History

History of the B.C. Songwriters Showcase Association

In October 1994, Len Menard, the first president of the BCSSA spearheaded a group of inspired local songwriters to organize a registered non-profit society for the purpose of providing showcase venues for songwriters and performers who wanted to perform their original music in front of a live audience. With these performances, the group hoped to promote these artists in their career and provide contact opportunities for those in or wanting to be in the music industry. Thus the BCSSA was formed.
Sandy Dunkley, the Regional Co-ordinator for the Nashville Songwriters International Association, had tried repeatedly to be allowed to have showcases under the NSAI banner. Unfortunately, due to liability reasons, this was not allowed. The NSAI was to remain as the link to the parent organization in Nashville and focus on the craft of song writing, while the BCSSA , focused on songwriter venues and charity works within the community.
The two groups continued for several years working hand-in-hand working with songwriters. Many noted hit songwriters were invited up from L.A. and Nashville to put on writing seminars, critique, and perform. Many community events such as Langley Days, Cloverdale Parade, the Merritt Mountain Music Festival and various church events had our members playing their music. Charity events such as Christmas for the homeless, school and heritage fundraisers, and individuals in need had performances. Sound equipment and personnel have also been used to promote artists just starting out.
The BCSSA sincerely thanks the many dedicated people have volunteered their time to promote original music in this organization over the years. The group continues to survive by this dedication.