Apply Today - Upcoming Young Artist Conference, Songwriting Competitions!

Hello students and parents!

Please check out the following links for information on some great upcoming dates for young musicians and songwriters!


The Artist as Citizen Conference, New York City

Deadline to apply: May 15, 2014

The Artist as Citizen Conference is presented byArtists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), an NYC-based non-profit that connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the US and around the world. Founded in 2005 by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and some of her students at Juilliard, ASTEP was conceived to transform the lives of children using the most powerful tool they had – their art. Appropriately, the conference will be hosted by The Juilliard School, and borrows its name and founding principles from a book by Juilliard’s current president, Dr. Joseph Polisi. In The Artist as Citizen, Dr. Polisi argues that “there should be no dividing line between artistic excellence and social consciousness.” This belief is fundamental to ASTEP’s mission and serves as the animating principle for the conference.  The Artist as Citizen Conference will take place June 2nd – June 6th, 2014.

Songwriting Competitions

See a full list as the ASCAP website


Great American Song Contest

$10,000 in prizes

Deadline: November 20, 2014


International Songwriting Competition

Celebrity judges; Grand Prize: $25,000 cash

Early bird application deadline: June 2, 2014

Final deadline: September 18, 2014

John Lennon Songwriting Competition

Celebrity judges

Deadline: June 15, 2014 (session I); Session II opens June 15

For many more songwriting competitions, please visit ASCAP.

To work on writing and performing your own songs, vocal and performance coaching, or piano lessons please contact Bobby Apperson today!

The new Atwater Village studio is up and running - come in for a lesson in 2014!

The new studio is getting all set up in Atwater Village and piano lessons are on. Come check it out in 2014!

TIP: Like my Facebook page and get a promo code for up to 40% off your first piano lesson.


Currently teaching: see the new list and get on it!

Come in to learn:

  • piano technique
  • reading classical music, song books, and fake books
  • chords and how to use them!
  • musicality and expression
  • music theory
  • singing and how to sing and play at the same time

The new studio in Atwater Village is coming together!

It's not too late to give a gift certificate for piano lessons in 2014!

The inquiries are coming in -- and it's definitely not too late to take advantage of special rates and give piano lessons to someone special for next year!

Here are all the details:

  • You can purchase these gift certificates through January, 2014 to take advantage of discounts
  • You receive a gift certificate file to print with the recipient's name already in it
  • OR, the certificate can be emailed or mailed directly to your recipient.

Have any questions? Just let me know, and happy holidays. See you in 2014 at the new Atwater Village studio.