Join us at our next regular song sharing meeting:

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

Monday, January 27, 2020

Applications Now Open


 

Check out our scholarship application for our 20th annual Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters.

The Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters is open to
songwriters ages 14 through 19 that are a permanent resident of
the State of Indiana and live in any of these Indiana counties:
Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper,
Montgomery, Newton, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren
or White.

MP3's of Original Songs (No Co-writes)

Cash Scholarships Awarded ($500 for First Place)

Additional Prizes Will be Awarded Based on Merritt.


For more info visit:  www.samisong.com

Deadline for Submission is April 15, 2020



Wednesday, January 15, 2020

SAMI To Host Workshop
With Entertainment Attorney
Peter Strand

On January 21, 2020 at 7:30pm, The Songwriters Association of Mid-North Indiana (SAMI) will host world-renowned entertainment attorney, musician and songwriter, Peter Stand, UPSTAIRS at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation. This event will provide an open forum to ask questions related to entertainment, copyright and intellectual property law. If you have specific questions to pose to Peter, please let us know in advance so that those questions may be properly addressed.

Peter’s extensive career includes client contract negotiation for film, TV, recording, songwriting and publishing. A partner in the entertainment, media and intellectual law firm of Mendell Menkes LLC in Chicago, Peter represents content creators and providers in all facets of the entertainment industry. Peter has taught entertainment law and music law as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School Of Law, Chicago Kent College of Law and Marquette University School of Law.

As an accomplished songwriter, entertainer and musician Peter and his band “Yipes” achieved national success on the Millennium/RCA label with recordings produced by Grammy Award winning producer, Jimmy Ienner. “Yipes” success yielded well deserved performance dates with acts such as Kanas, Foreigner, Cheap Trick and countless others. “Yipes” latest release was in 2018, which has resulted in continued touring opportunities and amazing reviews. For more information about Peter Strand:
https://mandellmenkes.com/lawyers/peter-strand/

Come join SAMI and Peter for a very informative and entertaining evening. Suggested donation is $5 at the door with all proceeds going to the Shirley Martin Scholarship for young songwriters. Please RSVP by responding to this email to help us know how many people to expect.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

December Holiday Party!


We are having our annual holiday gathering this Tuesday, December 17th. We will meet at 7:30 pm at TAF. We will kick off the first 15 minutes with our SAMI Featured Artist of the Month: Mike Byers.
 
You are encouraged to bring a finger food or beverage, and of course, a song to share (holiday themed or otherwise.) This will also be a time for the annual White Elephant Gift Exchange. This fun little activity involves wrapping up some kind of unwanted, possibly re-gifted, or ridiculously useless item, and playing a game of gift exchange. This item should be of the low-cost or no-cost variety. Each person wanting to participate should bring 1 wrapped item. Fun, food and song, this is gonna be fun, so bring a friend!

Thursday, September 05, 2019

A Message From the President

Scott Greeson: 2019 SAMI President

For twenty seven years, SAMI has served the songwriting community through mentoring, education and commitment to each other. SAMI’s unequivocal success can largely be attributed to the unselfish and giving nature of its members. Members have learned that through community growth, comes personal growth. When you consider the areas of the United States that are leaders in the music industry, you will always find a solid group of people like SAMI, committed to the continuous improvement of the artistic community in which they exist. Do I believe that Lafayette could become the next Nashville, Asheville or Austin, with a world class music scene that people come to be a part? The answer is ‘yes!’ You might ask how that could happen; well my friends, the seeds have been planted. With an increasing number of quality venues, theaters, festivals and artists, we are primed for exponential growth.  
While I firmly believe that SAMI is on the cusp of exponential growth, I think it’s critical to never forget what has gotten us to this point as a group. Simply put, it is our practice to foster an environment at events, meetings and performances where people are safe, comfortable and welcome. These elements are the foundation of our organization without exception. 
 
With this said I am reaffirming our expectation that SAMI members and leaders are, at all times, to conduct themselves professionally and with respect towards each other.
  • The SAMi organization will not accept discrimination of others at sponsored events or meetings.
  • The SAMI organization will not accept harassment of any kind, by one member to another via email, phone, text or social media. Behaviors of this kind are strictly prohibited.
  • An authenticated violation of these policies by any individual will result in disaffiliation from the SAMI organization. 

If you see or are concerned for someone, feel you are experiencing, or have witnessed this type of behavior within our organization, I would ask that you reach out to a SAMI leader immediately. 
 
Yes, these are tough topics to address, but if we are to see our full potential we must maintain a safe environment at all times. If you have questions please reach out to me.
 
Now let’s go write some songs!

Sincerely,

Scott Greeson
Co-Founder of SAMI, SAMI President

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

2019 Award Winners


Front row L to R: Alexis Howell, (1st Runner-up) Autumn Culver, (Horizon Award), Lauren Grace Mills, (Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters Winner)
Second row L to R: Gibson Wells (2nd Runner-up) Jessi Chase (Honorable Mention)


This Year's
FIRST PLACE WINNER LAUREN MILLS – “TIME MACHINE”


1ST RUNNER-UP
ALEXIS HOWELL – “SEA OF LIES”

2ND RUNNER-UP
GIBSON WELLS – “YOU CAN’T BUY HER”

THE MIKE LANE HORIZON AWARD
AUTUMN CULVER – “I’LL HELLP YOU”
HONORABLE MENTIONS
JESSI CHASE – “THE NEWBORN KING”
SARAH BREDEMEYER – “RESTLESS IN ROME”

Monday, April 22, 2019

19th Annual Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters Awards Night



Pictured above: SAMI members Amanda Parker, Chase Cotton, Michael Longcor, Linda Hicks, and Joe Peters

Come Celebrate With Us!

All are welcome to celebrate our 2019 winners on April 30th at 7pm at the newly renovated Tippecanoe Arts Federation building: 638 North Street, Lafayette, IN.

This Year's
FIRST PLACE WINNER LAUREN MILLS – “TIME MACHINE”


1ST RUNNER-UP
ALEXIS HOWELL – “SEA OF LIES”

2ND RUNNER-UP
GIBSON WELLS – “YOU CAN’T BUY HER”

THE MIKE LANE HORIZON AWARD
AUTUMN CULVER – “I’LL HELLP YOU”
HONORABLE MENTIONS
JESSI CHASE – “THE NEWBORN KING”
SARAH BREDEMEYER – “RESTLESS IN ROME”


We will have live performances by our young songwriters and cash prizes awarded.  Refreshments Served.

Monday, February 04, 2019