Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle 2022 Collection
With the launch of Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle’s 17th annual compilation CD project, new features
have been added to make the program more accessible. Because COVID-19 stresses are still a factor,
deadlines have been stretched to make participation easier and fees have been adjusted to make the
project financially feasible.
The project includes two separate fees — a duping-participation fee ($85), and an hourly group rate
recording and mastering fee ($30 per hour for each of the first three hours, $40 per hour for additional
time). The fees must be paid separately. No additional fees are required, but some new features include
optional upgrades available for a small fee. Scroll down for deadlines and complete participation
Recording project partners
- Mike Hickman of Electric Eye Recorders (512-785-2132, firstname.lastname@example.org.), located on Polish Hill,
returns to produce and master the album. A member of Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle, Mike has
produced the CD project since 2015.
- Debbi Pace (email@example.com), Songwriters Circle member, will return as graphic designer.
- Nuvidia, a Kansas multi-media company, returns having pressed and printed the group’s CDs since
- John Hayes (412-335-1446, firstname.lastname@example.org), manager of Pittsburgh Songwriters
Circle, has coordinated the CD project since its start in 2005.
- Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society, provides promotion.
Find information about Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle and its project partners at the following sites:
pittsburghsongwriterscircle.org, Facebook Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle, electric-eye-recorders.com,
calliopehouse.org, nuvidia.com, cdbaby.com, coloip.com, starlite-lounge.com.
The annual album project is a feature of Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle, an artist support group that
holds monthly virtual and in-person meetings to exchange ideas, critique songs, discuss the
songwriting process and promote camaraderie among its members..
The album series:
1) Provides songwriters with a safe, inexpensive, nurturing and educational recording experience with a
veteran producer in a professional recording studio.
2) Provides incentive to write songs by creating an outlet for them.
3) Helps to foster community among participating songwriters.
4) Relieves stress associated with the recording process by eliminating such heavy decisions as
selection of a producer and studio, mastering, selection of a manufacturing company, replication
or duplication options, graphic design and text, shipping, booking a venue, staging a CD release
event, media relations and promotion. Freed of those responsibilities, participating songwriters need
only to make artistic decisions about their songs, pay the project’s fees and meet its deadlines.
5) Builds participants’ studio skills and confidence, and encourages further recording. When members
are ready to pursue their own album projects, assistance is available on recording process details,
contact numbers, collective advice, etc.
6) Provides a promotional tool for Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle and project participants.
Publishing rights, project fees
Participating songwriters retain all rights to their songs. The Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle CD is a work
for hire. No mechanical or publishing royalties are due or paid. One thousand units are manufactured
and divided equally among participants minus cutouts for promotional use and the sale of “group
albums” (see below *). Participating artists can do whatever they want with the CDs they receive.