Road Rally 2008
Quickly Coming Down the Pike!

"That's such a great part about the TAXI Rally -- you are up front and close, right there, with the people of influence in the music industry. What a great opportunity for all of us!" - Raags from TAXI Forum


Why not spend a few of your vacation days doing something incredible for your music career? Come to this year's Road Rally - TAXI's FREE, members-only convention!

Need a little more convincing? Read this...

"I read all the testimonials saying that getting free tickets to the Rally alone was worth the membership fee, but I still had my doubts. After experiencing it first hand I could not agree with them more!" - Thomas Courtney

"I was in awe of the incredible wisdom that was being shared...inside secrets about song writing and tips on the music business in general. Where else would I be given the opportunity to meet and learn from many music business executives and successful songwriters all assembled in one place for my benefit?" - C. Joseph Bilott

"I cannot tell you how much this experience has meant to me, and how it has shaped my view of having a "real" career in song writing. I feel that I came away with the equivalent of a 2-year degree in song writing and the music business." - C. Joseph Bilott

"I met many other writers and everyone was very easy to talk to. I came by myself... I was not disappointed, or feeling lonely, left out, whatever. It was great! Thanks!" - Doug Neckers

musicians networking

Just some of this year's highlights:

  • Keynote Interview with legendary Motown songwriter, Lamont Dozier
  • More Drivers' Ed Classes than ever before
  • More Listening Panels - more chances to get your music heard!
  • More panels and classes targeted to your specific needs

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Thursday, November 6th


5:30pm - 'til close: Rally Registration - Hotel Lobby - next to Grand Ballroom - Must have your Photo ID!
6:00pm - 'til close: One-to-One Mentor Registration - Grand Ballroom Foyer - next to the Rally Registration desk. Refer to the Mentor Bios sheet to make your selection. Members only, please. One Mentor per member. First-come, first-served basis. Must already be registered and have your Rally badge with you to sign up.
6:00pm - 8:30pm: Dinner
8:30pm - 11:30pm: Open Mic - Grand Ballroom - Names are drawn at random to play in front of your fellow members and their guests. Members only on this stage - guests can accompany you. One song per performer, please.




Friday, November 7th


8:00am - All Day: Registration - Continues at the Rally Registration desk near the Grand Ballroom.
9:00am - 9:10am: Welcome to The Road Rally - Grand Ballroom - TAXI CEO, Michael Laskow
Michael will draw a ticket stub (between 9:00 and 10:15), and one lucky person will win $500 Cash to help pay for their Rally travel expenses. You must be in the ballroom to win!
9:15am - 10:15am: Living Legend Award Presentation & Keynote - Grand Ballroom - Mr. Lamont Dozier
10:15am - 11:15am: Do You Have Music For My Show? - Grand Ballroom - These Music Supervisors have all used music from TAXI members. They're going to listen to randomly selected music to see if they can use yours!
Michael Laskow (Moderator)
Jonathan Weiss - Bunim-Murray Productions
Jerry Davis - Fox Sports
Dave Trotter - Studio 51, Oprah Show
Steve Vincent - The Disney Channel
11:15am - 12:15pm: "Pimp" My Song - Grand Ballroom - with Ralph Murphy
Not that kind of pimp! Hit songwriter and ASCAP vice-president, Ralph Murphy does live, on-stage makeovers of pre-selected members' songs. They go back to the woodshed and reappear later in the weekend to play us the results. This panel has been a huge hit at other gatherings.
12:45pm - 2:30pm: Mentor Lunch #1 - Concourse Ballroom (Mezzanine Level / 2nd Floor). You must already have pre-purchased your tickets to attend.
2:45pm - 3:45pm: TAXI Members: Connecting the Dots to Build Your Success - Grand Ballroom
Michael Laskow (Moderator)
Daniel Holter - TAXI member who built his own publishing company and hit the jackpot!
Dean Krippaehne - TAXI member who writes & records a Film/TV track nearly every day
Richard Harris - Former TAXI member, working on major label projects; also a TAXI A&R Team member.
3:45pm - 5:15pm: A&R Panel #1 - Listening/Q&A - Grand Ballroom - Live critiques, music will be randomly drawn. Genres: World, Electronica, Folk, Blues, Roots, Jazz, Contemporary Christian, Gospel, New Age, and Alt-Rock. You must be a current TAXI member to submit your music for this panel. Some Q&A too!
Erin Workman (Moderator)
Juan Carlos Quintero - President, Moondo Records (Jazz & Instrumental)
Traa - Founder of the band, POD, CEO of Ryot Phoenix (Alternative Rock)
Danny McCloskey - CEO, Songs with Vision (Americana)
Waiting on confirmations from more panelists
5:15pm - 6:15pm: Fear Factor: Removing the Roadblocks to Your Success - Grand Ballroom
Ariel Hyatt (Moderator)
Vikki Flawith - TAXI member and former skeptic who saw the light and got signed!
Debra Russell - Can you handle the truth? Get it from this awesome life coach
Dean Krippaehne - Wait till you hear the roadblock he overcame!
Derek Sivers - Long-time musician advocate and former CEO of CDBaby
6:30pm - 8:30pm: Dinner Break
8:30pm - 11:30pm: Open Mic - Grand Ballroom - Names are drawn at random to play in front of your fellow members and their guests. Members only on this stage - guests can accompany you. One song per performer, please.



