Check out the news article for the Petaluma Chapter 2013

Portland Location in the Oregon Music News June 2012

Reprinted from Oregon Music News 
Permission from Daniel Work, WCS NW Chapter Manager
Photo permission from Daniel Work


Saturday, June 2, was quite the night at The Buffalo Gap, where the NW Chapter Finals of the West Coast Songwriters Competition took place.

Sixteen amazing acts from Oregon and Washington performed, each giving their all to win the title of either 2011-12 WCS NW Chapter “Best Song” or “Best Performer.”

After almost 30 minutes of intense debates, judges Peter Vaughn ShaverVicki Ambinder, and Tony Ferguson finally decided on the winners.

Worth won “Best Song” for “Let’s Make It Last,” while John Rankin won “Best Performance” to a standing-room-only crowd.

Chris Worth

A serious congrats to both talented winners and the other 14 acts that all shined. Way to go musical artists of the great northwest! Thanks especially to Jacob Cochran (for the photos of Chris Worth and John Rankin).

Also, a very special thanks to music industry judges Vicki Ambinder (amazing performance coach), Peter Vaughn Shaver (our true blue Portland entertainment attorney), and Tony Ferguson (amazing A&R guru, a la Lady Ga Ga, Bush and WCS advisor/long-term partner).

Thanks to the following special WCS partners and sponsors: Oregon Music News (thanks for donating Ad Space, Winner Reviews, and Promotion Support); Rex Studios/Brent Rogers  (donated studio time,  playing to warm up the crowd);AUDIX USA Mics (a new OM3 mic); SmileyNote Studios (event producer); The Buffalo Gap (event location); and everyone else like Chris Merrill, Chris Margolin, and Deb, my wife, for helping out and supporting this year’s events.

In case you missed my earlier post on the competition, the finalists included a who’s who of talented musical artists:




2011- 12 Best Song Finalists

David Gross  Steven Dolbey/Justin HartNatasha FlynnChris BaronChris HarrisWorth 

Michele Van KleefNicole Wells

2011-12 Best Performance Finalists

Karyn PatridgeSarah BillingsNaomi LavioletteChris HarrisCarlson WellsNicole Wells

John RankinJustin Jude

PNW 2nd Annual MUSIC EXPO -  November 12th, 2011

San Carlos, CA:  West Coast Songwriters is proud to announce the Second Annual NW Chapter Music Expo to be held November 12th from 11am – 6:15PM at Day Music; 5516 SE Foster St.  Portland.  For every genre of musician interested in furthering their career, this is the opportunity to get in front of some of the most talented music executives in the country.  Tickets available online or at the door; $25 for WCS Members or Students under the age of 21; $45 for those who are members of other music organizations or $60 for the standard registration fee.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

The NW Music Expo provides small, intimate panel discussions, workshops and One on One appointments with industry executives offering solid advice and support to help further musicians careers.  One on One Appointments will be held with numerous industry guests including Sue Ennis, nationally recognized songwriter who has co-written over 50 songs with Ann and Nancy Wilson of HEART;  Chris Young, Managing Editor of Oregon Music News;  Ken Morrison,  and Chris Mays from KINK RadioPanels include: Producer Panels; Booking Gigs; Copyrights; Song Placement & Licensing; Engineering – How’s the Mix? and Performance Coaching with Vicki Ambinder.

Over twenty Music Industry Pros will be on hand, including Anthony Ferguson, formerly from Universal Music Group/Interscope Records.  Tony is responsible for signing NO DOUBT and has recently worked with Lady Ga Ga, BUSH, Reverend Horton and Heat to name just a few. 

Additionally, there will be a rare, intimate interview with NW Music Industry Icon, Terry Currier of Millennium Music.  Currier will be on hand to answer questions, discuss his past, present and future and bring guidance to the numerous attendees at the Expo.

To close this fabulous event, WCS is proud to present the Expo Live Concert, featuring award winning WCS NW Expo panelists including George Merrill (Boy Meets Girl), Doug Smith and Richard Weissman.

For further information, please see our full listing of events, seminars, workshops and one-on-one appointments; or email


San Carlos, CA:  West Coast Songwriters (“WCS”) and the Mid-Peninsula Community Media Center (“Media Center”) proudly announce the launch of the monthly WCS Song Competition – Palo Alto.   Beginning Wednesday, August 15, 2011 at 7:30pm, songwriters will perform their original work before a distinguished industry judge at the Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Prizes are awarded for Best Song and Best Performance each month. Admission for songwriters: $10 for WCS members, $15 for non-members; studio audience $5.  To register, contact  (650-494-8686 ext. 11).

