Join us at our next regular song sharing meeting:

Third Tuesday of Every Month, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lower Level, Tippecanoe Arts Federation, 638 North Street Lafayette, IN 47901-1153 (map)

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 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. 


Sunday, October 01, 2017

SAMI Songwriters Association of Mid-north Indiana

The number one thing changing is our meeting space at TAF.  Come April, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation will be closing for a whole year to renovate the building.  That means that SAMI will be assigned a to-be-announced, alternate meeting space.  Until then SAMI still has use of the Fiddlers Room in the lower level of TAF if we choose to use it.

Should we redesign SAMI?

Because of the TAF closing and declining number of people coming to meetings, a few questions arise:  Do we want to redesign the SAMI meeting? Are people wanting something different than what is currently offered at the monthly meetings? Can we offer songwriters something to entice them to be more involved? The mailing list is approaching 160 people, but only a handful of people have been showing up at meetings, and no one wants to fill the empty board positions. Why is this? How do we get more people involved in our group?

In effect, where should SAMI go from here?

The Songwriters Association of Mid-north Indiana was founded as a resource for the purpose of education, encouragement, networking and development of songwriters in mid-north Indiana.  Through the means of workshops, showcases and monthly meetings, SAMI has sustained growth through the unselfish support of area musicians.

Attendance and participation is essential to maintaining the beneficial feedback we get from fellow songwriters when we write new songs.  The Shirley Martin Scholarship has changed lives! SAMI has been a presence in the musical community with numerous live performance opportunities offered to its members. SAMI is an amazing network when we combine talents and time. Lifelong friendships, and many excellent songs have begun with SAMI. Perhaps some member input is just what we need right now.  If you have something you'd like to contribute to the discussion, please email:

Thank you, 
Cheryl Fletcher
SAMI Secretary

Monday, August 14, 2017

7:30 PM

Tippecanoe Arts Federation
638 North Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
Bring 10-15 copies of your new song  to share
Get Directions

Song Sharing Meeting

Our meeting will be in the Fiddlers Gathering East Room on the lower level of TAF.  Come join us and get the latest news and share a song.

How Cool is THIS?

At our July meeting, Frederick Michaels shared lyrics and invited people to add the music.  Not one, but TWO people took up the challenge.  Come to the meeting to hear both (very different) songs shared by Lee Anna Atwell and Gilbert Gordon.

    Get the Latest News:

    • More about how the Benefit for Abby And Libby in Delphi went
    • Song conferences to attend
    • CD releases coming up
    • and more!
    Don't forget to "like" SAMI on Facebook and post your upcoming gigs and share what's going on with you.

    See you there Tomorrow (Tuesday) at TAF!

    Thursday, July 06, 2017

    Wabash Riverfest July 8th

    Come join us this Saturday at Tapawingo Park, West Lafayette from 9am-4pm for a family fun day and support your favorite songwriters!  For more info:

    SAMI Performers for Riverfest 2017
    9:00 - 9:35am - Cheryl Fletcher
    9:40 – 10:15am – Travis Kearney
    10:20 - 10:55am – Annie Hatke Schap
    11:00 – 11:35 pm – Tj Rosa
    11:40 – 12:15 pm – Paul Foster
    12:20 - 12:55pm – Mike Longcor
    1:00 - 1:35pm – Joe Peters
    1:40 – 2:15pm – Gilbert Gordon
    2:20 - 2:55pm – Brandon Fulk & Derrick Coleman
    3:00 – 3:35pm – Rick Rascoe
    3:40-4:00 pm late add-on or tear down

    Monday, April 17, 2017

    7:30 PM

    Tippecanoe Arts Federation
    638 North Street
    Lafayette, IN 47901
    Bring 10-15 copies of your new song  to share
    Get Directions

    Song Sharing Meeting

    Our regular song-sharing meeting will be in the Fiddlers Gathering East Room on the lower level of TAF Tuesday, April 18th.  Come join us and get the latest news and share a song!

    Did You Sign Up to Perform at Riverfest on July 8th?

    We will have the signup sheets for Riverfest for morning or afternoon slots. So far we only have a few people and we need others to fill the day.  Don't forget that it is a fun,  easy "plug in and play" opportunity on July 8th. Slots range in length from 2-3 songs to 6-7 songs depending on what you'd like to sign up for.

