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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 Artist: Laura Berman

SiS Featured Artist: Laura Berman "Do one thing each day that scares you" - Eleanor Roosevelt For Pacific Northwest songwriter ...

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04 Feb Posted by in Blog | Comments

“What comes first, the lyrics or the music?”

“What comes first, the lyrics or the music?”

If I had a nickel for every time somebody asked me this question, I’d be able to afford studio time to record all my songs! I think it’s the kind of a question that people think you’re supposed to ask a songwriter. Recently, at a house concert in Philadelphia, when a guest asked me the ...

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In Memoriam: Ann Gates Fiser

In Memoriam: Ann Gates Fiser

We at Songwriters in Seattle are sad to hear of the passing of our friend, creative colleague, and community partner, Ann Gates Fiser. Ann joined SiS in 2013 – her warm heart and enthusiasm for music and community was infectious. She was a dedicated member of our Board of Directors for many years, often calling ...

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20 Oct Posted by in Blog | Comments

SiS Featured Songwriter: Michael Ashe

SiS Featured Songwriter:  Michael Ashe

TV commercial jingles… 60-70’s rock… folk… heavy metal… punk rock: if musical influences were a sandwich, for singer-songwriter Michael Ash, these styles would be the listed ingredients. And he would, as his favorite quote by Warren Zevon states, “Enjoy every sandwich.” Unlike modern times, where listeners enjoy a myriad of choices when it comes to ...

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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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20 Sep Posted by in Blog, Featured Artists | Comments

SiS Featured Songwriter: Steve Church

SiS Featured Songwriter: Steve Church

What motivates songwriters varies widely from artist to artist. But whatever the motivation for starting a songwriting journey, time and experience often transform an initial vision to meet the needs of the writer and the culture. For songwriter Steven Church, the journey started with a desire to impress the world and ended with a desire ...

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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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16 Aug Posted by in Blog | Comments

SiS Featured Songwriter: Erin Jordan

SiS Featured Songwriter: Erin Jordan

“Playing a real song is like keeping a wild animal for a pet: gorgeous and terrifying, it lives in your house, but it is never really yours…” Kristen Hersh – Rat Girl. Pacific Northwest singer/songwriter Erin Jordan, inspired by this favorite quote, has sought that “real song” through the eyes of a poet first and ...

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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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