Provides 75 Years of Songwriting Service, Advocacy
Songwriters Guild of America is comprised of three entities:
Songwriters Guild of America (SGA), itself, which
offers education, advocacy, services and events to advance the goals
of its professional and developing songwriters;
- the Songwriters Guild of America Foundation, a non-profit
agency that offers services to communities and
populations, especially those underserved in
the arts, and music, in particular; and
- The Songwriters Guild of America Professional Services, including Catalog Administration, Royalty Collection, Copyright Administration and a host of other services designed to ensure that professional songwriters' earnings are protected.
SGA, as a whole, is keenly aware that American
music has been the backbone of entertainment exports
to the rest of the world, a major foundation of
America's gross national product and, more importantly,
a cultural touch stone of our emotions, memories
and lives. The SGA seeks to protect this valuable
commodity, this art, by ensuring that those who
seek to make music, and songwriting, their career
are able to do so at a wage that allows them to
care for themselves and their families.
this goal in mind, the SGA is a major advocate
of songwriters rights with its work on Capitol
Hill. The victories enjoyed, there, by the SGA
have benefitted not just SGA members but songwriters
as a whole. You can read about early SGA victories, here, or read SGA President Rick Carnes' recent
statement to Congress, here.
addition to the advocacy work done by the SGA,
members benefit from a host of regional events
and services carried out by SGA offices in New
York, Nashville and Los Angeles.
the SGA Foundation engages in outreach to communities
and populations in need of education about songwriting,
music and the role these arts play in the enrichment
of our lives and the advancement of our spiritual
and intellectual growth. Outreach efforts include
the education of students, teachers and others
in the art of songwriting and basic music skills.
Further educational effors seek to help developing
songwriters improve their creative skills and
develop the business skills needed to survive
in the music business, today.
on our links above to learn about the specific
services offered by each entity of the SGA.
For more lessons (songwriting 102 and beyond), critiques, peer interaction and furthering the development of your songwriting career become an SGA member and enter the Writers Lounge.