FBISF 2018 Workshops for Songwriters

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Proudly Present
At the
Phoenix X Condominiums Meeting Room
29756 Perdido Beach Blvd.
(west side next to Flora-Bama)

Saturday, November 10th
10-12 a.m.   Start your workshop experience with a class taught by a songwriter who has had 16 #1 hit songs, Brian White!
1-3 p.m. Spend the afternoon playing YOUR SONGS for one of Nashville’s best song evaluators, Bruce Miller!  Bruce has evaluated over 14,000 songs.

Saturday, November 17th
10-12 a.m. Come get “Inside the Industry” on booking, publishing and film/tv!  Ask the questions YOU want to know the answers to! Lou Spoltore is Sr. V.P. of three music companies and Sheree’ Spoltore, is Founder and President of Global Songwriters Connection. Nancy Peacock is Founder and Owner of Washington Street Publishing and a film/tv expert.
1-3 p.m. Spend the afternoon playing YOUR SONGS for hit songwriter Steve Dean and Lou and Sheree Spoltore’  and walk away with your own list on how to evaluate your own songs!

Saturday, November 10th
BRIAN WHITE  10-12 a.m.
Come experience his exclusive songwriting class…
“Dare To Suck!”
Brian says that early on he was afraid to show his songs to anyone because he didn’t think they were any good. When a songwriter friend asked to see his songs, Brian told him “No,” and the friend said “Well, I guess you’ll never know.”
Brian remembers going home that night thinking that he didn’t want to go through the rest of his life wondering if he could have done this. The next day he called his friend and told him he was ready for him to listen. The friend liked a couple of his songs and played them for his publisher—the publisher then called Brian and asked if he had more! From that point on Brian took on the motto “Dare to Suck.” “If you’re afraid to suck, you may never know if you just might have something great”, Brian says, “Those three words kick-started my writing career.”
Brian has taught this class all around the country—for aspiring songwriters and now for you at FBISF.

Brian White, a veteran of the music industry, has had the success most dream about.  As a touring artist signed with a major record deal, he fronted the Christian rock band “Brian White & Justice” for 15 years, recording 5 projects.  As a writer his songs have earned him Sixteen #1 songs, 2 Dove Awards for Song of The Year (Michael English -”Holding Out Hope To You” & The Martins- “The Promise”), SESAC Country Song of The Year & Billboard’s Most Played Song of The Year (Rodney Atkins- “Watching You”) as well as ACM and CMA nominations. Recently "Watching You" was listed at #37 in Billboard Magazines "100 Greatest Country Songs Of All Time" and also topped the chart as "The Most Played Country Song of The Decade". 
With over 300 cuts to his credit, his songs have been recorded by such Christian artists as Danny Gokey , Kutless, 7eventh Time Down,  Avalon, Point of Grace , Mandisa, 4 Him, Larnelle Harris, Karyn Williams, Selah, All Star United, 33 Miles, Pure NRG, Jaci Velasquez, Cliff Richard, and many more. Brian has also experienced success in the Country and Pop market with his songs being recorded by such artist as Rascal Flatts , Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean,  Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins, The Swon Brothers, Steve Holy, Earl Scruggs, Terri Clark, Kix Brooks, Blackhawk, Canadian Country stars Chad Brownlee, Tim Hicks, Brett Kissel, The Lovelocks, Livy Jeanne as well as Russian Pop Star Avraam Russo and many others.


Dare to get YOUR SONG heard and receive valuable insight!
Bruce Michael Miller is known all over the country for his expertise as an incredible, insightful song evaluator. He has mentored writers on over 14,000 songs!  As an award winning songwriter himself, Bruce knows, firsthand, how much courage it takes to come and play your song for someone to hear and then…allow them to provide potential instruction and direction.  That is why Global Songwriters Connection is honored to have Bruce as a song mentor for GSC!  You have just heard Brian White say how you have to “dare” step up and out and get those songs heard!  GSC and FBSIF is allowing YOU that opportunity!  Everyone who comes to play their songs will have their names put into drawings for FREE GIFTS from Global Songwriters Connection that includes free GSC memberships, song evaluations, one on one career mentoring sessions and the possibility of pitching your song direct to a publisher!

Bruce Michael Miller Bio 
Bruce Michael Miller is known all over the country for his passion and expertise as an incredible song evaluator. A master songwriter and world class guitarist. Bruce Michael Miller is a producer, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, performer and music educator. He has performed with such notables as Paul McCartney, Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina, Laura Branigan, The Standells, John Densmore of “The Doors”, Gary Wright, Jeffrey Steele, and others and has been part of many original bands and projects.  Bruce is an award winning songwriter himself with an Oscar nomination contender for best song ina motion picture for 2013.  The same song was Winner for best song in an independent motion picture for 2016. 
Bruce also took home the Grand Prize at the 2016 Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival for best song and was a featured artist at the Southern Regional Folk Alliance conference 2016. 
Bruce has been writing with and mentoring singer/songwriters in the Nashville area for over 10 years and is finding new passion in developing and producing artists. 
As well as being a songwriter Bruce also teaches and mentors developing writers. He has mentored writers on over 14,000 songs.  
"Songwriting is my passion. My bar is high.James Taylor, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen are my idols. My goal is to move peoples hearts with my songs"

