Third Tuesday of Every Month, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tippecanoe Arts Federation Address: 638 North St, Lafayette, IN 47901 (map)

Monday, August 16, 2021

Song Sharing Meeting August 17th and Other News



You are invited to our regular SAMI songsharing gathering this Tuesday at 7:30pm. This will be a hybrid meeting (zoom link below) and if the weather is good, we will meet outside on the front steps! Bring a mask just in case we have to move it inside.  We will have our usual song share and discuss what’s happening in our songwriting community.  If you'd like constructive feedback on your song, don't forget to bring printed lyrics.  Feel free to bring a friend.  If you need the Zoom link for the meeting, email

There Are Still A Couple of Slots for The Youth Stage

Go to their website, on the bottom of the schedule page to book the slot:


Have You Heard About This?

June IND is donating their streaming funds to the Songwriters Association Of Mid-North Indiana this month. When you stream their music, you get great music as well as helping songwriters develop their craft, check it out! Songs are set to 'pay what you want' at  June IND is donating proceeds to the Songwriters Association of Mid-North Indiana. Click on this link to take you to June IND's Bandcamp page to find out all about it and start streaming now!

Click here to watch the official music video from
June IND featuring Justice Fuller -
Come to Hand (Official Video)

 A GIANT 'Thank You' to June IND from SAMI!



SAMI Applies For Second Major Grant!!

For those that went to this year’s Shirley Martin scholarship reception, you witnessed great talent in an amazing venue at TAF. During that event you would have also experienced the abundance of natural reverb in the main room. The combination of natural reverb, music from our reception, plus the conversation from the side galleries turned the event into a challenging audio experience.

This event motivated the studio team to apply for a new grant to improve acoustics in the main room, and at the same time improve the lighting to assist with live broadcasts and performance. Additionally, we would connect the main hall and dance studio digitally with CAT 5 cable to allow live recording from multiple rooms in the building back to REC Room Recording. We have also proposed sound treatment of the dance studio to allow for the room to be multipurposed for music rehearsal and enhance dance instruction. The natural reverb in this room is challenging at best. We would also make some enhancements to REC Room acoustics to additionally minimize sound leakage into and from the room.

The team spent a month getting quotes, having professional assessments and filling out the application. We are blessed to have two mechanical engineers on our team to assist. A special thank you goes out to Hans & Brittany Rees, Ethan Bates, Neil McTavish, Gibson Wells and Scott Greeson for their combined effort on the application. The impact for SAMI and our community would be big, allowing this perfect size venue to easily broadcast and record our singer songwriters in these live settings. The modification would also assist with live and recorded arts education opportunities. We will keep you posted as to the outcome as the grant application moves forward! 
Collaboration CD Release
Friday Oct 15, 2021 - 7:30 PM

It's a regular who's who of music talent from the area: Joe Peters, Michael Kelsey, Scott Greeson, Vickie Maris, Lee Anna Atwell, Michael Longcor, Amanda Parker, Cheryl Fletcher, Kitty Campbell, Sharon McKnight, Rick Mummey, Linda Hicks, Chase Cotten, Jeff All, Hans & Brittany Rees and others.
Held at the Delphi Opera House in Delphi, Indidana.  Check out the Delphi Opera House website and reserve your tickets now!
Joe Peters Collaboration CD Release

Monday, July 19, 2021

Congratulations Lauren Grace


Debut Single from 2019 Shirley Martin Scholarship Winner, Lauren Grace!!
Lauren says this: "Hello SAMI people!! I just wanted to let you guys know that my debut single “Songwriter” came out today!! I literally would not have been able to do this without this amazing community."

And THIS is REC Room Studio's mission in a nutshell.  To provide the Recording and Educational opportunities to the overall Community that we serve.  Lauren is the perfect example of how SAMI and REC Room are positively impacting our young songwriters and community at large. 

To hear Lauren's new single:

Monday, May 24, 2021

Congratulations to the 2021 Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters Award Winners!

This year's Scholarship winner is Alice Lin, 18, with her song, "Wanna Be A Kid,"  She'll receive $500.


Alec Swank, 18, is First Runner Up with his song, "Don't Gotta Man." He'll receive $300.


Jackie Wiley, 16, is 2nd Runner Up with her song, "Flowers for Another."  She'll receive $200.


Corbin Stanchfield, 14, was named this year's Mike Lane Horizon Award winner with his song, “Hole Underground.”  He'll receive $100. 


Jessi Chase, 17, has been given an Honorable Mention with her song, “How We’re Taught,” and will receive a special gift that has been donated to SAMI by Mike Byers.


This year’s award night will be held in-person on June 4th at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation at 6-7pm.  Each winner has been invited to perform their song on stage.  The start time is a change from previous years to accommodate the additional music of Lafayette’s First Friday that same night.  Come join us to celebrate these bright young songwriters!

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Best of Both Worlds!

Join us for the First IN-PERSON Songwriting Gathering of 2021!