The new season will run from October, 2011- July, 2012 on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Media Center Studios and will follow the regional WCS Song Competition calendar.  Each month the judge will award “Best Original Song” and “Best Performance” to competitors.  Winners of Best Song, starting in October, will have the opportunity to participate in the WCS playoffs held next summer and compete toward Song of the Year AND the opportunity to perform at the Annual WCS MUSIC CONFERENCE  (Foothill College Sep 9-11, 2011), in front of 60+ industry leaders looking to sign new musicians during the second weekend of September. (

The Palo Alto competition is unique in that participants will be videotaped by the Media Center Studio crew and professional quality DVDs of the two hour program will be available for purchase.  The show will also be made available to cable access stations all over the U.S through, the file sharing service utilized by cable access stations across the country.  Additionally, monthly winners will receive an invitation to perform on the Media Center’s program dedicated to original musicAmerican Songwriter.  

Ian Crombie, Executive Director of WCS stated: “This is an exciting new addition to the WCS monthly competitions.  The Palo Alto location will provide competitors with the chance to be seen on TV and take home a professional tape of their performance, something you don’t get at most song competitions”

The competition follows the guidelines for other competitions already in operation throughout the West Coast from Los Angeles to Portland.   The competition is open on a first come first served basis to members of the West Coast Songwriters.  Non-members can perform and be evaluated by the judges but they cannot compete for prizes.   Performers may join WCS in advance or on site in order to compete.

Further information can be found at or contact  To register for the competitions please contact Becky directly at  (650-494-8686 ext. 11).

Grammy Award Winners, Doug Smith and Scott Matthews to attend Lake Oswego Songwriters Conference

San Carlos, CA – Ian Crombie, Executive Director of West Coast Songwriter’s is proud to announce that Grammy Award Winners, Doug Smith and Scott Matthews will attend the Lake Oswego Songwriters Conference. The conference will be held on Saturday, May 9th, 2009 from noon – midnight at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 14811 Oaks Drive, Lake Oswego OR. Tickets begin as low as $50 per person and are available on line at

The agenda includes Keynote Q and A; Panel Presentations: How to Make Money in the real world (as a singer-songwriter); Production; Songwriting Q&A (from the perspective of a commercially successful artist); Song Placement Session (are your tracks ready for use in TV/Film, Corporate Branding, Retail Environment) and Performance Feedback Sessions (randomly drawn performers show off their stuff, get critiqued). Panelists include Grammy Award winners Doug Smith & Scott Mathews, Carla DeSantis, Jason Brawner and Marv Ross.

Doug Smith is the winner of the prestigious 2006 Winfield International Fingerstyle Competition. Billboard Magazine writes, "Inviting melodies...stunning fingerpicking"; Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine raves, "Smith's fretboard brilliance continues to dazzle”.

For more than 30 years, Scott Matthews has produced, arranged, written songs for, recorded with, and/or performed with legends David Bowie, the Beach Boys, Mick Jagger, Steve Miller, Barbra Streisand, Neil Young and Eric Clapton...just to name a few. His awards and accolades include: several Gold and Platinum Awards, several Grammy Award winning projects, Oscar Award winning film projects, Billboard Magazine -Top Pick. Rolling Stone Magazine quotes, "5 Stars! As producer, songwriter, vocalist and player of almost every instrument under the sun, Scott Mathews is a wunderkind."

Daniel Work, West Coast Songwriter’s Pacific NW Chapter Director states “This is a fabulous chance to meet and learn from the best; hear incredible performances and interact with some of the music industry's most experienced professionals. And best of all, they are coming to us, the GREAT Northwest.”

Tickets are priced as such: $50 for WCS members; $65 for members of any other non-profit music organization; $75 for at large attendees (people that do not belong to a $100 SPECIAL - A one year WCS membership (usually $75) and attendance at our NW Chapter Song Conference. Register on line: Mail checks payable to WCS, at 1724 Laurel St., Suite #120 San Carlos, CA 94070 or pay by credit card by calling 650.654.3966. Further questions please contact: or

West Coast Songwriters North West Chapter is a Roaring Success

San Carlos, CA - Ian Crombie, Executive Director of the San Carlos based West Coast Songwriters Association announced the formation of the West Coast Songwriters, Pacific North West Chapter. Well into its second month, the chapter has hosted over ten successful events. Singers and Songwriters, traveling from as far away as Olympia, Washington to Salem, Oregon attend songwriting competitions; workshops; one-one critics and a supportive community. Judges such as Amy Maxwell, producer and manager for grammy nominated Patrick Lamb; Dan Lowe, president of Portland Song Association and Ginger Caviness, booking agent are amongst some of the talented and inspirational industry leaders who participate in these events.

“We had 17 wonderful, diverse original acts; each gave 100% and in my heart won big time. The overall winners for the competition had confidence, poise, great songs and delivered their songs and talent with style” says Daniel Work, WCS NW Chapter director.

Further information regarding the North West Chapter can be found at or by contacting Daniel Work at or 503-344-4318.

With over fifteen monthly events, the West Coast Songwriters Association is one of the most active music organizations in the country serving to enhance aspiring writers and performers with creative and career development by music industry professionals. Ian Crombie, Executive Director of WCSA stated: “Four years ago Sara Bareilles sent in two songs for our International Song Contest. She performed at the Sunset Concert and won first place for her song Gravity. She was honored at the ASCAP Pop Awards, performed on the Jay Leno show and currently has a smash hit Love Song”.