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RISA Looking Forward to NERFA
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Monday, 10 September 2012
Written by Billy Mitchell

Time is getting short for the annual NERFA Conference being held November 8-11 at the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa in Kerhonkson, New York.

As usual, the event promises to be a great time and valuable educational and networking opportunity. For a complete explanation on what NERFA is about check the article on NERFA in the "More Articles" section at the bottom of this page.


While most people go for the entire conference, partial attendance is also possible. Check the NERFA website  at www.nerfa.org 


 RISA will have an exhibit at the conference and will host a RISA Guerilla  Showcase on Saturday Night. 


RISA members attending to date are listed below. 

Joanne Lurgio

Dan & Faith Senie

Carolyn Waters

Rick Drost

Chuck Williams

Beth DeSombre

Lara Herscovitch

Jan Luby

Paul Pasch

Marc Douglas Berardo

Bethel Steele

Rick Demers

Terry Kitchen

Billy Mitchell


If you're going, get in touch with Billy Mitchell @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Last Updated ( Monday, 10 September 2012 08:39 )
Leadership Changes at Rhode Island Songwriters Association
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Wednesday, 05 September 2012
Written by Billy Mitchell
John Fuzek, founding member of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA),  
has decided to step down from his role as President after nearly 20 years of involvement and  establishing a presence for RISA in the Rhode Island music scene.  
In 2009, John helped transform RISA by strengthening it with a board of directors, key committees and delegating responsibilities to a slate of officers to allow for a responsive, self sustaining organization. We wish John well in his future endeavors and thank him for his dedication to the organization
Succeeding John as President is Chuck Williams. Other officers are: Vice President, Jan Luby, Treasurer, Joanne Lurgio, Secretary Barbara Lema.
Committee Chairs are:
Performance/Booking - Billy Mitchell
Membership - Joanne Lurgio
Workshops/Critiques - Jan Luby
Mentoring - Daniel James Durand
Grants - Mary Ann Rossoni 
Communications/website - Billy Mitchell
Matters pertaining to the organization or specific functions should be directed to Officers and committee chairs or through the contact page on www.risongwriters.com
We look forward to continuing to support the songwriting craft and live original music for our 140 + members throughout Southeastern New England with new initiatives and opportunities in the future  
Thank you,  
RISA Board of Directors
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RISA Officers & Board Members - Front Left to right: Barbara Lema, Secretary;
Joanne Lurgio, Treasurer;  Jan Luby, Vice President; Chuck Williams, President
2nd row, Left to right: Daniel James Durand, Rick Demers, Mary Ann Rossoni,
Billy Mitchell, Ray Wyatt Lema, Paul Pasch, Rick Wahlberg. Absent, Tony Demmings


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2012 11:24 )
RISA Makes Changes to Membership Options
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Monday, 03 September 2012
Written by Billy Mitchell

We have made some changes & additions to the membership options that take affect July 1st, 2012. We have added a Business Associate and Student category. Details of these and other categories are below.                                               











Must reside in same household 




One profile with band name, multiple ID cards

Business Associate



Introductory offer this year (07/12 - 07/13




High school or college student, performance possibilities, no profile

Last Updated ( Monday, 03 September 2012 08:42 )
RISA Annual Meeting Held
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Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Written by Billy Mitchell

Our annual meeting was held at the Brooklyn on April 18th.  The event was well attended. it was great getting together with our musical friends. Reports were filed by each committee and a slate of Board members was elected. Board members are: Jan Luby, Tony Demmings, Chuck Williams, John Fuzek, Dan Durand, Rick Wahlberg, Paul Pasch, Joanne Lurgio, Ray Wyatt, Barbara Lema, Billy Mitchell, Mary Ann Rossoni and Rick Demers.

Ammended Bylaws were also passed. A copy of the most recent bylaws are at this link.

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 May 2012 19:09 )
RISA Rising Teen Songwriting Class Holds Concerts
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Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Written by Billy Mitchell

Two shows coming up that we're quite proud of.

Dan Durand's RISA Rising Teen Songwriting Class 1 is presenting a concert of the original songs written during the class. The concert will be held at Second Stage studio, One Angell Road in Cumberland Sunday, May 20th at 3:30.  Telephone 401-334-4800. Also visit www.secondstagestudio.com

AND...on Friday night, May 25th at 6:30pm at The Jessie M. Smith Memorial Library, 100 Tinkham lane, Harrisville, RI. Telephone 401-710-7800 or visit www.jmslibrary.org

Come out and support some remarkable young songwriters. Dan's next RISA Rising Class is in the works.


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