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The Maine Songwriters Association is a state-wide, non-profit, member organization dedicated to the support of songwriters and their art. The MSA mission is to encourage, recognize, educate, support and promote developing songwriters.

17 Nov Jenny Van West – Winner of the 2015 MSA Song Contest

Finalists 3MSA once again held the finals of the annual song contest at Frontier in Brunswick to a full house. Six contestants performed a warm up song followed by their composition vying for the winning song for 2015. Finalists included Brad Hooper, Jenny Lou Drew, Rob Cimitile, Andrew Thomas, Jenny Van West and Joel Dobbins. Songs were judged by Jerry Perron, Peter Alexander, and Ronda Dale on originality, melody, lyrics, song structure, and overall impact. The top prize went to Jenny Van West for her song “Nellie”. Jenny was joined on stage by her son, Baxter, accompanying her on guitar. You can watch her performance on YouTube. Second place went to Joel Dobbins for his song “Unbury Your Head” and third place went to Rob Cimitile for “A Plot in Falmouth.”


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20 Aug 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 6:30 to 8:00 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 your emerging songs, give the Songwriters Circle a try – it’s a great way to test your creations on a group of like-minded songwriters.


The folks at State Street welcome participants to use the piano in the meeting room. The group leader, Deann also invites members to contact her about the opportunity to play for the seniors who live at 75 State Street.


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