Art City Music Fest 2014: Utah’s Songwriting Slam
For the 6th time, Art City Music Fest (ACMF) will invite all local songwriters/ musicians to undertake it’s yearly challenge: to meet, collaborate, create and perform a song – all on the same day!
The ACMF is a highly unique experience. Songwriters, singers, instrumental musicians, writers, poets and artists come from all over the West to participate. They will meet like-minded performers, form into writing/performing groups, and slam out a song in just eight hours.
This year the ACMF has added a songwriting workshop “The 7 Elements of a Successful Song” by a former music instructor at the University of Utah. This concise, insightful class will help get ideas churning and will offer direction for those who are newer to the songwriting craft.
The bulk of the day will be spent in self-contained songwriting groups. The participants will break into groups of their own choosing, brainstorm together, collaborate on music and lyrics, and test their ideas by rehearsing. They will write and rewrite, sing and play, hone and polish. Their songs will benefit from the “cross-pollination of ideas” and - ultimately - from the collected experience of their group.
The crowning achievement of the ACMF each year is the concert, wherein the dozen-or-so groups will perform their song: on stage, to a live audience, with amplification and monitoring. This is a perfect opportunity for photos and recordings. There are also door prizes for the participants. This event is extraordinary in that many of the performers will have met for the first time that morning!
One notable example of the importance of meeting and networking with new musicians: the band Star-Off was listed as “one of the best indie bands in the world” (Wiles Magazine “Summer Guide to Independent Artists” July 2014). And - you guessed it! - Star-Off’s Brad Williams and Nathan Standage met at the Art City Music Fest!
Grace Bible Church 239 S. Main, Springville 9am Songwriting Workshop, 10am Collaboration Groups, 7pm Concert
All events are Free. Register at artcitymusicfest.com & find us on Facebook.
A newly formed group of local musicians rehearse their new song in preparation for the evening concert.