As part of our commitment to singer-songwriters, we sponsor several workshops throughout the year. Please join our mailing list to learn about the next one in your area.

The Columbus Songwriting Workshop

October 28, 2017, Jazz Academy at the Lincoln Theatre, Columbus, Ohio

March 18, 2017, Jazz Academy at the Lincoln Theatre, Columbus, Ohio



Songs at the Center is proud to sponsor The Columbus Songwriting Workshop! The event is the brainchild of songwriter Chris Shaw, who, with his brother, Andy, appeared on our show. Their father, Jim, an experienced music educator and a member of their band, contributes his considerable knowledge to the workshop. In addition to Chris, Andy and Jim, the instructors consist of a number of the area’s top professional songwriters, including our host, Eric Gnezda, and others who have appeared in our television series: Jonathan Elliott, and Cheley Tackett, who is featured on the video below.

“The more I do these workshops,” Chris says, “the more I understand that community is the biggest part. We learn from each other. The instructors learn form the participants, and vice versa. That’s the coolest thing about it – everyone wins!

“Whether you’ve never written a song, or just have some writers block and need to get inspired, this is the place to do it, among peers, in a super-supportive environment.”

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Songwriting in the Spotlight!

In cooperation and with support of the Ohio Arts Council

March 11, 2017, The Beck Center for the Arts, Lakewood, Ohio

March 25, 2017, The People’s Bank Theatre, Marietta, Ohio


Presenters include Anne E. DeChant, Todd Burge, Thor Platter, Peggy and Jonathan Elliott, Ron Sowell, Gene Castelli, Eric Gnezda, Jim Shaw, and Paul Kovac.