One-to-One Mentoring - Friday, Nov. 7th Only - A&R People, Producers, Hit Songwriters, Managers, and Industry Pros of all kinds will sit down and listen to your song, answer your questions, and give you real-world advice. Members-only, and by appointment only. Sign up in the Grand Ballroom Foyer (near TAXI Rally registration) Thursday, Nov. 6th, starting @ 6:00pm. As always, One-to-One mentoring is free, but on a first-come, first-served basis.

TAXI Drivers' Ed Classes - Friday, Nov. 7th - Sunday, Nov. 9th -Many of our favorite experts will be sharing their secrets of success in these intimate "classrooms." These have been a huge hit every year we've had them, so we've added even more classes for '08! Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. See the Driver's Ed sheet for class times, rooms, and descriptions.


Saturday, November 8th


9:30am - 10:45am: Getting More Forwards, Signing More Deals and Making More Money - Grand Ballroom
Scratching your head as to why TAXI hasn't performed any miracles for you yet? Think of this panel as your Head & Shoulders. Seriously, this panel could change everything!
Erin Workman (Moderator)
Robin Frederick - TAXI's head screener
Matt Hirt - He's figured out the path and built a career doing only music
Sebastian Robertson - One of our best A&R team members
Stacy Turner - Another one of our best A&R team members
10:45am - 12:15pm: A&R Panel #2 - Major Label Q&A - Grand Ballroom - If the major labels are becoming irrelevant, then try and name ten artists in the last five years, who got private jet wealthy without them. Let's face it, the majors have the money and the machine to make you a hit. How's that MySpace page working out for ya?
Michael Laskow (Moderator)
Sherrill Blackman - Nashville's Song Plugger of the Year
Tony Ferguson - V.P. of A&R, A&M/ Interscope Records
Brian Howes - CEO of Wreck Beach/Interscope Records
Darius Jones - Director of A&R, Capitol Records
12:30pm - 2:15pm: Mentor Lunch #2 - Concourse Ballroom (Mezzanine Level / 2nd Floor). You must have already pre-purchased your tickets to attend this luncheon.
2:30pm - 4:00pm: A&R Panel #3 - Listening Only - Grand Ballroom - Your Golden Opportunity to get your best songs heard (drawn randomly during the panel) by the friendliest A&R people we know. Good luck!
Marshall Altman (Moderator)
Sherrill Blackman - Nashville's Song Plugger of the Year
Tony Ferguson - A&M/ Interscope Records
Brian Howes - Wreck Beach/Interscope Records
Darius Jones - Director of A&R, Capitol Records
4:15pm - 5:15pm: Road Warriors: Making More Money From Touring - Grand Ballroom
Nancy Moran - (Moderator)
David Zonshine - Touring veteran, looks like he's 50, but he's only 22 ;-)
Tony van Veen - President of Discmakers with merch solutions for Indie artists
Bobby Alt - From Street Drum Corps, you'll love his story
5:30pm - 6:30pm: ShortCuts to Hit Songwriting - Grand Ballroom - Robin Frederick - Her Rally classes are so incredibly popular that we had to move her to the grand ballroom this year! Learn how to write better songs in less time.
6:30pm - 7:15pm: The "Pimp" My Song, Reveal - Grand Ballroom - with Ralph Murphy
Join us to hear the miraculous transformations - a great learning experience!
7:15pm - 8:30pm: Dinner - By now, you should have tons of new friends to dine with. And in case you haven't noticed, the Westin's Lobby Bar rocks when TAXI's members come to town. ;-)
8:30pm - 11:30pm: Open Mic - Grand Ballroom - Names are drawn at random to play in front of your fellow members and their guests. Members only on this stage - guests can accompany you. One song per performer, please.

