Music Industry Resources

New to Music City and trying to break into the music scene? Don't be a one-hit wonder. Our member businesses can help you get started on the right note.

ASCAP

ASCAP is a professional organization of 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, owned and run by its members, and a leader in performance royalties, advocacy and service for music creators.

Exploration Group, LLC

The Exploration Group LLC mission is to confidentially help their clients identify, organize, and distribute the data required to thoroughly protect and administer their musical works. They rely on old relationships; new software; and a kind, smart, and full-time staff of 30+ people to execute on behalf of their clients and partners.

Global Songwriters Connection

GSC’s personalized Career Mentoring services provide singers, songwriters and artists in all genres and at every level, with industry connections and an individualized plan to help the artist reach the next step. Whether it is song crafting, career or artist development, GSC’s mentoring services focus on personal songwriter development first.

The Mechanical Licensing Collective

The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) is a nonprofit organization designated by the U.S. Copyright Office pursuant to the historic Music Modernization Act of 2018. Starting in January 2021, The MLC will issue and administer blanket mechanical licenses to eligible streaming and download services (digital service providers or DSPs) in the United States. The MLC will then collect the royalties due under those licenses from the DSPs and pay songwriters, composers, lyricists, and music publishers. 

Nashville Songwriters Association International

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 active and professional members spans the United States and foreign countries. NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.

SESAC

SESAC is a performing rights organization with an international reach and a vast repertory that spans virtually every genre of music. SESAC is an innovative and technologically adept performing rights organization.

Songpreneurs

Songpreneurs is an online resource for songwriter entrepreneurs. Songpreneurs.com provides high quality educational materials, including innovative workbooks, classes, and video course modules from songwriter Amanda Colleen Williams.

Sound Royalties

Sound Royalties is specialty finance firm that helps music industry professionals fund personal and professional projects without losing ownership of their copyrights and allowing for overflow income. Sound Royalties offers royalty advances between $5,000 and $10 million by advancing artist, producer and songwriter royalties paid through music labels, distributors, publishers and PROs. They have worked with a wide range of music industry professionals including GRAMMY Award winners, platinum and gold recording artists, and music industry executives in every genre.

Women in Music

Women in Music is the industry's leading non-profit working to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition. Founded in 1985, WIM is now fueled by 100+ volunteers working daily to serve thousands worldwide, with chapters from LA to India.

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