Monday, January 24, 2011

[MyTuneBD.Com] Songwriter Retreat with Tret Fure, Karen E Reynolds, & Vicki Blankenship


We R Indie & Indiegrrl Songwriter Retreat
Tret Fure, Karen E. Reynolds, & Vicki Blankenship
September 20 to 22 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Performance Opportunity Friday and Saturday
Jonica Gap Campground
1412 Haygood St.
Mineral Bluff, GA 30559
(Only 25 Tickets Available)
Retreat open to people of all skills and career levels of songwriting.

Get back to nature and hone in on your songwriting skills by attending a three day songwriter retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia and unleash your inner creative genius working with three award winning songwriters mentor/coaches, Tret Fure, Karen E Reynolds, and Vicki Blankenship. Retreat includes workshops, critiques, valuable music business knowledge, private sessions with instructors, networking and co-writing opportunities with other retreat attendees and an opportunity to perform 3 songs after the retreat on the weekend at the Fall Kick Off Music in the Mountains Festival which takes place following the retreat on September 23 & 24. It all adds up to five days of inspiration, relaxation, creativity, and networking with a performance opportunity at the end. It does not matter what level you are in your songwriting career or interests to take part in this retreat. Enjoy a nightly social community bonfire with song sharing or solitude time writing.

Jonica Gap Campground is a 20 acre piece of property that is beautifully landscaped and maintained with 75% of the property covered in forestry and a stream running through the campground that feeds two stocked trout ponds. No RVs allowed. Only Tents and Popup campers allowed keeping this a true back to nature experience. Facility has a top quality shower house, camp store, walking trails, horseshoes, and badminton along with community charcoal grills available in the picnic area. If you travel with an RV there are campgrounds close by that accommodate those needs. Hotels are within 10 minutes of the campground if you do not want to stay at the campground facility.

Because we know not everyone will want to camp on site we have created different package rates to accommodate those that want to camp on site and those that prefer staying off property and attending all sessions during the day. Only 25 retreat tickets will be sold to allow one on one mentoring and consultation time and stage time at the festival following the retreat. Retreat attendees staying on property will pitch camp in a community area closer to the picnic and stage area so we can have privacy from other people who might be camping at the facility and to allow extra camping sites for the weekend festival pass holders.

Download a Registration Form at this link.

Bronze Package - $160
Attend all workshops, mentoring sessions, and song critique sessions during the day and evening Tuesday through Thursday. Your accommodations are not included but there are hotels within a 10 minute drive of the campground. You will be given a day pass each day to attend the weekend music festival on Friday and Saturday.

Silver Package - $210 (Camping Included)
Stay on site at Jonica Gap Campground Tuesday through Saturday for the retreat and festival for your performance slot. Meals not included. You can cook on your own at campsite or go 10 minutes into town for restaurant selections. (Tent and PopUp campers are only allowed)

Gold Package - $300 (Camping & Meals included)
Stay on site at Jonica Gap Campground all three nights of the retreat and two nights for the festival for your performance slot with 3 well balanced meals provided all five days. (Tuesday through Saturday) Chef Vicki Blankenship will prepare meals for Gold Package attendees. Vicki has 20 years of catering and restaurant experience along with previous restaurant and catering business ownership. Specify any food allergies and whether Vegetarian or Vegan on the registration form.

Know Your Presenters

Tret Fure - Tret's career spans 4 decades. She began at the age of 16, singing in coffeehouses and campuses in the Midwest then attended college at UC Berkley and discovered that music was really her life. At 19 she moved to LA to pursue a songwriting and musical career. Within a year she was performing as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, touring with him and penning the single for his album Mousetrap She went on to record her own album in 1973 on MCA/UNI Records, with the late Lowell George of Little Feat as her producer. With the success of that release, she opened for such bands as Yes, Poco, and the J Geils Band. While recording her second album, Tret became interested in sound engineering, learning the trade and becoming one of the first women engineers in LA. Over the course of her career she has engineered and produced countless recordings by a variety of artists, including her own work. In the early 80s, Tret left the mainstream music industry. Armed with a fierce desire to retain full artistic control, she began exploring the independent side of the industry. She owns her own record label called Tomboy Girl Records. Fure also markets her own line of clothing named after her popular song Tomboy girl She won the 2004 South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition in 2 out of 3 categories. 2004 also brought her recognition with the prestigious Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women's Music. Tret teaches guitar and songwriting individually and in workshop settings. Along with bridging the marketing, production, and music worlds, Tret serves as Vice President of Local 1000, The Traveling Musicians Association--a union geared toward helping traveling musicians find security and longevity. She also co-chairs The New Harvest Foundation, a foundation that channels charitable contributions exclusively to organizations working to promote LGBT rights, services, culture and community development.

Karen E Reynolds - Karen owns and operates SoundAdvice, an artist's services agency; heads up an independent record label; teaches songwriting and music business for the University Of Tennessee; is a Mentor/Instructor for the Country Music Hall of Fame's prestigious 'Words and Music in Schools' program, and has national credits to her name as a producer, vocalist, publicist, and promoter. She is also host and program director of "Writer's Block", a radio program and concert series showcasing independent artists that airs on WDVX FM Radio in Knoxville, TN. She knows the business. Karen is a board member of the We R Indie, Inc. nonprofit and sits as the Music Education Director.

Vicki Blankenship - Vicki is an award winning singer songwriter who wrote and performed the song "One In Eight" on the I'm Too Young For This compilation CD that won the 2007 Hollywood FAME Award for Humanitarianism for its beneficial contribution to making a difference in the fight against cancer. She owns the independent record label Spotted Kiva Productions and has performed live in over 300 music venues and festivals around the United States. She is a guest speaker at conferences, songwriter associations, fund raising events, and inspirational retreats. She has produced over 100 music events including the We R Indie & Indiegrrl International Music Conferences. She is the founder and chairman of the board for We R Indie, Inc. nonprofit and its division Indiegrrl. She has a triple degree in English/Journalism/Communications from Elon University in North Carolina.

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