ASCAP hosted two unique showcases across Music City in early October. The first, held on Monday, October 1st at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville in downtown Nashville, became the fourth installment of ASCAP's AMPED showcase series. Songwriter-artists Austin Jenckes, Madeleine Slate and Allison Veltz each took the stage to play 30-minute sets in front of an industry-filled audience.
On Wednesday, October 3rd, The Bluebird Café set the stage to showcase the talents of the ASCAP Guidance from Publishers for Songwriters (GPS) Project's class of 2012. The twelve participants got up four at a time to perform on the Bluebird's stage in the "songwriters in the row" format, and included Hannah Dasher, Jordan Dean, Jason Duke, Jen Foster, Kenny Foster, Ward Guenther, Ryan Hurd, Dustin James, John King, Sandy Lawrence, Emily Lynch and Graci Phillips. This month's edition of ASCAP's long-running showcase series continued the yearlong celebration of The Bluebird Cafe's 30th birthday.
The ASCAP GPS Project is an initiative created to match up-and-coming songwriters with the most talented publishers on Music Row. The publishing mentors that have agreed to be a part of the program are simply the best in the business, and include executives from both major & independent publishing companies. The GPS Project, now in its second year, has quickly become one of ASCAP Nashville's most valuable songwriter development tools.