Who We Are
Corpus Christi Songwriters (CCSW) – an extension of Corpus Christi PATCH, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization – is dedicated to providing resources, education and a spring-board for local songwriters in the Corpus Christi area.
Founded in 2014, CC Songwriters hosts several events throughout the year – including In The Rounds (an open stage for original music only) the second Sunday of EVERY MONTH at House of Rock; CCSW Presents: Showcases every April, August and November at The Churchyard; Workshops and Retreats throughout the year, and the Corpus Christi Music Awards & Conference, to be held every February.
As an association, we will be offering membership incentives (beginning January 2017), programs, contests, and more!
CC Songwriters: In The Rounds –
Corpus Christi Songwriters’ mission is to spread the interest in original music around Corpus Christi and its surrounding areas. Partnering with House of Rock, the Corpus Christi Songwriters In The Rounds was born, and is held on the second Sunday of every month, creating an intimate environment welcoming new and seasoned songwriters to share their songs with an attentive and engaged audience. CCSW hosts the series with an invited Featured Guest Artist.
(Beginning in January 2017, our In The Rounds will be moving to the Executive Surf Club – still held on the second Sunday of every month!)
The format is simple: each songwriter is allowed to perform TWO (2) songs (they can be new songs, or old songs, but they must be ORIGINAL songs). Once everyone has shared their songs, stories and inspirations behind them, the cycle will begin again, limited to 1 song each, until midnight.
CC Songwriters Presents: Showcases –
Dedicated to spotlighting some of the best, daring and uniquely regional original music, CCSW invites 4-5 regional songwriters to perform every April, August and November at The Churchyard – one of the best live music venues in the Coastal Bend.
Songwriting Contests – Coming January 2017
Beginning January of 2017, Corpus Christi Songwriters (CCSW) will offer quarterly Songwriting Contests. Our Board and selected Jury will rate each song submitted, and award the TOP THREE songs, with the highest-rated song as WINNER.
CCSW Members are offered ONE (1) FREE submission per contest. Multiple submissions are accepted, but the Contest Fee must be paid. Non-members are welcome to submit, as long as Contest Fee is paid in full before submission.
The winning song from each quarterly contest will be collected as Nominees for the Best Original Song category at the 2018 Music Awards & Conference to be held in February of 2018.
The songwriters with the most songs to make the TOP THREE picks of each contest will be collected as Nominees for the Best Songwriter category at the 2018 Music Awards & Conference to be held in February of 2018.The Quarterly Songwriting Contests will begin in January.
CC Songwriters Retreat – Coming June 2017
We will host one Summer Songwriting Retreat in June of each year – kicking off on Thursday evening, and culminating with a live concert premiering each new song on Saturday night. The retreat will operate as an artist’s haven, and be all-inclusive with meals, lodging and writing materials included in the ticket price.
CC Songwriters Workshops – COMING 2018
Our organization will sponsor and host one major Songwriting Workshop each year in February – during the annual Corpus Christi Music Awards & Conference
We also support the Corpus Christi branch of the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAi) Workshop/Meeting – held the first Tuesday of every month at The Veranda (Schlitterbahn).
CC Songwriters Music Awards & Conference – COMING 2018
CCSW will host an annual Music Awards show and Conference to be held each February, featuring awards given to local songwriters and performers nominated by our community and CCSW Board of Directors (who will not be eligible for nominations), and judged by a non-partial / outside Jury. A conference will also be held, featuring Keynote Speakers, Workshops, etc.