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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!

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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

October 14 - Promotion 101 Workshop
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Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Written by Billy Mitchell

Here it is, RISA members!  The workshop many of you asked for! 

Sunday, October 14th from 1 to 5pm in the Providence area (details to 

Get your music into the high speed lane with the Promotion 101 Workshop 
sponsored by RISA.

Put together the talents of Billy Mitchell, a marketing expert, along 
with Ginny Shea, long time, successful Publicist, and professional 
photographer, Denise Bass, and you have one hell of a great workshop! 
Here's some information about the offerings:


Promo 101 Workshop


It's All About You - Billy Mitchell

  • Your Goals - Where do you want your music to be?
  • Your Identity - You & your music defined.
  • Your Audience - Your Niche
  • Your Brand - How to stand out
  • Your Gateway to legitimacy - A Real CD & other tools
  • RISA bookings and other gigs


Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 February 2013 07:29 )
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Tuesday, 25 September 2012
Written by Billy Mitchell
The Officers and Board of Directors of RISA wish to thank all of our Past Presidents and Co-chairs for their dedication to the craft of songwriting and promotion of live original music. 
Marie Wheelan, founder
John Fuzek, Co-chair 1994 
Jeff Olson, Co-chair 1994 
John Fuzek, Co-chair 1995 
Jeff Olson, Co-chair 1995 
Peter Hale, Co-chair, 1996 
Steve Valentine, Co-chair, 1996 
Jeff Olson, Co-chair, 1997 
Steve Valentine, Co-chair, 1997 
Mary Ann Rossoni. Co-chair, 1998 
Chris Myers, Co Chair 1998 
Deb Dovale, Co-chair 1999 
Dave Fontaine, Co-chair 1999 
Deb Dovale, Co-chair 2000 
Dave Fontaine, Co-chair 2000 
Mary Ann Rossoni, Co-chair 2002 
John Fuzek, Co-chair 2002 
Bill Furney, Co-chair 2003 
John Fuzek, Co-chair 2003 
John Fuzek, President 2004
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 September 2012 09:08 )
RISA Looking Forward to NERFA
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Monday, 10 September 2012
Written by Billy Mitchell

Time is getting short for the annual NERFA Conference being held November 8-11 at the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa in Kerhonkson, New York.

As usual, the event promises to be a great time and valuable educational and networking opportunity. For a complete explanation on what NERFA is about check the article on NERFA in the "More Articles" section at the bottom of this page.


While most people go for the entire conference, partial attendance is also possible. Check the NERFA website  at www.nerfa.org 


 RISA will have an exhibit at the conference and will host a RISA Guerilla  Showcase on Saturday Night. 


RISA members attending to date are listed below. 

Joanne Lurgio

Dan & Faith Senie

Carolyn Waters

Rick Drost

Chuck Williams

Beth DeSombre

Lara Herscovitch

Jan Luby

Paul Pasch

Marc Douglas Berardo

Bethel Steele

Rick Demers

Terry Kitchen

Billy Mitchell


If you're going, get in touch with Billy Mitchell @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Last Updated ( Monday, 10 September 2012 08:39 )
Leadership Changes at Rhode Island Songwriters Association
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Wednesday, 05 September 2012
Written by Billy Mitchell
John Fuzek, founding member of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA),  
has decided to step down from his role as President after nearly 20 years of involvement and  establishing a presence for RISA in the Rhode Island music scene.  
In 2009, John helped transform RISA by strengthening it with a board of directors, key committees and delegating responsibilities to a slate of officers to allow for a responsive, self sustaining organization. We wish John well in his future endeavors and thank him for his dedication to the organization
Succeeding John as President is Chuck Williams. Other officers are: Vice President, Jan Luby, Treasurer, Joanne Lurgio, Secretary Barbara Lema.
Committee Chairs are:
Performance/Booking - Billy Mitchell
Membership - Joanne Lurgio
Workshops/Critiques - Jan Luby
Mentoring - Daniel James Durand
Grants - Mary Ann Rossoni 
Communications/website - Billy Mitchell
Matters pertaining to the organization or specific functions should be directed to Officers and committee chairs or through the contact page on www.risongwriters.com
We look forward to continuing to support the songwriting craft and live original music for our 140 + members throughout Southeastern New England with new initiatives and opportunities in the future  
Thank you,  
RISA Board of Directors
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RISA Officers & Board Members - Front Left to right: Barbara Lema, Secretary;
Joanne Lurgio, Treasurer;  Jan Luby, Vice President; Chuck Williams, President
2nd row, Left to right: Daniel James Durand, Rick Demers, Mary Ann Rossoni,
Billy Mitchell, Ray Wyatt Lema, Paul Pasch, Rick Wahlberg. Absent, Tony Demmings


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2012 11:24 )

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