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Songwriting Finalists Announced!
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Saturday, 22 April 2017
Written by Chuck Williams

Finalists of the 4th Annual RISA Performing Songwriting Competiton are:

(drum roll please)

Carl Cacho-Negrete of Amesbury, MA his songs 'Bordertown' and 'Slip It Into Drive' .  http://carl-cacho.com/

Kayla Farnham of Pomfret, CT for her songs 'This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things' and 'The Wise Old Owl'.  http://www.kalafarnham.com/

Judy Kass from Tarrytown, NY for her tunes 'Look At Us Marching Now' and 'One Sure Given'.  https://judykass.com/

The Judges and the RISA Board Of Directors would like to congratulate everyone who entered their work. There were so many well crafted songs. We also want to invite any and all RISA members to come to the Stone Soup Coffeehouse on Saturday, May 20th at the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI to support your favorite finalist and headliner David Roth.

See you in Pawtucket! Details are in the link below!



Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 April 2017 19:14 )
Songwriting Competition Top Ten
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Monday, 17 April 2017
Written by Chuck Williams

The 4th Annual Rhode Island Songwriters Association Performing Songwriter Competition had 40 entries this year. We are proud to recognize the top ten semi-finalists in the contest.

They are:
Alison Giuliano - RI
Austin MacRae - NY
Carl Cacho-Negrete - MA
Caroline Doctorow - NY
Chris LaVancher - MA
Ed McGuirl - RI
Jan Luby - RI
Judy Kass - NY
Kayla Farnham - CT
Ric Allendorf - MA

Our three performing songwriting finalists will be announced on Saturday April 22nd. Those three finalists will perform at the Stone Soup Coffeehouse on Saturday May 20th. David Roth headlines the show. Congratulations to all who entered, there is a lot of talent within RISA and you are making great music!



Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:56 )
2017 RISA Performing Songwriter Competition
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Friday, 06 January 2017
Written by Chuck Williams

4th Annual Rhode Island Songwriters Association Performing Songwriters Competition


The Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA), in collaboration with the Stone Soup Folk Arts Foundation, is sponsoring the 2017 Performing Songwriter Contest to encourage the proficiency in the craft of songwriting and the art of performing. Entrants will submit two songs for consideration. Three finalists will be selected to perform their songs live on May 20, 2017 at Stone Soup Coffeehouse at Slater Mill in Pawtucket RI.  (David Roth will be the headliner)  The songs may be from any genre of music, performed by the original songwriter, showcased as a soloist.  It’s all about the song!


The winner will receive a compensated opening appearance at Stone Soup Coffeehouse during the 2017-2018 Season. Stone Soup Coffeehouse presents the finest up and coming and well known folk, Americana, Celtic, Bluegrass and traditional musicians touring today. This is a great opportunity to open for a name act and have your music heard in a well respected venue, Stone Soup Coffeehouse.


The Rules


  1. Entrants will submit two songs for consideration. Each song will be submitted via a MP3 format performance by the songwriter, along with a lyrics sheet in MS Word Document format for each song. The Lyrics sheets must include the authors name and address, daytime phone number, and email contact information. Because this is a Performing Songwriter Contest, it is strongly encouraged that the recording highlight the performer in a solo performance, without a lot of additional instrumentation.

  2. The competition will be limited to solo performing songwriters, performing their own material. If more than one person is credited with the writing of the song only one of them may present the song, and only the entrant will be awarded the prize.

  3. Songwriters who have been signed to a bona fide record label are not eligible for the competition. Performing Songwriters who have released a self-produced CD which is not affiliated with a bona fide record label are allowed.

  4. Three independent music industry professionals will be the Judges to review the songs and select the top three entrants.

  5. Finals – Finalist must be able to appear at the Stone Soup Coffeehouse for the finals competition on May 20, 2017. All contestants entering the finals will be judged on their performance skills, stage presence and songwriting ability based upon their performance of their two songs on the evening of the Finals preceding the Stone Soup Concert. Contestants will perform solo, without supporting musicians or vocalists.

  6. The winner of the competition will be booked for a compensated opening slot in the Stone Soup Coffeehouse 2017-2018 season.

  7. The contest is open to all members of RISA for free. Non members of RISA may enter the contest with a $25.00 entry fee, which includes an individual membership in RISA.  Submission Deadline is March 31st. 

  8.  Submission Deadline is March 31st.  RISA members may submit their entry form along with mp3 and document attachments via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Non RISA members may submit a CD containing mp3s and documents along with their entry form and a check for $25.00 for entry and a one year RISA membership made out to RISA via mail to:


RISA Performing Songwriter Contest

C/O Joanne Lurgio

PO Box 9246

Warwick, RI 02889



Last Updated ( Monday, 09 January 2017 10:51 )
Collaboration Workshop
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Thursday, 05 January 2017
Written by Chuck Williams

Collaboration Workshop 

Collaborate to Elevate your writing to the next level.

Co-Writing, the art of playing well with others.

Have you ever wondered why today's big hit songs usually have two or more writers? There are so many benefits to creative collaboration!

This hands-on, collaborative workshop will delve into the world of Co-writing, it's many benefits, how to successfully navigate the etiquette of the writing room and avoid potential pitfalls.  You will learn how co-writing will enable you to take your songs to places that you could not have reached on your own and come away with a new array of tools for your Songwriter Toolbox.

Dawn Kenney is an award winning singer/songwriter and has had much success with co-writing. In 2016 she had multiple songs on the charts, a #1 and 3 songs in the top 20 (all of them co-writes) on the Roots Music Report and Bluegrass Today Charts. Dawn spends a great deal of time writing with other songwriters & artists .. an important craft to learn and is eager to give us her insight on the subject .. the who, how, whys!

CONFIRM YOUR SEAT, email Joanne Lurgio at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Last Updated ( Friday, 06 January 2017 12:43 )
RISA Semi Annual Songwriter Showcase
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Thursday, 06 October 2016
Written by Chuck Williams

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 October 2016 10:54 )

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