Founded in 2016 by Jodi John Pippin with the support of dedicated local songwriters, the Asheville Songwriters Association (ASA) was inspired by historic and dynamic songwriting circles from across the nation. Meetings consist of song-sharing for feedback and growth.
The ASA supports diversity and equality among songwriters. With a mission to promote the craft of songwriting in the region, the ASA celebrates all songwriters and what they stand for.
During regular monthly meetings, songwriters usually bring one song and copies of the lyrics to share with the group. Participation in feedback without sharing a song is also welcome. Members of the circle give constructive feedback after each presentation. Please see Meeting Guidelines below.
In 2020, the ASA began offering online meetings as way to meet safely during Covid19. See the Events tab for more information about our meeting offerings.
When the opportunity arises, guest speakers will come and talk to the group for about 15 minutes during a regular monthly meeting on a topic that reflects their specialty, and stay for at least one round of song critique.
Topics range from songwriting basics, music industry tips, house concerts, technique, creativity and more.
Feel free to suggest Guest Spotlights to us!
Throughout the year, the ASA hosts workshops led by professional instructors. ASA members are invited prior to the general public and receive discounted attendance.
If you are a local business or organization interested in sponsoring one of our professional workshops, please see our Sponsors page for more information.
Hosted by Jodi John Pippin and Chuck Pippin, the ASA offers house concerts throughout the year, featuring both local and nationally touring musicians. With limited seating and an intimate setting, the ASA concert series provides a great listening room.
See the Events page for a list of past house concerts.