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Christian Music expert, Michael Puryear from Final Four/Universal Music, says it's "This close."

"It still amazes me more people don't take advantage of this opportunity! At first I didn't think I could afford to go. After thinking it through, I realized I couldn't afford NOT to go."

Blessings,
Craig Larson




"As always, this year's Road Rally did not disappoint and it continues to be the best music convention out there. TAXI continues to prove that it is the greatest single resource available for musicians and songwriters to get their art into the hands of the people that matter most in the industry. Great work, Michael and staff!"

Mike Colledge,
Musician finance,
Merrill Lynch




Successful Members panelists, Matt Hirt (earns his entire living from music as result of TAXI deals), Elliott Park (landed publishing deal through TAXI, that resulted in #1 Country Hit), Michael Laskow, Denny Earnest (earns his entire living from music as result of TAXI deals), Adam Watts & Andy Dodd (one TAXI forward resulted in deals that brought them cuts on 9 million albums so far, and a hit with Jesse McCartney).



Electronic Music expert Barbara Cohen takes a CD from a member.

"I flew 15 hours from Sao Paulo to LA just for that. And I can tell you: it was one of the best experiences in my life!"

Best Regards,
Rogerio Maudonnet




"Michael,

"There is such an intense level of reciprocal energy and enthusiasm between everyone at the Rally, that I'm still buzzing from it. As the saying goes, "Be there or be square."


Cheers,
Joe Slyzelia




The Mentor Luncheon in full swing. Nine members and a mentor at each table, with the mentors rotating every fifteen minutes.



These members are hanging on every word that Country Music mentor Diana Williamson says.

"My experience at my first TAXI Road Rally panel was fun and informative to me. I thought the panel questions were great and gave us a chance to address misconceptions about A&R and give people a real sense of what we are looking for and how our process works. The listening session was great as well as it gave us a chance to show what we do with real music, with the artist and or writer present. Thanks for the experience."

Guy C. Routte,
A&R Consultant,
Sony Urban




"Michael,

What can I say? A tremendous, fabulous conference. The Road Rally is THE best, bar none!"


Gilli Moon



Urban Music expert Stacey Turner definitely has the attention of these two gentlemen at the Mentor Luncheon.



The Publishing all-stars line up for a photo after their panel. (L to R) Ted Lowe, President of Choicetracks; Judy Stakee, Sr. V.P., Warner Chappell; Michael Laskow; Jeff Freundlich, President, Wired Whirled Music; Cassie Lord, General Mgr., 5 Alarm Music; Michael Eames, President, Pen Music Group.

"Once again, I was blown away by the level of talent I found at the Road Rally. As far as I'm concerned, it's the top educational and networking event in the music business and I recommend it in all of my books and workshops. Bravo!"

Jason Blume,
Best-selling author (Billboard Books) / Songwriter with more than 50 million album sales




"What an honor to serve on the Taxi Rally Panel, total "Pro Company" heads up and informative, and creative, you have to be in this business to survive. TAXI opens doors."

Denny Earnest,
TAXI Success Story




Judy Stakee listens to a member's question while Jeff Freundlich appears to be sneaking a peek at her notes. Maybe he's trying to figure out how she was so highly instrumental in launching Sheryl Crow's career.



Camille and Kelly Rudisill of the band, Karmina, surrounded by young men in the jam area of Road Rally Alley. We have the feeling these young ladies attract young men wherever they go!

"I would pose this question to anyone who could but didn't come. Are you serious about music?"

Terry Anthony



"The TAXI Road Rally gives aspiring songwriters, composers and artists unprecedented access to industry personnel via workshops, panels and networking opportunities. What an invaluable resource!"

Jeff Freundlich,
Wild Whirled Music




A couple of happy members stand and deliver near the entrance to Road Rally Alley. The sign said, Play, Jam, Collaborate, and Hang Out Here, and hundreds of people did just that.



A member takes a few minutes to update his iPod while poolside. Ahhh... Los Angeles in November!

"Michael,

I almost didn't go to the Road Rally this year because I didn't feel ready and professional enough, with a new demo and nice business cards, etc. I decided last minute to go anyways, and I'm so glad I did. Not only did I make some incredible contacts (that I can send my new demo to once it's ready), but also I came home feeling much more professional and knowledgeable about the industry and my own direction as an artist.

Thanks again for opening so many doors for me!"


Celia Rose



"Yet another reason a TAXI membership pays for itself. The Road Rally is priceless!"

Derek Sivers,
president,
CD Baby




John Braheny, author of 'The Craft and Business of Songwriting,' gives some pretty heavy-duty advice to this member at the One to One Mentoring Sessions.



Two-time Grammy Nominated Producer, Frank Fuchs gives some Grammy-level advice to this member at the One to One Mentoring Sessions.

