Songwriter Opportunities

(Louisville Music News provides the following information as a service to its readers and does not attempt to pass judgment on the advisability of participating in the opportunities presented. -Editor.)

Great Smokies Song Chase #2 will be August 7-12, 1990, at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC. Presented by Warren Wilson College and Billy Edd Wheeler, it offers individual critiques, classes and seminars on all phases of songwriting. Sheila Davis, author of "The Craft of Lyric Writing," will be a guest, as will Paul Worley who produces Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Gary Morris, Marie Osmond and Eddy Raven. He's an A&R Specialist and Director of Creative Services for Tree International.

For further information write Holly Gage, Conference Director, Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Siitannanoa, NC 28778, or call (704) 298-3325.

And … for an endorsement of the camp, talk with L.A.S.C. members Jerry Burns and b who attended last year.

The Third Annual Billboard Song Contest will be underway in a few months. The contest offers more than $100,000 in cash and other prizes to winners in seven categories -- Pop, Rock, Country, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, Latin and Jazz. After a screening process of all entries, songs that emerge as finalists will go to the Billboard Blue Ribbon Panel of Judges, headed by Quincy Jones. Chairman.

The contest is open only to anyone who has averaged less than $5,000 per year in total royalties since 1985.

Further details will be available soon.

The Columbus (Ohio) Songwriters and Poets Critique group have scheduled a songwriting workshop featuring Fred Koller, writer of "Jennifer Johnson and Me," and "Life As We Knew It," which was a No. 1 hit for Kathy Mattea. Koller is also the author of a book on songwriting, How to Pitch and Promote Your Songs.

The workshop is set for May 5 and 6 at the H&R Block Building, 3963 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio. For more information call (614) 267-4210.