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9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4


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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Philadelphia Songwriters Project provides emerging songwriters an opportunity to be heard and showcased in some of the best music venues on the east coast. As an 18 year old songwriter, I was given the opportunity to play with other songwriters for shows that helped me evolve my skills and bring new music to people for their entertainment and enjoyment.

This also provides a great service to the community, to allow them a platform on which to hear talent that they probably would never have a change to hear. I am grateful to them for providing this chance to perform and grow and to bring music to the community.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

The summer of 2010 was a summer to remember for my band and myself. We were lucky enough to of one a spot in the Philadelphia Songwriters Project summer festival tour. The project was well organized and filled with a helping, loving and respectful staff - Very important to a client/band. The shows were great and exposure was excellent. Any questions were always answered honestly and on point. Its never easy being in a traveling band but The Project really did its best in making it as comfortable and fun as possible.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a singer/songwriter, and I entered the Philadelphia Songwriters Project contest. I was lucky enough to be chosen as a finalist and ended up being one of the four winners. As a winner I was able to play at some phenomenal venues and open for some big artists, and this experience was a huge boon to my career. Each event was well organized and I felt like I was really important to Dena and everyone else involved. This is an organization that really puts songwriters first, and is dedicated to making the music community a better place.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the revenue involved in the music business declines rapidly, there are increasingly less business-minded people interested in helping new artists develop their careers. The Philadelphia Songwriters Project works hard to provide pivotal opportunities for hard working musicians who are struggling to get their voices heard. Musicians and music lovers alike have everything to gain from this type of organization.

Review from Guidestar