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Don't Forget the Jan 10th Early Bird Songwriting Contest Deadline!
January 07, 2007
Happy New Year!

TIME IS RUNNING OUT if you want to get in on the Wednesday, January 10th "Early Bird" registration deadline for our 2007 "Write With A Hit-Maker" Songwriting Contest (details below).

Write With A Hit-Maker, and Win a Single-Song Publishing Deal!

Here's the scoop on the DSE "Write With A Hit-Maker" Songwriting Contest!:

The winner in the Country Category will write a song at the EXPO with hit songwriter Jeremy Stover (Jeremy recently earned his first No. 1 single as writer and producer of Jack Ingram's "Where Ever You Are").

The winner in the Pop/Rock Category will write a song with hit songwriters Ben Marguiles and Tony Scalzo (FastBall).

Each winner will receive a SINGLE SONG PUBLISHING DEAL courtesy of Windswept Music (Country Category) and peermusic (Pop/Rock Category). The publishing deal will include studio time to record a professional guitar or piano/vocal demo of the song written by the winner in each category!


The winner in each category will also receive a free Registration to the 2007 Santa Barbara EXPO (a $250 value), May 31 - June 2, 2007.

(Transportation to the EXPO, meals and lodging, are the responsibility of the participants.)

Very Special Offer for EARLY entries:
All Contest entries POSTMARKED by January 10th, 2007 will automatically be entered into a drawing for a FREE Santa Barbara Expo Registration, a $250 value! (The winning entrant will be notified by February 1st, 2007.)

Here's the Entry Form.
(Contest Final Deadline March 15th, 2007.)

See the 2006 Winners here.

New! Looking to Showcase in Greater L.A.?

Thanks to our friend and Expo veteran, Frank Giampaolo from Laguna, CA, we can hook you up!

Says Frank, "I have been attending your Durango Songwriters Expos in the Santa Barabara Wine Country. I look forward to 2007's! If you have any songwriters that would like to play my Songwriters Live showcase in South Orange County, please have them contact me at:

"It is held on the fourth Thursday of each month. Some of the past performing songwriters include Steve Dorff, Ray Herndon, Jimbeau Hinson, Kevin Fisher, Pete Sellis, and Amanda Williams. Bobby Tomberlin will be playing in January."

So there you go! Contact Frank and get yourself added to a Songwriters Live bill!

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Durango Writers Night in Nashville!

Don't forget our monthly Durango Songwriters Night at the Blue Bar in Nashville. The next Expo night is Monday 1/15/07. Thanks to all our "Expo-ites" and Members who continue to make this a special night.

If you're in Nashville, COME ON DOWN to the Blue Bar on January 15th! Rumor has it the Expo maestro himself, Jim Attebery, will be in town. Plus some great Expo performers who are back to work after a couple weeks off for the holidays. It'll be a great time!

Email if you would like to be added to the line-up. Thanks to all who come out to play, listen and support us!

What is

Not everyone can join us in Durango each year to be educated and inspired by our panelists and hit songwriters. But every songwriter can now have access to the next-best thing -- -- and benefit from many of the same resources provided each year at the Durango Songwriters Expo. offers Members a chance to hear writers, publishers, producers, managers and executives who decide what songs and artists make it to the big leagues.

Annually, we record the EXPO Panel Discussions and make them available in our subscription-based Backstage. If you can't make it to the EXPO in person, you can still get the same information from our ever-growing library of recorded discussions, as well as songwriter interviews and other special features.

What's New in the BackStage?

We've added two great new programs, the venerable and sage ASCAP VP Ralph Murphy's "Writing for Radio" Workshop, conducted at the Santa Barbara Expo 2006, and a terrifically informative "Indie Promotion Panel," featuring bigtime music journalist Dan Kimpel, successful "indies" Mary Beth Maziarz and Beth Thornley, Steve Garvan from Garvan Management, and others. A really super and tip-filled panel! -- almost three more hours of highly educational and inspiring new content for our subscribers.


Check us out!

Got a Website? Special Request from the EXPO—

If you've been marketing yourself and your music through a website, no doubt you already know the importance of "back-links" (how many websites, and their popularity, link to YOU) in gaining high search engine rankings and growing your traffic.

Let's help each other by exchanging links! (Our website is now in the top 10% of all sites on the web, ranked under 500,000 -- out of over 50 million. It will help increase your traffic and ranking to have a link to you from us!)

If you are interested in exchanging links, please link to:
The Durango Songwriters Expo

Then send us an email with YOUR link either by using the Contact Us Form, or sending an email to


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