The 3rd Annual SONA Songwriter Summit was awesome!

 
 

Our first Summit in April 2015 was basically organized on a dare. After an initial meeting with (our now legal advisor) Dina LaPolt, where she gave us a skeptical side-eye when we told her we could gather 100 songwriters in a room to talk about challenges facing our profession, we were on A MISSION.  And we pulled it off!

We learned a lot that first year. We learned even more last year. We’re not event planners.  We are songwriters. Luckily for SONA, our steering committee and passionate crew of show-er uppers are quick studies and not surprisingly, world champion collaborators.  This year’s Songwriter Summit, held at legendary Los Angeles recording studio, The Village, was beyond anything any of us ever thought we could accomplish.

Food! Drinks! Silent Auction! Intimate live performances of massive hit songs! Standing room only! Mind-blowing powerpoint on royalty extrapolation and analysis!! Take our word for it on that last one, people.

Chris Horvath’s powerpoint presentation had people both on the edge of their seats and then on their feet. “I never thought a casual comment I made during an interview would be a headline in Variety,”  said Chris after Variety printed a summary of our event the next day with the all-important pull quote from his comments:
God love the superstars, but this isn’t about them. 

And therein, you have the true and heartfelt mission of SONA:  To save the middle class of songwriters from extinction. 

Thanks to our corporate sponsors, BMI, ASCAP and PRS and many cheers for the generous donors to our silent auction:

Avid
Glen Ballard
Adam Dorn
Eagles
Siedah Garrett
Tom Kelly
Suzan Koc
McDSP

Native Instruments
Shelly Peiken
Propellerhead
Sound Revolver Studios
Billy Steinberg
Westlake Pro
Paul Williams

If you were there, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! If you weren’t but want to come to future events visit our membership page  and JOIN SONA TODAY! 

Don’t sleep through the revolution.  Come with us as we work to change the world! 

In Solidarity,

 
 

We are Songwriters of North America

 

SONA (Songwriters of North America) is an advocacy organization formed by and for professional songwriters to fight for our rights in the age of digital media. The current rates paid to writers by music streaming media companies are grossly unfair, unsustainable, and unacceptable.  We’ve assembled some of the most fiercely passionate and hardworking people from all corners of the songwriting world to educate, strategize, and mobilize…and with our legal support team, comprised of truly the best creative-rights legal minds in our industry, we are making a difference.

 

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