Subjects covered by the panelists include the basics of publishing and copyrights, music licensing, lyric writing, live performance skills, recording options and strategies, and many other topics. There will also be song critiques, where attendees can get feedback on their songs from the pros. In addition, music lawyers, publishers, producers and other pros active in the business offer their insights and expertise.
Among the professional musicians participating in the fest are Robbie Dupree (“Steal Away,” “Hot Rod Hearts”), Donna Lewis (#1 hit “I Love You Always Forever”), Tim Moore (“Second Avenue,” “Rock n Roll Love Letter”), Andy Pratt (“Avenging Annie”) and Marc Black (“Ooh I Love My Coffee,” “No Fracking Way”).
Additional music industry participants include music lawyer Wallace Collins, SESAC writers’ representative Linda Lorence, studio owner and engineer Paul Antonell, career coach Debra Russell, producer/manager Michael Pillot, engineer Stephen George and music supervisors Jeff Zahn, Suzanne Hilleary and Johnny Miller.
There is also an expo section, where music-related businesses set up booths displaying their products and services.
Kicking off the weekend, Columbia Arts Team will present the “Best New Artists” showcase at 7pm on Friday (May 11) at Club Helsinki. Specially chosen, up-and-coming performers will be evaluated by three music industry judges, based on originality, songwriting skill and performance. The artists chosen as Best New Artist will perform the following night as the opening act for Helsinki’s featured performer.
All shows are open to the general public. Admission to Friday’s Best New Artists Showcase is $20. Admission to the all-day Hudson Valley Songfest7 on Saturday (May 12) is $75, and $10 for lunch, which includes the lunchtime showcase.
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2012:
Albany Tulip Festival @ Washington Park, Albany, 5/12-13/12, FREE
Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 5/31-6/1/12
Art on Lark @ Lark Street, Albany, 6/9/12, FREE
The Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, 6/22-24/12
Friehofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 6/30-7/1/12
CountryFest @ the Times Union Center, Albany, 7/7/12
Shockwave Festival @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park, 7/20/12
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 7/31/12
SAWFest Music Festival @ Salem Art Works, Salem, 8/18/12
FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 9/21-23/12