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Monday, November 15, 2021

SAMI Gathering November 16 and the Minutes from the Annual Board Meeting


We will have our monthly in-person SAMI Gathering in the SAMI studio (lower level of the Tippecanoe Arts Federation) plus online via Zoom on Tuesday November 16th at 7:30pm.  If you want to attend virtually and do not have the permanent Zoom link or need information about this meeting, please contact Cheryl Fletcher at:

The SAMI Board of Directors met in-person and virtually on Monday November 8, 2021.  The following are the minutes from that meeting:

Monday, November 8, 2021: 7:30pm- 8:30pm
In attendance: 
  1. President Scott Greeson  
  2. Vice-President Michele Newman 
  3. Secretary Cheryl Fletcher 
  4. Treasurer Todd Williams
  5. New Venue Development Chris June 
  6. Vice Pres of Studio Operations Ethan Bates (not present) 
  7. Michael Longcor board member
  8. Attorney Rebecca Trent 
  9. Scholarship Coordinator Justice Fuller (not present)
General Membership attendees:
Corbin Stanchfield
Proposed meeting subject: 2021 Year-end Board meeting, Review and Planning
  1. Opening Statement and General info update from Scott Greeson:  Welcome to everyone present.  “Lots of good things going on.”  Scott asked each attendee about their lives and current music projects. 
  2. First Fridays: Michele Newman There has been a staffing turnover at TAF, so there has been a lack of coordination for a little while that complicated scheduling and communications.  That seems to be resolved now. Winter poses obvious problems with outside performances and outdoor dining.  At least 8 small businesses are willing to host musicians.  Some of these businesses have very small spaces set aside, so larger music acts are difficult to place.  Anyone wanting to play should let Michele know so that she can match them up for First Fridays through the coming months.
  3. Financial Update: Todd Williams gave a Treasurer’s report and financial update. The actual report is filed under the Financial Docs for SAMI 2021 in Google Drive.          
  4. Studio Update: Scott Greeson (for Ethan Bates) An anonymous person has donated 2 expensive equipment upgrades to REC Room studio.  SAMI will resell the older equipment. Cheryl suggested that better communication between the studio and the general SAMI membership would increase interest and help the membership understand what is happening in the studio.  It was suggested that a monthly ‘report’ of sorts could be included in the emailed newsletter.  What projects are being produced and what community events the studio is involved in can be listed as well as links to the newly released music. 
  5. Grant Update: Scott Greeson  SAMI was awarded a second grant of $123,000.  The grant will be used to eliminate the sound leakage in the closets of the studio, sonically treat TAF’s dance studio with sound suppression with the goal of adding a much needed rehearsal and performance space, adding new cameras and wiring upstairs linked to the REC Room studio downstairs to allow multi-channel recording, and purchase and install more elaborate lighting with controllers upstairs that will improve performance and video work.  The end objective is to use the proceeds of this grant to enhance the performance and recording spaces in the building and allow live streaming for the community.  TAF was renovated and redesigned about 3 years ago, but there were some heating and cooling airflow flaws that have caused noise issues. Separate from the grant, the architect and engineers have met and will start making corrections to TAF next month.  Matt Call will probably be in charge of heading that up
  6. 501c3: Rebecca Trent the process is held up with the IRS. We are waiting to have a specialist assigned to our case in order to move forward.
  7. Internships at REC Room: Scott Greeson  Corbin Stanchfield has been interning with REC Room by helping with various events that REC Room is involved with. Corbin is learning various aspects including videography and has been integral with the ATLYS project recently produced.  The other intern at REC Room is a young lady that wants to be a broadcaster.  Hans and Brittany have worked with her.
  8. Facebook Security Chris June has brought to the board’s attention that Facebook is changing the policy regarding public and private groups.  The SAMI Facebook group defaults to public, which means that anyone can see posts on the page without being admitted as a member of the page.  It is the new goal to set in place moderation to prevent spam and irrelevant posts.  This issue is being looked into and dealt with by Chris and Cheryl.
  9. Open Forum:
Chris June has partnered June IND with NOISEtrends, (Frank Muffin,) to create a music cooperative.  Chris said, “We’ve discovered that you can get more done together than separately.”  He also said that they hope to widen the net to bring more people into this idea of cooperation. By coordinating events, promotions, and venues, they eliminate a great deal of competition for those gigs. June IND will donate all online streaming revenue to LTHC Homeless Services this month.
Scott and Malachi Jaggers have co-written the song, “An American Hero” that was recorded in Nashville. Malachi’s most recent album, “Fearless,” is receiving attention and is in contention for a Grammy. 
Hans and Brittany Rees, Frank Muffin are working on a benefit performance on the 27th of November at Carnahan Hall.  They will be reenacting the band and characters in “The Last Waltz” from The Band. All money raised will go to The Arc that Promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Cheryl is working with Chris June to add a button to the website for both donations to SAMI’s general fund and for the annual SAMI dues.  Chris said that he will work on designing the graphics and then add them to the web page with the appropriate links attached. The goal is to simplify and streamline the donation process.

Todd asked about putting together the 2022 budget.  Scott answered that it will be worked on and approved at a future date separate from this board meeting.
The next SAMI Board meeting (2022) will take place in April - TBA

Monday, August 16, 2021

Song Sharing Meeting August 17th and Other News



You are invited to our regular SAMI songsharing gathering this Tuesday at 7:30pm. This will be a hybrid meeting (zoom link below) and if the weather is good, we will meet outside on the front steps! Bring a mask just in case we have to move it inside.  We will have our usual song share and discuss what’s happening in our songwriting community.  If you'd like constructive feedback on your song, don't forget to bring printed lyrics.  Feel free to bring a friend.  If you need the Zoom link for the meeting, email

There Are Still A Couple of Slots for The Youth Stage

Go to their website, on the bottom of the schedule page to book the slot:


Have You Heard About This?

