Featured Open Mics

MSA sends out periodic newsletters and special announcements to its members and supporters. Click on button to become a subscriber.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Congratulations to Peter Alexander – Winner of the 2014 MSA Songwriting Contest

For the third consecutive year, a sold out crowd enjoyed the finals of the Maine Songwriting Contest at Frontier Cafe in Brunswick. Six finalists entertained the audience. showcasing some of the best songwriting talent Maine has to offer. Peter Alexander of Bath, took top honors for his song “Vicksburg,” based on a true story of Peter’s great-great grandfather during the Civil War that led to his founding of Freedman’s University outside Kansas City, Kansas in 1865. For the second year in a row, Andrew Thomas took second place for his song “Throw Your Voice, Amaze Your Friends” which was inspired by the ads in the back of comic books. Ed Desjardins took third place with “Ghost in Me” which had its gestation at a John Gorka show. The other finalists included Sarah Morrow, Jennifer Comeau and Don Wessels, and Brad Hooper. Many thanks to the 39 songwriters who entered this year’s contest and to the three judges who chose our winners: Heather Hardy (last year’s winner), Martin Swinger, and Jerry Perron.

Workshop – Music in Film – Wednesday, December 3, Waterville

The Maine Film & Video Association is presenting a panel discussion on December 3 exploring the process of finding, scoring, and mixing music for independent film from a variety of perspectives, including that of the director, the musician, the composer, and the sound editor. Learn what has worked (and perhaps what hasn’t) and build connections for future collaborations. Panelists will include Michael McInnis, Gintare Forte, Greg Roscoe, Rush Denooyer, and Paul Sullivan. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the panel begins at 5:30 sharp. Location: Mid-Maine Technical Center, 3 Brooklyn Ave., Waterville. Free for MFVA members and $10 for others.

Read our Newsletters!

Read our Newsletters!

Read Our  Newsletters here Stay in touch by joining our mailing list and receive periodic newsletters.

MSA Songwriters Circle

MSA Songwriters Circle

Deann Marsh and Dan Nogar invite you to our MSA Songwriters Circle, which meets the second Monday of March, June, September, and December, from 7 to 8:30 p.m, at 75 State Street in Portland. This small, informal group gives participants a chance to hear “works in progress” and provide constructive feedback. If you’ve never workshopped…