By Faith Centered Music Association
FCMA to Host Songwriters Workshop at BYU
PROVO, UTAH -- The Faith Centered Music Association (FCMA), in
conjunction with BYU, is pleased to announce the 2nd annual FCMA
Workshop, to be held this Saturday, March 24th at the Conference
Center (Harmon Building) on the BYU campus.
Admission to the workshop is free to FCMA members and students with
current ID. Application forms for membership in the FCMA will be
available during workshop registration, beginning at 9 a.m. on
The workshops will address issues such as balancing a career in music
and a family, developing songwriting skills, building a fan base and
using the Internet to promote music. There will also be a critique
session for aspiring songwriters.
A Songwriters in the Round concert and an open mic night will round
out the day's activities.
The FCMA is anon-profit organization dedicated to promoting and
encouraging the growth of faith-centered music. Staffed entirely by
volunteers and governed by a board of directors, the FCMA recognizes
excellence in faith-centered music by with the annual PEARL Awards, a
Grammy-like awards program. The organization also provides
educational opportunities for aspiring artists with workshops like
this one held annually at BYU.
The schedule for the workshop is below:
9:00am: Registration (Membership applications will be available.)
9:30-10:00am: Welcome and Business- "The Mission of the FCMA"
10:00-11:15am: Breakout Session (There are 2 options)
Option A: Internet Update. Tools, ideas, and the current state of
LDS music on the internet.
Moderator: Brad Thompson, LDS Musicians
Jefferson Fairbanks, LDS Music World
Mark Hansen, LDS Musicians
Option B: "I give you my word"
Lyricists and Composers, pushing toward excellence, and not just
finishing the song.
Moderator: Don Stirling
Final panelists to be determined.
11:30a-1:00p: General Session
Music and Family Life: The Balancing Act
Moderator: Greg Hansen, Steve Perry, Barry Gibbons, Julia Davis Allen, Shane Jackman
1:00p-2:30p: Lunch Break
2:30p-3:45p: General Session
Performance as a Fan Building Tool
Moderator: Bob Ahlander
4:00-5:30p: Breakout Session (There are 2 options)
Option A: "The Refiner's Fire" * (See Disclaimer)
Song critique session
Moderator: Barry Gibbons, Ron Simpson, BYU, Janine Laskey, NSAI
Option B: "From Hooper, UT to Hit song USA"
Jim Funk and Eric Hickenlooper on how they wrote, submitted and
charted with the hit recorded by Kenny Rogers "Buy me a Rose."
5:30-7:00p: Dinner Break
7:00-7:45p: Songwriters in the Round, By invitation
8:00-9:00p: Open Mic Live Performances, Random Drawing
* Disclaimer for "The Refiner's Fire"
For those brave souls who want to participate in this session, please
read the following: Your song must be submitted as if to a publisher
and/or record label. Songs must be on a cassette or CD, as no live
performances will be allowed. There must be an accompanying lyric
sheet (it might be a good idea to have copies for those present as
well.) The songs cannot be longer than 4 minutes. BE PREPARED-those
critiquing the songs are being asked to critique as if they were the
potential publisher/record label. They may only listen to the first
few minutes or seconds of your song. This session may be brutal, but
hopefully it will also be fun and informative.