Leeds International Songwriting Conference

Leeds International Songwriting Conference 2012: Call for Papers and Workshop Proposals

The inaugural Leeds International Songwriting Conference (LISC) takes place at Leeds College of Music from Thursday 8th to Friday 9th March 2012. LISC is an annual event focusing on songwriting practice including research addressing education and approaches to composition and arranging. The conference will offer a unique forum for musicians, academics, educators, students and music industry stakeholders to engage with the latest developments and practices in songwriting. Along with paper presentations, workshops, performances and panel discussions, there are opportunities for networking, information exchange, and professional development.

LISC 2012 focuses on both music industry perspectives and pedagogy. In keeping with these themes, the Postgraduate Studies and Research Centre is please to announce the following keynote and participants.

Keynote Speaker: Jeremy Lascelles

Jeremy’s career in the music industry began in the early 1970’s as a percussionist in the prog-rock outfit The Global Village Trucking Company. After a spell as a tour promoter, he joined Virgin Records as an A&R manager, spending 13 years at the label in a variety of marketing and MD roles. In 1994, Jeremy joined Chrysalis as Managing Director of Chrysalis Music in the UK and during the next 17 years he oversaw a period of phenomenal growth and development that saw the company become the leading UK music publisher. As Chief Executive of the Music Division and later CEO of Chrysalis PLC, he signed and/or oversaw the signings of some of the world’s biggest acts including Portishead, David Gray, OutKast, Ray LaMontaigne, Pendulum, Cee-Lo Green, Laura Marling, Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes. Jeremy was elected to the council of the BPI in 2003 and from 2004-2007 he served on the board of AIM as Vice-Chairman. He was shortlisted for the prestigious Orange Business Leader of the Year award in 2010.

Iain Archer
Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter

An accomplished solo artist with five critically acclaimed albums to his name, Iain has written hits for numerous artists including Snow Patrol and Leona Lewis. In January 2010 he travelled to Portland, Oregon to join in the making of debut album ‘The Place We Ran From’ by Tired Pony, a band made up of Iain, Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, Richard Colburn – drummer for the legendary Belle and Sebastian, REM’s Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey, Troy Stewart and renowned producer Jacknife Lee. Most recently, Iain’s songs have featured on Charlie Simpson’s Top Ten album ‘Pilgrim’ and Example’s number one album ‘Playing In The Shadows’

Charlie Russell and Brad Spence
Producers of Jamiroquai, Lucie Silvas, Radiohead and Paul Weller

Charlie Russell and Brad Spence are Music Producers based in London. Recent productions include albums for Jamiroquai and Lucie Silvas. Between them they have engineered, mixed, written or produced for acts such as Radiohead, Seal, Coldplay, Estelle, Morrisey, Kasabian, Beady Eye, Paul Weller and Laura Marling.

British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA)
Representatives of BASCA will be joining LISC for panel-based discussions

The many strands of BASCA’s activity include the lobbying of politicians, civil servants and industry bodies; celebrating achievement through such events as The Ivors, the Gold Badge Awards and the British Composer Awards, and fostering a community in what is frequently a solitary freelance world.

British Music Inc. (BMI)
Representatives of BMI will be joining LISC for panel-based discussions

BMI currently represents some more than 7.5 million compositions — a number that is constantly growing. As a performing right organization, or PRO, BMI issues licenses to various users of music, including television and radio stations and networks; new media, including Internet services and websites and mobile technology businesses such as ringtone and ringback providers; satellite audio services like XM and Sirius; nightclubs, discos, hotels, bars, restaurants and other businesses; digital jukeboxes; and live concert venues.

Call for Papers and Workshop Proposals

The conference committee invites proposals for lecture-recitals, workshops, panels, roundtable discussions and practice-led research papers. We welcome presentations that advance the field of our understanding of songwriting from industry perspectives, pedagogical positions and the emergence of cross-disciplinary thinking. While we invite proposals on any area of songwriting, preference will be given to topics which accord with the conference themes, and may address:

Industry perspectives:
• Sync Licensing
• Downloads
• Royalties

Pedagogical theory:
• Pedagogical philosophy and positions
• Approaches to teaching songwriting in Further and Higher Education
• Curriculum design

Performance perspectives:
• Understanding and writing for the voice
• Song Production

Individual presentations should be no more than twenty minutes in duration. There may be opportunities for longer slots for lecture-recitals and workshops. Proposals should take the form of a title followed by an abstract of not more than 200 words, and should include details of each presenter(s) including brief biographical description. The deadline for submissions is Monday 9th January 2012, and decisions will be notified shortly after this date.

Any queries about a proposal should be directed to the LISC 2012 Conference Director: Dale Perkins LISWC@lcm.ac.uk


Uploads: It is preferred that all abstracts and proposals be uploaded to ftp://researchftp.lcm.ac.uk using the username and password provided below. Abstracts must be formatted as rtf documents and you may include up to 4-minutes of audio examples (mp3) and or two minutes of compressed video (mpeg-4 or mov formats) which are clearly labelled. All files must be zipped as one file and named as follows: LISC-2012 -surname_forename. (The ftp site has been tested with both:

‘FireFTP’ (http://fireftp.mozdev.org/) – a plugin for FireFox
‘ClassicFTP’ (http://www.nchsoftware.com/classic/index.html).

Both are available as free downloads.

Username: lcmlcmftp
Password: LCMmus1c

If you wish to apply for a receipt for materials uploaded, please email LISWC@lcm.ac.uk with: LISC-2012 -surname_forename in the Header.

Traditional Mail: Submissions should be addressed to: Caroline Stephenson, Academic Administrator, c.stephenson@lcm.ac.uk or sent to her at:

Leeds College of Music
3 Quarry Hill
United Kingdom

Further information and to make a booking for the conference will be available soon
Queries about attending LISC 2012 should be addressed to: LISWC@lcm.ac.uk
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