"What a great convention. This was my first year, and I could not get over the fact that it's FREE! I cannot figure out why TAXI's not charging $400-$500 for something of that caliber."

Kerry Cox
from TAXI message boards




"There were so many great speakers and classes that choosing between them was difficult! It's amazing that you can 'get up close and personal' with so many music industry people at the Rally. I also loved the opportunity to listen to/participate in music-making, at the open mics and jams. I came away with a real sense of how high the bar is, but yet also a real belief that I can reach that bar if I work at it."

Cheers,
Vikki Flawith




Michael Lloyd (wearing sunglasses) has produced more than 100 Gold and Platinum Records and hundreds of songs for film and TV during his lengthy career. These five lucky members were finalists in a contest to work with him on one of their songs in his studio in Beverly Hills. Richard Harris (4th from left) won, and he his joined by (from the left): Amy Monaghan, Karen Jacobsen, Sunny Hilden, and Joseph Alley.



We had to add Steve Corn (Co-founder, Big Fish Media, in striped shirt) to the Declaration of Independents panel for obvious reasons! The gents with the shaved heads are (L to R) Tony VanVeen, Exec. V.P., Disc Makers; Michael Colledge, V.P. and Financial Advisor, Merill Lynch; and Derek Sivers, Founder and President, CDBaby; and Michael Laskow (with hair).

"It was a real honor to speak at the this year's Road Rally. TAXI is simply a fantastic organization and their commitment to working with aspiring music talent is truly commendable. The Rally was an unabashed success for all of the presenters and guests that were fortunate enough to attend!"

Mike Zarin,
Senior Director,
Film Trailers and New Media, Groove Addicts




"Even if you suck at schmoozing you'd still get a ton out of the Rally. I honestly believe if everybody knew what they were missing by not attending the Rally, they would start saving up TODAY for next year."

Matt Hirt



Good friends Michael Laskow (standing) and Derek Sivers (CDBaby) yuck it up at somebody else's expense.



TAXI's Sr. Director of A&R, Chris Baptiste, and the entire audience listen carefully to a panel response during the Publishers Listening panel.

"I hope TAXI members know what a cool organization they are a part of! They've created an avenue for talent to rise to the top. TAXI reduces the "luck" factor and increases the "chance" factor for the truly talented and deserving."

Elliott Park,
TAXI member success story





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"The TAXI rally was one of the most wonderful experiences I have had in our business."
— Alan Abrahams,
TAXI Member





"Thank you for the singularly most exciting weekend for me as a composer and songwriter."
— Nik Sakellarides,
TAXI Member

"Some of the greatest musical information and networking ever presented in one glorious place."
— Ellen St. Peter,
TAXI Member


"Again, it was great. It was my fifth and I came away inspired and full of new ideas."
— Tom Johnson,
TAXI Member

"What a fantastic Road Rally. Every time we go it gets better! We learned so much and now we are ready to roll!"
— Nancy & Phil Halpin,
TAXI Members



"The way I figure it, I get the return on my membership investment three times over, just from the Rally."
— Bill Edwards,
TAXI Member

"Thank you again for trying so hard to make everyone feel like they are a part of this and keeping the quality so high!!"
— Steve Fulton,
TAXI Member





"The one-on-one mentoring has been very advantageous for me!"
— Zupe,
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


"This was the first one I've been to and it was enlightening, inspirational and extremely helpful."
— Scott Atkinson,
TAXI Member

"Again, it was great. It was my fifth and I came away inspired and full of new ideas."
— Tom Johnson,
TAXI Member





"Thank you for the singularly most exciting weekend for me as a composer and songwriter."
— Nik Sakellarides,
TAXI Member

"Where else could an old hippy, pro country guitarist/writer from California meet a techno-dance programmer from England and develop a close friendship?"
— Tom Johnson,
TAXI Member


"The Road Rally was a life changing event and has helped my music career in so many different positive ways."
— Ellen St. Peter,
TAXI Member

"The TAXI rally was one of the most wonderful experiences I have had in our business."
— Alan Abrahams
TAXI Member



"Thank you for the singularly most exciting weekend for me as a composer and songwriter."
— Nik Sakellarides,
TAXI Member

"I learned things about songwriting, about production, about studio equipment, and about the business. Thank you for providing such an incredible resource."
— Scott Atkinson,
TAXI Member





"I seriously didn't expect such a loving, openhearted and giving group of people."
— Nik Sakellarides,
TAXI Member

"Being able to be around so many people from all walks of life, all having the same purpose (love of music) was truly a blessing."
— Lance Newman,
TAXI Member


"After the rally, the friend that I brought looked at me and said, "I'll never hear a song the same way again."
— Zupe,
TAXI Member