Guest Speaker, Richard S Pollak and Song Critiques
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The MARCH monthly meeting will be Monday, March 20 at Tino’s Too on Ave K, just east of Central Expressway in Plano. This will replace the Song Swap on the 3rd Monday of the month at that location and the 2nd Tuesday meeting originally scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday at the Meadows Conference Center. It’s a new location for the monthly meeting but it’s centrally located for the members in north Dallas, Richardson, Allen, and McKinney! Tino’s has great Mexican Food some come hungry and plan to buy a meal.
For the March meeting, we are pleased to have an entertainment booking agent as guest speaker.
Richard S Pollak, President of Rainbow Entertainment began his career in the entertainment industry as an usher at the Theater in the Park in Philly. After a career on a division winning ice hockey team and 6 knee surgeries, Pollak pursued his second favorite lifestyle, eating.
Pollak started Rainbow Entertainment when he was accidentally approached by the Pepsi Kids Around Festival to book 5 stages of childrens’ entertainment for three days – even though he had no kids of his own. He later owned three Funnybone Comedy Clubs and booked such celebs as Jeff Foxworthy, David Spade, and Rosanne Barr for $1500 for 8 shows a week. Pollak has been Freak Show agent for the Texas State Fair for more than 18 seasons, exceeding $1 million of bookings. (Guess this freak show experience qualifies Richard to talk to songwriters! LOL ) Pollak managed the late, great blues legend Bugs Henderson for 2 years. As a writer of sports, entertainment and food for travel magazines, he enjoys mucho free benefits.
The monthly meeting will continue to have the song critique session but the format will be a little different. Instead of judging a “winning” song each month that is eligible for the “Song of the Year”, all songs submitted at the meeting will be entered in the DSA Member Best Songs of the Meeting at the end of the year for Song of the Year and Songwriter of the year. We are considering adding a peoples choice awards.
Each song entry will receive a friendly critique from two music industry professionals, Joe Milton and Barbe McMillen. Joe has been an LA touring musician, studio musician and songwriter and currently owns Jo Musik, a Dallas area music production company and studio that has done music for film and TV, voiceover and dialogue, plays, live shows, jingles, industrials and videos. Barbe is currently Associate Professor of Songwriting at Collin College and President Emeritus of the DSA. She is also a voting member of the Recording Academy that votes for the Grammy Awards. As a recording artist she has recorded five albums. She has written songs in all genres, including a musical called “Give Me Break”.
Songs can be on a CD, or emailed to Harry Hewlett at firstname.lastname@example.org, or performed live, or even mailed in (you don’t have to be present) or members can enter online at https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-meeting/song-of-the-month/. Just let him know if you want to get a spot at the meeting because we are limited on time and you must be a member to submit your song(s). The song entry/critique fee is $10 for each song. Preferred entry is online, so we can know how much time to allot to critiques, however, don’t let that stop you, you can bring a recorded song to the meeting or just sing it at the meeting. Be sure to provide copies of lyrics for the group so they can give friendly feedback too. Good thing is that you can bring your song in for a pro critique and submit your rewritten or updated song at anytime during the year before the cut-off date. This is to encourage members to use the critique sessions during the editing phase of your song. You can have plenty of time for a re-write and re-submit.
Sign in and Networking begins at 6:30
Announcements at 7PM
Program about 7:30