This seminar ran in South Melbourne, Surry Hills, and South Brisbane in October-November 2012
- Why are some artists able to create success in the Music Industry while others of equal or even greater talent flounder?
- Are you spinning your wheels as hard and as fast as you can, but you just don’t seem to get any traction, or feel stuck in the trenches?
- Want to create a Successful, Sustainable Career in Music?
In this two day Music Business Toolkit Training, you will learn how to run your music business AND how to develop your inner resources to empower you to move forward with courage and ease.
Day One: Your Music Business Toolkit
- How to Run Your Music Business in the “New” DIY Music Industry
- How to Get Stuff DONE with ease and consistency
- Marketing in the 21st Century
Day Two: Success Skills Toolkit
- Transforming Fear into Courage
- How to Transform Your Beliefs to Energize and Empower Yourself
- How to Use Feedback and Criticism Constructively (both internal AND external!)
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This seminar ran in Sydney and Melbourne in June 2012 and January 2015
In A Songwriters Guide to Metaphor, Pat takes songwriters deep into a rich vein of material.
How, then, do we break through the barriers of the well ordered conscious mind and get to where the honest impulses, the richest ideas, the deepest passions live? Waiting on the muse to ascend is a fool's errand.
- Mike Reid (from his foreword to Songwriting Without Boundaries)
Metaphor opens a portal beyond what’s in front of you; it opens your vision, allowing you to see the world as something more. This seminar will help you develop the most creative part of your voice: your ability to see one thing as though it were another your ability to create metaphor. Aristotle called it, "the only truly creative human act."
You’ll spend two days, working interactively from prompts, learning to discover, extend and reverse metaphor. You’ll be writing, reading aloud, and listening. It’ll expand and deepen your perspectives, give you a remarkable set of new tools, and, it may even change the way you look at the world.
This intensive writing weekend ran in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, LA, San Diego, Austin, Nashville, Boston, in 2012
In this seminar, you will explore the four challenges from Pat Pattison's new book in depth; 1. Object Writing, 2. Metaphor, 3. Extending Metaphor, and 4. Doing it all in Rhythm and Rhyme. You'll learn to integrate Object Writing into your Songwriting; create powerful and effective metaphor, using straight-forward exercises you can do on your own; extend and reverse metaphor, and finally, work with rhythm and rhyme, preparing your writing for its journey into song. This seminar will open your mind and release your best ideas.
This seminar ran in Sydney and Melbourne in November 2011
In this weekend seminar, you will gain knowledge of melodic, lyric, and structural tools and techniques often found in successful songs.
Want to know how to market your work? Gain insight from internationally successful songwriter/publisher Jason Blume.
Topics covered in the seminar include:
• Crafting Melodies Listeners Can’t Forget; Publishers Want to Sign; and Artists Want to Record
• Lyric Techniques to Express What’s in Your Heart – So Millions of Your Listeners Can FEEL It
• Analysis of Successful Demos
• Taking Care of Busine ss
• Understanding Royalties
• How & Why to Get a Publisher
• Pitching & Placing Your Songs Internationally
• Pitching & Placing Your Songs in TV and Film
• And Constructive Critiques of Selected Participants’ Songs
Selected participants will have an opportunity to receive constructive critiques of their songs and lyrics. The Saturday critique sessions will run in order of registration, so register early to help your chances! The Sunday critique sessions will be randomly selected.
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This seminar ran in Sydney and Melbourne in January 2011
Solve "Second Verse Hell" quickly and easily by learning to what to look for in a title and how to develop the flow of ideas BEFORE you waste time writing a lyric that dead-ends is some dark alley. Learn how to advance your ideas so the song gains rather than loses interest as it moves forward. Find out how to create a chorus or refrain that can be repeated effectively without having to change the words each time. This seminar will save you time and channel your energies efficiently, allowing you to write more songs and better songs.
A portion of the seminar is a song session where participants are able to play their material. It is an opportunity to apply the tools and techniques developed from the weekend, demonstrating how they can improve the lyric's impact. We will focus on the strengths of the lyric, with suggestions for taking the next step to make it even better.
This one day event ran in Sydney in December 2010
In the arts, and particularly in songwriting, the Why is every bit as important as the How. This class explored WHY we write, and discussed our motives behind the impulse to write songs, enabling us to understand how to move forward in our writing. Drawing from Mary's own experiences as a writer and recording artist, she highlighted important elements of writing for the class.
Points that are covered in the weekend:
- Emotional honesty in songs
- Respect for the listener
- Becoming a better writer
In the song session segment of the workshop, Mary provided professional, personal feedback of participants’ original material. Feedback focused on strengthening the songs in any style.
This one day seminar ran in Melbourne and Sydney in November 2010
Everyone agrees that the Music Business has changed – and many experts, including the big music execs, are running around yelling the sky is falling, the sky is falling! But there are indie musicians and smaller boutique labels who are taking advantage of this new level playing field. What do they know that you don’t? They understand the power of Multiple Streams of Music Income. The Multiple Streams concept is more than a marketing technique. It’s a highly leveraged and extremely powerful business model for today’s Music Business. And in this one-day class Debra Russell will teach you:
- The 8 steps to developing a Multiple Streams Music Business
- How to turn existing work into additional income streams
- How to use the power of Social Media to expand your fan base and deepen your connection with your fans
- How to create lifetime fans who will purchase from you over and over again
You will leave this workshop with specific tools and techniques that you can start using right away to build a successful and sustainable music business that honors your creativity, your ethics and your passion.
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Creative strategies for more versatile, productive, and innovative songwriting
This seminar ran in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney in August 2010
This highly participatory seminar provides an intensive introduction to the discipline of 360º Songwriting. We’ll practice specific techniques for catching song seeds from the “full 360”— rhythmic, melodic, harmonic, and lyrical sources of inspiration—and learn to use transformations and structure to support overall integrity of emotion and meaning in our songs. We’ll pay particular attention to the almost-lost art of melody; explore ways to build compelling harmonies that tell their own story while complementing song theme and structure; and expand our musical palettes with modal resources to express a range of moods and themes.
In the music business these days the term "360" is mostly applied to new kinds of deals that record labels are offering artists, partnering for (some would say demanding) a share of publishing, tour revenue, merchandise, etc. In contrast, 360º Songwriting is a philosophy of creative work that specifically helps songwriters adapt and thrive in the face of their changing roles in today’s diverse—and increasingly global—music industry. In this new landscape, writers and artists with highly individual voices are finding significant audiences through new avenues such as digital distribution and promotion, or film and TV placements open to alternative sounds and styles. Rather than relying on limited (and limiting) formulas and prescriptions for hit songs, success in songwriting now requires both high levels of craft and versatility: to write within a stylistic idiom or out of the box; to draw on unique sources and influences rather than cater only to so-called “mainstream” formats; to be at ease collaborating with writers and artists who have varied processes and creative ways of working. To help develop these skills, the 360º Songwriting approach is founded on detailed attention to songwriting process, building on intuitive practices used by many master songwriters to spur their creativity.
With detailed examples, exercises, demonstrations and discussion, and facilitated peer critique of selected participants’ songs, this seminar is bound toprovide new insights and perspectives on your writing.