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Cliff Goldmacher


Driving innovative thinking through the framework of songwriting.

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Praise for Cliff Goldmacher...

  • “Cliff’s performance at TEDx Stanford was a highlight of the day. He left us all wanting more!”

    –Melinda Sacks, Executive Producer, TEDxStanford


  • “Cliff’s TEDx talk was as engaging and energetic as his music. He is a wonderful speaker who is equal parts charisma and creativity. Whether performing or speaking, Cliff had the audience on the edge of their seats.”

    –David Hornik, co-founder, TEDxStanford




Cliff Goldmacher: Speech Topics


① MY 20-YEAR OVERNIGHT SUCCESS STORY | ② WORKSHOP

① My 20-year Overnight Success Story


My Journey from a Political Science Degree from Stanford University to a #1 Song on the Jazz Charts

Cliff’s talk covers his progression from leaving behind a political science degree from Stanford University to writing a #1 song on the jazz charts a mere 20 years later. The journey from playing dive bars everywhere from San Francisco to Provence, to moving to Nashville and writing songs for fifteen years before having any commercial success and, finally, the move to New York and a fateful writing appointment is full of universal insights into following your dreams, perseverance, hard-won patience, creating order in a chaotic profession and finally breakthrough. Cliff also populates his talk is with live performances of his songs.


② Workshop: Driving Innovative Thinking Through the Framework of Songwriting


Description:

• The workshop begins with a 15 minute presentation/performance highlighting the similarities between effective songwriting technique and corporate communication/collaboration.

• Participants are provided with a primer on the rules of songwriting and metaphor.

• Small teams of participants are then tasked with writing a verse and chorus of a song based on a metaphor derived from the client’s goal for the session.

• Cliff takes the written verse/chorus provided by each songwriting team and puts them to music for a final performance/presentation.

• Each workshop is customized according to the client’s goals/message

• The workshop lasts approximately 90 minutes

Benefits:

• Attendees are taught to use songwriting as a problem-solving tool

• Songwriting promotes “out of the box”/lateral thinking

• Songwriting as an exercise is empowering and motivating (teams are shown that they can be creative)


Cliff Goldmacher: Bio



      

In the music business for over twenty-five years, Cliff Goldmacher is a songwriter, music producer, author and speaker.

Cliff’s songwriting collaborators include multi-platinum selling and Grammy winning artists Ke$ha, Keb’ Mo’, Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) and Lisa Loeb.

His songs have been recorded by major label artists in genres ranging from country, pop and jazz to classical crossover. His music has also been used on NPR’s “This American Life” and in national advertising campaigns. Cliff’s song, "Till You Come To Me,” went to #1 on the jazz charts.

Cliff serves on the GRAMMY board of governors for the San Francisco chapter and he has given multiple TEDx presentations on his craft.

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CLIFF GOLDMACHER


Driving innovative thinking through the framework of songwriting.

SPEECH TOPICS

① My 20-year Overnight Success Story

My Journey from a Political Science Degree from Stanford University to a #1 Song on the Jazz Charts

Cliff’s talk covers his progression from leaving behind a political science degree from Stanford University to writing a #1 song on the jazz charts a mere 20 years later. The journey from playing dive bars everywhere from San Francisco to Provence, to moving to Nashville and writing songs for fifteen years before having any commercial success and, finally, the move to New York and a fateful writing appointment is full of universal insights into following your dreams, perseverance, hard-won patience, creating order in a chaotic profession and finally breakthrough. Cliff also populates his talk is with live performances of his songs.


② Workshop: Driving Innovative Thinking Through the Framework of Songwriting

Description:

• The workshop begins with a 15 minute presentation/performance highlighting the similarities between effective songwriting technique and corporate communication/collaboration.

• Participants are provided with a primer on the rules of songwriting and metaphor.

• Small teams of participants are then tasked with writing a verse and chorus of a song based on a metaphor derived from the client’s goal for the session.

• Cliff takes the written verse/chorus provided by each songwriting team and puts them to music for a final performance/presentation.

• Each workshop is customized according to the client’s goals/message

• The workshop lasts approximately 90 minutes

Benefits:

• Attendees are taught to use songwriting as a problem-solving tool

• Songwriting promotes “out of the box”/lateral thinking

• Songwriting as an exercise is empowering and motivating (teams are shown that they can be creative)



BIO


[PRESS KIT]

In the music business for over twenty-five years, Cliff Goldmacher is a songwriter, music producer, author and speaker.

Cliff’s songwriting collaborators include multi-platinum selling and Grammy winning artists Ke$ha, Keb’ Mo’, Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) and Lisa Loeb.

His songs have been recorded by major label artists in genres ranging from country, pop and jazz to classical crossover. His music has also been used on NPR’s “This American Life” and in national advertising campaigns. Cliff’s song, "Till You Come To Me,” went to #1 on the jazz charts.

Cliff serves on the GRAMMY board of governors for the San Francisco chapter and he has given multiple TEDx presentations on his craft.


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