Upcoming Classes

SONGWRITER'S WORKSHOP INTENSIVE
Start date: Tuesday, January 17th
Runs 5 consecutive Tuesdays, 7-9:30 pm

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ADVANCED WRITER'S FORUM
Start date: Monday, January 16th
Runs 5 consecutive Mondays, 7-9:30 pm

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       *We are also planning on launching new webinar based courses for all of you who live outside of New York City.

Thanks again for a great year!

The Songwriters Workshop Intensive is based on the BMI Model. The class teaches those who want to write better songs a new vocabulary for how to listen to them. To achieve this, we use a unique critiquing system, giving writers definitive insight into what drives a song and what emotion is literally at its heart. By learning this critiquing system and the songcraft/decision-making process of the world's greatest songwriters, workshop participants quickly see new directions in which to take their ideas and apply them to their own songs.

The Workshop Intensive offers a weekly writing assignment designed to "Grow your Ears" and sensitivity.  After 4-5 weeks, you'll understand organically so much more about how the songs you love are constructed, and how to construct your own.

One of the best career decisions I’ve made. It gave me a road map and a set of tools to use to help me navigate my songwriting. You learn how to put yourself on the listeners side of your own tunes and what you can do to strengthen and finalize your songs.
— Ben Lindvall
I’ve known Billy Seidman for #$@%$$ years. I have been privileged to join Billy and his students for many years at the BMI Songwriters Workshop he chairs. His expertise on the do’s and don’ts, in’s and out’s, and up’s and down’s of the songwriters craft is formidable. And his students always leave the program as better and smarter writers.
— Frank Filipetti; Grammy winning Producer of the Year; JAMES TAYLOR
The class was a revelation, I don’t look at songs the same way any more. it was great to see everybody grow.
— Gabriel Aldort
I’ve attended workshops with many of the greats in songwriting including Steve Seskin, Jason Blume, and Hall-of Famer Hugh Prestwood, but there is something about Billy’s content and teaching style that seeped into my psyche automatically. I’m listening to songs differently and writing stronger lyrics after four weeks with Billy, which blows my mind considering I’ve been analyzing hit songs and lyrics regularly for years. I highly recommended his SAA Workshops.
— Gil Polk
Billy is motivating and makes you think. His advice has really made me wanna improve my thought structure and development of the story in my writing.
— Nafsica
Billy Seidman is an amazing mentor, incredible inspiration and talent in the workshop. Can’t say enough good things about it, highly recommend it, check it out!
— JD Duvall

Billy Seidman, Songwriting Basic/Advanced

Founder and director of BMI's Contemporary Songwriters Workshop, faculty member of NYU's Steinhart School, Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions. 

Check out Billy's Work

Tabitha Fair, Vocal Training/Performance

Renowned session singer, performer, and artist in her own right, Tabitha currently sings with Sting, James Taylor, and Billy Joel and has performed with artists as far-ranging as Beyoncé, Travis Tritt, Sam Moore, and Mary J Blige. She's a frequent performer on SNL, Jimmy Fallon, The Kennedy Center Honors, and The RR Hall of Fame. 

"If you took the best attributes of Whitney Houston, Chrissie Hynde and Annie Lennox, poured them into a bottle and stirred, you would pour out a sensuous cocktail that could only be called Tabitha Fair." - David Hurst, Show Business Weekly

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Rick Depofi,  Record Production Contemporary Engineering & Arranging

NY-based record producer Rick Depofi is known for his production, arranging, recording, and mixing work with Grammy winners Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello, Carly Simon, and Cyndi Lauper. A respected multi-instrumentalist, Rick's NY Noise Production Co. and Studio is a haven for many of the world's top recording artists.

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Randy Lee, Commercial Music Production/Composition

Owner and creative director of LIMEBEAT MUSIC, Randy creates original music and sound design for commercials, TV, films, and interactive music placements. This two-time Emmy award-winning songwriter and composer is a punk rock troubadour with a heart of gold!