HIT MAKERS '90"

By Paul Moffett

A whole passel of songwriters will be strutting their best stuff at the November Songwriter Showcase on Friday, November 2, at the Holiday Inn Downtown. This is the lead-off event for the Louisville Music Industry Weekend, which will feature a wide array of musical activities.

The headliner on the Showcase will be Louisville native Alan Rhody, who is now living in Nashville. He has been on a hot hitting streak lately, first with "Wild-Eyed Dream," the title cut of a Ricky Van Shelton album, and then "Trainwreck of Emotion," which was a gold record for Lorrie Morgan. Alan has also co-written with Kevin Welch, whose new album is ripping up the charts.

The Holiday Inn is at 120 W. Broadway, downtown at the corner of 2nd and Broadway, just off I-65 at the Broadway exit. A brief hospitality hour will precede the Showcase.

Admission to the Showcase is $6.00.

The fun and the "Hit Makers '90" Seminar will continue the next day at the Holiday Inn. Besides the events during the Seminar, there will be a Trade Room where you can check out the latest equipment and available studios.

Panelists for the seminar include the following people:

Mark Bright, EMI Music; Russ Zavitson, Music Mill; Jeff Carlton, Willin' David Music; Maggie Cavender, Maggie Cavender Enterprises; Phil Efron, Best Buddies Music; Clarence Spaulding, Moress, Nanas, Golden and Peat; Debbie Hupp, Huptown Music; Jane Martin, Denny Music Group; Pat McMakin, producer of Les Taylor's last album; Andrea Whittaker, Benson Publishing; Ralph Murphy, past president of NSAI and writer of "Don't Take Me Half the Way;" songwriter Lisa Palas, writer of "There's No Way" ; Tom Long, ASCAP; Kurt Denny, BMI; Tom Casey, SESAC; Katherine Dines, Coordinator, Regional Workshops, Nashville Songwriters Association, International; Mark Ford, Membership Coordinator, NSAI; plus headliner Alan Rhody. There are one or two others as yet unconfirmed.

The Saturday Schedule:

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

The Line-Up

Introductions, Industry Questions & Answers, Assignments.

10:30 - 12:00 (noon)

Training With The Pros

Getting To First Base With a Publisher. Includes ten-minute Break.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch

(on your own)

1:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Critiques

Improving Your Performances, Your Chances at Bat. Includes 7th Inning Stretch.

Prices

The deadline for advance sales was October 20, so all prices listed below have been increased by 20%. The pricing for the Seminar is:

"Hit Makers '90"

Complete package

Non-members $60

LASC members $48

The complete package includes the Friday night Showcase, the Seminar, Trade Show and the Awards Banquet.

For LASC members only, the complete package and one dinner guest at the Awards Banquet is available for $69.

Seminar only

Member/non-member $30

Banquet only

Member/non-member $24

Showcase

Member/non-member $6

Rooms

Room rates are $45 for a single, $50 for a double. Reservations may be called in to the Holiday Inn at 502-582-2241.

Trade Show

The Trade Show will feature booths from these companies:

Falk Recording Services

Far Out Music

LASC Information

MERF

Mom's Musician's General Store and Recording Studio

Music Warehouse

Studio 2002

Writers' Digest Books

Awards Banquet

The prizes for Songwriting Competition '90 will be awarded at the Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 3, at the Holiday Inn. In addition to the contest prizes, there will be a number of door prizes. These include:

99999 A hot-air balloon ride, courtesy of Greg and Diana Black and Hot Air Promotions;

A song demo, valued at $150, courtesty of Walls and Reid Publishing;

A one-year subscription to American Songwriter Magazine;

A horse print, courtesty of Joyce Trammell;

A one-year subscription to Music City News;

A one-year subscription to Louisville Music News;

A one-year membership in the LASC;

LASC T-shirts and tapes.

Thank You, Thank You,

Thank You

By Paul Moffett, President

Events like the Hit Makers '90 Seminar can't happen without a lot of work by many people, work that mostly goes unnoticed in the fury of the event. While we can't thank every single person who contributed, some folks deserve a little bit of extra recognition:

To Bob Totten and Willis Music, for underwriting the LASC Information booth; to Kenny Deweese and Far-Out Music for the lights and sound; to Ray Shipp and Music Warehouse for the keyboard; to LASC Vice-President Jean Metcalfe for her constant work, diligence, faithfulness and persistence over the past four years; to LASC Secretary Diana Black for taking charge of the Seminar this year and making sure that it happened; to Charlie Walls for an unbelievable number of phone calls to Nashville and back to Louisville, not to mention running the sound at the Showcase; to Greg Black, for putting all those certificates together; to all the members of the LASC Board who gave up weeknight after weeknight to attend meetings that seemed to go on much too late; and finally, to all those songwriters and LASC members who made it necessary to have this event.

Thank you all very much. I can't say any more than that.