Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). 1-800-321-6008. E-mail: [email protected]. 1710 Roy Acuff Place, Nashville, TN, 37203. Executive Director: Bart Herbison. Membership Director: Dave Thomas. Workshops Director: Grace Hollombe. NSAI is a large, non-profit, songwriters trade organization. Established in 1967, it has a membership of nearly 5,000. They host continuing workshops across the country through their Regional Workshops program. Website

Songwriters Guild Of America (SGA), Nashville office. Rundi Ream, Southern Regional Director. The Songwriters Guild of America (SGA) founded in 1931, is a voluntary songwriter association run by and for songwriters. It is devoted exclusively to providing songwriters with the services and activities they need to succeed in the business of music. The preamble to the SGA constitution charges the board to take such lawful actions as will advance, promote and benefit the profession. Services of SGA cover every aspect of songwriting including the creative, administrative and financial. SGA’s non-profit educational foundation was created to aid and educate writers through university scholarship grants and various Guild programs which are offered at the lowest possible cost. Songwriting workshops are taught by leading professional writers in New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles. Classes run for varying lengths and are offered on different levels for beginning or more advanced writers. Song Critique sessions are conducted regularly presenting members with the opportunity to play their songs and receive constructive criticism from peers and professionals. Guests include some of the industry’s most prominent writers, artists, publishers, producers, managers, and attorneys. For more information go to their Website or contact the Nashville office at 615-329-1782, or e-mail: [email protected].

Knoxville Songwriters Association. The Knoxville Songwriters Association was established in 1983 by Sarah Williams. They are a non-profit organization serving the needs of the songwriting community in Knoxville, TN. Please see their website for contact and workshop information. Website

East Tennessee Singer-Songwriter Association. The East Tennessee Singer Songwriters Association strives to educate, elevate and celebrate the songwriter in the craft of songwriting and the art of performing original songs. The ETSSA missions are to support members of all skill levels and genres; to help each other master the art of musical expression and become more skilled in the craft of songwriting and the art of performing; to promote public support and appreciation of songwriters and songwriting in general; and to contribute to East Tennessee’s reputation as a center of musical creativity. Website

Memphis Songwriters Association. President: Phillip Beasley, (voicemail) 901-577-0906, 4728 Spottswood, #191, Memphis, TN 38117. e-mail: [email protected]. Memphis Songwriters Association (MSA) has served the Memphis music and songwriting community for 30 years. The group hosts two meetings per month, including an open mic and a regular meeting. Due to its proximity to Nashville, there are main country writer members, but also Christian, blues and rock songwriters. For more information about MSA, visit their website or call the number above. MSA annual dues are $50 with a discounted rate of $35 per year for students and senior citizens. Website

Tennessee Songwriters Association International. This year TSAI is celebrating our 30th year as a non profit organization, dedicated to informing, training, assisting and promoting songwriters. TSAI meets locally with our membership throughout the states and internationally. Our motto is ‘Say It With Music’! TSAI meets weekly and offers a wealth of services for our members. We specifically address needs and concerns with workshops, a monthly newsletter, song critiques, Pitch-a-Pro nights, Pro-Rap with Guest Speakers, music showcases, an annual awards banquet and Symposium, along with support and encouragement for all members. Kenny Angel has been elected by the organization as our new Executive Director along with an excellent and dedicated Board of Directors. We are very excited as TSAI continues to grow and moves forward in today’s music market. Contact info: Kenny Angel 615-478-3873 or email at [email protected]. TSAI Facebook page

Global Songwriters Connection. President: Sheree’ Spoltore’. Global Songwriters Connection was developed to help songwriters develop in their careers. Our organization offers seminars, song evaluations,career mentoring, direct pitch to publisher events, as well as affordable memberships for songwriters in all genres, from Hip Hop to Country, to equip them to succeed in their music career. Training is provided on topics such as how to copyright music, sample music publishing agreements, how to earn income as an indie artist, just to name a few. The founder of this organization is responsible for facilitating over a hundred publishing deals and several major label deals in Nashville and beyond. GSC’s goal is to encourage, equip, and empower artists around the world. Website

World Wide Songwriters Association (WWSWA). Based in Nashville, TN.. e-mail: [email protected]. The WWSWA is an ever evolving community of songwriters around the world striving to further educate, evaluate and encourage the profession of songwriting. It’s a worldwide organization with members in nearly every state of the U.S., Canada, and over 18 other countries. Website

United Songwriters Association. President: Mickey McBride. P.O. Box 3451, Crossville, TN, 38557-3451. e-mail: [email protected]. This group, which has about 30 members, was established in 1993. The members mostly write country music, but all styles are welcome. Website