"I found the Road Rally to not only be incredibly informative, but also a total blast! The convention makes the TAXI membership fee seem a bargain!"

Jessica Treat
TAXI Member
The Best Music Convention on Earth!



TAXI CEO, Michael Laskow, asking the really tough questions during one of the panels.

Hyperbole has gotten to the point that you can't believe anything anymore. With that in mind, please excuse me, and please believe me when I tell you that our annual convention, Road Rally 2002 was the best convention of its type ever held on the planet.

We made that promise before the Rally, and I think the people who attended this year's event will back us up on that. We pulled out all the stops to make sure that there was not just something for everybody, but a LOT for everybody.

It was a weekend to learn from the masters of the craft, a place to rub elbows with the big shots, a time to showcase talent, and maybe best of all, the Rally brings people together from all over the world. Genre, gender, nationality, ethnicity, and personal agendas all seemed to melt in to one highly unified group of songwriters, artists, and composers.

This Road Rally, more than all others, seemed to become a love fest and mini Woodstock of sorts. Thanks to all who came. Thanks to our sponsors for making it all possible, and thank you to our great staff for doing the work of a staff twice their size, and smiling the entire time.

We hope you can join us for the next Road Rally. Nobody ever goes home disappointed.

Warm regards,
Michael Laskow




Dear Michael, Michael, & Doug:

You did it again. And it was, once again, even better than ever (I get to say this, as a proud member of the Six-for-Six club). I had pretty big concerns that the extra day would spread the thing out not only in time and space, but would also somehow dilute the vibe and energy. How could I be so wrong? If anything, the atmosphere of the world's finest music biz lovefest was even more sizzling than last year. The panels were terrific, Steve Seskin was brilliant, talent at the open mics deep and beautiful, the mentoring a groove.


This member seems to be saying, "Hey, it's not all work, and no play at the Road Rally!"

But the thing I came away with most was the outlandish support two thousand music makers give each other for three delirious days, without the usual ugly competitiveness. The goodwill was palpable. And I'm convinced this goodwill comes from the high road you three and all the TAXI staff exude all year long, focused like a mo'fo for those three and a half days.

Closing with the screener's band -- what an idea! Talk about a grand finale. Remember it when some joker gives you grief about screeners' inadequacies. That final hour of live playing dispelled my exhaustion and kept me cranked until 5:00 a.m., when I had to get my ass to the plane.

And then there's the good judgment issue. You three blokes show some of the best judgment I've ever seen, on all fronts, all the damn time. I'd like to get it from you in pill form.

And to those whining cretins who love to give you grief about legitimacy and hearts being in questionable places, let them chew on this: one of the most memorable moments in a sea of them was looking up at one point on Wednesday night, before the start of the Rally realizing that the trio who founded, funded and run this wondrous company are on the front damn line stuffing a couple of thousand goodie bags!!!!

Oh dear. I've started gushing and I can't stop...

With Love,
Bill Gordon
Miami, FL



Dear Michael (and the rest of the TAXI Staff):

Just wanted to send a few comments regarding this year's TAXI Road Rally. As an attendee of all six of the Road Rallies, I can unequivocally say this one was the best! When I think about the adding of mentor meetings, a second "open mic" area, the showcasing of artists, "soulmate" lunches, extra day (etc.) to the usual great speakers, panels and instructional sessions, it's hard to believe that something like this actually occurs within the Music Industry.

Over the last six years, I have seen more and more industry people participate; and for the last few years, those folks have been more and more willing to accept material from Road Rally attendees. This can only be because, over the years, TAXI has worked extremely hard to gain a tremendous amount of credibility and respect within the Music Industry; and the result of that relationship is, quite simply, an incredible payoff to TAXI members.

Thanks to you, Michael, Doug, and the entire TAXI Staff for doing what you do. See you all next year.

Tom Sparks,
Palatine, IL



Hello TAXI,

I just wanted to thank you for making such an event as the Road Rally possible! It was the most exciting music business event I've ever experienced. All the questions troubling me about songwriting and how to get my songs promoted better got answered!

I met so many interesting people and have already decided to collaborate with two of them.

I came all the way from Switzerland and celebrated my birthday during the TAXI event and I tell you, this Rally was the best gift I could wish for!

Miriam Duncombe,
Switzerland



Words (for a songwriter!) don't seem adequate when trying to describe the experience of the Road Rally, or to express my appreciation for all you do to find and make opportunities for us.

Thanks so much,
Valerie De La Cruz
Niskayuna, NY



Dear TAXI,

I just wanted to say thank you to Michael & the entire TAXI staff. The Road Rally was amazing. I learned so much and I made some great contacts. Hats off to all of you wonderful people at TAXI from this struggling Canadian songwriter.