Sunday, November 9th


9:30am - 11:15am: Film & TV/Publisher Pitch/Q&A Panel - Grand Ballroom - Your randomly selected songs get played and your questions get answered. Lots and lots of members have had Publishing deals and Film/TV placements happen as a result of this panel!
Erin Workman (Moderator)
Cassie Lord - 5 Alarm Music/Film & TV publisher who's signed & placed many members
Sherrill Blackman - Nashville's Song Plugger of the Year
Daniel Holter - TAXI member who's built a highly successful music library company
Skip Adams - Global Graffiti/music publisher who's signed many TAXI members
Dave Trotter - Studio 51/Publisher who's signed numerous TAXI members for a huge daytime TV talk show
11:15am - 12:30pm: Hit Songwriters Q&A Panel - Grand Ballroom - The world's best songwriters teach you the craft and methodology that helped them create monster hits and how they got their songs cut!
Michael Laskow (Moderator)
Walt Aldridge - Has had tons of great cuts and three #1 hits with Ronnie Milsap, Earl Thomas Conley and Heartland
Steve Seskin - Grammy-nominated songwriter for Tim McGraw's "Grown Men Don't Cry" and songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Alabama, Waylon Jennings and many more
David Pack - Grammy award winner and founding member of Ambrosia with three # 1 singles and over 40 million units sold worldwide
Rodney Jerkins - Top songwriter/producer with four #1 singles and major hits by Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Brandy, Jennifer Lopez and more
12:30pm - 2:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm - 3:15pm: Broadcast Quality: What Does It Sound Like and Do You Have It? - Listening panel, randomly selected songs from members will be played. We'll also play lots of examples of what Broadcast Quality in different genres sounds like. You may already have Broadcast Quality material and not even know it. This panel is not to be missed!
Michael Laskow (Moderator)
Tanvi Patel - CEO, Crucial Music
Danny McCloskey - CEO, Songs with Vision
Guy Marshall - CEO, Guy Marshall Music
3:30pm - 5:00pm: Producers Looking for Hits/Pitch Panel - These Top Producers have all run listings and/or worked with songs and artists from TAXI. They're looking for more great material and they'll listen to randomly selected songs and answer questions on this extremely popular panel.
Michael Laskow (Moderator)
Michael Lloyd - Legendary producer with more than 100 Gold & Platinum records
Duwan Parker - Producer with Dr. Dre's company
Rob Chiarelli - Mixer, engineer and producer with 100 Gold & Platinum credits
Steve Lindsey - Producer, publisher with tons of massive hits under his belt
Ron Harris - Producer whose credits include Christina Aguilera, Hoku, Christoper Williams and Adina Howard

We are still adding, confirming and otherwise adjusting this schedule, but we wanted to let you see what and who is confirmed so far.




