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Welcome to Songwriters in Seattle

Songwriters in Seattle is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization which supports the community of Pacific Northwest independent artists through events that foster creative development, collaboration, music education, and performance.


Songwriters and those who wish to be more involved with songwriting are invited to join us for free at meetup.com/songwritersinseattle where all events and communication are managed.

...and check out our killer compilation CD from our contest and other SiS notables: 2012 SiS Compilation CD

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SiS Featured Songwriter: Steve Church

SiS Featured Songwriter: Steve Church What motivates songwriters varies widely from artist to artist. But whatever the motivation for ...

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01 Oct Posted by in Blog | Comments

The Courage To Be An Artist

The Courage To Be An Artist

How many of us struggle to be completely free of self incrimination as we forge our own paths as writers and song artists? Speaking for myself, and for others I know, continuing the process of writing and learning is a key element to growing our deeper artistic selves, that marvelous thing we feel compelled to ...

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25 Sep Posted by in Blog | Comments

Meet the Host: Brian Straub

Meet the Host: Brian Straub

What has been your songwriting journey? Girls, unrequited love, heartbreak, and misery put me where I am today, lol! Same as many songwriters, I think. Seriously though, I got into music when I was around 10 and I always paid attention to the lyrics, even when I had no idea what they meant. I still ...

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31 Aug Posted by in Blog | Comments

Polishing Your Act In A Master Class

Polishing Your Act In A Master Class

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re not getting what you want from your performances? Or that your audiences aren’t either? If that sounds familiar to you, you can rest assured that you’re not alone. I’ve taught live performance master classes for many years in a wide variety of settings, and I can tell ...

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15 Aug Posted by in Blog | Comments

SiS Member Larry Murante Chosen to Perform for Official 2017 FAR-West Showcase in Bellevue

SiS Member Larry Murante Chosen to Perform for Official 2017 FAR-West Showcase in Bellevue

Imagine two floors of a major hotel reverberating with a variety of “unplugged” music flowing out of rooms and down the hallways in an ever-shifting scene until the wee hours of the morning. Then imagine a hotel conference room turned into a first class performance venue with artists chosen from a pool of some of ...

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31 Jul Posted by in Blog | Comments

Why You Should Consider Coming to FAR-West

Why You Should Consider Coming to FAR-West

In case you don’t know, we local singer-songwriters have a terrific opportunity coming up in October. The Western Folk Alliance is holding their yearly singer-songwriter conference here in Seattle, and Songwriters in Seattle will have it’s own performance showcase this year! We are hoping to display as many of our own performers as there are ...

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31 Jul Posted by in Blog | 1 comment

Are You a Liar?

Are You a Liar?

NOTE FROM EDITOR: This article is an opinion piece written by our own board member, David Guilbault. It does not represent the opinions of our organization as a whole and is meant to inspire thought and discussion. A companion piece, a response, has been submitted by another board member, Todd Christoffel. It is our sincere ...

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31 Jul Posted by in Blog | Comments

Am I a Liar?

Am I a Liar?

NOTE FROM EDITOR: This is companion piece to Are You a Liar?, an opinion piece submitted by David Guilbault. If you haven’t read that piece yet, we’d suggest you start there, then come back here. It is our sincere hope that you will read both pieces and then respond via email to info@songwritersinseattle.com. Lucid responses may be ...

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30 Jul Posted by in Blog | Comments

Meet the Host: Saral Navlakha

Meet the Host: Saral Navlakha

Saral Navlakha is launching a new recurring event on our calendar, so we decided to interview him and share with you why he is taking this on. To begin, Saral, tell us a little about your music. “My name is Saral and I am primarily a singer these days. I joined Songwriters in Seattle several ...

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24 Jul Posted by in Blog | Comments

Meet the Board: Todd Christoffel

Meet the Board: Todd Christoffel

Todd Christoffel has been involved with Songwriters in Seattle nearly from the start, and joined the Songwriters in Seattle online membership on meetup.com in 2008. As a board member, Todd hosted board meetings at his home for several years. He has been an event host, a supportive member providing invaluable help behind the scenes, and ...

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28 Jun Posted by in Blog, Newsletter, Tips | Comments

Getting Out of the Four Chord Rut

Getting Out of the Four Chord Rut

Many would consider a four-chord-song to be a song with one completely unnecessary chord in it, and it is true that there are many brilliant three-chord-songs. Country songwriter Harlan Howard famously stated that all he needed was “three chords and the truth” and my mother-in-law used to joke that she only knew how to play ...

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