About Us

SO WHAT’S SGA ALL ABOUT?

The Songwriters Guild of America (SGA) 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, most importantly, a cultural touch stone of our emotions, memories and lives.

The SGA fights to protect songwriters, the music they create and their ability to earn a living for themselves and their families.The SGA carries out its mission in three ways: through its music advocacy on Capitol Hill and elsewhere; through services to professional and developing songwriters; and through community outreach via the SGA Foundation:

  • CREATOR'S SUMMIT

    SGA President Rick Carnes at Creators Summit

  • HATCH TALKS WITH CARNES

    Senator Orin Hatch talks with SGA President Rick Carnes

  • SGA ON CAPITOL HILL

    SGA President Rick Carnes marches outside Supreme Court

  • Rick Carnes at Creators Conference

    SGA President Rick Carnes speaks at Creators Conference

 
 

MUSIC ADVOCACY


With its work on Capitol Hill and with other agencies throughout the world, the SGA is a major advocate of creators' rights. The victories enjoyed there by the SGA have benefited not just SGA songwriter members but creators worldwide.

 

  • CARNES MEETS PLANT

    SGA President Rick Carnes talks with Robert Plant

  • LIEBER STOLLER PRESLEY

    Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller with Elvis Presley

  • MAIA SHARP

    Maia Sharp performs

  • BERGMANS STREISAND

    Alan and Marilyn Bergman with Barbara Streisand

  • CARNES & AMY LEE

    SGA President Rick Carnes and Amy Lee

  • ADAM MITCHELL

    Songwriter Adam Mitchell

  • SGA WEEK LOS ANGELES

    SGA Week Los Angeles

  • YOUNG SONGWRITER SGA WEEK LA

    Writing lyrics at SGA Week LA

  • SGA WEEK NEW YORK

    SGA Week New York

 

   

PROFESSIONAL AND DEVELOPING SONGWRITER SERVICES


In addition to the advocacy work done by the SGA, developing and professional songwriters benefit from the events and services offered online and through Professional Services in our Nashville office.
 
  • PAM TILLIS FOUNDATION

    Foundation event at Walter Reed featuring Pam Tillis

  • SONGWRITERS SOLDIERS

    Songwriters and soldiers at Walter Reed

  • FOUNDATION PANEL

    SGA Foundation panel at Walter Reed

  • WALTER REED SOLDIER PERFORMS

    Walter Reed soldier performs

   

SGA FOUNDATION


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 efforts seek to help developing songwriters improve their creative skills and develop the business skills needed to survive in the music business, today. The Foundation is also responsible for our American Standards Award.

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