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(In Progress - More to be added!)

  • Getting To The Next Level: The Top Three Songwriting Tools the Pros Use - Jason Blume
  • Writing for American Idol - Jason Blume
  • Melody Master Class - Jason Blume
  • What Songwriters Need to Know to Make Money - Todd and Jeff Brabec
  • Reality 101: Getting Seen, Getting Heard, Getting Signed - Pursuing a Career in the New Music Business, 2008 and Beyond - Bobby Borg
  • How to Market Your CD and Create a Buzz: Putting Together and Initiating A Marketing Plan of Attack - Bobby Borg
  • 10 Steps to Career Success - Kenny Kerner
  • Better Arrangement Decisions for Better Sound Recordings - Ronan Chris Murphy
  • Networking Strategies for Songwriters - Dan Kimpel
  • Spirituality for Songwriters - Dan Kimpel
  • Selling More CD's - Tips on Making and Marketing a Successful CD - Sydney Alston (Discmakers)
  • Transform Your Beliefs Today! - Debra Russell
  • Multiple Streams of Music Income - Debra Russell
  • How'd You Do That? Vocal Class - Darlene Koldenhoven
  • Chord Chemistry - Jai Josefs
  • Collaboration: The Key to Getting Songs Cut - Pete and Pat Luboff
  • Fear and Songwriting - Pete and Pat Luboff
  • Alternative Markets and Outlets for Artists Who Don't Fit the Commercial Mold - Nancy Moran
  • Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting - Robin Frederick
  • Ear Candy 101 - Guy Marshall
  • Say It Right the First Time - Guy Marshall
  • How to Record Vocals Like A Studio Ace - Fett
  • How to Record Guitar Like A Studio Ace - Fett
  • Breathing for Singers - Steven Memel
  • Fix It! A Singing Problems Workshop - Steven Memel
  • No Rules, Just Tools: Songcraft Fundamentals - John Braheny
  • Word Spice - John Braheny
  • Motion Creates Emotion - Pat Pattison
  • Song Listening and Reconstruction Session - Pat Pattison and Steve Seskin
  • Writing/Rewriting, There is a Difference - Steve Seskin
  • The Most Effective Things You Can Do to Call Attention to Your Music - Derek Sivers
  • Advanced Record Production - Rob Chiarelli
  • Getting Your Music on the Radio - Jon Flanagan
  • DIY Indie Artist Marketing, Touring and Promotion - Gilli Moon
  • How To Get Tax Breaks for Musicians: The Things Your Accountant May Be Missing - Allan Rosenthal
  • Stripping Down Your Demos and Getting Them Cut - Cliff Goldmacher
  • Getting the Most Out of Home Budget Recordings - Scott Leader
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Artist Management - Karl Louis and Rob "Blasko" Nicholson
  • How to Reach Your Songwriting and Career Goals Faster - Bob Baker
  • Open Forum Marketing Q&A - Bob Baker
  • Developing and Maintaining the Industry Standard Voice - Dave Stroud
  • Dispelling the Myths of Vocal Development - Dave Stroud
  • Beat Meets Melody - J. Brawner
  • The Rock Star in You - John Battaglia
  • Social Networking + Internet Marketing = Success - Ariel Hyatt
  • Music That Stands Up and Speaks Out - Danny McCloskey
  • Pitching Your Songs Correctly to TAXI Listings - Dude McLean
  • How Do I Build a Career That Will Last? - Jennifer DaRe
  • Mixing for Humans in a Computerized World - Lior Goldenberg
  • Maintaining Artistic Integrity While Running Your Career as a Business - Ravi
  • Production for Artists and Songwriters - Kim Copeland
  • Overnight Success for Artists - Susan Tucker
  • Songs are Little Movies - Harriet Schock
  • Your Best Voice: Selling Your Songs In Your Own Words - Jennifer Hamady
  • What's More Important: Your Talent, Your Resume, Your Attitude - Dave Trotter

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