Thursday, September 29, 2011


Pat Pattison is presenting a series of Master Classes* this semester,
Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30.

The series will include presentations on various songwriting topics, some
from Pat, some from other songwriting faculty. In addition, he will be
working with student songs, both one-on-one and even with other
faculty members!

The master classes will be:

Sept 29 – 2E
Oct 6 -- 3F
Oct 13 --3F
Oct 20 – 2E
Oct 27 – 3F
Nov 3 – 3F
Nov 10 – 2E
Nov 17 – 2E
Dec 1 – 3F
Dec 8 3F

*All classes will be filmed

Sunday, September 18, 2011

B.I.T.R. Tuesdays!

The RED ROOM @ Café 939 Berklee College of Music proudly presents:
Berklee-In-The-Round (B.I.T.R.) Tuesdays

7pm-9pm (doors at 6:30pm/FREE)
September 27
October 25
November 29
December 13
January 31
February 28
March 27
April 24

What is B.I.T.R. Tuesdays?
Berkee-In-The-Round Tuesdays is a free acoustic performance showcasing Berklee students, faculty, alumni plus special
guests. Inspired by the world-famous Bluebird Café rounds in Nashville, TN, B.I.T.R. Tuesdays are held on the last
Tuesday of each month during the semester. The writers are seated in the center of the room and perform their original
songs round-robin fashion, creating an intimate listening room vibe, as if the audience was joining the writers in their living

A special chair is reserved in the round for a “mystery” guest. This person could be an established artist who visiting the
college or touring in the area, a hit songwriter, etc. You never know who may show up for a few songs, or join in for the
whole round.

Who can come to B.I.T.R. Tuesdays?
This is a free series, open to the public. It is a chance for the Boston songwriting community at-large to congregate and
network, as well as their friends and fans of great acoustic music.

Playing B.I.T.R. Tuesdays – Information for Performers
At this time, performers are limited to Berklee students, faculty and alumni only.
To be considered for a slot in a round, please submit:
• Three original songs (you must be the performer).
• A short bio with contact information
• Note: Links to your materials are preferred, mp3s are ok.
• Send your submission files and links to

Stan Swiniarski ( do not send to the Red
Room, please.

Selection Criteria
You will be scheduled to perform based on:
• Your songs
• Your Presentation
• Compatibility with other writers being considered for a given round.

Additional Information for performers
Rounds are booked up to 6 months in advance. If you are invited, you’ll be given a date for your round. Please make
every effort to be available for the date. If you cannot make that round, there may be a long wait before another date
becomes available.

The show is two hours. You must be able to perform at least 30 minutes of your own original acoustic music. No

It is more entertaining for the listeners when performers can support each other musically or vocally; rehearsal is
encouraged! Generally you will know who you are teamed with about a month in advance of the performance.

You may bring an accompanist, but the total number of people sitting in the round cannot exceed 6 total, so generally
we can only accommodate one additional accompanist per round.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Independent Filmmaker Needs YOUR Song

Indie Feature Film Looking for Song!

Lightsmith Productions is looking for a featured song for their upcoming movie, “Ai Means Love”. The movie is a romantic comedy based in West Virginia about an American guy and a Japanese girl who fall in love.

We are looking for a “singer/songwriter” acoustic type song that would match well with the other featured songs in the film. For an example of what we are looking for you can go to

To view the scene in which the song will be placed, you can go to (please wait a couple minutes for the movie to load)

In this scene the girl and guy have not met yet and seem to keep missing each other.
The directors take special attention to the lyrics, so please keep that in mind.
Also recording quality will be a factor in which song we choose.

Because this is a small budget film, there will be no financial compensation if your song is chosen, though you will get an end credit.

Deadline for submission is September 23rd

Please send submissions to with the Subject header “AML submission”
Include your name, song title, an attachment of the song (mp3 format ONLY) and the lyrics to your song.

