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RISA_NEWS Group Listserve, new and improved!
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Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Written by Billy Mitchell

We have some exciting things happening in the upcoming months such as the new Songwriter Sessions at the Harvest Cafe in Hudson, MA, and the RISA Songwriters Showcase at Sandywoods, both in March, the Jon Vezner Songwriters Workshop in April and the NERFA 1 Day Conference in June that RISA is coordinating!  And....there is so much more to come!


It is for those reasons (and all the NEWS that will follow) that we will be creating a new Listserve on Yahoo called RISA_News. This new listserve will be the official RISA communication vehicle so that the Board and all the Committee Chairs can get the word out to you of what is happening within the association. There will be invites to the new listserve being sent out in the upcoming week to ten days. Once everyone has been sent an invite we will transition to the RISA_News for all posts.


When you recieve the invite, please follow the simple directions to keep in the loop with RISA_News!


The existing listserve known as RISONGWRITERS will still be out there and may change it's name to reflect the Hear In Rhode Island organizations activities as well as general music information.


Thanks for being a member of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association! 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 February 2013 06:42 )
RISA Rising Teen Songwriters Show set for March 24
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Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Written by Billy Mitchell

Don't miss our next RISA Rising, Teenage Songwriters Show!

It will be a Song Writers Challenge . Three RISA Rising Teen Songwriters and two adult RISA member  Songwriters will have Four weeks to write a song to a common theme.

Each will play 3 original Songs before playing the Challenge Round on Sunday March 24th, 5pm. at Second Stage Studio, 1 Angel Road, Cumberland RI.  Admission is $5.00

RISA Rising Teens are Jason Durand,  Emeline Herried and Hope Columbo

Special RISA adult member guests are Wyatt Lema and Mary Anne Rossoni

Special Workshop, April 16 & April 19 Concert in the Works
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Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Written by Billy Mitchell

Be sure to save Tuesday April 16 & Friday April 19th in your calendar!

RISA will host Grammy Award Winning Nashville songwriter, Jon Vezner for a songwriting workshop (which will include audience song critiques ) and concert to follow on Friday.

For more information on this great songwriter check  www.jonvezner.com

This is a fantastic opportunity to listen & learn from Jon's success!! HOLD THE DATES~ COMPLETE DETAILS COMING SOON!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 February 2013 07:28 )
RISA Showcase & Booking Opportunity Process
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Monday, 07 January 2013
Written by Jenn Armstrong

RISA Showcase & Booking Opportunity Process:

We’re always looking for opportunities to provide members to perform their original music.

The best opportunity is a songwriter showcase, but it takes two ingredients: a venue and a host.

A venue can be a:
 •Coffee House
 •Fraternal Organization
 •Church Group
 •Municipal Arts Council


A good venue for RISA generally has:
 •Adequate performance space
 •Decent acoustics & lighting
 •Recognized, established venue
 •Workable layout
 •A listening audience looking for something more than a cover song bar band
 •Music is an important part of the customer experience
 •Enthusiastic owner participates in Series Promotion
 •Sound system


If you have performed at or are aware of a venue that meets these criteria, please let us know. Recommend the venue to the RISA board, and we’ll evaluate the suggestion and get back to you. Or even accompany you to the venue for a more detailed discussion

Next, and equally important, is the host. Being a Songwriter series host is fun, but it’s work too.


Here’s a list of Host duties and requirements:

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 February 2013 20:22 )
You're Invited - December 18th Meet and Greet
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Monday, 26 November 2012
Written by Barbara Lema

It's the time of year when calendars start filling up. We're writing to you early to be sure and get the RISA Holiday Meet and Greet on your calendar.

Tuesday, December 18th
The Brooklyn Coffee and Tea House
209 Douglas Ave., Providence
7 - 10 p.m.

Stop by to catch up with old RISA friends and meet new ones! There will be food, drink, and music (and you're welcome to take the stage to lead the gathering in a holiday song or two - it's a casual event).

Admission is free. Bring a friend if you'd like, and if you're so inclined bring a snack, dessert and/or beverage (welcomed, but not required - the main thing is we want you there!).

Hoping to see you there!

Questions? Send them to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

With our Best Wishes of the Season,

Your RISA Board

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


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