A great sounding board and friendly environment to try out original songs and music. Held monthly.
Are you looking for someone to write and/or perform with? RISA has scores of writers/performers. Through networking, advertising in the newsletters, critiques or other RISA events you may find a musical collaborator.
Either as part of a RISA event or referred to other organizations or venues by RISA, there are many opportunities to perform your original work.
RISA has produced a live CD of songs written by members, "Round 3 - Volume 1: A Collection Of Songs Written For The RISA Songwriters In The Round Shows. Recorded Live At AS220". Another is already recorded and due to be released soon and other CD projects are forthcoming
Either with RISA members or through related RISA events and alliances, RISA provides many useful networking opportunities.
RISA projects, events and members have gained exposure through radio, television, newspapers, recordings and performances. RISA released the "Songwriters in the Raw 2007 Calendar" which gave some members a LOT of exposure in the calendar and the media!
WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
RISA sponsors workshops and seminars either with RISA members sharing their knowledge or by bringing in outside speakers. Topics have ranged from promotion, live sound workshops, recording, publishing to writing great lyrics. Featured speakers such as Grammy Award winner, Julie Gold, and pop writer, Jason Bloom, have given workshops for RISA. Members receive free or discounted admission to these events.
RISA members somtimes run or host open mikes at various locations around the state. RISA tries to support all open mikes.
An informational website giving you the latest RISA info as well as links to other RISA artists and music info sites.
HELP BUILD A MUSIC COMMUNITY
You may have heard "it takes a village to raise a child", well it takes a strong music community to make positive things happen and RISA is the heart of that community. We need your input ideas and support just as much as you need ours!
ORGANIZATIONAL ALLIANCES AND MEMBERSHIPS
RISA has forged alliances with or as a group joined many local, regional and national organizations (The National Folk Alliance, Hear In Rhode Island, Inc.) which increases the networking and performance opportunities for all members.
FREE ADMISSION OR REDUCED RATES TO EVENTS
A RISA membership provides free access to critiques, meetings and some workshops. RISA members receive discounted admission to special RISA events that require admission costs.
A Yahoo group is available for the dissemination of information. An "E-Newsletter" is transmitted periodically to e-mail group members.
ALL WRITING LEVELS
From novice to professional we welcome all levels of writers to join and participate.
You'll find some of the best people you'll ever meet and some of the best music you may have (never) heard as part of RISA. It's all a lot of fun, but serious music business at the same time! All Types of Music: A good song is a good song and good songwriting applies across the board. We welcome and encourage writers of all genres to join
Not surprisingly, many members have become great friends...and we have even had occasions of relationships blossoming from RISA... So...you may get much more than music!!!