WHAT WE DO & WHY WE DO IT

The Songwriters Guild of America 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 throughout the world; through services to professional and developing songwriters; and through community outreach via the SGA Foundation.format_quote

Music Advocacy

Senator Orin Hatch speaks with SGA President Rick Carnes during a Congressional hearing on intellectual property rights.
Music Advocacy

U.S. Senator Orin Hatch speaks with SGA President Ricks Carnes during a Congressional hearing on intellectual property rights.

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.

SGA President Rick Carnes is featured panelist at the recent World Creator's Summit.

SGA President Rick Carnes is featured panelist at the recent World Creator's Summit.

Pro & Developing Songwriter Services

Andre Akins and Tony Baker talk songwriting at L.A. SGA Week.
Pro & Developing Songwriter Services

Andre Akin and Tony Baker talk songwriting at the L.A. SGA Week.

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.

SGA President Rick Carnes along with Janis Carnes perform at an open mic night at SGA Week.

SGA President Rick Carnes and Janis Carnes perform at an open mic night for SGA Week.

SGA Foundation

Andre Akins and Tony aker talk songwriting at the Los Angeles SGA Week.
SGA Foundation

Recording artist Pam Tillis and SGA President Rick Carnes pose with soldiers from Walter Reed Hospital during and SGA Foundation visit.

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.