The North Carolina Songwriters Co-op (NCSC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the support and promotion of songwriters in the state of North Carolina. We support beginning and established songwriters by sponsoring opportunities for performance, providing feedback, and hosting occasional events such as songwriter showcases and informational workshops.
NCSC member Linda Thurmond Smith hosts the NC Songwriters Co-op Songwriters Circle on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. Members are encouraged to attend and bring a song and lyrics to share. Songs may be in progress or finished. The circle is a safe place to bring your songs, solicit opinions, get un-stuck, or simply have your song validated as a creative work of art. Contact Linda with questions.
We lost our dear friend Steve Meshnick (1952-2020) on August 5, 2020. Steve made an enduring impression on our group of songwriters. He was a character, and wrote or co-wrote some of the most amusing songs we’ve ever heard. Mr. Epidemiology, indeed. (That should have been Dr. Epidemiology at least!) Dr. Meshnick was an internationally known expert in global epidemiology, and made many lasting contributions to control of malaria, HIV/AIDS, and a wide range of other infectious diseases. Steve and his songster friends, including Jeff Houghton and Rob Westerman, could liven up any Songwriters Circle Monday night. Back in October, Steve played the Carrboro Music Festival at the Armadillo Grill venue and through the years entertained his friends, co-workers, and collaborators with his songs and guitar. Steve released four albums containing 47 of his songs (Spotify, Apple Music). The last song he played for us at a Circle was back in early June, when he played “Utopia Parkway,” his song about his time in Queens; previously this year he shared “I’m A Scientist,” “Epidemic of Lies,” and “Your Awful Friend.” Steve, we miss you so much.