Supporting North American Creators
MCNA is an alliance of independent songwriter and composer organizations who advocate for, and educate on behalf of North America’s music creator community. Learn more about each of these member organizations below.
MCNA is also a member of the international CIAM Partner Alliance.
Alliance for Women Film Composers
The Alliance for Women Film Composers (AWFC) was founded in 2014 by Laura Karpman, Miriam Cutler, Lolita Ritmanis and Chandler Poling out of a need and desire to raise visibility and create opportunity for female composers. Although women composers have always been writing and creating music, they have historically been overlooked and kept invisible.
The AWFC set out to change the landscape of equity in music for visual media. By creating a directory, events, performances, gatherings, advocacy and partnerships, the AWFC has begun to shift the tide of equity in Hollywood and beyond. What began as a series of conversations, has turned into a powerful engaged community of plural voices committed to inclusion.
Learn more at https://theawfc.com
Formed in January 2016, MusicAnswers was inspired by several incontrovertible facts: music has never been more popular, more accessible, or more valuable; billions of people around the globe rely on it to enhance their lives; overall revenue from its use has increased, exponentially; but only a tiny fraction is finding its way to the people who actually create the music and recordings. As a result, it has become unsustainable for the vast majority who choose to make it.
MusicAnswers recognizes that changes in the music business are inevitable, and embraces those that help creators reach wider audiences, increase respect for their art, and improve transparency within their business. However, MusicAnswers vigorously opposes changes that enable illegal or unauthorized use of creators’ work, allow others to unfairly benefit-whether directly or indirectly-from its use, decrease transparency in their business transactions, or diminish their right to license creators’ works through the entities they choose.
More than 4800 music creators and fans have endorsed a simple and direct Declaration of Principles and united around the core mission of educating, protecting, and advocating for music creators’ rights.
Learn more at www.musicanswers.org
Screen Composers Guild of Canada
The Screen Composers Guild of Canada is a national association of professional music composers and producers for film, television and media. The organisation’s mission is to promote the music, status and rights of film, television and media composers in Canada, and improve the status of music score composers through promotion, education and advocacy.
First founded in 1980, the Guild also works to improve the quality of music for film, television and media through professional development of its members. It represent the rights and interests of our members with producers, broadcasters, government agencies and other relevant persons and entities.
Learn more at www.screencomposers.ca
Society of Composers & Lyricists
The Society of Composers & Lyricists is the nonprofit and primary organization for professional film/TV/multi-media music composers, songwriters and lyricists with a long and distinguished history in the fine art of scoring for motion pictures and television.
The parent organization, the Screen Composers Association, goes all the way back to 1945 with such legendary icons as Max Steiner (Gone With The Wind), Bernard Herrmann (Psycho), Eric Wolfgang Korngold (The Adventures of Robin Hood), Dimitri Tiomkin (High Noon) and David Raksin (Laura).
Learn more at www.thescl.com
Songwriters Association of Canada
Founded more than 35 years ago, the Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.) is one of Canada’s leading advocating bodies on behalf of Canadian songwriters.
Led by a board of renown Canadian songwriters and industry experts, the S.A.C. is dedicated to the representation and advancement of our members’ interests at the national, and international levels. We advocate on behalf of songwriters to protect the value of their work.
With over 1,000 current members, including 200+ professionals, the Songwriters Association of Canada provides advocacy, education and community for music creators in Canada and around the globe.
Learn more at www.songwriters.ca
Songwriters Guild of America
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.
Since 1931, the SGA has fought 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 Songwriters Guild of America Foundation.
Learn more at www.songwritersguild.com