For any further information on the movie and the production company you can visit and

Music & Media Professionals: Opportunity To Gain Industry Exposure, Contacts, and Real-World Experience

NYC-based independent music supervisor Joseph Miller is looking to collaborate with songwriters, film scorers, and composers who are interested in film/TV/web placement opportunities!

If you are interested, email for more information. This is a wonderful opportunity to get your songs heard! He also offers services as a consultant, manager, or agent for breaking into licensing and placement for media."

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rethink Music Competition Winners NuevoStage!

We were contacted by NuevoStage, a very exciting new website for musicians, with a way to possibly get to play in one of their concerts! Here's what they had to say:

nuevoStage + Berklee = Stage Space for you!

Berklee Songwriters!

We'd like to extend our first official outreach email to you! Hello, we're nuevoStage, and with a bit of help from you, we believe this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

If you haven't heard, we're the winners of the rethink music competition. We're a bit like Kickstarter for concerts. We log empty stage space, let you list potential shows, and then let fans pledge to buy tickets. Once enough of your fans pledge, you get a guaranteed contract. Basically, if you have the fans, you have the stage. We think, and hope you agree, that this will help young talent like yourself develop a track record of success faster than ever.

In the coming months, we're hoping to launch a concert series to promote the idea and prove it has value. We're currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for this idea (see here If you think we're on the right track, we'd appreciate your tweeting, blogging, or emailing your fans about the campaign. Any help makes a huge difference - even a $1 contribution bumps up our ranking on Kickstarter. Also, we'll need artists to take that stage space. So if you're interested in playing, please also sign up for our mailing list at

If nothing else, it would be wildly helpful if you could simply go to the Kickstarter page and "Like" us. Apparently Facebook likes drive placement throughout the site!

Hope you're enjoying your summers,

Max & Chris

P.S. The full link to Kickstarter can be found here:

Monday, July 18, 2011

Berklee Gems: Women Raising Awareness & Responsibility in Entertainment

Berklee is making a great effort to create more support for its female students! We have entitled these efforts:

Berklee Gems: Women Raising Awareness & Responsibility in Entertainment

Upcoming programming will include lunches featuring various women in the music and business industry, a mentoring programming that will connect an alumna with a Berklee student or new alumni for a year, various social events/gatherings, etc. These programming efforts will occur in all of our main alumni areas (Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and Atlanta to name a few).

To kick things off, we'd like to extend an invitation to the Berklee females to join us for lunch with alumna Annie Clements '03, bassist and backing vocalists for grammy award winning Sugarland on Thursday, July 21st from 1:00 - 3:00pm. Female students and alumni will come together, have a bite to eat and discuss ways in which we can offer solutions to some of the challenges currently experienced by female students and alumna.

I hope you can join us! Submit your RSVP to

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Straight From Nashville! Learn From Songwriter Gregory Becker!!

Gregory Becker is coming to Berklee to lecture and host a song critique session and YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT. A little about Gregory:

Gregory Becker is primarily known as a lyricist and top-line melody writer. He grew up in Boston, MA and began his musical career playing piano at the age of 5 and later playing drums and guitar in bands around Boston. He then focused his talents on writing and studied lyric development and commercial arrangement at the Berklee School of Music. Gregory moved to Nashville in 1995 and worked as a song plugger on Nashville’s legendary music row for several years while continuing to write. After having several major label cuts on songs he wrote and pitched by himself, Gregory left song plugging to begin his first publishing deal with Warner Chapell Music. Gregory is currently signed with BMG Rights and his songs have sold more than 20 million units worldwide and have been recorded by such acts as Meatloaf, Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, and Rascal Flatts. He works with producers, artists and writers of various genres in Stockholm, London and Los Angeles while residing in Nashville, TN.

This is a great opportunity to hear critiques from someone who knows the business first-hand!

When: Thursday, July 14th @ 11 am
Where: 150 Mass. Ave room 122

Songwriting Master Class:

When: Thursday, July 14th 7-9 pm
Where: 921 Boylston St room 511