In the words of Jason Blume, "It is possible!"

Sincerely,
Damian Follett,
Newfoundland,
(on the East Coast of Canada)



Doug,

Congratulations on an extremely successful event this past weekend! It was my first trip to the Road Rally and it was by far one of the most interesting, informative and entertaining events I've ever attended for business or personal reasons.

Jeremy Ragonese
Kansas City. MO



Michael and Doug,

Hearty congrats to you and your team for another spectacular Road Rally! I think I speak for most of my fellow members when I say that it is inspirational, instructional, inspirational, friendly, inspirational, and just a ton of fun. You clearly go out of your way to make each year's Rally better than the last. It's always hard to see how you can top the previous Rally, but with the extra day, the mentoring sessions, the two venues for open mic and all the rest, you've raised the bar way above and beyond the call of duty. I know what goes into something like this, and you do it masterfully.

Now, what are you gonna do NEXT year?

Bill Edwards
Ann Arbor, MI



Hello Alex, Doug, Michael, Michael, Chris, and Clint...

It's a great thing you do. We learned some new things, got solid work, great advice, and met many, many talented people.

Frankly, we think it's the best and most innovative music conference out there, even including SXSW. The mentor lunches and the approachability of the panelists make all the difference.

You rock,
Johnny Young & Michelle Young
Brooklyn, NY



Dear TAXI,

I can't say THANKS enough. I just got back from the Road Rally and just wanted to tell you it was the most productive weekend of my music career.

I met so many great people on personal and business levels. We also made a contact who is going to get our disc in the hands of the producer of Dawson's Creek to play on the show.

I've only been a member for 2-3 months. Needless to say I am very impressed with TAXI, thus far.

All the best and thanks again,
Dean Person from the band Butterfinger
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada



Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!

The Road Rally was so educational! So many musicians were able to do in four days what usually takes years.

We loved your choice of speakers, we loved your staff, we loved it all!

Thanks for everything,
Irina Falberg
Orange, OH



Dear Michael, Doug, Michael, and TAXI Staff,

Thank you so much for everything you did at the Road Rally. It was so great meeting you.

Having just joined TAXI, attending the Rally was one of the best things I could've done this year for my music career. I met so many people, and learned so much. In Jason Blume's first address, he said "people's lives are going to change this weekend." Mine did.

I was affected with a fresh outlook, stronger sense of direction, and eagerness to improve.

Thank you for providing the place and opportunity for a songwriter like me to meet people like you.

Sincerely,
Kristi Holler,
Sioux Falls, SD



Dear Michael,

Thanks. Congratulations. Great job. You're awesome. Add this letter to the pile proclaiming what an incredible Road Rally you put on.

I was skeptical. I've been to tons of music seminars put on by reputable companies. Most of the time I would feel like I was being "sold to." And it was definitely every man for himself. None of them have ever come close to the Road Rally. There is a simple reason why: you and your staff really care about us members.

Right off the bat it was apparent that both the staff and the members are working together. I have never met so many people who were interested in what I do (film scoring) as opposed to what I could do for them. The highlights were during the A&R pitch panel when the audience applauded the really good songs. Those moments clearly demonstrated that we want each other to succeed.

But that goodwill stems from your staff. It is obvious how hard all of you work up to and during the weekend. Yet, you were always friendly, helpful, and interested in making sure we had a fun and educational weekend. I cannot imagine being "on" for 72 hours straight like that.

It was apparent when I watched you run the show from the trenches. I was surprised how much I saw you moderating, talking to members, and generally commandeering the Rally. Again, that's the difference. It's your honest desire to help us that makes all of TAXI such a positive experience.

I thank you for giving us musicians true guidance. You should be very proud of the great work you do.

Best Wishes,
Stuart Ridgway
Arlington, VA 22207



Hi Doug,

Just wanted to tell you that we had a GREAT time at the Road Rally. Talk about an eye opener! I came not knowing what to expect and left excited and motivated to be a success example for next year's Rally. I was really surprised how everyone was so nice: the A&R people, the TAXI staff, and the other musicians. This was the first conference of any type that I was sad to leave.

Anyway, keep up the good work. I WILL BE AT NEXT YEAR'S RALLY FOR SURE!

