Meetings & Events
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MAS has an active schedule of meetings and activities during each month of the year. Details appear below, but the simple view is this:
First Saturday - 1 to 5 PM
Song Circle (JAM) in Lakeville
20828 Italy Avenue
MANDATORY RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Fourth Monday - 5:30-9 PM
SongCasters videotaping session in Roseville
(see MAS TV showases page)
Song Review Meetings
Last Wednesday (except June, and no meeting in December) - 7-10 PM
Guest Speaker & Reviews meeting at
McNally Smith College of Music
19 Exchange St., Room 202
St. Paul, MN
(parking ramp at the NW corner of Exchange & Wabasha, across the street)
Online reviews any time - sign up here
Showcases - Whenever!
“This is a supportive group of songwriters from all over the US. I signed up at the first MAS meeting I attended. At least 25 people were there, and everyone was so helpful with each song presented for review. Later that week, I submitted a song online (too timid to do it the first night), and member Brad Dunse suggested the two words I needed to tie the song together, making it ready to record. Whether you're looking for a new song title, a hook, chord progression, new arrangement and/or song structure, a rhyme, a great ending line, an idea for your chorus or verse, MAS is a great place to get help. Plus, you'll meet some genuine, like-minded people along the way.”
- Sandi Millar
The Minnesota Association of Songwriters (MAS) currently meets once a month; exceptions are noted below, so please read carefully.
The monthly song review meeting (EXCEPT November and December) starts at 7 pm CT on the LAST WEDNESDAY of the month (with some exceptions; see list below). These meetings will take place in room 202 at McNally Smith College of Music (MSCM), which is located at 19 Exchange Street, directly across from the Fitzgerald Theatre in downtown St. Paul. A municipal parking ramp is available at the northwest corner of Wabasha & Exchange Streets, across the street from (and connected by skyway to) MSCM. In November and December, these meetings will be held on the second Tuesday. These meetings consist of an educational songwriting workshop, followed by song reviews; occasionally, MAS business (like elections, issue discussions, etc.) will also take place. Some time at each meeting is given to Q&A.
If you'd like to have a song reviewed, please remember to bring 15 lyric sheets to share with meeting attendees.
Guests are welcome to attend two meetings and have one song evaluated before being asked to join.
2017 Workshop & Review MEETING EXCEPTIONS:
In August, the "last Wednesday" meeting will be held at a time and place TBD.
In December, there will be no meeting.
MAS Meeting Speakers
Occasional one-hour "mini-workshops" with professional musicians from near and far prior to our monthly meeting at McNally Smith College of Music. The hour will include time for Questions and Answers with attendees.
2017 Speakers TBD
2016 PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS
Tret Fure Songwriting Workshop
Saturday, September 10
"Using Your Musical Words"
In this session, masterful singer/songwriter Tret Fure introduces the tools you need for blending truly musical words with strong melodies to create genuine and memorable songs.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church
1935 St. Clair Avenue
St. Paul MN
Sat. 1-6 pm
$45 for MAS members.
Saturday, April 9, 2016