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February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

I have accompanied different PSW finalists two years in a row now. From one year to the next PSW's professionalism (which was notable to begin with) grew leaps and bounds. In terms of outreach and promotion, venue and audience exposure, stage management and merchandise sales they have exceeded artists' expectations. In terms of function, they are an important link in Philadelphia culture. They offer artists access to high profile stages and venues they might otherwise be denied, while also introducing audience members to talented local musicians they may have never met.

I believe the first year, 6 finalists were chosen and the second year 4 finalists were selected. This benefited clients, performers, and audiences alike. Narrowing it even further to 2 or 3 finalists may make it even more beneficial. In so doing, showcases would be more efficient in turnaround, artists would have more time to establish a relationship with new audience members, and the showcase would have more weight and credibility.

I say this, because as a professional musician I have seen several performers or bands slip through each year that were capable of playing two songs and winning a contest but were incapable of performing a set of cohesive material before a large audience. It is not inconceivable that out of a 1000 submissions, only 3 performers possess the talent, determination and professionalism to write good music AND put on a good show.

One could argue that every performer benefits from the exposure, experience, and opportunity PSW provides and I would certainly agree. However, the flip side is that the very "green-ness"of the finalists I mention can undermine the credibility of PSW and its brand as an authoritative representative of emerging artists.

It is my opinion that PSW finalists should be able to rise to the great opportunities (and challenges which every opportunity poses) which PSW provides. Narrowing finalists, creating more extensive contests, and more carefully navigating that space between an artists' "green-ness" and professionalism, would strengthen PSW's brand and the integrity of it's product.





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February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

Philadelphia Songwriter's has given me the opportunity as a singer-songwriter to perform at several events this past year which has made me become much more confident in my performance.

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my singing-songwriting

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

No changes I would just like them to be able to continue giving other teenagers the opportunity to perform and share their music with others.

February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

Philadelphia Songwriters Project provided me with a multitude of learning, performance and networking opportunities during my music career. For example, they invited me to host several showcases, provided affordable learning workshops that I attended, and allowed me to meet and network with artists who have become lifelong friends. In my current career teaching voice to teenagers and adults, I pass along the knowledge gained from the experiences derived from PSP to my students. They have had a profound impact on my life and I am proud to pass their knowledge and message on to young people every day.

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my work as a teacher, and has allowed me to be empathetic as a voice therapist /SLP working with professional voice users.

Ways to make it better...

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

provide more workshop opportunities on vocal health and performance (I recognize this is funding dependent).

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

As a performer as well as leader of a songwriting workshop for PSP I can only say amazing things about what they do to bring together the Songwriting community of Philadelphia. There was really no one doing what they do before Dena and Stu brought PSP to the scene. The fantastic and diverse shows they've produced, the songwriting contests, the workshops offered, they truly care about the community and should be commended for their hard work and contributions.

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Performance

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

Bring more songwriters onto their Board of Directors

February 21, 2011

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February 21, 2011


I am extremely grateful for PSP and the work that they do to help nurture, grow, and promote songwriters on all levels and abilities. It is a wonderful organization with a strong mission and I applaud them for their work. I have been given some incredible opportunities to grow as a
performing artist with the help of PSP. As a winner of two of their competitions (2007, 2010), I have been able to hear my songs arranged and performed in a choral setting, earned the opportunity to play in some incredible venues such as the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia Folk Festival, and the Bethlehem Musikfest, and was rewarded the chance to expose and promote my music in ways that would, otherwise, have been extremely challenging.

I also admire PSP’s work to give teenagers and young adults an approachable steppingstone to explore their creativity through songwriting. But they don’t stop there. PSP also helps these students to build confidence and experience through workshops, open mic performances, and competitions.

I was given the chance to be a part of leading one of PSP’s student workshops at Germantown Academy with a fellow songwriter. In this workshop we focused on exploring the process of songwriting with a group of students through performance and discussion. Not only do I think this was beneficial to the students, but it also gave me yet another opportunity to grow as an artist and give back to my community though music.

