NSAI Philadelphia, PA Chapter


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In observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 18, 2021, NSAI will be closed. We will resume business on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 10:00am Central.

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Meetings consist of reviewing a lesson on the craft of songwriting or a music business-related subject. We then host a feedback session where participants share a song with the group. Members should bring a song to share and lyric sheets for the group.****ALL MEETINGS ARE ON HOLD DUE TO COVID-19**** Check our Facebook for updates

7-10 PM
527 Ridge Pike
Messiah United Methodist Church
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
United States
CO-WRITING WORKSHOP - We'll break into small groups to co-write. Bring instrument, song ideas you are willing to share.

Welcome To Our Chapter!



Liz Miller
Debra Lee

Chapter News and Events

Greetings, Songwriters!
We'll be meeting on Thursday, February 20, for a co-writing workshop. There's no better way to build your songwriting and people skills than working with other songwriters to create a song. Lasting collaborative relationships and completed songs have resulted from past co-writing workshops, but whatever the result, you'll learn and benefit from the experience!

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7 - 10 PM
Messiah United Methodist Church
527 Ridge Pike
Lafayette Hill PA 19444 (Parking in back)

We'll be breaking into small groups (2-5, depending on number attending) to co-write. Everyone is encouraged to bring a song idea that THEY ARE WILLING TO SHARE (a song concept, a title or hook, or a partial-unfinished lyric), which they’ll share with their group. The group will then choose an idea from among those suggested, or come up with a new one. We'll reconvene to talk about our experiences with our groups, and share what we've written. We'll also briefly look at what’s involved on the “business side” of co-writing, regarding agreements, publishing, and more. Bring your guitar, or small keyboard.

Normally, co-writing workshops take up most of the evening... but, IF TIME ALLOWS, we'll do song evaluations. Be prepared by bringing 10 lyric sheets for the best feedback, MP3 on phone, CD, or perform live.

NSAI News and Events



NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (January 15, 2021) –  The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Anti-Trust Division head Makan Delrahim today addressed DOJ’s review of the ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees.

NSAI has encouraged DOJ to make no immediate changes to the decrees.  Rather, we advocated allowing time for the impact of the new Music Modernization act to be fully realized.  This is the path DOJ took. Delrahim largely spoke about the four-year review process during the tenure.  He made few specific recommendations, but the two NSAI wants to highlight are:

COMPULSORY LICENSES – He said compulsory licenses “are not the answer” and that any future changes Congress may consider should allow songwriters the ability to negotiate in the free market.  This is something NSAI and songwriters have advocated for decades.

FIVE-YEAR REVIEW – He suggested DOJ consider reviewing ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees every five years.  That essentially means a never-ending review process.  Such frequency should only happen with a stated goal of ELIMINATING the decrees.

Delrahim applauded ASCAP and BMI for launching their new SONGVIEW database which will allow music users/licensees to more easily find song ownership data.  This is an important step NSAI joins him in praising.



NASHVILLE, TN (December 21, 2020) - NSAI is excited to share the local chapter finalists for the 2020 NSAI Chapter Challenge with Anthem Entertainment. NSAI thanks each of its members for being a part of our Virtual Chapter Challenge this November. We received 79 coordinator submissions and had 63 NSAI members that were finalists at their local chapters. Songs selected by a listening committee at NSAI will be sent to Anthem Entertainment for consideration for a single-song contract. Congratulations!


The 2021 Chapter Challenge will take place in April throughout NSAI’s 100 Regional Chapters. Any member can bring one song to their local chapter meeting and members select the winning entry.  All NSAI Regional Chapter coordinators are also allowed to submit one song. NSAI narrows those songs down to a list of finalists before submitting them for consideration by the publishing partner.

Organization Will Use Challenge to Create New Member Opportunities
As information and advice has continued to evolve, we have made the decision to stop NSAI Regional Chapter meetings for now and to close the NSAI office in Nashville to the public until further notice. 
During this time, our entire staff will be working from home to offer a new level of online service to our members.  All online programs and services will continue to be available and our phone lines will remain open. 
Member representatives and mentors can and will continue to hold meetings via electronic means. 
Please stay tuned to the NSAI website and socials for updates as we continue to navigate this difficult situation.

For any questions, please contact us at reception@nashvillesongwriters.com.