Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle Meeting July 2020

Next meeting: Wed., July 1, 7 p,m,-11 p.m.Location: Outdoors at Frick Park, Regent Square Corner of Forbes Ave. and South Braddock Ave.

Hey songwriters,It’s been too long since we’ve been together. With Hambone’s in COVID-protection mode and limiting its number of patrons, our July meeting will be safely held outdoors at Frick Park in the Regent Square neighborhood of Pittsburgh’s East End, at the corner of Forbes Ave. and South Braddock Ave. Easy access from all points in the city and Parkway East (Rte. 376).Click for map
The weather forecast looks good. If that changes I’ll get back to you. We’ll form a circle in the grass near the playground across South Braddock Ave. from Sahara Restaurant and Grill. Bring a folding chair or a blanket to sit on. Street parking (a small lot, which may be filled, is located two city blocks away at the corner of South Braddock and Biddle avenues). Public restrooms and water fountains are closed.Let’s stay safe — six feet between us, masks optional and of course don’t come if you have a fever. Check out the group Facebook page to see/hear some good songs posted since our last meeting. There was no July songwriting assignment. If you’re putting a song on the CD project, please showcase it for the group at Frick Park — you might get some ideas. If you’re not on the project, we’d love to hear you workshop an original song. Looking forward to doing what we do.CD PROJECT: I think the relaxed deadlines, reduced fees and group subsidies have helped Songwriters Circle members to participate during these difficult times. With days to go before the duping fee or first payment deadline, about 20 people have signed up. If you’re still on the fence, here are the updated fees and deadlines:

Duping-participation fee is reduced to $75 (was $100). By July 1 the fee, or first payment on the fee, should be sent to me (John Hayes, 101 Daggette Dr., Buena Vista, PA 15018) or paid to producer Mike Hickman ( at the studio. Accepted in increments if necessary, but the reduced fee must be paid in full before the CD is mastered or the song will not appear on the CD. Full reimbursement if requested before the participant’s first recording session. Anyone who has already paid the original $100 fee will be credited $25.

– The group recording fee is reduced to $25 for each of the first 3 hours, $35 for each additional hour (was $30-$40). Payable to Mike, and payment arrangements will be accepted.

– The group will pay for the first hour of each participant’s recording time, valued at $25.

New schedule:

June 30 Duping Fee or first payment on duping fee.

July 31 First Session Deadline.

Sept. 25 Recording Deadline.

– As always participants can record their songs however they want. Members who would like to participate but are on a tight budget are encouraged to talk with Mike about how to record their song in a way they can afford. 

See you soon,

– John