June IND is donating their streaming funds to the Songwriters Association Of Mid-North Indiana this month. When you stream their music, you get great music as well as helping songwriters develop their craft, check it out! Songs are set to 'pay what you want' at  June IND is donating proceeds to the Songwriters Association of Mid-North Indiana. Click on this link to take you to June IND's Bandcamp page to find out all about it and start streaming now!

Click here to watch the official music video from
June IND featuring Justice Fuller -
Come to Hand (Official Video)

 A GIANT 'Thank You' to June IND from SAMI!



SAMI Applies For Second Major Grant!!

For those that went to this year’s Shirley Martin scholarship reception, you witnessed great talent in an amazing venue at TAF. During that event you would have also experienced the abundance of natural reverb in the main room. The combination of natural reverb, music from our reception, plus the conversation from the side galleries turned the event into a challenging audio experience.

This event motivated the studio team to apply for a new grant to improve acoustics in the main room, and at the same time improve the lighting to assist with live broadcasts and performance. Additionally, we would connect the main hall and dance studio digitally with CAT 5 cable to allow live recording from multiple rooms in the building back to REC Room Recording. We have also proposed sound treatment of the dance studio to allow for the room to be multipurposed for music rehearsal and enhance dance instruction. The natural reverb in this room is challenging at best. We would also make some enhancements to REC Room acoustics to additionally minimize sound leakage into and from the room.

The team spent a month getting quotes, having professional assessments and filling out the application. We are blessed to have two mechanical engineers on our team to assist. A special thank you goes out to Hans & Brittany Rees, Ethan Bates, Neil McTavish, Gibson Wells and Scott Greeson for their combined effort on the application. The impact for SAMI and our community would be big, allowing this perfect size venue to easily broadcast and record our singer songwriters in these live settings. The modification would also assist with live and recorded arts education opportunities. We will keep you posted as to the outcome as the grant application moves forward! 
Collaboration CD Release
Friday Oct 15, 2021 - 7:30 PM

It's a regular who's who of music talent from the area: Joe Peters, Michael Kelsey, Scott Greeson, Vickie Maris, Lee Anna Atwell, Michael Longcor, Amanda Parker, Cheryl Fletcher, Kitty Campbell, Sharon McKnight, Rick Mummey, Linda Hicks, Chase Cotten, Jeff All, Hans & Brittany Rees and others.
Held at the Delphi Opera House in Delphi, Indidana.  Check out the Delphi Opera House website and reserve your tickets now!
Joe Peters Collaboration CD Release

Monday, July 19, 2021

Congratulations Lauren Grace


Debut Single from 2019 Shirley Martin Scholarship Winner, Lauren Grace!!
Lauren says this: "Hello SAMI people!! I just wanted to let you guys know that my debut single “Songwriter” came out today!! I literally would not have been able to do this without this amazing community."

And THIS is REC Room Studio's mission in a nutshell.  To provide the Recording and Educational opportunities to the overall Community that we serve.  Lauren is the perfect example of how SAMI and REC Room are positively impacting our young songwriters and community at large. 

To hear Lauren's new single:

Monday, May 24, 2021

Congratulations to the 2021 Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters Award Winners!

This year's Scholarship winner is Alice Lin, 18, with her song, "Wanna Be A Kid,"  She'll receive $500.


Alec Swank, 18, is First Runner Up with his song, "Don't Gotta Man." He'll receive $300.


Jackie Wiley, 16, is 2nd Runner Up with her song, "Flowers for Another."  She'll receive $200.


Corbin Stanchfield, 14, was named this year's Mike Lane Horizon Award winner with his song, “Hole Underground.”  He'll receive $100. 


Jessi Chase, 17, has been given an Honorable Mention with her song, “How We’re Taught,” and will receive a special gift that has been donated to SAMI by Mike Byers.


This year’s award night will be held in-person on June 4th at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation at 6-7pm.  Each winner has been invited to perform their song on stage.  The start time is a change from previous years to accommodate the additional music of Lafayette’s First Friday that same night.  Come join us to celebrate these bright young songwriters!

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Best of Both Worlds!

Join us for the First IN-PERSON Songwriting Gathering of 2021!

Upstairs on the main floor of the Tippecanoe Arts Federation (638 North Street, Lafayette, IN) starting at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, May 18th.  Bring 10+ copies of your lyrics and a song to share!  If you can't be there for any reason, be sure to check out the Zoom info that was sent out in the newest newsletter.  If you need the new and temporary May link, contact: for the Zoom credentials.  

SAMI's President, Scott Greeson,  will be out of town for our monthly gathering and Cheryl Fletcher will host this hybrid meeting (In-person and online) via a Zoom account that only has a 40 minute time limit.  This Zoom room will only be open from 7:30pm - 8:10pm.  If you would like to share a song to the group in person, we will have that option upstairs in the main room at TAF.  If you would like to join us via zoom, plan on being timely so as to be present for that 40 minute time frame 


Hope to see you all there!

Monday, May 03, 2021

Scholarship Awards Night Moved to June 4th!


The deadline/application window for the Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters officially closed on April 16th as scheduled, but the awards night has been moved to June 4th to coincide with the First Fridays in Downtown Lafayette.  The awards will be held at TAF (Tippecanoe Arts Federation) located at 638 North Street, Lafayette, IN 47901.  Judging will take place prior to this time and the winners will be notified on or before May 28, 2021.