North American Folk Music And Dance Alliance Inc

Rating: 4.98 stars   44 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: SummerSongs, Inc. PO Box 803 Saugerties NY 12477 USA

Mission: SummerSongs provides songwriters with training, performance opportunities, networking and community building through our retreats and conferences.
Geographic areas served: nation-wide
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 14-1817513
845-247-7049
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Rating: 5 stars  

While best known as a songwriters’ organization, Summersongs helped me beyond measure in performance skills, from introducing a song to microphone techniques, to making connection to the audience, to gracious acknowledgement of applause. I learned vocal exercises that I use without fail before performances or recording. I received advice that helped me fine-tune songs that were accepted on a major label as well as independent labels. I learned recording techniques that changed my whole approach to the process. Summersongs is the whole package, taught by some of my most admired and stunningly skilled professionals. It is also a loving, accepting music community, offering gentle guidance with positive reinforcement led by proven recording artists and performers. Summersongs is an unforgettable experience in every way.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

SummerSongs has taught me so many things about music that it would be impossible to list them all. From performance skills, vocal training, songwriting by genre, guitar classes of all types, to recording skills, it has been invaluable to me.The abilities of the instructional staff have been consistentlyoutstanding. Most of all, it has repeatedly inspired me, re-ignited my creative flame, and made me feel a part of an extended musical family.

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

Greatly improved vocal, performance, and songwriting skills.

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

Have more camps offered in other parts of the country,especially in the southern states.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The feeling of acceptance for many different types of music at different skill levels.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Genuinely enthusiastic in their presentations, very oriented toward student participation. They also offer individual instruction.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have more camps and spread the love of music and sonwriting worldwide.

Ways to make it better...

I could have attended all of the camps!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial, even the the price includes accomodations, tremendous food, and breath taking scenery. Few students make their living full time in music,and these are hard times for many people.

One thing I'd also say is that...

There is a glow that you get from attending these music camps that can't be described.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Summersongs was a profoundly life-changing experience for me, and continues to be an important source of community, support, learning and growth as a songwriter, teacher and musician. I will continue to recommend it to any and all songwriters or would-be songwriters that I meet as the single most important investment I ever made in myself as an artist. I showed up at camp recovering from cancer, shy and insecure. The support and encouragement I received there was so healing and inspiring. I have seen the most beautiful flowering of people's gifts again and again at camp, as we writers are given a safe and supportive environment to grow in. I cannot measure the camp's total impact on my life, but I sure wouldn't want to live without it.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

What Penny Nichols has started is nothing less than a movement to preserve and maintain the art of Songwriting in this country! Bravo Penny! Leslie Beauvais

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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