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

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

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Winners!

Left to Right: Jessi Chase, the Mike Lane Horizon Award, Mitchell Calderon, 2nd Runner-up, Lauren Mills, 1st Runner-up, Jay Thoennes, winner of the 2018 Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

In This Issue:

  • Shirley Martin Awards
  • July Gathering
  • RiverFest Photos


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18th Annual Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters Award Night Will Be July 24th at 7:00 PM

(Click the song titles below to hear the award winning songs!)

We are thrilled to announce the 2018 Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters winner:

Jay Theonnes from West Lafayette for his entry, "Cold."

Additional Awardees are:
1st Runner-Up: "Another Chapter" by Lauren Mills
2nd Runner-Up: "Soon" by Mitchell Calderone
The Mike Lane Horizon Award:
"Life Will Pass Right By" by Jessi Chase
Honorable Mention:
"Other Side Of Your Mind" by Gibson Wells
We invite everyone to come celebrate these talented kids in our scholarship ceremony at 7:00 pm on July 24th at The Tippecanoe County Historical Association (TCHA) Center in Lafayette, IN. (522 Columbia St.)
Congratulations! All of us at SAMI are so proud of you!

Song Sharing Gathering Tuesday, July 17th

We will have our regular song sharing gathering tomorrow, July 17th, at The Imagination Station at 7:30 pm.

Be sure to come, bring a friend, share a song, and be inspired to write again!
(Bring 10-15 copies of lyrics if you'd like constructive critique.)

See you at Imagination Station

Address: 600 N 4th St, Lafayette, IN 47901
at 7:30 pm Tomorrow!

Wabash RiverFest Was Bigger Than Ever!

Shirley Martin Scholarship Awards Night

Join us Tuesday, July 24th at 7pm as we celebrate this year's young songwriters and the winning entries!  We have a different location this year due to the TAF building reconstruciton:  522 Columbia St. (the corner of 6th and Columbia)

Tuesday, March 06, 2018


 

Mosey Down Main Street Scheduling

 
Hello. It is that time again; time to start planning the five Moseys for the 2018 season. As you probably know, there is no budget to pay bands. Professional sound is provided and one hour sets are scheduled at three different locations within the Mosey. There are ample opportunities to be heard by thousands, sell merchandise, and hopefully convince people to hire you for gigs or to come out and hear you when you play paid gigs in local venues.

The dates for the Moseys this year will be; May 12, June 2, July 14, August 11 and September 1. If you are interested in playing any of these dates
go to
moseydownmain.com click on the "Music" button, fill out the form and submit it.  Ken McCammon will reach out to you.
 
 
Can You Write a Song Inspired by the Celery Bog?
 
The Celery Bog is celebrating with their annual Mind BOGgling Event on Saturday, May 19th.  SAMI members are invited to play music during a one-hour time slot from noon-1:00 pm.  It is not a requirement, but suggested that the songs be inspired by the Celery Bog or possibly nature related. Weather permitting, we will be set up outside and play to a lunchtime crowd.  It’s a free, family oriented event with lots of nature trails and demonstrations to check out.  Bring your picnic baskets and blankets and enjoy a day at the Celery Bog! If you are interested in playing at this year's Mind BOGgling Event, respond to this newsletter, or talk to Cheryl Fletcher about signing up. This is a 'plug-n-play' gig.  Just bring your instrument and songs about the Bog!
 
 

The Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters Deadline is  Now JUNE 15th

This is a change from previous years.  We hope to get young songwriters to apply and not be conflicted with school and finals. Soon, our Scholarship Coordinator, Tori Rosa, will make the flyers available to download and hang up.  In the mean time, do you know a 14-19 year old songwriter that would like to enter this contest?  Top prize is $500 cash with additional prizes including  the Mike Lane Horizon Award. Steer them toward us!
 
 
Time Slots Are Now Available for RiverFest
 
Wabash RiverFest is an annual event designed to bring the community together, celebrating the living Wabash river with conservation exhibits, games, activities, canoes races and a 5K. Wabash RiverFest is specifically designed to teach children an understanding of our most-prized natural resource here in Greater Lafayette.  SAMI will be providing music throughout the day (9:00 am - 3:00 pm) This is a great performance opportunity since SAMI will be setting up a sound system and anyone wishing to perform need only bring an instrument and cable to plug in.  If interested in playing a song or two, or playing a longer set, reply to this newsletter with a preferred a.m. or p.m. time.  All performers that want a RiverFest T-shirt need to include their shirt size. Mark your calendar and plan on coming out to support our songwriters and our mighty Wabash.
 
 

Next Song Sharing Gathering is March 20th at 7:30 pm at TAF

Mark your calendars for our next song sharing gathering. We will still get together at TAF  this month, on the 20th at 7:30 pm.  Stay tuned for info after our April SAMI gathering for an alternate location.