Saturday, November 17
3 Industry Panelists!
Lou Spoltore’, Sheree’ Spoltore’ and Nancy Peacock

Artist Booking, Publishing and Film/TV Inside Info!
This workshop is all about YOU! Come learn inside tips and tools you can apply immediately in the areas of artist booking, publishing and film/tv placements.  
Lou Spoltore is a booking expert and serves the industry as Sr V.P. of three music industry artist booking and production companies and has also served the industry as a publisher. 
Sheree’ Spoltore’ is a song and publishing expert and has helped to identify and facilitate well over 100 publishing deals in Nashville in the past 20 years.  Between the two industry professionals you will get to tap into over 40 years of combined music industry experience during this workshop and the Q&A session.  You can drop your specific need into a box prior to the class and Lou and Sheree’ will do their best to answer each question. Sheree’ is also honored that Global Songwriters Connection has also been a proud sponsor and facilitator of the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival Song Contest since the start of her company in 2013!
GSC and Sheree’ Spoltore’ will be giving away 5 Free GSC memberships and 3 one on one mentoring sessions during this workshop in memory GSC Member CJ WATSON and their 6 years of service together to the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival.  Come put your name in the drawing!

Sheree’ Spoltore’s Bio
Sheree Spoltore’ has over 20 years of experience working on Music Row.   However, she feels she has a lifetime of music industry experience as her father John Young was a singer/songwriter with his own recording studio producing 100’s of albums and her mother Jackie Young’s singing and life has always been her biggest influence.
 In 2013 Sheree’ established Global Songwriters Connection (GSC) a world-wide songwriter’s association specializing in one on one career development for both artist/writers and songwriters.  She calls it - a place where “Dreams Find Direction.”
Since 2013, GSC and its members have already experienced immense success and celebrate over 300 Single Song Agreements, countless one on one publisher/writer meetings, 100’s of film/tv placements and 17 publishing deals.  Sheree’ is passionate about encouraging, equipping, and empowering songwriters around the world and devoted to their success.
Sheree’ is a recognized industry professional and is honored to have received the following recognition:
2017 Hollman Award – Tennessee Songwriters Association International
2017 Toast of Tennessee – Readers’ Choice Award – Global Songwriters Connection
2016 Nashville Scene – Best of Nashville – Best Community Role Model
2013 Nashville Scene – Best of Nashville – Best Community Role Model
2012 Women’s Music Business Association – Ambassador Award
Sheree’ has been featured as a music industry expert speaker at world class songwriter events, such as the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival, Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival, the Gospel Music Association’s Immerse Program, as well as local colleges and schools such as Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Volunteer State Community College, Belmont University, and various High Schools.
Sheree’ is a member of the Women’s Music Business Association, Country Music Association, Source, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Sheree’ is honored to have co-chaired and co-produced the Source Hall of Fame Awards Event for the past 5 years and continues to serve on the Source Hall of Fame Committee.

Lou Spoltore’s Bio 
Lou Spoltore is Senior Vice President of Live On Stage, Inc, Live Arts and Attractions, Inc, and Matt Davenport Productions.  
Over the past 15 years Lou has been a key member of all 3 organizations as a strategic planning and operations Vice President. His role in developing and streamlining the operations, marketing and business development plans for all 3 companies has resulted in thousands of concerts booked nationally and numerous tours of original shows.
Lou has provided guidance in financial planning, budgeting, Human Resources, tax planning and daily operations of all contracts and proposals. He currently directs operations for Live On Stage with 30 professional touring artists, Live Arts and Attractions with 12 artists and several key account resident shows performing year round for thousands.
Lou has built an excellent team of entertainment sales and music professionals currently located in White House TN. Lou previously was general manager for Ingram /Lebrun Music Publishing with a staff of 11 hit songwriters including hall of fame writer Wayland Holyfield.

NANCY PEACOCK – 10-12 a.m.

Washington Street Publishing- FILM/TV Expert
Nancy Peacock is the founder and owner of Washington Street Publishing and is a well-known Nashville specialist in the area of film/tv placements, production and industry connections. Nancy partners with many Nashville owned companies, including Global Songwriters Connection, in identifying talent and songs for film/tv placement.  Many GSC members have worked successfully with Nancy and have signed Single Song Agreements with Washington Street Publishing.  Some of the successes have included receiving major film/tv placements including title cuts on albums, several placements on the iconic CMT show “Nashville” and many other placement successes.
Global Songwriters Connection is honored to have the experience and expertise of Nancy Peacock on the GSC “Industry Insider” panel as we have worked with her for many years and found her to be passionate, compassionate and an incredible educator.

