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April 2018 assignment

The April songwriting assignment is linked to an opportunity for Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle to help a valuable public service organization. Write a song about “disaster relief,” as you interpret the phrase. Bring 30 copies of lyrics/chords to the April meeting, which will be attended by a bandmate of longtime Songwriters Circle member Gil Bigenho (
In the April newsletter, distributed a few days after the meeting, it will be announced which of the “disaster relief” songwriters will be invited to perform the song at a benefit concert for the Salvation Army held at a South Hills church venue in August. Details pending.
If you can’t make it to the April 3 meeting but want to be considered for the no-pay Salvation Army gig, make a rough recording of the song on recorder and email the .mp3 to John ( including your name, song title and contact numbers. Or post of rough video of yourself performing the song on YouTube and send a link including your name, song title and contact number to
What to write about
The Salvation Army doesn’t want a disaster song, or a disaster of a song. Write about “disaster relief” — rebuilding a hospital in Haiti, reuniting families after flooding in the Philippines, collecting change at a Christmas Santa pot outside a department store.
Yours won’t be the first socially conscious song drawing attention to a humanitarian venture. Remember these?

“Behind the Scenes at The Concert for Bangladesh”

“We are the World”

“Where Were You”

“I Hope”

“Do They Know It’s Christmas”