This Autumn, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) is holding an exciting new three day festival for budding British songwriters called SongFest, which aims to support the future talent of the music industry.

The New Young Pony Club’s Andy Spence and Tahita Bulmer and Platinum selling artist, Newton Faulkner, are participating in SongFest which will take place from 25th – 27th October at trendy East London supperclub and performance venue, The Brickhouse on Brick Lane. Music industry professionals and award winning songwriters will come together to share their knowledge and expertise with guests.

From the page to the stage, this event is designed to help young talent carve a career out of songwriting.  For an affordable £10 per day, guests can fine-tune their skills by getting top tips directly from the professionals, play their own music, listening to new music, exchange ideas, win signed goodies and swap ideas. Tickets are available online at www.wegottickets.co.uk

Newton Faulkner will attend the event, holding workshops and giving advice and tips to the young people present. Two members of The New Young Pony Club, Andy Spence and Tahita Bulmer, will host a seminar on their approach to composing songs and lyric writing as well as taking part in a question and answer session.

Other participants hosting seminars  include Rob Davis who has written songs for Kylie Minogue including the chart topping ‘Can’t Get You Outta My Head’ and Sacha Skarbek who has worked with a range of diverse artists including Sir Paul McCartney, Adele, Duffy, Beverley Knight and was a writer of six songs on James Blunt’s award-winning album “Back to Bedlam”, including “You’re Beautiful”.

There will be a host of different activities each day, including interactive music seminars given by the experts and a ‘speed-dating’ event where the mix of like-minded musicians can exchange ideas and hear from A&R experts.  In the evenings there will be live gigs showcasing the hottest unsigned talent, hosted by PRS for Music, London College of Music and BASCA.  Follow announcements regarding artists on the SongFest website:  http://www.songfest.org.uk

BASCA is the professional association for songwriters in the UK and supports the future talent of the UK music industry. Other events they present include the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, the Gold Badge Awards and the British Composer Awards.

BASCA members include Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Sting, David Gilmour, George Michael, Alex Turner, Chris Martin, Amy Winehouse, Mika and Thom Yorke to name a  few.

Lucy Weston from BASCA, said “SongFest is a new songwriting festival intended to encourage new songwriting talent and celebrate the craft of songwriting.  BASCA believes that the creation of the song is the cornerstone of the UK music industry and we hope this event will encourage up-and-coming songwriters to develop their skills and pursue their passion for music and add to the UK’s illustrious history of making amazing music.”

SongFest is located at the easily accessible Brickhouse which is in the heart of fashionable Shoreditch and set inside the dramatically renovated Truman Brewery.  As well as the array of music-related activities going on throughout the day, guests can enjoy the wide choice of fresh food, beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks available.   SongFest and The Brickhouse are offering guests a fantastic meal deal which includes lunch, dinner and one soft or alcoholic drink for just £14.99. Go to the ticket site for more details and to take advantage of this fantastic offer.

SongFest is sponsored by Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation, PRS for Music, London College of Music and the Musicians Union. BASCA gratefully acknowledges their financial support.

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