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In 2012 The Philadelphia Songwriters Project celebrated it’s 10th year serving the region

The Philadelphia Songwriters Project is a non-profit 501c3 organization with the mission: to serve as a resource for local and regional songwriters. PSP supports the time-honored tradition of songwriting. PSP is dedicated to providing local and regional songwriters a place to showcase their music, improve their work and advance their career. Highlights: 2003 The Songwriter Project launches it’s first show at The Adrienne Theater. The Project is named Philadelphia’s only ASCAP showcase site. Hosted a songwriters critique, and a major PR workshop with an esteemed panel that included: Tom Moon (Philadelphia Inquirer), A.D. Amorosi (Inquirer, City Paper, Style Magazine), Patrick Rapa ( Music Editor City Paper), Jessee Lundy ( Talent Buyer from ‘The Point’), and Nancy Falkow (singer/songwriter). Provided music for The Dragon Boat Festival (Fox Chase Cancer Center’s major fundraiser), OMAP Summer Concert Series. The Project recieves its 501c3 status, and recruits it’s Board of Directors. -The Philadelphia Songwriters Project has extensive media coverage, and featured in: Philadelphia City paper, Philadelphia Weekly, The Metro, The Main Line Times, The Inquirer, The City Suburban News, The Trend, Comcast Newsmakers, 10! (the morning show on channel 10), WXPN, Main Line Today Magazine. 2004 Collaborated with Chester County Art Association to present “Beat of Art” series.Living Beyond Breast Cancer, to put music at their annual Yoga Fundraiser. Blue Sky Arts, to present a major concert and contest that resulted in the winners playing The Philadelphia Folk Festival & WXPN Singer-Songwriter Weekend. We produced the VOTE Music Festival, a one of a kind simultanious festival occuring in 50 venues, in six counties across the region to increase voter awareness and registration. Major sponsors included, WPVI-TV, Philaelphia Weekly, WXPN, The National Constitution Center, The Eagles football organization, Bank of America, and BMI. 50 venues donated space and staff, and over 130 songwritersdonated time toward this community effort. Dena Marchiony, Executive Director of the Project is elected to the Board of Governors of the Recording Academy (Grammy). 2005 Collaborations with the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Wilma Theater, The Bethlehem Musik Fest gave songwriters high profile performance opportunities. Our Kimmel Center performances in the Plaza prior to Bobby McFerrin, The Philly Pops, and Los Lobos, gave a diverse selection our songwriters the opportunity to perform for huge crowds. We launched a new membership initiative which resulted in over 100 new members in 2005. We tied our comprehensive educational program to member benfits and produced an exceptional monthly mentoring series in collaboration with Turtle Studios. We produced two master classes with award winning, chart topping writers and producers. We also launched a program for upper school students which brought songwriters into the schools for performances and intimate workshops. Dena Marchiony, is voted to 2nd Vice-president position on the Recording Academy (Grammy) Board of Governors. 2006 Plans for this year include a major songwriting contest which will culminate in a high profile event in Spring 2007. The formation of an Advisory Board. The continuation of our mentoring programs and Master classes. The development of a program to bring songwriting into the classroom of our schools. More shows and more surprises.    

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