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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: Andy “Roo” Forrest

SiS Featured Songwriter: Andy “Roo” Forrest Songwriters discussing their craft often focus on structure and style, or perhaps a particular ...

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

Top 10 Songwriting Insights From Durango

Top 10 Songwriting Insights From Durango

Twice a year for the last six years or so, I have attended the four-day Durango Songwriters Expo. The people that attend this intensive confab are publishers, film supervisors, performers, and most of all songwriters of all ages. I’m going to break with my usual MO here and not drop any names, but I can ...

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28 Jan Posted by in Blog, Newsletter | Comments

Meet the Host: Todd Christoffel

Meet the Host: Todd Christoffel

Todd Christoffel, a long-time member of the Songwriters in Seattle Board of Directors has recently taken on our newest showcase, the Columbia City Theatre. As host, he will help SiS songwriters put their best foot forward when playing their original compositions at this historic landmark, previously graced by the likes of Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix, ...

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28 Jan Posted by in Blog, Newsletter | Comments

Meet the Board: Griffin James

Meet the Board: Griffin James

With the desire to build a more friendly and welcoming community through our volunteer efforts, Songwriters in Seattle would like you to get to know our volunteer leaders. This month we’d like to introduce active Board Member, host of the monthly networking meeting, and newsletter editor Griffin, in his own words: I began plinking around ...

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29 Dec Posted by in Blog, Newsletter, Tips | 3 comments

The Honest Lyric

The Honest Lyric

There is no right or wrong way to write a song lyric. And there are no right or wrong lyrics. But, there is truth and falsehood. Is your song honest? Or are you just making rhymes? I was honored to be asked to write this column exploring the craft of lyric writing. I have no ...

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29 Dec Posted by in Blog, Newsletter, Tips | 2 comments

All About Five (Or V For Victory)

All About Five (Or V For Victory)

SUMMARY: This debut article takes a reasonably deep look at a basic topic. It describes the dominant chords, which are often referred to as V and V7. I’ll also illustrate how the chords function, how they’re used, and I’ll end with some examples. You’ll learn that a dominant chord can be used alone, or you ...

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SiS Featured Artist of the Month: Jaspar Lepak

SiS Featured Artist of the Month:  Jaspar Lepak

Jaspar Lepak has become, according to Richard Haslop, Audio Video Magazine (South Africa) “… a compelling and sometimes even riveting singer, pure and pretty without being precious, emotionally raw without being raunchy, with a clean, clear voice that drifts between folk, country and that middle ground that has been identified, by those who decide these ...

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14 Dec Posted by in NWME | Comments

NWME Announcement: “Transitions”

NWME Announcement: “Transitions”

The Northwest Music Experience (NWME) was developed as a celebration of talent and community in the Pacific Northwest. Its first incarnation was a successful awards show honoring 40 fantastic artists who represented the diverse music community that surrounds us. This spirit will live on with the Songwriters in Seattle Awards, which is in the planning ...

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11 Apr Posted by in Announcements | Comments

Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG Event

Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG Event

We’re excited that Songwriters in Seattle will be part of The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG event on May 6th. Donations made to Songwriters in Seattle through The Seattle Foundation’s website ON THIS DAY ONLY will be stretched/matched thanks to The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors! Make a donation, share with your friends (#GiveBIG), and be a ...

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2013 NWME Awards Winners Announced

2013 NWME Awards Winners Announced

At the 3rd Annual Songwriters in Seattle BBQ and 1st Northwest Music Experience Awards, 14 performers entertained the crowd along with the presentation of all 40 awards finalists! From each category of 5 finalists, a winner was announced based on votes from 100 invited judges from within the music community. All finalists in attendance received ...

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Northwest Music Experience Finalists Announced

Northwest Music Experience Finalists Announced

As part of the annual Songwriters in Seattle Summer BBQ, we are giving awards under the Northwest Music Experience event name. More information at nwmusicexperience.org – here are the results: Congratulations to our finalists and a huge thank you to everyone who submitted a song and participated! The quality and variety of the 240 entries ...

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