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Welcome to Songwriters of Wisconsin International

Please visit the Contest page for the 2013 Contest Results

Thank you for visiting!  Please feel free to tour the site, and take advantage of our documents and links pages.  Check back often as we will be adding new content to these regularly.  Use our "Join" page to sign up for SOWI and the annual seminar and/or awards banquet held every September.

ANOTHER New monthly critique meeting day & location:

2nd WEDNESDAY of each month at New site: Goodwill building/Community Room, 905 S. Green Bay Rd., Neenah (Winneconne exit off Hwy 41), 7 PM Wednesday
  Please see complete schedule below.


SOWI meets one evening each month.  There is no cost to attend a regular meeting.  (Note:  An annual SOWI seminar is held on a Saturday in the Fall season.)   Also, there is an annual original songwriting contest, with a deadline of June 15, 2014.    To enter songs in the song contest, you must first become a member by paying a yearly fee of $30.  Then, there is a $10 fee for every song you enter.  There is no limit on how many songs you can enter but each costs $10 for each song and category, and all songs are sent to the judges anonymously.  The list of judges includes many experienced national music publishers and producers.  Winners not attending the Fall Banquet/Seminar will still be recognized at the banquet and their award plaques and certificates will be mailed out to them.  The $30 yearly membership fee entitles members to receive quarterly newsletters, song pitch-list info and many other e-mail tips and info for songwriting.  Songwriters who want more information can attend a meeting or check the links on this website  SOWI is also on MySpace and Facebook. The group originated in 1983 by Tony Ansems and is still going strong today!  Many members have achieved success through publishing and recording. SOWI looks forward to meeting all songwriters who are working on the craft of songwriting!

Mission Statement:

Songwriters of Wisconsin International was formed in 1983, with the purpose of bringing songwriters together, to study and improve the craft of songwriting, by listening to, and critiquing each other's songs, and by bringing in Industry professionals.  Membership is open to anyone, in the whole world, who has an interest in songwriting.

Bio:Tony Ansems, Founder of SOWI

SONGWRITERS OF WISCONSIN INTERNATIONAL (SOWI) was established in 1983 by Tony Ansems of Neenah, Wisconsin to promote the craft of songwriting for all styles of music.  Thirteen songwriters showed up for the first meeting in the spring of 1983 at the UW Fox Valley, Menasha.  Two of these pioneers are still members today:  Tony Ansems, Neenah; and Jim Purtell, Oshkosh.  Today the SOWI family has grown to about 150 worldwide.


SOWI MONTHLY MEETINGS - Meetings are held at Heid Music, 308 E. College Ave. , Appleton, WI on the last Wednesday of each month (except there are no meetings held in Nov. and Dec. due to proximity to the Holidays).  (Special meetings or events may be planned for other dates, please check the schedule below.)  There is no cost to attend a SOWI meeting.  Various members are presenters (hosts) each month.  Meetings include song critiques, whereby original songs (either played in demo form, or performed live with your instrument of choice) are critiqued by the songwriters present.  Any person who wishes to have an original song(s) critiqued should bring a CD (or cassette), and 10-15 copies of the lyrics to pass out for review.  Songs are critiqued after the host's presentation between 7:00 p.m. until approximately 9:30 p.m., give or take a half hour.    


The annual Songwriting Contest has a deadline of June 15.  (Check the contest page for complete information.)  All day songwriting seminars are held every third Saturday in September at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk, Neenah, followed by the annual Awards Banquet, when results of the annual Songwriting Contest will be presented, followed by a songwriter's showcase. In the past many local professionals have been seminar presenters such as Patrick Leigh, Maury Laws, Larry Darling, John Harmon, Keith Irish, Ken Anderson, Dennis Provisor, Cooky Coquoz, Jay Wells, Tim Dorsey, Lois Skiera-Zucek, etc.  National presenters who are professional songwriters include Steve Seskin, Moe Loughran, Jerry Vandiver, John Ims, Tony Haseldon, Scotty Turner, Marc-Alan Barnette, Chris Van Belkom, Cham Laughlin, Dale Burie, and others.     


For any issues with this site, contact the Webmaster: Patrick Leigh Smolinski,

SOWI e-mail: sowi2012(at)  *You must type this into your email program manually, replacing (at) with the "@" sign.  This is to prevent us from getting spammed.

Mailing address:  SOWI, 1075 S. Lake St. #205, Neenah, WI 54956

2014 Meeting Schedule And Events:

Location Change!!!

1117 Deerfield Ave., Menasha


Meetings 7:00 p.m-9:00 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except September, November, and December. No regular meeting in September because the banquet/seminar is that month.)


-Annual song contest with deadline June 15, 2014

-Banquet/Seminar/Awards Presentations September ??, 2014

-Live showcases as planned






 February 12th Critique Meeting 1117 Deerfield Ave., Menasha  TBA 7:00PM
 March 12th Critique Meeting 1117 Deerfield Ave., Menasha  TBA 7:00PM
April 9th Critique Meeting 1117 Deerfield Ave., Menasha  TBA 7:00PM
 May 14th Critique Meeting 1117 Deerfield Ave., Menasha  TBA 7:00PM
 June 11th Critique Meeting 1117 Deerfield Ave., Menasha  TBA 7:00PM
July 9th Critique Meeting 1117 Deerfield Ave., Menasha  TBA 7:00PM
August 13th Critique Meeting 1117 Deerfield Ave., Menasha  TBA 7:00PM
September 10th Critique Meeting 1117 Deerfield Ave., Menasha  TBA 7:00PM
October 4th Annual Seminar & Banquet Holiday Inn Riverwalk, Neenah Stay "Tuned"... Location may change... 10AM-Midnight
October 8th Critique Meeting 1117 Deerfield Ave., Menasha  TBA 7:00PM
 November 12th Critique Meeting 1117 Deerfield Ave., Menasha  TBA 7:00PM
 December 10th Meeting/Holiday Party 1117 Deerfield Ave., Menasha  TBA


1117 Deerfield Ave., Menasha (in residential area south of Midway Rd.)

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