Each day at SongStudio 2020 Online will largely resemble a day in-person at SongStudio Toronto. We will have large-group sessions alternating between guest interviews and lessons, small-group sessions allowing for direct workshopping with our mentors, short one-on-one meetings with mentors and other participants, and time allotted for writing songs together!
We will also continue our tradition of hosting “Industry Day”, on which we switch away from songwriting craft and discuss topics related to the business of music.
To keep things simple, we are scheduling three online meetings each day, starting at the same times on every day of the workshop: 9:00am, 1:00pm and 7:00pm EDT. Our “917” approach is a way for us to keep things simple and predictable, and doubles as a nod to those in New York City (area code 917) who are the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
And in respect of the various time zones from which our participants and mentors will be joining us, we are setting the schedule to place the song workshopping in our 1:00pm meetings – which should work best for participants and mentors to the distant east and west of us. Sessions in the 9:00am meetings will place the least demands on our far-away mentors (we need them alert!), and EVERYTHING will be recorded so that participants can catch up if they miss a session “live”. This has the added BONUS of allowing participants to observe the workshop sessions led by other mentors, regardless of whose workshop session you might attend.
In the place of our usual evening get-together-and-perform sessions when we host in Toronto, we are planning time for co-writing and for directed songwriting exercises. Our end-of-week showcase will take on an exciting new direction, but we’ll keep that under wraps for now!