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Song of the Month:

For September 2016, the winner is:

A Little Poison Walt Sargent


OCTOBER 3rd - Our usual room 217 was apparently double-booked again last night due to clerical error. A note was posted on the door and the meeting was held in room 214.


Please note that Five Towns has a new security policy that requires the doors on the right side to be locked. Please use the main entrance (on the left, "Performing Arts Center") rather than the doors on the right.

November Workshop

Monday, November 7th
7:30 - 10:30pm
Five Towns College
Room 216 - Please note: this room was double booked last month. Hopefully, we will do what we can to prevent another last minute changes, but will post it here if possible.
Burrs Lane, Dix Hills, 11746 NY

Welcome Songwriters

The Island Songwriter Showcase (ISS) is a Long Island-based organization of songwriters, lyricists, and performers. We get together to share and develop our passion for the art and craft of songwriting. Our goal is become better songwriters and help others do the same.

Read about us here.

Membership is free, but if you’d like to make it official, our application form is here.


The ISS would like to thank and acknowledge the following organizations:

Five Towns College


Nashville Songwriters Assoc. Intl.

Folk Music Society of Huntington


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Rockville Centre, NY (October, 2016) – It’s a rare Long Island appearance! Legendary songwriter Carole Bayer Sager talks about her new revealing memoir They’re Playing Our Song (Simon & Schuster) on Wednesday, October 19th at 6:30 pm at The Madison Theatre at Molloy College in Rockville Centre. This is a LONG ISLAND LITFEST PRESENTS… special author event. Admission is $35 and includes a copy of the book, provided by sponsor Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine.

Audiences will have an opportunity to ask Carol Bayer Sager questions about her songs, her working and personal relationships with Marvin Hamlisch and Burt Bacharach, and her friendships with Peter Allen, Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson. Book signings will follow the Q&A.

Madison Theatre at Molloy College

Tickets Available

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Jun 10, 2016 :: Thursday, June 16 is the kick-off of the new Original Open Mic Night... UPSTAIRS @ COCO MOKA. Details on the attached flyer. Bring your instruments and your original songs and enjoy a great night of music!

Mar 5, 2016 :: Congratulation to former ISS Director Sonny Speed. Sonny will be taking over the Stormy Monday Blues Program at WRPI.

Here he is (looking a little like "Killroy was Here" :-).

Mar 3, 2016 :: Congratulation to ISS Member Ben Boecker for winning New Musicals’ prestigious New Voices Project, sponsored by Disney Imagineering and New Musials Inc. Selections from Ben’s show, "Magic in New Hampshire" will be presented before industry pros in CA, and at NMI’s Got Musical concerts in Burbank and LA later this Spring. "Woot woot", said Mr. Boecker in his press release.

Feb 12, 2016 :: For a limited time The Slap Jackson Studios is offering a Songwriters Special.

Video record up to three of your songs for $99.

For full details, download the flyer

Jan 30, 2016 :: CD Release Party for ISS Member Jim Pastor

Postcards from Purgatory

7 PM, Sat. January 30th

LaMantia Gallery, Northport
Free Admission

Jim Pastor and friends John Tabacco, Susan DeVita, Angie Pastor, Joe Gioglio and Walt Sargent

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Workshop Calendar


  • November 7th, Monday
  • December 5th, Monday


  • January 2nd, Monday
  • February 2nd, Monday
  • March 6th, Monday
  • April 3rd, Monday
  • May 1st, Monday
  • June 5gh, Monday

For a description, directions and the ISS Workshop Guide, please click here.

Bellmore Memorial Library Showcase

The ISS wishes to thank Estelle Henrich and Mike Svezia for producing the Bellmore Showcase series. We also wish to thank Patty Paris from the library for hosting, and thank Alice Hayden for the lovely flyers. We are also thankful to Jack Finkenberg, Jim Baron, Mike Christian and others who have provided sound reinforcement. A special thanks to Suzanne Ernst for supporting several performers with background vocals and guitar. Finally, we also want to thank all the songwriters for sharing their fine performances, authentic stories and musical gifts.

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