Songwriter Associations and Organizations
Associations and organizations that songwriters can join to learn about writing, network, and find collaborators.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. A professional organization of 670,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, owned and run by its members.
- American Composers Forum
The American Composers Forum facilitates an ecosystem of creativity through music. Their goal is to make composers, and the music they create, a vibrant and integral part of our culture. Programs reflect the diversity of our world, and they partner with a variety of ensembles and organizations to create new opportunities for new work to flourish.
- American Songwriters Association
Their mission is to assist song writers in publishing, copy righting, and selling their compositions. We inspire creativity and generate avenues of exposure, while bringing together individuals and groups of writers interested in expanding their horizons. It is the mission of this site to provide industry professionals with the highest quality selection of material resources available today. This site provides a solid medium for writers, publicists, producers, musicians, bands, booking agencies, A & R, venue agents and owners.
- Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP)
The Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) was formed in 1977 by a group of Los Angeles music publishers, and has local chapters in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. The organization's primary focus is to educate and inform music publishers about the most current industry trends and practices by providing a forum for the discussion of the issues and problems confronting the music publishing industry.
- Arizona Songwriters Association
Az Songwriters Association led by active professional and amateur songwriters. The AZ Songwriters is committed to the development and recognition of Arizona composers, lyricists and songwriters by pursuing their right to benefit from and receive fair compensation for, the use of their work, the advancement of the craft and enterprise of songwriting through educational programs, networking opportunities, dissemination of business knowledge and other services.
- Belmont University Songwriters Association
Belmont University Songwriters Association (BUSA) is a student-led organization comprised of students of the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. BUSA is designed to be the ultimate resource for Belmont songwriters by hosting mixers, writers rounds, pitch opportunities and providing important industry information. Members will gain knowledge, networking opportunities and resume-building leadership roles through their involvement with BUSA. We also function as the Belmont chapter of NSAI (National Songwriters Association International).
- British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors
The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) is the voice for music writers, and the independent professional association representing music writers in all genres, from songwriting to media and contemporary classical to jazz.
- Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers
CFAMC seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and help build His kingdom by encouraging the work and witness of Christian composers of symphonic and chamber music, opera, and other concert works. We pray that believers will embrace our musical integrity because of our Christian witness, and that our commitment to musical excellence will allow us to bring our Christian witness to the wider art music world. Located throughout the United States and abroad, CFAMC members are professional and academic composers (faculty and students), avocational composers, church musicians interested in art music, and other individuals who support the CFAMC mission and want to be involved in our activities.
- Church Music Publishers Association
The Church Music Publishers Association is an organization of publishers of Christian music which has a strong spiritual dimension who come together to share mutual areas of concern regarding copyright information, education, administration, and protection, facilitating public and industry awareness in these areas, and to develop continuing personal and professional relationships.
- Columbus Songwriters Association
Columbus Songwriters Association has become the largest songwriter organization in the Midwest. They were founded by Joey Hendrickson, Derek DuPont, and a passionate group of 25 songwriters at a coffee shop on October 21, 2012. Today, they are recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, public charity, and their mission is to empower the lives of songwriters.
- Connecticut Songwriters Association
The Connecticut Songwriters Association is one of the oldest and largest songwriter groups in the U.S. They are an educational non-profit organization dedicated to improving the art and craft of original music, combining arts, education and community outreach since 1979.
- Dallas Songwriters Association (DSA)
DSA is a 501 C3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing learning opportunities on the craft and business of songwriting. All styles of music are welcome in the DSA, and membership includes writers of all ages. DSA monthly activities include meetings with guest speakers, song critiques and performance showcases that are open to the public. In addition, the DSA supports and promotes workshops and contests and publishes a monthly newsletter.
- european composer & songwriteralliance (ECSA)
ECSA’s principal aim is therefore to defend and promote music authors’ rights at national, European and international levels by any lawful means.
- Fort Worth Songwriters' Association
A non-profit organization, formed exclusively for charitable, literary and educational purposes as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The purposes of the Association include providing, educating, and promoting public awareness and interest in songwriting and the creation of music as an art form. Established in 1992, the Association is a permanent organization in Fort Worth, Texas, seeking to enrich the local community through activities promoting songwriting and original music, providing opportunities for the members of the community to network and recognize their talents in songwriting, and serving as a resource for songwriters as they undertake activities to assist in the establishment, promotion, and/or presentation of songwriting.
- Georgia Music Industry Association
The Georgia Music Industry Association, Inc. is your ALL ACCESS PASS to Georgia’s music industry. GMIA is a conduit that empowers, educates and elevates songwriters, musicians and everyone in Georgia who aspires to succeed in the Music Industry.
- Knoxville Songwriters Association
Their purpose is to help one another with the song writing process by providing constructive criticism through thoughtful analysis of original songs presented.
- Maine Songwriters Association
The Maine Songwriters Association is a state-wide, non-profit, member organization dedicated to the support of songwriters and their art. The MSA mission is to encourage, recognize, educate, support and promote developing songwriters.