Upstairs on the main floor of the Tippecanoe Arts Federation (638 North Street, Lafayette, IN) starting at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, May 18th.  Bring 10+ copies of your lyrics and a song to share!  If you can't be there for any reason, be sure to check out the Zoom info that was sent out in the newest newsletter.  If you need the new and temporary May link, contact: for the Zoom credentials.  

SAMI's President, Scott Greeson,  will be out of town for our monthly gathering and Cheryl Fletcher will host this hybrid meeting (In-person and online) via a Zoom account that only has a 40 minute time limit.  This Zoom room will only be open from 7:30pm - 8:10pm.  If you would like to share a song to the group in person, we will have that option upstairs in the main room at TAF.  If you would like to join us via zoom, plan on being timely so as to be present for that 40 minute time frame 


Hope to see you all there!

Monday, May 03, 2021

Scholarship Awards Night Moved to June 4th!


The deadline/application window for the Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters officially closed on April 16th as scheduled, but the awards night has been moved to June 4th to coincide with the First Fridays in Downtown Lafayette.  The awards will be held at TAF (Tippecanoe Arts Federation) located at 638 North Street, Lafayette, IN 47901.  Judging will take place prior to this time and the winners will be notified on or before May 28, 2021.

Monday, October 19, 2020

What's Happening

 The 2021 Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters will be held this year.  Applications being accepted now through April 16, 2021!

SAMI will have our monthly gathering of songwriters, Tuesday March 16, 2021 at 7:30pm. This month we are offering a Zoom option only.

  Please join us by clicking on the Zoom link shared in our recent newsletter.  (Contact for additional info)



A big thank you to Mike Byers for his donation to SAMI and TAF to display his amazing glass piece called “Silk Road”. It is for sale and when it sells the proceeds will go to SAMI. Mike & Pam are incredible friends of artists and we love and appreciate them! Please send Mike and e-mail or contact him on Facebook to express your gratitude.



REC Room Recording is taking part in some amazing community projects to include streaming of virtual events.  This month, Ethan and Kelsey Bates, Hans and Brittany Rees, Gibson Wells and Neil McTavish assisted the Greater Lafayette Commerce in streaming the virtual 2021 Golden Apple Awards.  The Golden Apple Awards recognize excellence in area teachers who make a positive impact on many of the same students that apply for the Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters.  The flawless work of our SAMI engineers helped make this ceremony flow without a hitch and was highly appreciated in regards to our community outreach and relations. REC Room (Recording, Educational, and Community) Great job all around!



SAMI Insignia Masks: Scott Greeson and Vickie Maris have designed SAMI / REC Room masks in cooperation with Freckles Graphics. This will be a unique way to stay safe while showing your SAMI pride. Talk to Scott or Vickie to get your mask today.  (suggested donation of $8 to cover costs of printing.)

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

SAMI's Celebrating in September!


The Songwriters Association of Mid-North Indiana (SAMI) is celebrating several things in the month of September. On September 18th from 6:00PM until 9:00PM, SAMI will be a part of the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, Gallery Walk. SAMI’s part in this event will be very special for two reasons, the first being an open house/grand opening celebration of our new recording studio located within the TAF facility at 638 North Street, Lafayette, IN 47901. This facility called, Rec Room Recording, was made possible through a grant from NCHS and was designed and constructed by local contractors in conjunction with a very dedicated group of SAMI members. The public can stop by and tour the facility, learn about the recording process and meet the SAMI folks that made it all happen. You can visit the website at:


That same evening, there will be music featuring SAMI members in conjunction with several of the 2020 Shirley Martin Scholarship Winners. The scholarship winners will kick things off at 6:00PM featuring Lauren Grace, Alicia Weise, Margot Hawthorne and Alec Swank. The featured SAMI artists for that night include: Justice Fuller, Frank Muffin-Acoustic, Scott Greeson, Vickie Maris and Lee Anna Atwell. There is plenty of room for social distancing and masks are required while in the TAF Building.

Check out the very cool lessons about PRO’s (professional rights organizations) and what they mean to songwriters as well as other great songwriting tips. Stay tuned on the social media channels for to see the videos. 


A special thank you to June IND for donating their proceeds for music sales in the month of August to SAMI. Chris and Emily are true servants to the artist community. Check out their music at: and tune in on September 24th @7:30pm to watch their livestream to benefit Food Finders  Juneindphilanthrocky


We will have our monthly SAMI Gathering via Zoom AND in person on Tuesday, September 15th.   We will meet on the front steps of TAF (638 North Street, Lafayette, IN 47901) at 7:30pm so bring a chair and a song to share.  If you are not ready for small groups, please join us at 7:30pm and our host will add you to the video meeting. If you don't have the link that was sent in the newsletter, contact to get the meeting link and ID.

We have been meeting and sharing songs for a few months now, and I have to tell you, it is wonderful seeing our SAMI members again.  It is really easy to join via Zoom but we have now added the in-person option.  All are welcome in whichever way you are most comfortable.

Please give this a try, we'd love to see you again, and best of all, we can share some songs!