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RISA Makes Changes to Membership Options
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Monday, 03 September 2012
Written by Billy Mitchell

We have made some changes & additions to the membership options that take affect July 1st, 2012. We have added a Business Associate and Student category. Details of these and other categories are below.                                               











Must reside in same household 




One profile with band name, multiple ID cards

Business Associate



Introductory offer this year (07/12 - 07/13




High school or college student, performance possibilities, no profile

Last Updated ( Monday, 03 September 2012 08:42 )
RISA Annual Meeting Held
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Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Written by Billy Mitchell

Our annual meeting was held at the Brooklyn on April 18th.  The event was well attended. it was great getting together with our musical friends. Reports were filed by each committee and a slate of Board members was elected. Board members are: Jan Luby, Tony Demmings, Chuck Williams, John Fuzek, Dan Durand, Rick Wahlberg, Paul Pasch, Joanne Lurgio, Ray Wyatt, Barbara Lema, Billy Mitchell, Mary Ann Rossoni and Rick Demers.

Ammended Bylaws were also passed. A copy of the most recent bylaws are at this link.

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 May 2012 19:09 )
RISA Rising Teen Songwriting Class Holds Concerts
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Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Written by Billy Mitchell

Two shows coming up that we're quite proud of.

Dan Durand's RISA Rising Teen Songwriting Class 1 is presenting a concert of the original songs written during the class. The concert will be held at Second Stage studio, One Angell Road in Cumberland Sunday, May 20th at 3:30.  Telephone 401-334-4800. Also visit www.secondstagestudio.com

AND...on Friday night, May 25th at 6:30pm at The Jessie M. Smith Memorial Library, 100 Tinkham lane, Harrisville, RI. Telephone 401-710-7800 or visit www.jmslibrary.org

Come out and support some remarkable young songwriters. Dan's next RISA Rising Class is in the works.

RISA presence at the June 2nd - One Day NERFA Conference.
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Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Written by Billy Mitchell

The Northeast Regional Folk Alliance will be holding it's second Boston area 1 Day Mini Conference on Saturday, June 2nd. We are proud to announce that RISA member Beth DeSombre  has been selected to perform one of the 15 minute artist showcases! Beth was selected from over 70 showcase applicants. This makes the second year in a row that RISA member has had the opportunity to showcase their talents. Beth follows RISA member Michelle Cruz who received that honor in 2011!

In addtion to the showcases our RISA President, John Fuzek,  a member of the NERFA Board of Directors, will be on a Workshop panel discussing Building Community. A strong sence of community is among the reasons that people often cite for attending NERFA's annual conference each fall. A diverse group of people who have been engaged in building communites will share their perspective.

There is still time to register for NERFA and support OUR community in the process.

Go to http://www.nerfa.org/baod/boston-one-day-conference-registration for details.

Welcome to RISA!

Welcome to RISARISA (Rhode Island Songwriters Association) is a non-profit which promotes original songwriting.

Formed in 1993, it provides access to seminars, critiques, workshops, open mics, gigs, networking and more.  Joining lets you participate in these things and do stuff (some free - some paid). Anyone can join: musician or friend.  Joining is easy----send a tiny fee and start networking---the membership card may take a few weeks (don't wait---just say you've joined).  Go see who are already members! Once you join send your picture and link.

You'll get email updates about all events (by subscribing to "risongwriters" yahoo group). You can buy stuff. It's okay, no one gets hurt in the making.

Finally, you reap what you sow -- network, help out, go to shows.  The membership fee is low, so we know your name, trust you and make you a card.  If you sit on the couch and wait for a free booking-agent to call, you will eventually need a new couch. Talk to people, email / ask about playing shows, learn, give a little bit and accept gifts.  If you're amazing and have great hair, you'll be a big star and leave us soon.  If you're talented, humble and dedicated, you'll get gigs, have fun, make money and be content. If you love music and are okay, you'll probably play some gigs (depending on all kinds of stuff) and make friends (depending on how picky you are). If you're god-awful terrible but moving about the earth ---be nice, play when you can, bring food and thank people as much as possible. Remember, nobody really knows what music is or why we do it. But we do.


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