      Get the Latest News:

      • The latest on our Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters
      • How you can get more involved
      • member news and networking
      Don't forget to "like" SAMI on Facebook and post your upcoming gigs and share what's going on with you.

      See you tomorrow night at 7:30!

      Sunday, January 29, 2017

      2017 Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters

       “A scholarship for the advancement of young songwriters”

      Who- The Songwriters Association of Mid-north Indiana (SAMI)

      What- Currently accepting applications for the 2017 Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters, which includes the special Mike Lane Horizon Award. This scholarship and award exists for the purpose of developing, recognizing and supporting area youth in the advancement of their songwriting skills.

      Who Can Apply- Candidates must be between the ages of 14 and 19 at the time of application and be a permanent resident of one of the following Indiana counties to apply: Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren and White.

      When- Applications being accepted until March 31, 2017.

      Winner Will Receive: 
      1. $500 cash award to be applied toward the Shirley Martin Scholarship winner’s education, a musical instrument or other songwriting-supporting endeavor.  Other cash awards for runners-up and the Mike Lane Horizon Award.
      2. Performance opportunities.
      3. Local publicity.

      How and Where to Apply:
      Apply online or download a printable application, or write to:
      The Tippecanoe Arts Federation
      638 North Street
      Lafayette, IN,  47901

       Distribution: Winners will be notified on or before May 1, 2017.

      For additional information email TJ Rosa at

      Friday, January 27, 2017


      Officers for 2017:  We are soliciting so whoever is interested in participating in a SAMI position for 2017, please make this known by emailing  Your service is appreciated.

      2017 SAMI Board
      Scholarship Coordinators: Barrett Myers & TJ Rosa
      New Venue Development
      Web Image Consultant:

      TWO Different Showcases to Get Involved In:

      SAMI Songwriter Showcase is an audition-based series of concerts. SAMI and GLM Live have teamed up to raise money for the SAMI scholarships, and provide a unique show of the highest musical quality in a personable, intimate performance setting. The first show for 2017 will take place in mid March and performers have not been selected yet.  Anyone interested should apply by mid Feb to allow for publicity deadlines. Applicants must be at least 14 years of age (with written parental consent if under 18) and members of SAMI. Songwriters may apply by emailing the following to

      1.) Two Original Songs (.mp3 format)
      2.) Lyrics (.doc format)
      3.) Live Performance Video (can be a private or unlisted YouTube link)
      4.) Short Bio
      All emails must have “Name - SAMI Songwriter Showcase Audition” written in the email subject.
      Songwriters will be notified via email whether they are selected to perform in a showcase or not.
      SAMI Songwriter Showcase - email to apply!

      River City Playhouse - 6 concerts are planned for this year and managed by our very own TJ Rosa. The first showcase (that benefits our scholarship) will be Feb 2nd with Jeff Anderson and Hunter Patterson, $10 online in advance or $20 at the door, FB page,,

      Funndraising DVD of the Jan 9, 2016 House Concert at the Delphi Opera House has been released and is available for purchase, $20 for both the DVD and CD combo package.  All proceeds go to SAMI if you purchase from SAMI and all proceeds go to the Delphi Opera House if you buy from them.  This is a really good concert and it supports 2 worthy causes.

      2017 Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters:  Stay tuned for updated deadlines and ways to help with this year’s songwriting scholarships.  Barrett Myers and TJ Rosa will be coordinating to get the ball rolling, and more info will be coming on how you can help.

      Do the Dues! 
      It’s time to collect SAMI’s annual dues.  SAMI is, and has always been, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization.  Any money collected from dues and donations goes directly to paying for the annual operating costs, like our monthly meeting space rental (pretty minimal) and the substantial payouts of the annual young songwriters scholarships in May. It takes roughly $1,500 each scholarship cycle, and we need your dues/and or donations! Dues are still only $20 per year and can either be handed to our treasurer, Michael Longcor, at a meeting, or mailed to TAF:

      c/o Tippecanoe Arts Federation
      638 North Street
      Lafayette, IN 47901

      February’s Song Challenge Ideas:
      1. Love Song “Love is in the Air”
      2. Anti-Love Song

      The colder weather means more time spent indoors...might be a good time to start a new song.  See you at the February meeting.

      Cheryl Fletcher
      SAMI Secretary