MUBG Alum, Undergrads judges in annual SongCircle contest

This past Fall, The New York Songwriter’s Circle held the 5th Annual Song Circle Music Songwriting Contest in Lower Manhattan. The Music Business Program is no stranger to the local Song Circle community as several of its past contest winners and contestants were guests at our weekly program meeting last semester. 

Ben Sheehan (G ’10; pictured) along with current sophomores Aaron Marks, Diana Yu, Justin Krim, Sarah McCalla, and Danny Chang made up more than half of the preliminary listening team. From August to November, each member listened hundreds of submissions and met monthly with Song Circle Music Artistic Director Tina Shafer to discuss their favorite entries and select winners.

The group’s final 12 selections performed their songs live on November 18th at The City Winery in Tribeca before a panel of judges comprised of producers, publishers, and other industry figures. Barnaby Bright’s “Don’t Look Down” was awarded the 1st Place prize, and NYU’s own Flearoy won 2nd Place for their song “Hey Brother.” More information on SongCircle and its songwriting contests can be found here.

(On a related note, Ben Sheehan was so impressed with Todd Alsup, one of the artists selected for the contest’s final round, that he wrote to Bob Lefsetz, the figure and author behind the renowned music industry newsletter The Lefsetz Letter. Todd Alsup is one of NYU Steinhardt’s own as a graduate of the Vocal Performance program, and Mr. Lefsetz was impressed enough to dedicate an entire letter in praise of Todd. The article can be viewed here.)