From my experience, PSP is relentless in finding new ways to grow as an organization that helps songwriters, performers, and lyricists develop and thrive. They are an excellent resource, and I give thanks for all the support that I have received through their hard work and dedication to their mission.

I look forward to observing PSP’s growth as an organization in the years to come as a valuable resource for up and coming musical artists.

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Performing in concerts and competitions, and offering workshops to students.

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase the staff to help meet their goals and expand their reach

February 20, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 20, 2011

The Philadelphia Songwriters Project gave me a leg up in my career. I am grateful for the opportunities they provided me, which otherwise would have been much more difficult to obtain.

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As a result of winning a competition put together and hosted by PSP, I had the opportunity to perform at prestigious high-profile venues that would otherwise have been very tough nuts to crack for an up-and-coming artist such as myself. i greatly appreciate the service they provided me and have grown because of it.

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nothing comes to mind.

February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

I entered the Philadelphia Songwriters Contest in 2009 and my band was lucky enough to be one of the winners. Dena and the Project set up a great array of festivals which showcased the winners.

The contest really helps to highlight Philly local songwriters and their craft. It is also a
good networking opportunity, because It allows for local songwriters to get an honest critique of their songs from other artists and industry folk. It's a valued local program.

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I was a winner of the Philadelphia Songwriters Contest in 2009 and was able to play great festivals like the Philadelphia Folk Fest, Bethlehem Musikfest and the Kimmel Center Summer Solstice. It helped my band get exposure and grow musically.

Ways to make it better...

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

Limit the amount of winners of the Philadelphia Songwriters Project Contest, so it's easier to promote and organize in the time alloted.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

I entered the Philadelphia Songwriters Contest in 2009 and my band was lucky enough to be one of the winners. Dena and the Project set up a great array of festivals which showcased the winners.

The contest really helps to highlight Philly local songwriters and their craft. It is also a
good networking opportunity, because It allows for local songwriters to get an honest critique of their songs from other artists and industry folk. It's a valued local program.

The Great!

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

I was a winner of the Philadelphia Songwriters Contest in 2009 and was able to play great festivals like the Philadelphia Folk Fest, Bethlehem Musikfest and the Kimmel Center Summer Solstice. It helped my band get exposure and grow musically.

Ways to make it better...

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

Limit the amount of winners of the Philadelphia Songwriters Project Contest, so it's easier to promote and organize in the time alloted.

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

The Philadelphia Songwriters Project has become an essential and important part of the arts community in The Philadelphia area.

Without them, the arts and music community would be sorely lacking.

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With this organization, I have learned to be a better writer of songs and prose. I have also benefited from PSP as a manager of songwriters.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would make them bigger and reach farther in to the community.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

This organization is a powerful networking force for musicians in Philadelphia. So many music professionals utilize the songwriters' project, and it fosters an amazingly supportive environment in which creators feel free to interact. From recording studio executives and radio personalities to songwriters and musicians, people from all walks of life have a unique opportunity to get connected. Contests are my personal favorite thing to work on and to attend. Though it takes an extraordinary amount of effort to sift through all of the submissions, the board takes the task very seriously and with a positive attitude and dedication to fairness, they make their way through every artist's work. The result is amazing showcases that expose audiences to new musicians and connect performers from potentially disparate genres to one another. The president is always professional and takes the best-interest of her artists very seriously, always endeavoring to create events that are enjoyable for everyone involved.

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The best example of my experience is by going on the prize tour with the contest winners this summer. To see such an amazing group of performers come together, get to know and respect one another, and get to share their music with huge new audiences was a beautiful thing.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have the project be more active in the community and online. This is in process, but it requires funding, without which all of the burdens of operation go straight to the president and the board. Though it's an excellent cause, it's a full time job and deserves to be treated as such.

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