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24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Lila C.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Jay L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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