KSC performs most of it's functions online, so you do not have to live in Knoxville, or even Tennessee, or even in the U.S., if you want to participate in this group.
If you are already a member of a songwriters association or guild, etc... and are a happy member, that's great, we're not suggesting that you leave a group you are happy with.
You can be a member of KSC reguardless of other memberships you may hold elsewhere, but if you are looking for what we have to offer, we are delighted to welcome you!
Most songwriter associations charge atleast $30-40.00 per year, and sometimes even more!
Then it may happen that you get in your car, & drive to a weekly meeting, only to have your song[s] critiqued unfairly, because there is not a firmly established standard of song judging criteria in place - or worse - a conservative majority finds the subject matter or language in your song objectionable and informs you that your songs will be censored before you are allowed to play them for the group in the future, despite the fact no one in the room is under 18 - which means if your style is progressive, and even offensive to some sensiblities, you will be lucky to even get ONE constructive critique on your song, which basically means you've wasted your time, money, and effort, only to have your song brushed under the rug.
If this causes you to scratch your head and wonder how you can get affordable, fair and objective critiques from a variety of people, the question then becomes, where can you go, and get multiple objective and constructive critiques on up to 8 songs per month ? [ which is about the same number of songs you'd get critiqued at an association meeting if you went every week ]
The answser is KSC, which is a songwriting community that is devoted to being completely free of censorship - which is why we require that members are to be 18 or older.
With KSC, you would get 8 song critiques per month for only $20.00 per year, at your convenience, without sitting in traffic, burning out your fuel, and frittering away your precious time. [that's about 100 songs per year!]
Furthermore, there is a system in place here that allows members to do anonymous critiques online, which means you'll get a more honest and objective critique than you would get if you were presenting your songs to your friends, enemies, and frenemies at a standard association meeting.
More about Knoxville Songwriters Community or KSC:
Before joining, you can totally test the waters by sending ONE song for critique. Just title your email "critique-test" You should recieve your anonymous critiques from members within a few days. Go to http://songlottery.webs.com/getyourfirstcritiquefree.htm to get started on getting your free critique.
There's no "word police" at KSC, and there is no official code of conduct, but we hope that people will be kind to each other when giving critiques.
For this reason, each member will have standardized criteria on which they will judge songs - and ofcourse, they will be allowed to add comments.
We ask that you be respectful of the feelings of others when making comments about other people's songs.
It is not necessary to be insulting in order to be honest.
Please avoid words like "hokey" "corny" "silly" - etc... afterall, would you want someone to say that to YOU about YOUR SONG?
Basically we don't need the brutal honesty of Simon here!!!
Instead of saying something rude like "your song is boring" how about "you may want to consider getting your song under 4 minutes."
Also at KSC, there is not a president.
There is instead, a group facilitator who helps the operations and functions of the group to run smoothly.
Information about special events, knowlegeble speakers, etc.. can be shared by sending links and info to the group facilitators at email@example.com - that information will be posted on this website for all members to view in the LINKS section of this site.
Anonymous critiques are our hallmark and we will brief you on that after you pay your non-refundable dues.
The wonderful technology of the internet makes anonymous critique distribution possible!
Ain't that just dandy!
We will endeavour to meet as a group once per month, at a time and place to be announced, in order to chat informally, in order to socialize, bounce song ideas around, and find collaborators.
The facilitators will suggest times and places and then the times and places will be determined by majority vote.
This will ensure optimal attendance.
Many issues that arise will be submitted to the group whenever possible for majority vote.
This will facilitate a sense of fairness and a feeling of personal involvement.
All you will need to do to join is:
1]Pay the annual dues of $20.00
[a payment link is at the bottom of this page]
If you want to pay in cash or with a check, just indicate that in an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make it happen!
2]Copy and paste the statement below and send it to the group facilitators at email@example.com
"I am 18 or older, and I want to be a KSC member.
I understand that there is to be NO CENSORSHIP in this group, so I agree to critique every song that is submitted to me objectively, and to give the songs of other members the same consideration and time that I would want them to give to my songs, even though they may write in a style that is different from the styles I like.
I also realize that the subject matter of the songs of other members may be offensive to me, but still, I will give the songs of other members the same respect that I would want them to give to my songs.
I also agree to check the anonymous email that will be assigned to me by the group facilitator for songs from other members who want critiques atleast once per week, and to submit all critiques to other members within 7 days."
Ideally, songwriters should listen to each other's songs for atleast 30 seconds, but they should always read all of the lyrics.
Also, please take a look at the song judging criteria by clicking on the link below. It is NOT mandatory that you use the standardized criteria, but it is strongly encouraged, so that we may all give each other the best critique possible.
3]Send up to 8 songs, put the lyrics of those songs in the body of an email, copy and paste links to those songs [or send mp3s] and send them to the group facilitators at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you don't know how to create youtube vids, myspace uploads, or MP3s from your songs on CD, send an email to us at email@example.com and we will give you some tips on how to do it!
Lyrics only submissions are fine.
Song submissions without lyrics are fine, but you should be sure the lyrics can clearly be heard and understood.
Songs sung with no instruments are fine - the human voice is an instrument- if you don't believe that, try telling that to Bobby McFarrin who made lots of money from an a-capella diddy called "Don't Worry Be Happy" in the 80s.
The emphasis at KSC is on lyrics - because this is a songwriting community.
4]IF YOU WANT TO BE FEATURED IN THE MEMBERS SECTION OF THIS SITE, please send us a photo, and links to your sites whenever you want to be included in the member bio page.
Anonymous Song Critiques...How Does It Work?
When you send a song to be critiqued, you send it using your regular email address.
When you critique songs for other members, you send it using the anonymous email that is assigned to you by the group facilitator.
Every member checks thier anonymous email 1 time per week and critiques songs that they recieve within 7 days.
See, I told ya it was simple.
click the link below to make payment.
yes, someone else can pay your fees for you...so if the member's name is different than the information provided when payment of membership fees are made, please send the member's name and email address & the name of the payor to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep it all straight.
We have recently recieved questions regarding our affiliation with Knoxville Songwriters Association. While we love the folks at Knoxville Songwriters Association [KSA], and some of us have been members there, or may still be members there, we are not affiliated with KSA. The main reason for this is because they have become a "pro-censorship" songwriting group. Basically this means that they censor some works by some artists before the artists are allowed to present them to the group for critique, even at times when all members present are 18 or older.
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