The WTMA is a 501 (C)3 nonprofit organization fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas. We are dedicated to providing learning opportunities on the craft and business of performing, singing and songwriting. All styles of music are welcome and membership includes people of all ages. WTMA monthly activities include meetings with guest speakers, song critiques and performance showcases in the Ector Opry. In addition, the WTMA supports and promotes workshops, benefit concerts and contests.
WTMA Members meet BMG/Chrysalis Publisher July 28, 2014
On the 23rd the members who made the Nashville trip met one of the publishers for BMG/Chrysalis. The session was held via the internet and was live from Nashville Tennessee at Beaird Music Group studio. A total of three songs were pitched and critiqued. “Getting a publisher who is with a major label is extremely hard to do. There are people in Nashville that can’t get to these folks. Thanks to Beaird Music Group this was made possible for WTMA members.”, said Bruce Beaird.
The session lasted for two hours and some very positive critiques were given. The publisher wanted to take a second look at one of the songs, “Girls Like Me” and told Dean Teagarden he would get back with him in a week or two. There were no guarantees or commitments given but a second listen is good news. “Just having the opportunity to have these folks listen to a song is a golden opportunity. We plan on going back to Nashville and doing the same thing in December, if possible. The support from our community made this possible and we couldn’t have done it without them.”, Said Bruce Beaird.
Next week the members will meet again to have another one on one session with a publisher from HoriPro Entertainment. Three different songs will be listened to and critiqued. A total of 6 songs were recorded in Nashville.
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A few months ago members of the WTMA started working on the song “Angel of Hope” for the West Texas Gifts of Hope and the Hope House in Odessa. The idea was to come up with a song that would represent what Hope House is about..
Hope House is a cancer respite home for people who come from out of town for cancer treatments. The dream for the Hope House was the vision of Mary Collier, an employee of Texas Oncology. The song was the idea of song writers Bruce Beaird and Dean Teagarden. Together they wrote and composed the song. Earlier this year members of the WTMA traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to record 6 songs and Angel of Hope was one of those songs. Bruce Beaird wanted to produce the music video centered around the 15 foot stainless steel angel that stands in the courtyard at the home. The idea behind the angel came from Dick Gillham. With the help of several people, and permission from the West Texas Cancer Center, the video was taped. Katie Smith, the featured singer, can also be seen in the video along with several other people. Katie is a former student at the WTMA and when asked she was eager to sing, record, and appear in the video. Many thanks go to Dr. Tim & Donna George and the Bagley Family for their generous help as sponsors. A special thanks goes to Charle Scott, Executive Director of Hope House, for working with us throughout the entire project.