Founded in 2016 by local Asheville, NC songwriters, the Asheville Songwriters Association was inspired by historic and dynamic songwriting circles from across the nation.
Through in-person gatherings and online sessions, we share songs for feedback and growth. We are constantly evolving to meet the needs of our members.
We support diversity and equality among songwriters. We promote the craft of songwriting in our region and celebrate all songwriters and what they stand for. Thank you for doing your part to spread kindness for all.
Member, Todd Hoke during a monthly meeting
During our regular meetings, songwriters usually bring one song to share with the group. Participation in feedback without sharing a song is also fine.
It is helpful to have a few copies of the lyric sheet if possible. Other guests give constructive feedback after each presentation. Please see Meeting Guidelines below.
During 2020, the ASA began offering online meetings as way to meet safely during the Covid19 pandemic. See our Events tab for more information about our meeting offerings.
If you have any questions or feedback regarding the structure of the Asheville Songwriters Association meetings, please reach out to Jodi John Pippin at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always open to suggestions!
When the opportunity arises, Asheville Songwriters Association will invite a guest speaker to come and talk to the group for about 15 minutes during a regular monthly meeting on a topic that reflects their specialty. The guest will also 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!
Thank you to our past Guest Spotlights:
Scott Ainslie workshop "Blues Singing Techniques for Non-Blues Singers"
Throughout the year, the ASA facilitates 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.
meeting /feedback guidelines.
When Providing Song Feedback:
When Receiving Song Feedback
- Be respectful, but also be honest. Consider the songwriter's experience level and provide feedback based on where they are in their songwriting journey.
- Provide feedback based on what the songwriter needs. If it isn’t clear, ask them- what are you looking for?
- All suggestions given during ASA feedback sessions are considered supportive gifts to the songwriter as a part of the mission of our organization. The group feedback session is not intended to be a co-writing session.
- Learn by actively listening to feedback even if you don't have feedback yourself.
When Receiving Song Feedback
- To keep group feedback focused, state what you are looking for upfront. For instance, you may want help on lyrics, but you are happy with the melody, etc.
- It's a two way street when receiving feedback, requiring respect both ways to be effective. Keep an open mind and graciously accept the feedback offered by others.
- Practice your song before you arrive. You will receive more effective feedback if the presentation is easily understood.
• $20 donation per year
• Member Benefits
• Performing Opportunities
• Continuing Education
• Held Monthly
• RSVP for Address of Meeting
• BYOB if desired
• Guests welcome!
• Positive and fun setting
• Prompts and listening sessions
• Bring a new or revised song
• Professional surprise guests