Thursday, September 30, 2010

Songwriting Department Contests!

The Berklee Songwriting Department presents: 
Songwriting Contests for 2010-2011

1 – The Performer/Songwriter Showcase 2010 DEADLINE: FRI, NOV 5 @ 5:00PM

2 – Songwriters’ Competition 2010-2011 DEADLINE: FRI, NOV 19 @ 5:00PM

The Performer/Songwriter Showcase is an annual contest- concert for student songwriters at Berklee who sing their own original material. In order to enter this showcase, you must sing lead vocal on your own song – and you must have the pre- scheduled rehearsal/performance dates free.* 

Songwriters’ Competition provides a venue for both types of songwriters: those who sing do their own songs, and those who do not sing their own songs.*

*To enter either contest, drop by reception at the Professional Writing Center (150 Mass Ave.) and pick up an entry form for further info and details. The Performer/Songwriter Showcase concert will be held at David Friend Recital Hall on TUE, DEC 14, 2009 at 7:30pm. The Songwriters’ Competition concert will be held in the Berklee Performance Center on WED, MAR 30, 2011 @ 8:15pm.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Open Mics & Performance Opportunities


CONTACT: (Karien de Waal / 845 667 9638 /

I WANT TO HOLD A FUNDRAISER SHOW - And am looking for singer/songwriters who would like to particpate in such an event - it would be a suggested donation of $5-$10 for the show.  I am still to secure a venue, but wanted to know if anyone would be willing to perform for a GREAT cause!!!  First week of November probably.

The organization is called TOSTAN.  Check out, and this little video to understand what it's about - in a nutshell, it's a 30 month program in which the participating village receives all-round education and microfinance, health and human rights training.  The main outcome, besides literacy and micro finance, is that over 5,000 villages that have participated in t he program have stopped performing Female Genital Cutting (FGC) and forced/child marraige in the villages.  This is a remarkable breakthrough through education, as these practices have been going on for 2000 years or more.   It costs $12.000 to fund the entire 30-month program.  That's less than one semester at school - to CHANGE peoples lives totally :)

Let me know, thanks!


The club's very own James Garry is putting together Open Mic and Performance Nights at Boloco, which means you should go out to perform and/or support the event.  If you have questions about the open mic, email James at:

Boloco is opening its doors to musicians of all sizes, sounds, and skill levels; live music is back at Boloco! Every Thursday night will be a "performance night" with 2-3 pre-booked headlining acts. Those brave enough to come out and show their stuff during an open mic might just be lucky enough to score a spot in one of our Thursday night showcases later in the year.

Open mics start next Wednesday (September 22nd) and sign-ups start that evening at 5:30pm, so grab your gear and head on down to Boloco.

Check out the official Boloco Song while you wait for Thursday! 

MP&E Database Up!

MP&E has developed an Artist Database where you performing songwriters can create an account. Once you make your account, MP&E's student producers and engineers will have access to see your profile, and hear your music. If they like what they hear, they will contact you to bring you into the studio to produce a demo!

Signing up is easy, and takes only a few minutes to post your profile -- especially since if you already have a myspace profile, you can just use the same info, photos, and music from there. Any questions, email

TO ACCESS THE DATABASE, VISIT: and click on "Artist Database" on the left.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Singer/Songwriter Concert SUBMISSIONS OPEN!



Do you write and perform your own songs? Submit one to our concert! If you are selected, you will perform in our concert with a chance to be recorded by MP&E majors who will checking out your performance!

- Deadline for submission is 10/5/2010
- Concert is 10/18 at 4PM in 1A. Rehearsal is 10/12 after 6pm. You MUST be free for both.

- Email ONE SONG only to:
- Attach MP3 (NOT wav, m4a, aac, etc.), and include lyrics.
- Email subject should read: [Your Name] - [Song Name]