The ultimate songwriter-empowerment conference . . . from the comfort of your own computer


by Dave Carew

Our friends at Indie Connect are at it again! Fresh from the success of February’s revolutionary “Indie Connect Virtual Music Conference and Expo,” the musicians-empowerment organization now plans to hold the first-ever “IC Virtual Songwriter Showcase,” an online-music industry gathering, on Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22.

The two-day online event will give “entry-level” and established tunesmiths the opportunity to pitch original songs to music publishers, film and TV music supervisors, producers, and artists.

Attendees also can receive song evaluations by professionals, and view live and taped educational presentations covering a wide range of music-related topics. A trade show will feature booths by leading music-industry product and service providers.

“This past February, Indie Connect ushered in a new world of music-industry education and networking with our ‘IC Virtual Music Conference and Expo’,” said Indie Connect CEO/founder Vinny Ribas.

Ribas added that he expects more than 1,000 songwriters from around the world to register for the “IC Virtual Songwriter Showcase.” It will be similar to Indie Connect’s winter conference, with dozens of speakers, as well as live showcases, business presentations, and 24/7 networking.

“Our virtual events are revolutionary because they are completely online,” Ribas said. “Everyone can participate from the comfort of their own homes, studios, or offices, by just logging in. Because the event is online, the cost to participate is far below that of a land-based music or songwriter conference.”

Attendees can network, check out the presentations, and visit the trade show for $47. Songwriters can showcase their music with a trade show booth and participate in song pitches for $147. Music-related businesses can showcase their products or services for $247.

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David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at and Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit and/or the page on Facebook:

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

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