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Getting the Gig Workshop Scheduled
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Thursday, 30 October 2014
Written by Chuck Williams


Whether you are an 'open mic' performer that is ready to spread your wings, or a seasoned performer who wants to hear whether you need an agent yet...this workshop is for you!


On Saturday, November 22nd, RISA will present a 'Getting the Gig' workshop with David Tamulevich.


David operates his own agency (Tamulevich Artist Management) that represents the likes of Brother Sun, John Gorka, Peter Yarrow, Christine Lavin/Don White and more.  As David is both a Booking Agent and Artist Manager (not to mention half of the folk duo Mustard's Retreat) he will have insight to the inside workings of 'getting the gig'. 


The workshop will be at the Mediator Stage at 50 Rounds Avenue, Providence, RI from 2 PM - 4 PM and is FREE to all RISA Members. Open to the Public for $10 pre-register, $15 day of the Workshop.


To get the pre-registered rate, have your friends who are not RISA members contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


David is considered one of the preeminent agents in the field by artists, managers, and venues alike. Known for his honestly and integrity, he is not only credited with helping to establish the current folk circuit, but also for redefining the traditional artist/agent/venue relationship as more of a cooperative partnership based on mutual long-term objectives. He has presented many workshops on a variety of topics related to touring/management/recording, and has written articles such as “Working With An Agent and “Finding An Agent" which are widely considered touchstones of the field, and widely used by artists, managers, record companies, educators, and others. 




Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:13 )
RISA Performing Songwriter Winner Announced!
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Friday, 09 May 2014
Written by Billy Mitchell

The Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) Board would like to congratulate all the contestants of the 1st Annual RISA Performing Songwriter Contest.  The finals were held at the Stone Soup Coffeehouse in Pawtucket, RI on Saturday May 4th.


Mike Laureanno, of Fall River, Mass (currently living in Providence) took top honors! Mike will have the opportunity to be an 'opening' act at the Stone Soup Coffeehouse in their 2014 Fall/Winter schedule.


Our finalists were RISA members Lenny Solomon, Jane Fallon and Mike Laureanno who each performed their 2 songs as the lead off to the Catie Curtis Concert this past weekend.  Catie had the final task of judging each song for lyrics and the songwriting craft as well as their overall performance. She said it was a very difficult job.  


All members who had submitted to the contest were listened to by our music industry professionals, John Maillioux of Bongo Beach Productions, Dave Corriea of Celebration Sounds Studio and Patrick Norton of the Narrows Center for the Arts.

Congratulations to all who participated in this event!

Last Updated ( Friday, 09 May 2014 14:55 )
Finalists for RISA Performing Songwriter Contest Selected
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Sunday, 27 April 2014
Written by Paul Pasch

Finals set for May 3, 2014 - 8:00 PM at Stone Soup Coffeehouse


More than two dozen RISA members submitted two songs each in the first RISA Performing Songwriter Contest. It is clear from the entries submitted that there is a lot of songwriting and performance talent in the membership, and that the support and opportunities offered by RISA through education, critiques, collaboration and networking opportunities are working for our members.  


The competition was quite close, but our team of music industry professionals selected the following RISA members to  compete in the Finals Competition to be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Stone Soup Coffeehouse, located at St, Paul's Church, 50 Park Place in Pawtucket, RI at 8:00 PM. 


Jane Fallon (www.janefallon.com)

Michael Laureanno (www.michael.laureanno.com)

Lenny Solomon (www.reverbnation.com/lennysolomon) 


The Finalists will each perform their two songs prior to the Catie Curtis concert, and the winner will be announced during the Catie Curtis performance. RISA members are encouraged to attend the concert and support our three finalists. 


The winner of the competition will be booked for an Opening Performance at a Stone Soup Coffeehouse Concert during the 2014 - 2015 Season. 

RISA would like to thank the following music industry professionals for their work in selecting our finalists:


David Correia - Celebration Sound, Seekonk, MA

Patrick Norton - Narrows Center For The Arts, Fall River, MA

John Maillioux - Bongo Beach Productions, Westport, MA


RISA would also like to thank all of the contest participants for all of the great music that was entered for consideration. 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 May 2014 07:06 )
RISA Performing Songwriter Contest
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Tuesday, 04 March 2014
Written by Billy Mitchell
Do you write great songs? Do you enjoy performing your songs in a great listening venue? If you answered ‘yes’ to both of these questions, this contest is for you. Click here to download the contest Flyer.
The Rhode Island Songwriters Association, in collaboration with Stone Soup Coffeehouse, is presenting a Performing Songwriter Contest. Contestants will submit two original songs for consideration by music industry professionals, who will select the top three contest finalists. Finalist will perform both of their songs at the Catie Curtis concert at Stone Soup Coffeehouse on May 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM. What’s the top prize? An opening spot at a Stone Soup concert on the 2014-2015 season! Stone Soup is currently in its 33rd year of providing great acoustic music for appreciative audiences who are there to listen to great music performed live and have an opportunity to meet the artists and bring home CDs of that music. 
How do you enter? Check out the Rules here, and then download the Contest Registration Form here, and follow the instructions to enter. This contest is FREE for RISA members, and is open to non RISA members for a fee of $25.00, which pays for your entry and a one year membership to RISA is included.
DEADLINE:  12:00 Midnight March 31, 2014.
Good Luck, and we might see you on the Stone Soup stage on May 3rd. 
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 March 2014 18:04 )
June 1st RISA NERFA Conference at URI
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Sunday, 02 June 2013
Written by Barbara Lema



Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:07 )

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