- Memphis Songwriter's Association (MSA)
Global Songwriters Connection (GSC) is an association for singer/songwriters that was founded in 2013 by music industry professional, career coach, mentor, motivational speaker and teacher, Sheree’ Spoltore’. Sheree’ is passionate about encouraging, equipping, and empowering songwriters around the world to be their personal best. In just a short time, GSC and its members have already experienced immense success!
- Memphis Songwriter's Association (MSA)
The mission of the Memphis Songwriter's Association (MSA) is to create a vibrant COMMUNITY of songwriter's in Memphis and provide OPPORTUNITIES for them to grow - with the ultimate hope that we will transform the landscape of the music industry in Memphis, Tennessee.
- Minnesota Association of Songwriters
The Minnesota Association of Songwriters is a volunteer, member-supported organization. Its mission is to inspire, educate and strengthen the songwriting and performance skills of its members through seminars, workshops, review meetings, showcases and networking opportunities, while encouraging collaboration and exploration of the creative process.
- National Music Publishers Association
Founded in 1917, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is the trade association representing all American music publishers and their songwriting partners. Its mission is to protect, promote, and advance the interests of music’s creators. The NMPA is the voice of both small and large music publishers and is the leading advocate for publishers and their songwriter partners in the nation’s capital and in every area where publishers do business.
- Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)
The world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 active and professional members spans the United States and foreign countries. NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.
- North Carolina Songwriters Co-op
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.
- Philadelphia Area Songwriters Alliance (PASA)
The Philadelphia Area Songwriters Alliance (PASA) is an organization of songwriters in the Philadelphia, PA, area. Our purpose is to provide an environment for the nurturing of songwriting craft and performance.
- Rhode Island Songwriters Association
The Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) was founded in 1993 by a small group of individuals dedicated to the art of songwriting. They met weekly to share songs and experiences as songwriters. As interest in the group grew, so did the RISA membership. With growth came visibility and a broader mission - to establish a songwriting community that would not only nurture Rhode Island and Southeastern New England songwriters, but showcase their many talents as writers, musicians and performers.
SCALA is the Songwriters, Composers, and Lyricist Association a non-profit, voluntary, incorporated association that officially formed in November 1987 in Adelaide, South Australia. The primary goal of SCALA is to support, nurture, and encourage songwriters, composers, and lyricists of any style and genre regardless of skill and experience.
- SESAC (The Society of European Stage Authors and Composers)
SESAC is an invitation-only Performing Rights Organization that represents the world's top songwriters, composers and music publishers.
- Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS)
The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) is a non-profit national organization of composers, performers, and teachers of electro-acoustic music representing every part of the country and virtually every musical style. Electroacoustic music is a term used to describe those musics which are dependent on electronic technology for their creation and/or performance.
Songsalive! (not to be confused with similar named sites) is the largest international non-profit membership organization and social community for songwriters and composers, since 1997. Songsalive! is a is a grassroots, philanthropic, volunteer managed charity organization run by songwriters for songwriters and is dedicated to nurturing, support, education and promotion of songwriters and composers worldwide.
- Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.)
The S.A.C. is a friendly community of songwriters here to support each other in the creative journey. They also advocate on behalf of songwriters to protect the value of our work. Being a member has many privileges including opportunities to network, get your music heard, as well as honing the craft. Why not join today and start connecting with others through our on-line community. You can also protect your work through the Canadian Song Vault.
- Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW)
SAW hopes to be your best resource for tools, tips, ideas and relationships. If you seek opporTUNEities to share your gift, come and join us as we make the solitary suffering that is songwriting an enriching community-based experience (or at least try real hard). Roam our pages and social media outposts, ask questions, attend functions and otherwise make yourself heard and seen. If we help you find rhyme, that is our reason. SAW is a community of volunteers, so we need you to participate. Make yourself at home and get to work on your next song.
- Songwriters Resource Network
A free online news and education resource for songwriters and lyricists everywhere.
SoundExchange develops business solutions to benefit the entire music industry. The organization collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of more than 155,000 recording artists and master rights owners accounts and administers direct agreements on behalf of rights owners and licensees.
- SoundExchange (SGA)
Since 1931, the SGA has sought to protect songwriters, and the music they write.
- Tennessee Songwriters Association International
Tennessee Songwriters Association International (TSAI) is a “hands-on” organization that has been opening doors for songwriters for over 35 years. TSAI offers a wealth of services specifically designed to address your needs as a songwriter, including weekly meetings, over 30 Pitch-A-Pro events annually, song critiques, guest speakers, seminars, performance opportunities, an annual Awards Show and other social events, networking and co-writing opportunities, informative weekly and monthly newsletters and invaluable membership discounts.
- West Coast Songwriters
Founded in 1979, WCS has grown into one of the most active music associations in the USA, offering more than 20 events per month. Whether your goal is personal expression or to make a living in the music industry, knowing how to write, or recognize a well crafted song is key to your success.