Nancy Peacock Bio 
Nancy Peacock is the owner and founder of Washington Street Publishing and is an expert in film/tv placements and inside industry knowledge.   Nancy has spent the last 15 years attending Nationwide Film/TV conferences developing working relationships with some of LA’s top Music Supervisors and Nationwide Film/TV
Washington Street publishing is located in Nashville so of course they have great country music, but their multi-genre catalog also includes pop, rock, hip-hop, jazz, and more.
We specialize in indie music for movies, television, commercials, movie trailers and games. We work closely with music supervisors, networks and advertising agencies from coast to coast to stay informed of their upcoming projects. Recent film and TV credits include movie trailers for the upcoming film "Father's And Daughters" starring Russel Crowe, the new Clive Owen film, "The Confirmation", The Colin Hanks Tower Records documentary "All Things Must Pass" and the new CMT show "Dude Perfect". You've also heard our artists/bands on Gold Circle Films, Lionsgate, Canadian TV, MTV, Oxygen, Bravo, Netflix and commercials for O'Charley's & Nike.
*Writers: Eric Mallon and Jason Afable submitted "Good Night For Falling In Love" and "Just Pretty" since then we've had two of their songs cut:
"I Feel Ya" - Single released summer 2015 by American Idol alum Bucky Covington reached #38 on the Country charts.
"Alive" - Upcoming title song/single for award winning country rock artist Charee White. (Opened for Miranda Lambert, Clint Black & Kenny Chesney.
Seawaves - Manchester England dream pop band submitted their song "Life" - in consideration for a major auto commercial and another of their songs will be in a new TBA movie trailer.


Steve Dean has nine #1 hit songs under his belt and will be bringing his extensive knowledge of the Mastery of songwriting to YOUR SONGS. Steve is known for his desire to help other songwriters to succeed and is a featured writer in many of Nashville’s top songwriter educational programs.  Sheree’ Spoltore’ is passionate about you and your songs and known in Nashville for her dedication to songwriters. She works with Nashville’s top decision making publishers, has placed 16 publishing deals since starting her company in 2013, facilitated over 300 Single Song Agreements, and many of her members have received high profile film/tv placements.  Lou Spoltore’ will bring his Nashville publisher experience to you and your songs.  At this workshop you will hear from a mentor and a publisher and the two different perceptions.
Everyone who comes to play their songs will have their names put into drawings for FREE GIFTS from Global Songwriters Connection that includes free GSC memberships, song evaluations, one on one career mentoring sessions and the possibility of pitching your song direct to a publisher. 

Steve Dean 1-3
Master Songwriter - Nine #1 Hit Songs!

Steve Dean Bio 
Nashville singer/songwriter Steve Dean has co-written nine number one hits, including the most played song on Country Radio in 2007 and Country AirCheck's Song of the Decade in 2017, "Watching You" for Rodney Atkins, the Grammy nominated "It Takes A Little Rain" for The Oak Ridge Boys, "Southern Star" for Alabama, "Round About Way" for George Strait, "Hearts Aren't Made To Break" for Lee Greenwood and "Walk On" for Reba McEntire, "New Day Dawning" and "No More Lonely" for The Roys and "3935 West End Avenue" for Mason Dixon.
Reba: Greatest Hits Volume 2 was a Grammy winner at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards.
"Watching You" was a Finalist for ACM Song of the Year in 2008.

Among Steve's musical influences are The Beatles, The Byrds, The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers, Bruce Hornsby, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash and Roger Miller.

Steve's first single "Don't Your Mem'ry Ever Sleep At Night" was recorded by Steve Wariner in 1983. Other hits include "Fast Lanes and Country Roads" and "Crossword Puzzle" for Barbara Mandrell, "Just Enough Rope" for Rick Trevino, "One Bridge I Didn't Burn" for Conway Twitty, "The More I Learn" for Ronna Reeves and "Cool To Be A Fool" for Joe Nichols.  "Cool To Be A Fool" and "Watching You" have earned Bethar Music, Steve's publishing company, BMI Publisher awards. To date, Steve has earned 8 BMI Songwriter Awards and 2 BMI Publisher Awards.   BMI has Certified of over 10 Million Radio Air Plays of Steve's Hit Songs combined on 6 different Million-Air and Multi-Million-Air awards.  To date, Steve's songs have sold over 20 million records world wide.

Other artists who have recorded Steve's songs include LoCash, Sister Hazel, Waylon Jennings, David Allan Coe, Billy Dean, Ronnie Milsap, Kenny Rogers, Pure Prairie League, Craig Morgan, Dierks Bentley, John Michael Montgomery, Lee Ann Womack, Point of Grace, Neal McCoy, The Martins, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, Ty Herndon and Jeff and Sheri Easter.
Steve's song,"Expecting Good Things", is the title track to the Grammy nominated CD "Expecting Good Things" by Jeff and Sheri Easter in 2012.