Ozarks Regional Songwriters Association Adds Focus, Harmony to Region’s Growing Music Community

Learn more, and register here:  http://illflyawayfoundation.org/orsa/

(Sept. 14, 2017) Bentonville, AR — The newly formed Ozarks Regional Songwriters Association looks to foster a strong sense of community among the region’s musicians and songwriters by providing support, programs and creative outlets. Launched by Bentonville-based non-profit I’ll Fly Away Foundation, the songwriters association (ORSA) is the newest piece of a multi-pronged effort to establish Northwest Arkansas as a nationally recognized music center.

“We have been part of Nashville, including the Nashville Songwriters Association International, for many years, and it’s now time we pull our resources and strengths together to focus on our own region’s creative songwriters — we have everything we need, and this is well worth the effort,” said Betsy Brumley- Bernier, chairman of the I’ll Fly Away Foundation.

Brumley-Bernier is the granddaughter of renowned songwriter Albert E. Brumley, best known for his classic country-gospel song “I’ll Fly Away.” She and her husband Kevin Bernier established the I’ll Fly Away Foundation to support songwriting programs for elementary students in the region, and to promote other songwriter-based initiatives.  In April they produced the first Power of Music Festival, bringing dozens of acclaimed singer-songwriters, including six Nashville Hall of Fame songwriters, to Bentonville and presenting a wide range of performances, music business seminars and workshops.

“The songwriters association is an important new component to everything else we’ve been doing,” Kevin Bernier said. “It will nurture our creative music community and help everything else reach its potential. The regional music community and songwriters are already very good, and we will all gain by working together.”

Songwriters at all levels — beginners to professionals — are encouraged to join the ORSA:  http://illflyawayfoundation.org/orsa/

Some of the features and benefits include:

  • Monthly songwriter showcases — live performances of original songs by up to eight local/regional songwriters;  voting and judging will determine showcase “winners” to receive various prizes, and to qualify for contest finals at the annual Power of Music Festival, to be judged by industry pros.
  • Quarterly songwriter workshops — conducted by visiting industry professionals and music business executives.
  • Song critiques
  • Networking
  • Social media promotion
  • Links to songwriters individual websites or social pages to the ORSA website
  • Booking recommendations for live performances, and more.

The first Songwriter Showcase is planned for October 17, at Meteor Guitar Gallery (http://www.meteorguitargallery.com/https://www.facebook.com/MeteorGuitarGallery/) in Bentonville.

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