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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 )
June 1st RISA NERFA Conference at URI
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Tuesday, 07 May 2013
Written by Jenn Armstrong

The Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) hosted a one day convention of the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) at the University of Rhode Island (URI) on Saturday, June 1, 2013.


The convention brought together regional performers, radio DJs, venue operators, music presenters and producers, festival organizers, agents and others in the regions folk music scene with the objective of showcasing new talent, conducting workshops, panel discussions and providing networking opportunities.


A partnership between RISA, who planned the programming, NERFA, who provided administrative support and the URI Music Department who provided facilities and facility support, the event is part of NERFA’s regional Mini Conference program designed to augment and target select local music communities.


Over 100 attendees from the Northeast U.S. participated in the day’s activities which  included:


Performance showcases:

Ten performers were selected from a field of 75 applicants by judges Barbara Wahlberg (former Stone Soup, Booking), Jane Falvey (WRIU DJ) and Russ Gusetti (Blackstone River Theatre Music Director).  The Showcase performers were:  Sarah Blacker, the Boxcar Lilies, Digging Roots, Josh Joffen, Chrise LaVancher, Joanne Lurgio, Heather Pierson, Heather Styka, Robin O'Herin, and Stefilia's Stone.


In- Depth workshops:

Building your Audience, Using a Producer, How to Get Radio Air Play, Before you Record, "On the Griddle" instant critique session, Mixing and Mastering.   Presenters , Panelists and Judges were: Susan Cattaneo, David Correia, Diane Crowe, Barbara & Graham Dean, Tracey Delfino, Jane Falvey, Loretta Hagen,  Michael Kornfeld, John Mailloux, Nick Noble, and Bob Weiser.

Product Demonstrations- Toys for the Acoustic Musician:


What’s new in Acoustic instruments – Wakefield Music


What’s new in performance technology for the acoustic performer – Guitar Center

Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 June 2013 09:59 )
Annual Meeting & Silly Song Fest
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Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Written by Jenn Armstrong


April 22nd @ 7 p.m.

Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House


You are cordially invited to the annual RISA members' meeting on Monday, April 22nd at 7 p.m. at the Brooklyn Coffee and Tea House, 209 Douglas Avenue in Providence.


This year's "business" part of the meeting will be short - a quick overview of exciting RISA News, a review of last year's activities, and the election of next year's RISA Board.

Then we'll have an open mic Silly Song Festival - come share your Silliest Song (two, time permitting).


It will be a great time to meet other RISA members and network! (And snacks will be served.)


Looking forward to seeing you on April 22nd!


Your RISA Board Members,


Chuck Williams/President, Jan Luby/Vice President, Joanne
Lurgio/Treasurer and Membership Officer, Barbara Lema/ Secretary, Rick Demers, Daniel Durand, Wyatt Lema, Billy Mitchell, Paul Pasch, Mary Ann Rossoni and Rick Wahlberg.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 April 2013 08:06 )

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