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Join us for an evening devoted to the craft of songwriting with a diverse trio of songwriters whose work includes urban, pop, theater and more: Mikel Rouse, Autumn Rowe and Sam Willmot. We will feature performances from all three artists in a song circle, in the style of Nashville's "Bluebird Cafe," and use the material as a springboard for discussion of the elements of songcraft. Topics will include the art of lyric writing, the parameters of various styles and media (is there such a thing as a lyric that's "too smart" for a particular genre?), sources of inspiration, and the business of getting song placements in film, TV and theater. The evening will be moderated by SCL Board Member Elizabeth Rose. 

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The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Songwriter Showcase - Mikel Rouse Mikel Rouse  For the last fifteen years, composer and performer Mikel Rouse has been developing a technically and thematically adventurous trilogy of multimedia operas that have played in theatres and festivals around the world. His piece, The Demo, had its world premiere April 1 at Bing Concert Hall in Palo Alto, CA. to international acclaim including the New York Times, Wired Magazine and ABC News.

Rouse’s musical and theatrical repertoire has its roots in the high art-meets-popular culture, mix-and-match aesthetic of the early ‘80s downtown Manhattan music and art scene from which Rouse emerged. In Dennis Cleveland, his most celebrated work (and the second part of his trilogy), he transformed the landscape of trash-talk TV into opera. Rouse himself played the rabble-rousing host, a character who, it turns out, is not so much holding a volatile show together as falling apart in front of the cameras. This provocative piece of environmental theatre, in which cast members were planted amongst the audience and the audience itself was featured on video monitors, blurred the lines between performance and reality in the same way the “Jenny Jones”/”Jerry Springer” type talk fests confused personal confession with popular entertainment. Dennis Cleveland began its life with a sold-out run at tiny New York City avant-garde venue the Kitchen, where theatre-goers had to turn to scalpers to nab hard-to-come-by tickets, and returned to Manhattan years later in more full-blown form, for a critically acclaimed engagement at Lincoln Center. Village Voice critic Kyle Gann called it “the most exciting and innovative opera since Einstein on the Beach.”

But Rouse doesn’t only think big: he’s also been able to operate on a more intimate scale as a solo recording artist and live performer, traversing the United States like a 21st Century Mark Twain with a surreally beautiful song-and-video storytelling piece called Music For Minorities. He’s now made the soundtrack to this “suitcase tour,” as he calls it, available via iTunes and CD, along with its audio prequel, Test Tones. This isn’t just another easily downloadable collection of material, however, but a fourth wall-shattering theatrical experience all its own. His elegantly arranged, subtly spiritual songs constitute a portable performance for audiences on the go, guaranteed to transform even the most ordinary of daily journeys.

The New York Times observed, "If Mr. Rouse had built his career in a different era, he might be playing these songs to indie-rock fans alongside bands like Dirty Projectors or Sufjan Stevens. [Rouse is] a composer many believe to be the best of his generation."


The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Songwriter Showcase - Autumn Rowe Autumn Rowe  is an International Singer-Songwriter and a highly sought after vocal coach.

Displaying an abundance of talent from an early age, Autumn honed her skills on the New York session circuit, where she sang and wrote songs with a diverse array of artists ranging from jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker, to Dj/Producer Todd Terry and hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz. In addition, Autumn formed her own self-titled band and became a permanent fixture on Manhattan’s underground club scene.

In 2009, Autumn landed her first major deal as a songwriter with B-Room/Water Music Publishing, which ultimately led her to a joint publishing deal with Stellar Songs/Stargate Productions/EMI SONY ATV. Autumn’s first collaboration, on Alexis Jordan’s single “Happiness” was produced by progressive house music producer Deadmau5, and was named the Official Song of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.

That was just the start for Autumn as she has had many accomplishments since then, with several of her songs, including Cher Lloyd’s “Swagger Jagger” and Karmin’s “Hello” charting as high as #1 on the Billboard charts in the US, UK and Ireland. She worked with Leona Lewis on “Collide,” produced by Swedish superstar DJ/Producer Avicii, and has written music for other notable artists including The Saturdays, Little Mix, Kylie Minogue, Estelle, Kelis, Alexandra Burke, Beatrice Miller, The Knocks, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sinead Harnett, Dualipe, Kwabs, Zendaya, Kate Stewart, Melissa Steel, Becky Hill, Zedd, and Nicole Scherzinger.

