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, July 19, 2016

All Ages Songwriting Contest at GLM Live! July 20th

GLM Live Songwriter's Competition With Special Guest Host, Rick Mummey is this Wednesday, July 20th!

Don't miss this great night.

First Place: $200.00 Cash, Fender Guitar, 1 1/2 hour songwriting consultation with Nicky Rood. Recording time with Michael Kelsey, and a headlining show at GLM Live.

Second Place: Guitar Stand and 1 hour songwriting consultation. Recording time

Third Place: 1/2 hour songwriting consultation with Nicky Rood. 2 Hrs recording time..

Must be Original Music. Each artist will perform songs in front of judges: Nicky Rood, Jason Wells and Johnny Bhive. Winners move to next round. Music must be live. Up to 2 people on stage at a time per song. Artist and one person to accompany them.

Doors open at 6pm  $5 cover. 
Competition starts 6:45.   
Contestants load in is 5 to 5:45.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Wabash Riverfest on Saturday July 9th

Come join SAMI from 9-3pm Saturday July 9th at Tappawingo Park in West Lafayette for live music during Riverfest!

Here is an updated schedule of performers:

SAMI RiverFest Performers:

9:00 - 9:25am -  Lee Anna Atwell

9:30 - 9:55am – Eric Hicks

10:00 - 10:25am – Annie Hatke

10:30 - 10:55am – Charis Vander Plaats

11:00 - 11:40am – Greg Jones

11:45 - 12:05pm - Jordan Friend

12:10 - 12:50pm – Mike Longcor

1:00 - 1:25pm – Travis Kearney

1:30 - 1:55 – Cheryl Fletcher

2:00 - 2:25pm – Jeff Anderson

2:30 - 2:55pm – Tori Rosa

Thursday, June 16, 2016

SAMI's President, Nicky Rood has announced that she will be coordinating a series of songwriter rounds at GLM Live (1624 Main Street, Lafayette) this year. These Bluebird Cafe inspired showcases will feature SAMI's top songwriters in this intimate venue. A large sum of ticket sales will contribute towards funding the annual SAMI scholarships for young writers. Our next show is June 25th at 7:30pm, featuring Jeff Anderson, Amanda Fletcher, Hunter Rayne, and Joe Peters. Mark your calendars now! There is limited seating, and tickets will be sold at the door for $20 on a first come, first served basis.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Congratulations to Our 2016 SAMI Scholarship Winners!

Shirley Martin Scholarship - Tori Rosa Terrible Liar

1st Runner-up - Gibson Wells Mr. Stranger

2nd Runner-up - Jessica Thomson I'll Write a Song

Mike Lane Horizon Award - Kierra Brooks A Country Girl's World

Honorable Mention - Hunter Patterson Are You Missing Me.


 Tori Rosa: Shirley Martin Scholarship Winner
 Gibson Wells: 1st Runner-Up
 Jessica Thomson: 2nd Runner-Up
 Kierra Brooks: Mike Lane Horizon Award
Hunter Patterson: Honorable Mention

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Congratulations To This Year's Winners Who Placed In The Shirley Martin Scholarship For Young Songwriters Contest!!



Shirley Martin Scholarship - Tori Rosa Terrible Liar

1st Runner-up - Gibson Wells Mr. Stranger

2nd Runner-up - Jessica Thomson I'll Write a Song

Mike Lane Horizon Award - Kierra Brooks A Country Girl's World

The judging focused on many song components including melody, chord progression, song structure, rhythm, meter and lyrics. Entries were judged on songwriting abilities, not performance capabilities.

The First Place scholarship winner will receive a $500.00 cash prize to be used to help them in their songwriting endeavors. First Runner-up will receive $300, Second Runner-up will receive $200, and the Horizon Award winner will receive $100.  There are perks for all of the top promising songwriters including constructive feedback on their songs and opportunities to perform. 

This year’s winners will be performing their songs and accepting their awards on Tuesday, May 10th, 7:00 pm at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation building (TAF), 638 North Street in downtown Lafayette. Refreshments will be available, and the event is free and the public is welcome.  Come and help us celebrate!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Applications Are Now Being Accepted!

2016 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 2016 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 April 1, 2016.

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 2, 2016.

