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New Music at SX: Acoustic Cafe + SongCraft

I will organize a panel with Acoustic Cafe's Rob Reinhart about songwriting, collaboration, and the pressure of social media on production schedules. During the previous days of the festival I will write and record songs with a few artists -- the artists will perform these songs during the panel, and we will discuss the process, as well as the new creative demands on modern artists. (We did a test run of this idea last year at SXSW with ANTI-recording artist Sean Rowe, Erin McKeown, Ben Sollee, and others.)

As you may know, Acoustic Cafe is syndicated on 90 stations in the US and on Voice of America worldwide for 3 million listeners a week. With SXSW's permission, Rob will play the songs and portions of the discussion on subsequent episodes of Acoustic Cafe, and we will produce videos of the songs.

While we don't know which artists we would feature in the panel, in the last few weeks Rob has hosted John Mellencamp, Alejandro Escovedo, City and Colour, Josh Ritter, and Aaron Neville.

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Ben Arthur, Musician and songwriter, Mummery Publishing

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