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2017 RISA Performing Songwriter Competition
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Friday, 06 January 2017
Written by Chuck Williams

4th Annual Rhode Island Songwriters Association Performing Songwriters Competition


The Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA), in collaboration with the Stone Soup Folk Arts Foundation, is sponsoring the 2017 Performing Songwriter Contest to encourage the proficiency in the craft of songwriting and the art of performing. Entrants will submit two songs for consideration. Three finalists will be selected to perform their songs live on May 20, 2017 at Stone Soup Coffeehouse at Slater Mill in Pawtucket RI.  (David Roth will be the headliner)  The songs may be from any genre of music, performed by the original songwriter, showcased as a soloist.  It’s all about the song!


The winner will receive a compensated opening appearance at Stone Soup Coffeehouse during the 2017-2018 Season. Stone Soup Coffeehouse presents the finest up and coming and well known folk, Americana, Celtic, Bluegrass and traditional musicians touring today. This is a great opportunity to open for a name act and have your music heard in a well respected venue, Stone Soup Coffeehouse.


The Rules


  1. Entrants will submit two songs for consideration. Each song will be submitted via a MP3 format performance by the songwriter, along with a lyrics sheet in MS Word Document format for each song. The Lyrics sheets must include the authors name and address, daytime phone number, and email contact information. Because this is a Performing Songwriter Contest, it is strongly encouraged that the recording highlight the performer in a solo performance, without a lot of additional instrumentation.

  2. The competition will be limited to solo performing songwriters, performing their own material. If more than one person is credited with the writing of the song only one of them may present the song, and only the entrant will be awarded the prize.

  3. Songwriters who have been signed to a bona fide record label are not eligible for the competition. Performing Songwriters who have released a self-produced CD which is not affiliated with a bona fide record label are allowed.

  4. Three independent music industry professionals will be the Judges to review the songs and select the top three entrants.

  5. Finals – Finalist must be able to appear at the Stone Soup Coffeehouse for the finals competition on May 20, 2017. All contestants entering the finals will be judged on their performance skills, stage presence and songwriting ability based upon their performance of their two songs on the evening of the Finals preceding the Stone Soup Concert. Contestants will perform solo, without supporting musicians or vocalists.

  6. The winner of the competition will be booked for a compensated opening slot in the Stone Soup Coffeehouse 2017-2018 season.

  7. The contest is open to all members of RISA for free. Non members of RISA may enter the contest with a $25.00 entry fee, which includes an individual membership in RISA.  Submission Deadline is March 31st. 

  8.  Submission Deadline is March 31st.  RISA members may submit their entry form along with mp3 and document attachments via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Non RISA members may submit a CD containing mp3s and documents along with their entry form and a check for $25.00 for entry and a one year RISA membership made out to RISA via mail to:


RISA Performing Songwriter Contest

C/O Joanne Lurgio

PO Box 9246

Warwick, RI 02889



Last Updated ( Monday, 09 January 2017 10:51 )
Collaboration Workshop
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Thursday, 05 January 2017
Written by Chuck Williams

Collaboration Workshop 

Collaborate to Elevate your writing to the next level.

Co-Writing, the art of playing well with others.

Have you ever wondered why today's big hit songs usually have two or more writers? There are so many benefits to creative collaboration!

This hands-on, collaborative workshop will delve into the world of Co-writing, it's many benefits, how to successfully navigate the etiquette of the writing room and avoid potential pitfalls.  You will learn how co-writing will enable you to take your songs to places that you could not have reached on your own and come away with a new array of tools for your Songwriter Toolbox.

Dawn Kenney is an award winning singer/songwriter and has had much success with co-writing. In 2016 she had multiple songs on the charts, a #1 and 3 songs in the top 20 (all of them co-writes) on the Roots Music Report and Bluegrass Today Charts. Dawn spends a great deal of time writing with other songwriters & artists .. an important craft to learn and is eager to give us her insight on the subject .. the who, how, whys!

CONFIRM YOUR SEAT, email Joanne Lurgio at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Last Updated ( Friday, 06 January 2017 12:43 )
RISA Semi Annual Songwriter Showcase
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Thursday, 06 October 2016
Written by Chuck Williams

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Marjorie Thompson Workshop Series
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Thursday, 01 September 2016
Written by Chuck Williams


3rd Annual Performing Songwriter Contest
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Written by Chuck Williams

3rd Annual RISA Performing Songwriter Results - 
Congratulations to Lisa Bastoni


This evening started with a palpable level of excitement in the air!  As the house began to fill our three finalists were in the green room swapping stories of their musical travels.  Robinson Treacher, Lisa Bastoni and Seamus Galligan were on deck for the finals of the RISA Performing Songwriter as they were to open for headliner Tret Furey. 

Each of the finalists performed the 2 songs that were submitted and had the opportunity to show how their instrument, vocals and stage presence paired up with their songwriting skills to move a roomful of attentive listeners. I can tell you that they did just that with some wonderful songs.


All of the finalists did their very best, but one had to be chosen!  Congratulations to Lisa Bastoni!  Lisa's award is an 'opening' spot on next seasons Stone Soup Coffee House schedule.  Tret said, "You all performed beautifully. It was really hard to pick just one!"

We would like to thank Stone Soup Coffee House for their partnership on this event the past three years.  We'd also like to thank Rick Wahlberg as the host of the evening and Chuck Williams as the MC for the performing songwriter contest. Additionally we'd like to thank our judging committee members as well as Tret Furey for being the finals judge!  Overall this event involved 60 RISA members and Stone Soup volunteers. It truly does take a village...

More of Lisa's work can be accessed at http://lisabastoni.com/

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 May 2016 09:14 )

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