Workshop: Debbie Z and Tara Shannon – “From The Bandroom to the Boardroom”


Thursday August 15

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM


PLEASE NOTE: Discounts for purchasing multiple workshops will be applied in your cart.

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Thursday August 15

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

SMSWF Workshops are held at:

Edgewater Hotel
405 River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Edgewater Hotel

Workshop Description

We will help to empower artist/writers in becoming successful entrepreneurs and creating a sustainable living making music.

Do you have a creative talent? Artist, Songwriter, Producer etc

Have you struggled with taking your God given talent to marketplace? Business is the other side of Music Business.

We bring insight and knowledge to help develop your business brain from your creative heart.

Presented by Debbie Zavitson & Tara Shannon of The Syndicut

Debbie Z Bio

Debbie​​ Zavitson ​​is ​​a​​ veteran ​​in ​​the​​ music ​​industry.​​ With​​ the​​ experience​​ she​​ brings from performing​ ​with​ ​her​ ​own​ ​band​ ​internationally,​ ​to​ ​an​ ​executive​ ​in​ ​A&R​ ​at​ ​Sony​ ​and​ ​Giant Records..​ ​She​ ​has​ ​now​ ​created​ ​her​ ​own​ ​publishing​ ​and​ ​management​ ​company​ ​DEBBIE ​Z ENTERTAINMENT.​ ​​​As​ ​of​ ​2017,​ ​in​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​her​ ​songwriters,​ ​Debbie​ ​is​ ​representing​ ​Curb Publishing,​ ​Doug​ ​Johnson (Three Wooden Crosses, Love Like Crazy) ,​ ​Canadian​ ​artists​ ​Tara​ ​ Shannon​​and​​Hayley​​McLean​​(Texada).​​She’salso​​managing​​​​new​​up​​and​​coming​​band​​Steel​​ Union.​ ​Featuring​ ​Josh​ ​Matheny​ ​(popular​ ​dobro session​ ​player​, ​writer​ ​at​ ​Curb​ ​Publishing, and​​ ​ former member of KingBilly.​ Donny​ ​Fallgatter​ ​(previously​ ​with​ ​KingBilly),​ ​and Rachel​ ​Potter.​ ​​ An​ ​award​ ​winning​ ​Broadway​ star​ ​from​ ​musicals​ ​like​ ​Wicked,​ ​The​ ​Adams​ ​Family and​ ​Evita​ ​ opposite​ ​Ricky​ M​ artin and finalist in the X Factor.

​​​​​​​​​​​​Debbie​​ has ​​always​​ been ​​one ​​to ​​strive ​​for​​ excellence​​ in​​ the​​ pursuit ​​of ​​talent,​​ and ​​was integral in s​igning​ ​multi-platinum​ ​recording​ ​artist​ ​Blake​ ​Shelton to Giant Records,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​managing​ ​ the​ ​first critical years​ ​of​ ​his​ ​career.​ ​She​ ​also​ ​discovered​ ​record​ ​breaking​ ​duo​ ​The​ ​Kinleys,​ ​who​ ​ had​ ​the​ ​highest charting​ ​debut​ ​single​ ​by​ ​a​ ​duo​ ​or​ ​group​ ​in​ ​R&R​ ​history​ ​with​ ​their​ ​song​ ​“Please”.​ ​​ When she was made VP of A&R at Giant Records, her first signing was from Canada. The multi award winning trio The Wilkinsons.

​ ​In​ ​the publishing​ ​realm,​ ​Debbie​ ​has​ ​worked​ ​with​ ​an​ ​array​ ​of​ ​hit​ ​songwriters,​ ​and​ ​has​ ​secured​song placements​ ​on​ ​major​ ​recording​ ​artists​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Reba​ ​McEntire,​ ​Rodney​ ​Atkins,​ ​Chris​ ​ Young, Brooks​ ​&​ ​Dunn,​ ​to​ ​name​ ​a​ ​few.​

​​​​She​ ​also​ ​acts​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Vice​ ​President​ ​of​ ​Publishing​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Nashville​ ​Division​ ​of​ ​Canadian​ ​music company​ ​Willow​ ​Sound​ ​Records,​ ​where​ ​she​ ​connects​ ​Canadian​ ​songwriters​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Nashville music​ ​community.

​​​​In​ ​Debbie’s​ ​own​ ​words,​ ​​“Songwriters​ ​are​ ​the​ ​lifeblood​ ​of​ ​the​ ​music​ ​industry.​ ​They’re​ ​precious in​ ​a​ ​world​ ​that​ ​needs​ ​so​ ​much​ ​love​ ​and​ ​connection​ ​right​ ​now.​ ​A​ ​song​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​ONLY ​things that​ ​can​ ​connect​ ​people​ ​from​ ​all​ ​walks​ ​of​ ​life.​ ​We​ ​need​ ​to​ ​​take​ ​care​​ ​of​ ​our​ ​​songwriters​.​ ​In​ ​a world​ ​of​ ​sharing​ ​music,​ ​and​ ​having to fight ​to be ​paid​ ​a​ ​fair​ ​price​ ​for​ ​their​ ​work,​ ​they​ ​could​ ​ become​ ​a​ ​dying breed.”​ ​​​That’s​ ​what​ ​Debbie​ ​tries​ ​to​ ​do​ ​every​ ​day, take special care of, and encourage songwriters.

Additional information

Number of Workshops

1 Workshop $65, 2 Workshops $115, 3 Workshops $165, 4 Workshops $205, 5 Workshops $255, 6 Workshops $295, 7 Workshops $335