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Kyle Lovern

Sports Editor

Local songwriters and musicians may soon have a venue to share their original works.

Time Recording Studio of Buskirk, Ky. and Lyrick Promotions, LTD based in Williamson, are teaming up to hold a seminar on Saturday, December 8, at 6:00 p.m. at the Thoroughbred Steakhouse in South Williamson, Ky.

Local musician L.E. Simpkins and promoter John Carlin are teaming up to form the group. They are sponsoring the seminar for musicians and songwriters, with special guests from South Carolina and North Carolina.

They will conduct a professional roundtable on certain aspects of the music business. “These are professional musicians and recording artists and have a wealth of information to give all of us,” Simpkins said. “We will have an interactive meeting after each presentation and those attending can have a question and answer session.”

“We want to help local talent promote their songs and music and it doesn’t matter what music genre they are in,” Simpkins said.

“So many facets of the music business will be discussed in future meetings, such as recording, performing, promotions, distribution and online music distribution and sales,” Simpkins said.

“The legal aspects of music, such as copyright, publishing, how to get music on radio, TV, cinema and film will be discussed,” he added. “With Reverbnation, I-Tunes and CD Baby (on-line music services) and others, we hope to learn how to get CDs duplicated at a reasonable cost.”

Musicians also learn how to format a CD for promotions and get demo music to recording companies.

“Info on recording, engineering, mixing and mastering, will also be discussed,” Simpkins said.

Simpkins is a longtime local musician and has had a professional recording studio for many years

“Our Goal is to establish a local singer - songwriter association and to have a pool of musicians to support original songwriters,” he added.

The seminar is free and persons who attend will only have to pay for their own meals via “Dutch treat.”

Some of the local musicians that may be involved besides Simpkins and Carlin are Paul Pigman, Glen Simpson, Jim Charles and Jamie Hall. Jeep White, who now resides in Charleston, S.C., will also be attending the first meeting.

For more information those interested can call 606-427-7615 or 304-928-5085 to reserve a seat if they plan to attend.

Carlin, who has been holding local talent search events in Williamson the last couple of years, will be moving to the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) in Prestonsburg, Ky. beginning in January 12, 2013 and he has also reserved slots at the Expo Center in Pikeville, Ky. for future events. He will be sending out notices for the future talent search events in the near future.

Carlin hopes this will expand his music promotions venture to a wider area in the region.

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