is a monthly ‘bring and share’ meeting for songwriters in Nottingham that has been running since March 2012 hosted by Matt Blick. We aim to help people become better songwriters by
- Encouraging writing on a regular basis
- Receiving specific, positive feedback
- Growing in understanding of songwriting through giving feedback to others
We are committed to providing a positive and supportive atmosphere and songwriters of all styles and abilities are welcome – the only conditions are that you have a new song to share.
WHEN DO WE MEET?
At 8:00 pm on the first Tuesday of every month. Usually. Occasionally we’ll meet on the second Tuesday if something is happening (usually Jan and Nov) so check the Facebook group to be sure.
WHERE DO WE MEET?
(As of Dec 2014) In homes in Nottingham, UK.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Any songwriter who aspires to get better at the craft of songwriting. All levels and abilities welcome.
On arrival we ‘sign in’ with our name and song title (this provides the running order). We eat snacks and chat about music. Then each person gets to play one song (finished or unfinished) that they’ve written in the preceding month. Everyone pitches in with helpful feedback and the writer and listeners get to ask questions about the song. When everyone’s had a turn, we chat about some songwriting topic and eat some more if there’s any time left.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
The price of admission is a song idea that you’ve been working on in the previous month. That’s all (though if you’d like to bring sweets/snacks/nibbles/soft drinks to share that’s very cool too).
WHAT DO I HAVE TO COMMIT TO?
You’re a musician. The word ‘commitment’ probably brings you out in a rash. Just come when you can. A FB message, email or text to confirm numbers would be really helpful.
Absolutely not! This is not an open mic. The whole purpose is to get you writing.
CAN I JUST WATCH?
No. It’s not a gig. The other writers are nervous enough without having an audience. And if you’re nervous about sharing one of your songs I really suggest you just jump in. Trust us, we won’t bite. You’ll be glad you did.
I’M REALLY NERVOUS ABOUT PERFORMING
It’s not performing. And we expect you to mess up. If you can play through your song perfectly we’ll just assume you’re cheating and wrote it years ago anyway!
I’M REALLY NERVOUS ABOUT GETTING FEEDBACK
We really try our best to play nice and keep it positive and helpful. We won’t stroke your ego but no one has an interest in shooting you down in flames (especially when their song gets critiqued next!)
Then you’re going to learn a lot from some very patient and wise people
WHAT IF EVERYONE IS A MUCH WORSE SONGWRITER THAN ME?
Then you’ll really grow in your understanding of songwriting by patiently sharing your wisdom with some very grateful learners
CAN I BRING A FRIEND?
Yes but they have to write a song first!
If you need any more info – please shoot me an email here