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Skylands Songwriters Guild To Host Inaugural Songwriters Symposium

Vinny Rich & Adam Pollock, principals of Creative Entertainment Network/SonyMusic Independent Network Credits: photo courtesy Creative Entertainment Network
The Levins - musical duo Julia Bordenaro & Ira Levin Credits: photo by

Immerse yourself in the world of songwriting for an afternoon of learning and original music performances!

Skylands Songwriters Guild (SSG), based out of Ledgewood, NJ, hosts its first Skylands Songwriters Symposium (the Symposium) scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Courtyard by Marriott Rockaway-Mt. Arlington, located at 15 Howard Boulevard in Mount Arlington, NJ.

The Symposium will be jam-packed with songwriting related workshops and seminars as well as intimate acoustic performances by several SSG members. Following the afternoon program, there will be a short dinner break and an inspiring and uplifting evening concert.

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Event Itinerary:

1:00 - 2:00       Registration, Meet & Greet │ Music performances in Lobby

2:00 - 4:30       Workshops & Seminars │ Music performances in Lobby

4:30 - 5:30       Special Workshop presented by The Levins │ “Personalizing and Pursuing Your Musical Mission and Why It Matters”

5:30 - 7:00       Keynote Address │ Adam Pollock & Vinny Rich, principals of Creative Entertainment Network/SonyMusic Independent Network

7:00 - 8:00       Dinner Break (the The Bistro @ the Marriot offers a nice selection of foods and beverages) │ Music performances in Lobby

8:00 pm           Concert │ The Levins - musical duo Ira Levin & Julia Bordenaro (cost to attend concert is included in the event)

Attendees at The Symposium will be offered an assortment of educational sessions presented by a diverse group of speakers who will provide unique insight into various aspects of song craft, performance and ways of implementing a prosperous, fulfilling lifestyle as a singer/songwriter. Some of the topics to be covered include ways to improve and enhance a performance, songwriting techniques/methods, marketing activities and the use of social media in addition to the essentials an artist should know about gigging and recording their original music.

As one of SSG's primary goals is to strengthen relationships amongst the singer/songwriter community in our area, there will be ample opportunities for local and area singer/songwriters to meet with other like minded individuals interested and involved in creating and appreciating original music.

The Keynote Address will be presented by Adam Pollock and Vinny Rich, principals of Creative Entertainment Network/SonyMusic Independent Network (CEN). Mr. Pollock and Mr. Rich "have both been artist managers at some point in their careers, and as such approach their dealings with their artist clients from a management perspective. Additionally, as musicians, road managers, and signed artists themselves, the CEN principals are intimately familiar with all of the highs and lows of the life of the working musician," indicates the CEN website.

A special workshop and evening concert will be presented by The Levins, a "contemporary folk duo [offering] harmony-driven acoustic music that is warm and uplifting without skating over life's complexities. Their music connects on a universal level with a lighthearted depth and celebrates our common humanity," as stated on the group's website.

Space is limited - Come to listen, learn and meet other local songwriters, musicians and original music enthusiasts! To register online for the Skylands Songwriters Symposium, visit the SSG website at

Cost (for the day):

  • $25 SSG Members
  • $35 Non-Members
  • $40 At the Door (day of the event)

Proceeds to benefit Skylands Songwriters Guild, a recognized 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing the community of Singer/Songwriters of Northwest New Jersey and the surrounding region. All donations made to SSG are tax deductible.

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