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Minnesingers and SongCasters

In 2011, MAS initiated a benefit program for its members called Minnesingers. The program involved videotaping members at metro-area, public-access television stations and creating a half-hour TV show, now called SongCasters, which member volunteers distribute to public-access stations around the USA. Benefits of this program, which is free to MAS members, include:

  • Real-time experience in the aspects of television performance and production
  • Knowledge about the differences between audio and video studio performances and technologies
  • Advancing their music careers via nationwide, on-air promotion of members' original music
  • Free copies of their taped performances for personal promotional efforts (web sites, social media, etc.)
  • Unlimited taping sessions for the SongCasters show

Obviously, MAS also benefits from the Minnesingers program and the SongCasters show because they bring new members to our ranks. Minnesingers and SongCasters also provide MAS with opportunities to engage interested members in volunteer activities.

SongCasters episodes and individual song videos are posted at the Minnesota Association of Songwriters YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/MNAssnSongwriters

This is a growing playlist of our MAS TV showcase performances. Click in upper left corner of YouTube window to access playlist. Please email us for additional information about SongCasters.

"I've been an MAS member for three years now, and it's the best $35/year I've ever spent. I've gotten to know so many talented and friendly people, and I'm also enjoying my stint as Social Media Director. More than anything, I'd like to say how lucky most of you are that you live in the Metro area...do yourself a favor and take advantage of EVERY MAS event, venue, workshop, and service we offer. Your songs will thank you someday!"
- Carl Unbehaun
Each month MAS members, either solo or with their bands, tape individual sets of original songs. All songs from the taping sessions are placed in a pool of music from which songs can be drawn to edit into each episode of SongCasters. The format of those episodes typically consists of six to eight members performing one of the songs captured at their taping session.
Episodes of our video showcase program are being aired on 36 public-access TV channels serving over 300 cities in seven states (CA, MA, MD, MN, MO, ND and WI). Nearly five million people currently have access to original music by MAS members!

We originally planned a specific number of 30-minute programs for CATV channels; however, with new-member and "return-appearance" sessions, we see no end to this project. We have original-music programming ready for use by public-access TV program directors anywhere in America. Most networks have scheduled us on consistent days & times each week, so you can mark show dates on your calendar. Be sure to tell your local friends to tune in.

No matter where you live in the USA, if you have public-access TV in your town, MAS can provide episodes for airing on your local station. Contact us with information about your station by emailing info@mnsongwriters.org! We love hearing directly from stations that are interested in our TV show!

Taping session in progress

Members who are not yet signed up for this program and wish to participate should email tvbooking@mnsongwriters.org

Each member who participates in this program should read the document titled "Performance Prep" on our Workshops web page.

MAS taping sessions take place at CTV North Suburbs, 2670 Arthur St., Roseville, MN 55113. Please arrive 30 minutes early to set up. Complimentary pizza and drinks are provided by MAS for recording session volunteers and perfromers. 
2017 taping dates include:

Saturday, June 3 - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2 slots available
This session is also a CTV/MAS SongCasters Open House
Come and tour the facility and watch a taping session

Saturday, July 8 - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
SongCasters MAS member performer taping at CTV Studios
Slots available

Saturday, August 5 - 10:00 a.m. start time
SongCasters Performer Interview Show Taping
MAS Guest-performers: Larry Suess and Al Ynigues
CTV Studios

Saturday, September 9 - 10:00 a.m. start time
SongCasters Jam Show
MAS Performers:
Larry Suess
John E. Bennett
Greg Connor
Tony Wentersdorf
Tom Engelhardt

Saturday, October 7 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
SongCasters MAS Performer Taping at CTV Studios
Slots Available

Saturday, November 4 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
SongCasters MAS Performer Taping at CTV Studios
Slots Available

Saturday, December 2 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
SongCasters MAS Performer Taping at CTV Studios
Slots Available

What we ask of you for this opportunity provided by the many volunteers:
-Perform 3 to 6 original songs for taping
-Confirm your performance date 1 week in advance
-Return the required release forms 1 week in advance (changes can be made after that)

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to book a date. If you see your name and it is not correct, please let us know!

Two taping slots are available at each session. There is no limit to the number of times you may sign up for a session. Members may sign up for SongCasters today by emailing tvbooking@mnsongwriters.org