Autumn’s work has been featured in Hollywood movies such as Abduction starring Taylor Lautner and Identity Thief starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy. She also worked on “22 Jump Street,” with Angel Haze featuring Ludacris, which became the theme song for the movie starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. The massive success of her hits was Autumn’s statement to the world that her music is universally inspiring and able to capture the hearts and ears of millions of fans.

Autumn’s genius is not just limited to her lyrical mastery; she has shown additional expertise as a featured vocal coach on Fox’s The X Factor USA Season 2, working alongside Simon Cowell, LA Reid, Britney Spears, and Demi Lovato, and currently on America’s Got Talent. Fifth Harmony, the third place runner up on The X-Factor, also enlisted Autumn’s expertise in completing their first project. Showcasing her ability to collaborate with both established and upcoming artists, Autumn has proven that her own talent show no boundaries.

Autumn has finally begun to explore her true potential as a solo artist. She is working on her first single, “If I Don’t Have You” produced by AYB, as well as her EP, both to be released on Ultra Music in the coming months. Autumn’s stunning work ethic, gifted musical talent and her drive to reach for the skies are all signs pointing to her success as a solo artist on the top of the musical charts.


The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Songwriter Showcase - Sam Willmott Sam Willmott  is a New York City-based musical theater composer, lyricist and bookwriter whose projects include Standardized Testing - The Musical!!!!Yo, Vikings! (with lyricist Marcus Stevens); the mini-musical Scarlet Takes a Tumble; the upcoming Bhangin' It (with playwrights Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew); and Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (additional lyrics for the stage adaptation of the Jule Styne / Bob Merrill score). 

Sam is the recipient of the 2015 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Musical Theatre Lyricist, a 2015 Jonathan Larson Grant, the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award for Lyrics, the 2012 Fred Ebb Award, the 2012 John Wallowitch Award, and the 2009 Kennedy Center ACTF Musical Theater Award.  He has been Composer-in-Residence at Goodspeed Musicals (2013, 2014) and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center National Music Theater Conference (2013), and was also the first musical theatre writer to be recognized with the Exploring the Metropolis / ConEdison Musicians' Residency (2013).

Sam’s work as a music director, arranger, orchestrator and pianist has taken him from Radio City Music Hall to Abu Dhabi, UAE, with collaborators as diverse as avant-garde theater legend Elizabeth Swados, Nunsense's Dan Goggin, and singer/songwriter Shaina Taub.  In May 2012, he made his Broadway debut with Sister Act.  Sam has spearheaded workshops, master classes and courses at such storied institutions as Interlochen Arts Camp, Emerson College and Harlem School of the Arts,.and currently works with Lincoln Center's Songwriting in the Schools program and Pace University's Musical Theater BFA program.  Sam is also a proud contributing writer to the Korean children's language program, English Egg.  

Sam’s additional accolades include a 2014/2015 NEO residency at the York Theatre (NYC); a 2013/2014 Dramatists Guild Fellowship; the 2013 ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop, led by panelists Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Peter Schneider (Disney Animation) and Bob Alwine (Associate Producer at Goodspeed Musicals);  a Tisch School of the Arts Trustee Scholarship; Interlochen Center for the Arts' prestigious Maddy Summer Artist Award; and two National Capital Area Cappie Awards. He is an alumnus of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, New York University and the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, and a member of the Dramatists Guild and the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop.



The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Songwriter Showcase - Elizabeth Rose Elizabeth Rose  Elizabeth Rose's Relative Pitch (her one woman musical comedy about the life of a performing songwriter) was produced Off Broadway by the Cherry Lane Theatre's Mentor Project.  A storyteller at heart, she has created songs for PBS, Nickelodeon, the Discovery Channel and film. She has just published Yo Miz! (1 Teacher + 25 Schools = 1 Wacky Year), her memoir of teaching in Manhattan public high schools. Elizabeth is a member of the NY SCL Steering Committee, a contributor to the SCL quarterly, The Score, and has just been elected to the SCL Board of Directors. She is also an ASCAP writer and publisher.

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THE SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS & LYRICISTS (SCL)  is the non-profit premier organization for professional film, television, video game, and musical theater composers and lyricists, and those working in our industry such as orchestrators, arrangers, music supervisors, music agents, music attorneys, music editors, copyists, recording engineers, and related jobs, with a distinguished 65-year history in the fine art of creating music for visual media. Current SCL Members include the top creative professionals whose experience and expertise is focused on many of the creative, technological, legal, newsworthy and pressing issues of the film music, television music, game music, and musical theatre industry today.

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