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

Monday, October 19, 2020

What's Happening


SAMI will have our monthly gathering of songwriters, Tuesday October 20, 2020 at 7:30pm. We will have two options for our members:
  • A live event on the TAF main floor which will allow social distancing. Bring your (required) mask and a song!
  • For our members that can’t make it live, we are offering a Zoom option.
Either way we would love to see you!

If you choose the Zoom option:
  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 partnerships of virtual events for the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, The Lafayette Symphony Guild and Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. They have also recorded live events at Digby’s, and Duncan Hall’s “Fall at The Hall” Events. For information on each, go to the organization’s perspective websites.  The next Art Museum of Greater Lafayette Broadcast will be October 30th at 7:00pm. The broadcast will be on their Facebook Page.  The next live event at Duncan Hall is scheduled for November 6th, featuring Frank Muffin, Justice Fuller & Bruce Barker. For tickets and or the latest information go to

REC Room Recording has recorded several SAMI members as part of the Joe Peters “Collaborations Project”. This project involves writers from Indiana and California with recording of vocals being done at REC Room and instrumentation being recorded in Broad Ripple In, by Michael Kelsey. The variety, talent and energy on the project is staggering.  Writing on the project also includes our own Mike Rothman, a.k.a. Frederick Michaels. A special thanks goes out to Ethan Bates, Brittany Rees, Hans Rees and Gibson Wells for their engineering and production skills.

Nicky Kerr was recently featured on an international podcast called “My Grandfathers Secret Life In Music”. She sings a song written by her grandfather of which she had no idea was a songwriter until recently. The song was recorded at REC Room Recording and was Engineered by Ethan Bates.

Rec Room Recording is posting amazing songwriter educational opportunities on their social media pages. Please check them regularly for the latest videos.

SAMI members releasing new music: Please check out the latest release from Frank Muffin, Cody Hall and a soon to be single release from Joe Peters new project. Tell us when, where and how to access your new music so we can share it!



SAMI Insignia Masks: Scott Greeson and Vickie Maris are currently designing a mask in cooperation with Freckles Graphics that will feature and updated SAMI logo. Scott & Vickie will sell the masks at cost with proceeds going towards sponsorship of some type of educational workshop for all SAMI members. This will be a unique way to stay safe while showing your SAMI pride.

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!

Monday, July 13, 2020

2020 Winners in the Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters

Congratulations to the 2020
 Abigail Bannon
 "Thank God for the Gold and Blue"

Alicia Weise - "Ethereal"

Margot Hawthorne- "Same Game"

John Waterworth- "GoodbyeRosey"
Jackie Marie Wiley- "Way Too Good at Frowning"

 Alec Swank- "Sixteen"
Alice Lin- "Cold" 

Click this link to the Virtual Awards Ceremony with videos from our award winners!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Deadline has been EXTENDED to MAY 31, 2020


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 Merit.

For more info visit:

The deadline has been extended due to the impact of the Covid 19 Virus. Deadline for Submission is now May 31, 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:

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!


Scott Greeson
Co-Founder of SAMI, SAMI President