Calling All Songwriters: Win a chance to play at Firefly Music Festival

Amos Lee | photo by Michelle Montgomery |
Philly fave Amos Lee was featured in the Philadelphia Songwriters Project in 2003 | photo by Michelle Montgomery |

On Monday, February 29th, the annual Philadelphia Songwriters Project Songwriting Contest will open its doors once again.

Every year the Philadelphia Songwriters Project accepts over 200 submissions from young Philly area songwriters for their competition. After the judges narrow the artists down to the top 10-15, a showcase will be held at Ardmore Music Hall on Sunday, May 15th to pick a final four. The final four will then be brought on the road for a summer tour with the final winner getting an opportunity to play at Firefly down in Delaware in June. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheerbleeders at The Fire, Dreamers at Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia Songwriters Project Finals at Ardmore Music Hall

Cheerbleeders | photo via Facebook

Cheerbleeders play The Fire tonight. The punk band has been making a name for itself by doing things their own way, leading with rocking music and backing it up with some seriously confident attitude. The band got together at Connie’s Ric Rac in South Philly and is now gearing up to release their second effort, following up last year’s demo. Check out the band performing live below and get more information about tonight’s 21+ show here.

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XPN’s Bob Bumbera interviews Dena Marchiony on The Philadelphia Songwriters Project’s “10th annual Songwriting Contest”

The 2015 Philadelphia Songwriters Project’s “Songwriting Contest” is happening on May 31st at The Ardmore Music Hall. Submissions via MP3 or video are being accepted now through Friday, March 20th at The contest is open to all genres of music – folk, rock, instrumental, bluegrass, country – and the four winners will receive invitations to perform at The Firefly Music Festival, the Bethlehem Musikfest, Sellersville Theater and Ardmore Music Hall among others. Continue reading →


The Philadelphia Songwriters Project to host All Star Benefit for Animal Welfare

ginger coyle

The Philadelphia Songwriters Project is launching its first ever benefit concert called All Star Benefit for Animal Welfare at Boot and Saddle on June 1st. The benefit concert will feature past winners from the project’s songwriting contest including performances by local Philly artists Dawn Hiatt, Dante Bucci, Katie Barbato and more. The lineup also features Ginger Coyle, who will headline the event. (You can also catch Coyle this summer at 2014 XPoNential Music Festival.)

Free compilation CDs of the night’s artists will be given out to those who bring items on the no-kill shelter’s “wish list” to the event and will also be on sale for $10. The night’s proceeds will benefit several local organizations that work to support the welfare of animals including PAWS, Mercy For Animals, The Humane Society, The Anti-dog-fighting Campaign and Main Line Animal Rescue. For tickets and more information about the event, visit the project’s website here. Check out Ginger Coyle’s WXPN Key Studio Session below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Surgeon at Kung Fu Necktie, The Killers at Susquehanna Bank Center, XPN welcomes the Philadelphia Songwriters Project to The Blockley


Philly metal band Surgeon will release their new album tonight at Johnny Brenda’s Kung Fu Necktie (the show was moved due to a water main break).  Chemical Reign has been a long time coming for the local four-piece: we first got a sample of the new songs back in 2011 when the band stopped by for a Key Studio Session, a few years after their 2008 debut Angry Guest was released.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Swarm of Arrows, Ominous Black and Skeleton Hands can be found here.  Below, watch a live video of Surgeon performing “Greed.”

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Meet the winners of the 2012 Philadelphia Songwriters Project

photo via Philadelphia Songwriters Project

Singer-songwriters Kwesi Kankam, Joy Ike, Casey Cattie, and Anthony D’Amato (pictured above left to right) are the winners of the 2012 Philadelphia Songwriters Project. Below, listen to a song from each of the winners. More information about the Philadelphia Songwriters Project can be found here. Below, listen to some songs from a few of the winners.