For additional information email Barrett Myers at

Saturday, November 21, 2015

November News and Announcements


Holiday Party! We will have our annual holiday gathering next month.  You are encouraged to bring a finger food or beverage, and of course, a song to share.  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.  The meeting will be on our regular 3rd Tuesday of the month (December 15th) at 7:30pm, so be sure to mark your calendars now!
Music and Memory: The Indiana Veterans Home has a relatively new program called,  “Music and Memory.”   Music Therapist, Charis Vander Plaats explained that many veterans that have Alzheimer’s or dementia can instantly make connections through music. If you are interested in performing songs, helping to create ‘playlists’ for these veterans, or just finding out more on this exciting program, contact Charis Vander Plaats at

Unitarian Universalist Church Art Fair Music: The UUC is holding its annual art fair on Friday & Saturday, December 4 & 5 at the UUC Fellowship Hall, 333 Meridian Street, West Lafayette.  UUC is looking for musicians, singers, performers to play in the Fellowship Hall, where much of the art is displayed, from 5-9pm on Friday, 10am-4pm on Saturday.  Each set would likely be about 45 minutes; any kind of acoustic music is fine, it does not need to be Christmas music, but seasonal music would be nice.  A sound system will be provided.  There is no pay for performers, but there would be a chance to sell CDs (70% to performer, 30% to UUC).  Please contact Joe Peters ( if interested.


The TAXI Road Rally in Los Angeles: SAMI members that went to this year’s Road Rally were, Bette Anderson, John Lacy, Joe Peters, Gilbert Gordon, Briagha McTavish and Neil McTavish. The conference features top music industry people giving break out classes and panels on various topics.  The main objective might be boiled down into “How do you get your music placed with artists and music libraries for film and TV.”  

Gilbert Gordon had a particularly successful experience and shared that his instrumental tune was played for Music Supervisor, Chas Ferry and accepted into his library!  Congratulations Gilbert!  What a great first time trip to the Road Rally!

Joe Peters also attended TAXI Road Rally this year.  Joe shared two of his songs on Open Mic stages, and interestingly to Joe, his song Low Down Funky Mood really seemed to connect with listeners this year.  A highlight for Joe all three nights was the Collaboration Room, where a revolving cast of characters shared mostly original songs, and much jammin occured.

Be sure to ask one of these SAMI members to talk about their experiences in Los Angeles. I'm sure there are fun stories and good info to be shared.

The First Annual CD Baby DIY Music Conference in Chicago: Cheryl and Amanda Fletcher came back with tons of ways to monetize online streaming and web presence, plus collecting various royalties for your songs.  This conference was focused on, “Now that you have your recordings, (CD’s or singles) uploaded onto CD Baby, here are the ways to make money from it.”  One of the most exciting topics had to do with monetizing YouTube and micro sync licensing.  Like the TAXI Road Rally, it was amazing to have 1,500+ musicians and artists in one place sharing and learning from one another. The information, inspiration, connections, and camaraderie made this conference one to attend next year!

The 21st annual Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters was held November 5-15, 2015.  It is held every November at the Birchwood Inn, Harbor Springs, Michigan.  Joe Peters went to week 2, and totally enjoyed the experience, the camaraderie, the songwriting, songs, songwriters, song circles.  In short, this retreat is all about the song!  On the first day, director John Lamb gives every attendee a songwriting challenge/prompt, and the morning of the last day is devoted to the sharing of each of these brand new original songs.  This year’s staff included: Joel Mabus, Laurie McClain, Claudia Nygaard, Pierce Pettis, Edie Carey, Tim Grimm, Natalia Zukerman, SONiA disappear fear, Penny Nichols, WT Davidson, and more. Since this retreat is open to all songwriters, their friends and family, wouldn’t it be fun to arrange to have a group go next November?

Member news

Scott Greeson and Trouble With Monday will have various shows utilizing various configurations of their band members.  Be sure to catch one of their shows.  Also check out the band and current info at
December 13th at 3:00 pm  Annual Battle Ground Christmas Concert @ The Battle Ground United Methodist Church, 201 Tipton Street, Battle Ground, IN 47920. 
December 17th from 4:00pm-7:00pm at the Indianapolis Airport Commons. 
December 19th Christmas with Scott Greeson and Trouble With Monday @ The Eye Opener Cafe at 8:00am,103 North Street, Battle Ground, IN 47920.

Joe Peters will perform at Fuel Coffee Shop, 1005 Main Street, Lafayette from 6-8pm on Monday, November 28th.  This is a laid-back little coffee shop, thus a great listening room.  Joe will share a set of songs from his new CD, Big Fat Liar, and encourages the audience to build a second set song list from Joe's other recordings.  The event is free.

Joe will also perform sometime during the UUC art fair.