Educational Videos


SGA President Rick Carnes and SGA Board Member Adam Mitchell sit down to discuss songwriting from the creative and business perspectives. Rick Carnes has earned 40 platinum albums with songs recorded by artists Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alabama, Steve Wariner, Pam Tillis, and Dean Martin. His song, "I Can't Even Get the Blues No More" was Reba McEntire's first number one single, and "Long Neck Bottle" recorded by Garth Brooks, set a record on the Billboard charts by entering the charts at #10. Adam Mitchell is an award winning songwriter/record producer who has worked with Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, Waylon Jennings, Chicago, Merle Haggard, Graham Nash, Art Garfunkel, Manhattan transfer, Peter Paul and Mary, Mac Davis, Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Nicolette Larson and Graham Nash.

We would like to extend a thank you to Martin Logan and Anthem for the speakers and amplifier used to playback music in our offices and on all of our videos. We would also like to thank Sony Creative Software for the use of Vegas Pro and Soundforge Pro which were used in the production of these videos and many things we do at the Songwriters Guild of America.

Our series begins outside of our Writers Lounge providing information to members and nonmembers about the SGA, music publishers, copyright, and performing rights organizations (BMI, ASCAP, SESAC). And our feature video is an interview with songwriter/artist Eric Watkins of the band Molding.



Feature Video: New Voices: Profile Of Ruby Amanfu:


Ruby Amanfu is an up and coming songwriter/artist from the Nashville community. To learn more about Ruby please check out her facebook or myspace pages. Also have a look at Ruby with Jack White on Saturday Night Live here.


About the SGA


Rick and Adam discuss the beginnings of the Songwriters Guild of America, what it has done for songwriters over time and what it does to serve songwriters today.


Music Publishers


Rick and Adam explain what music publishers do for songwriters and when and why we need them.


Performing Rights Organizations


Rick and Adam explain what a performing rights organization does and help familiarlize you with the various options such as BMI, ASCAP and SESAC.




The Songwriters Update

Songwriter’s Circle At Walter Reed

SGAF Standards Awards

Grants and Scholarships