PHILADELPHIA SONGWRITERS PROJECT

Rating: 4.56 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 137 Barrie Rd % Dena Marchiony Ardmore PA 19003 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Philadelphia Songwriters Project has been a dynamic and impactful force on the landscape of the Philadelphia area music community for many years. They have hosted educational events, networking events, instructional events, performance events, showcase events, charity events...... So many people have benefited from their work.

They have welcomed individuals with varying levels of musical intelligence and experience, of varying ages, from all musical genres. They have provided a forum for members of these communities to share their knowledge and create stronger communities.

The arts have suffered terribly in recent years, and this organization has been no exception. They do good work, with great integrity and respect for the art and the artists.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This organization developed a program whereby songwriter's songs were arranged and performed by choirs. This was a ground-breaking event for everyone involved. It was educational for the choirs, the writers, and the audience in that everyone experienced how one genre of music could be performed in another. One of my songs was chosen for this event, and I consider myself quite blessed for the experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It is hard to make suggestions of this kind with the knowledge that there are severe budgetary restraints. In a perfect world, this organization would have an office and performance space, be open for business 7 days a week, and would host events that are both genre specific and multi-genre several times a month.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been a volunteer of PSP since its inception. It has been an under-rated organization that has helped hundereds of local as well as National singer-songwriters become better at what they do. It has been there to support them, to offer educational opportunities, as well as give them a platform to raise their voices and perform in many different settings that they may not have had the chance to perform in, if it had not been for PSP.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The PSP has meant so much to my songwriting career. It was the 1st organization that got me connected with the Philly music scene which eventually led to my involvement with the Recording Academy (Grammys).
My 1st CD had great success in Europe as a result of a conversation I had at the PSP Christmas party a few years ago. This then led to a European radio tour and a #1 song in The Netherlands.
Dena's tireless efforts have provided area singer/songwriters with educational workshops, performance opportunities, and networking.
All Good Stuff!!
Thank you Dena and the PSP, Lee Whitaker

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The review states my personal experiences. My European music success can be directly attributed to PSP. It's all about networking.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Dena Marchiony has done a great job keeping the organization going. I can't think of any changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As an artist, I found Philadelphia Songwriter's Project to be extremely valuable. PSP has provided opportunities for me to perform, to attend relevant professional development seminars, and participate in artistic growth activities. It provides opportunities to network with other artists and music people. Being a member of PSP gives me a sense of comraderie and connection with other area artists as well.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...performance opportunities with other artists in Philadelphia, professional development seminars like vocal technique enhancement, and building relationships with other artists and professionals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

... provide more funding and resources so it can continue to build, grow and further its mission.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteered at various musical fundraisers, showcases and a vote festival. The support PSP gives for local musicians and artists is overhwelming. They continually help local artists get recognized and give them a platform to perform as well as entering songwriting contests.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being able to see the innerworkings of a non-profit organization which enables local songwriters to be heard and offers educational experiences.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not make any changes

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

My first exposure to PSP was when my former business partner forwarded me a voicemail message from founder Dena Marchiony. I returned the inquiry, and we ended up partnering on dozens of events. I served three years on the PSP Board Of Directors, and my recording studio business has sponsored many PSP programs and provided professional services to the group.

In the arts, many people have the influence to "put on a show," and indeed, much of PSP's core programming has been about putting together showcase events. Two main elements distinguish PSP, in my view. One, a relentless focus on helping emerging artists to develop their professional careers, evolve in their craft, and come together as a community. Two, major successes at promotion and unearthing corporate support for its programming. Thus, a group that once looked like "the little arts group that could" has put together a track record of producing programs that delight and sometimes shock with their scale and quality of execution.

The Beyond Measure program was a prime example — an exceptionally ambitious program on an artistic and logistical level. The program faced tremendous challenges in raising the necessary cash, but PSP leadership never stopped moving, adapting, and willing the event not only into feasibility — which was hard enough — but to a high level of excellence. The result was an event in which hundreds of artists, ranging from high school students to senior citizens and longtime music pros, collaborated in a one-of-a-kind performance. The artistry came together in an impressive fashion, and huge number of participants and concertgoers came away with a transcendent experience of artistic possibility and community. We're proud to have played a small role in this event, donating services in kind.

PSP most recently is becoming well known for its songwriting contests, which are highly competitive affairs that make a significant impact on the careers of both finalists and the eventual winners. Like many other PSP events, the contest exemplifies the group's facility with provoking a response from a large number of artists within the community. It also exemplifies the group's ability to develop partnerships with major corporate entities, including several regional music festivals and major concert promoters. Finally, the artistic excellence of the end result is clear.

My experience with PSP extends to a many other programs, and I expect to be involved with more in the future, but I chose these two as examples of what makes PSP a standout arts non-profit.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... my work with songwriters, both before and after their interactions with PSP. I have seen important connections form among songwriters, attitudes shift with regard to career strategies, and artists benefitting long-term through their association with PSP.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

... make more of an effort to design programs that will appear to major grant sponsoring organizations. PSP has garnered major corporate support and huge in-kind donations, but maintaining reasonable cash flow has always been a problem. PSP programming is designed with real vision, which I admire greatly. It probably would help for specific programming to be aligned not only with that vision, but also with the preset priorities of grant-awarding organizations.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Approached by its founders as it was being organized.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Continued excellence of programing, and cash flow.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Developing greater buy-in and participation from membership and fiscal stability.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 4 stars  

PSP has served songwriters in our area with outstanding performance, networking, and educational opportunities. In my experience as a singer-songwriter, PSP has provided performance opportunities leading to further bookings, and networking opportunities where I've met another songwriters leading to successful long-standing friendship and collaboration.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

more bookings as a performer, meeting collaborator

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help it to offer more opportunities

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was an intern for the Songwriters Project during the summer of 2010. I gained experience in the music industry, as well as event preparation and some market research. It was a fun and interesting internship with a flexible schedule that I would recommend to any college student.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Building my resume and portfolio, while networking with great people.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

n't do anything!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Andrea Carlson and I am a singer/songwriter in the Philadelphia area. I was very fortunate to come across the information to the Philadelphia Songwriters Project song writing contest in early 2009. I felt comfortable to enter by their encouraging profile that everyone would be considered equally. I sent in my CD, but with hopes, but no idea what it would lead to. Well, first I found out I was a finalist and then later in an live competition I was one of the winners that year! It was quite a boost to my moral, but even more it offered a high level of exposure! I was able to perform in some of the top venues and festivals that summer. It was a fabulous experience and I am still reaping the benefits from it all. I am so grateful for this opportunity!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The exposure and being able to call myself a "winner" has been a real boost for my career.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Philadelphia Songwriters Project has engaged in some of the most innovative creative programs in the area. The VOTE! music festival ran simultaneous performances in dozens of locations to encourage voter registration. Beyond Measure brought local songwriters together with choirs and choruses to create a completely original presentation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen a wide array of performers and music lovers come together to celebrate creativity.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This organization would improve with more consistent funding and programs.

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