:

I will send info on RIngCentral separately although feel free to sign up on PC or via the app.

Hey writers - this is a fun, supportive and safe environment for every songwriter, regardless of where you're at in your musical journey. So - come on out!

All in all, this is your chance to hang around with other songwriters. Talk about the details and learn from each other. Feel free to bring along material to share with the group for positive Collaborative Feedback. For best results please bring along extra lyric sheets. No Keyboard on site although if you request I can typically bring one along. We can play most anything recorded be that on your phone/in the cloud and even CDs and MP3s.

We'll have a time for sharing and review a songwriting topic before the song circle. Low key, but a great personal way to connect in the Chicago community. Join us! All ages, levels, styles are welcome!

SAE Institute is a great location for these meetings - plan on joining us!

for the Chicago Songwriters Collective - where songwriters gather and grow

John Ludwig - call or text at[masked] if questions or need info

Park in the lot across the street (corner of Institute and Orleans) for $8 evening special if driving.

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