Jason Nokes from Shiver
Gardner, KS



Dear Michael, Doug, and TAXI Staff,

Thank you for a wonderful conference.  It was so well planned and had so many great aspects.Highlights for me include Jason Blume, Steve Seskin, Jai Josefs, the open mics, the A&R panels.  Well, heck, I liked it all! It was such a change being around so many songwriters and musicians. Very inspiring, and a real shot in the arm. (Not to mention a good dose of reality!) I came away with a clearer vision, a lot of helpful information, and a big appreciation for TAXI and its mission.

See you next year, for sure!

Sincerely,
Cindy Keeling
Villa Park, IL



Michael-

How can the best keep getting better and better? As always, this Road Rally is still ringing in my ears. And, as you know, I have attended all six Road Rally's.

Every panel and presentation was filled with tips extremely valuable to any songwriter, teaching us what to do and (using some TAXI member submitted CD's) what not to do - as vividly proved by the audience participation responses.

Both Jason Blume's and Jai Josef's songwriting seminars contained information that every songwriter needs to keep in the very front of his brain. And Ralph Murphy gave us all the structural secrets for a #1 hit, laid out on a silver platter. Pat Pattison's seminar on lyric writing was eye opening, funny, and important.

And where else can you sit in and watch/study while a major songwriter (Steve Seskin) begins to create a song on the spot! A brilliant TAXI idea! (It was somehow comforting to hear all those wildly successful Hit Songwriters on the panel confirm that every one of their newest songs were still very much subject to rejection.)

The hotel was as sumptuous as ever; the staff bending over backwards. All the TAXI members I ran into were up, eager to share, and justifiably enthusiastic. At Rally end, the house-band-of- TAXI-screeners was a very cool, tight gig, too!

Finally, any musician supposedly trying to make it, but who doesn't belong to TAXI, can only be, in my estimation, not very serious about his goals.

Great job, you guys! I can't wait for next year, although actually I may not be able to attend: As you can see, I've run out of superlatives!

Love,
Roy Flower,
New York, NY

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"The advice, instruction and exposure are worth thousands of dollars. And it was free! You guys are amazing!"
— Alex Paul,
TAXI Member


"I found the Road Rally to not only be incredibly informative, but also a total blast! The convention makes the TAXI membership fee seem a bargain!"
— Jessica Treat,
TAXI Member

"My advice to anyone planning to go to the Road Rally for the first time is: Go! It's addictive, it's the best opportunity you'll ever get, and it's fun, friendly and free!"
— Mike Fitzsimons,
TAXI Member


"I am one of the biggest critics in the world and even I can't find fault with this year's Road Rally. In a word it was AWESOME!"
— Leonard Moss,
TAXI Member

"It's the best and most innovative music conference out there. The mentor lunches and the approachability of the panelists make all the difference."
— Johnny & Michelle Young,
TAXI Member





"I am in awe of the sheer volume of amazing ideas to help musicians that you not only come up with, but make into real opportunities."
— Mara,
TAXI Member

"The Road Rally was so educational! So many musicians were able to do in four days what usually takes years."
— Irina Falberg,
TAXI Member



"As an attendee of all six of the Road Rallies, I can unequivocally say this one was the best! It's hard to believe that something like this actually occurs within the Music Industry."
— Tom Sparks,
TAXI Member

"The Road Rally was by far one of the most interesting, informative and entertaining events I've ever attended for business or personal reasons."
— Jeremy Ragonese,
TAXI Member





"Speaking to A&R people, getting inside info and some of the best advice I've ever had, was worth TEN times the cost of getting to The Road Rally."
— Mike Fitzsimons,
TAXI Member

"I've been to tons of music seminars put on by reputable companies. None of them have ever come close to the Road Rally."
— Stuart Ridgway,
TAXI Member


"I was very impressed. It was all you said it would be. Next year, I will be one of your success stories!"
— Craig Bishop,
TAXI Member

"The panelists gave such straightforward feedback on what it really takes to make it in the biz that I feel more determined and focused than I did before the event."
— Nadja Geipert,
TAXI Member


"We came many thousands of miles to attend the Road Rally, and it was worth every inch of the journey."
— Peter Martin,
TAXI Member

"I found the Road Rally to not only be incredibly informative, but also a total blast! The convention makes the TAXI membership fee seem a bargain!"
— Jessica Treat,
TAXI Member





"Just want to thank you again for the great Road Rally and for all the great work you guys do for us all year long."
— Hunter Payne,
TAXI Member

"The members and guests this year were so positive and supportive of each other. It was amazing to see 2000 people trading CDs and business cards with actual intent to tour in each other's cities or collaborate online."
— Mara,
TAXI Member



"The amount of info I gathered and retained is invaluable. I certainly got far more than I could have imagined."
— Elaine Solberg,
TAXI Member