The Durango Songwriters Expo has returned to California for its annual trip, starting with tonight's songwriters showcase at SoHo in Santa Barbara. The Expo officially opens tomorrow at its annual home, the Marriott Santa Ynez Valley in Buellton, just north of Santa Barbara at the gateway to the Santa Ynez wine country.
You can pre-register online and the cost of the entire weekend program is just $299. The program includes showcases and listening sessions, multiple panel discussions and a special concert on Saturday night.
Registration opens at 3 p.m., followed by an Orientation at 6:45 p.m. the the first of two Songwriter Showcases at 7:30 p.m. An open mic follows the Songwriter Showcase at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Friday kicks off with the first of several listening sessions, followed by a pair of panel discussions (Syncronization and Licensing and Revenue Streams). After lunch, there is a Songwriting Workshop, followed by more listening sessions leading up to the second Songwriters Showcase at 7:15 p.m. Just like on Thursday night, the evening concludes with an open mic at approximately 9:45 p.m.
Saturday begins with a Songwriting Workshop at 9 a.m., followed by a panel discussion on Film and TV. After lunch, there will be another listening session, then a pair of panel discussions (Publishing and Do it Yourself). A last round of listening sessions precedes the climatic concert, which this year features James Otto, Jill Sobule, Chuck Cannon, Danny Myrick, Tim Fagan and more.
Among the industry people appearing at the Expo this year are Ross Asher (Razor and Tin Music Publishing), Cliff Audretch (A&R Showdog Universal Records), Butch Baker (HoriPro Entertainment), Daryl Berg (Shine America), Kate Bergman (Nettwerk Music Group), Gary Bowen (Artist Publishing Group/Atlantic Records), Mark Brown (Root 49 Music), Chris Cole (Main gate Music Group), Linda Lorence Critelli (SESAC), Jenee DeAngelis (Swill Merchant Music), Erin Dillon (Creative Control), Rus Dixon (Soundcheck), Jon Ernst (Showrunner Music), Stephen Francis (The Radley Co.), Steve Garvan (Garvan Management), Katherine Graham (Bluewater Music Publishing), Daniel HIgbee (Secret Road Music Services), Chris Jackson (Comcast Entertainment), Joe Maggini (Universal Music), Steve Markland (Warner Chappell Music), Loretta Munoz (ASCAP), LeeAnn Phelan (ASCAP), Chris Restivo (Herzog and Company), Casey Robinson (BMI), Angie Ruiz (Razor and Tin Music), Bobby Rymer (Writer's Den Music Group), Drew Sherrod (Ignition Creative), Toddrick Spalding (Spirit Music Publishing), Libby Umstead (Zenden), Tony Von Pervieux (ABC Television/Disney) and Madonna Wade Reed (Whoopsie Daisy Music).
They will be joined by songwriters Chuck Cannon, Tim Fagan, Richard Harris, Jack Hayford, Danny Myrick, James Otto, Warren Sellers, Jill Sobule and Jimmy "Muffin" Yessian.