Our first Summit in April 2015 was basically organized on a dare. After an initial meeting with (our now legal advisor) Dina LaPolt, where she gave us a skeptical side-eye when we told her we could gather 100 songwriters in a room to talk about challenges facing our profession, we were on A MISSION. And we pulled it off!
We learned a lot that first year. We learned even more last year. We’re not event planners. We are songwriters. Luckily for SONA, our steering committee and passionate crew of show-er uppers are quick studies and not surprisingly, world champion collaborators. This year’s Songwriter Summit, held at legendary Los Angeles recording studio, The Village, was beyond anything any of us ever thought we could accomplish.
Food! Drinks! Silent Auction! Intimate live performances of massive hit songs! Standing room only! Mind-blowing powerpoint on royalty extrapolation and analysis!! Take our word for it on that last one, people.
Chris Horvath’s powerpoint presentation had people both on the edge of their seats and then on their feet. “I never thought a casual comment I made during an interview would be a headline in Variety,” said Chris after Variety printed a summary of our event the next day with the all-important pull quote from his comments:
“God love the superstars, but this isn’t about them.”
And therein, you have the true and heartfelt mission of SONA: To save the middle class of songwriters from extinction.
Thanks to our corporate sponsors, BMI, ASCAP and PRS and many cheers for the generous donors to our silent auction:
Sound Revolver Studios
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