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March 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 1, 2011

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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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.

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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.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

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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February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

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

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

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

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

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Not make any changes

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

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

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n't do anything!

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

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

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This organization would improve with more consistent funding and programs.

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 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.

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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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