National Academy of Songwriters

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The National 'Academy' of Songwriters, originally "Songwriters Resources and Services" was a music industry association which provided a support network for songwriters, and gave out awards in various categories. It was founded by Helen King, who was working as a secretarial/answering service for the American Guild of Authors and Composers. She saw a need to provide an inexpensive copyright service, as well as educational services for aspiring writers in Los Angeles and around the US.

After King died, her staff kept the organization going for almost two decades. Key staff members included Gelsa Paladino, Doug Thiele, Billy James, Bruce Kaplan, Pat and Pete Luboff, Kevin Odegard, Mark Spier, Gordon Pagoda, Paul Zollo, Steve Schalchlin, Dan Kirkpatrick, Dan Kimple, Rik Lawrence and Kevin McCarley. Hundreds of songwriters came through to learn the craft and business of songwriting and get advice on how to market their songs. The organization also lobbied for better copyright protection, and published the magazine SongTalk, a newsprint publication with original interviews of hit songwriters.[1]

In December 1985, the National 'Academy' of Songwriters started their annual "Salute To The American Songwriter" concerts which over the years featured performances by artists such as Carole King, Jackson Browne, Stevie Wonder, Los Lobos, Willie Dixon, Atlantic Starr, Stephen Stills, Michael Bolton, Melissa Manchester, Stephen Bishop, Brian Wilson, Linda Ronstadt, Kim Carnes, Michael McDonald, and many others. Also performing over the years at the "Salute To The American Songwriter" concerts were songwriting legends such as Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Barry Mann, Jimmy Webb, Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, Richard Sherman, John Bettis, Diane Warren, and many others. In 1988, the National 'Academy' of Songwriters teamed with VH-1 for the "Fourth Annual Salute To The American Songwriter" which was televised on VH-1 and Showtime in 1989.

In 1996, the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase (LASS) joined the NAS,[2] and later, the NAS merged into the Songwriters Guild of America.[3][4]

Another organization that was inspired by the goals of the LASS and came into existence in late 1998 in the vacuum that was created when LASS disappeared was the Los Angeles Songwriters Network (SongNet).


  1. ^ George Plasketes (22 April 2016). Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: Essays on Debut Albums. Taylor & Francis. pp. 212–. ISBN 978-1-317-07974-3.
  2. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (25 May 1996). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 61–. Writers Unite! As expected, the National Academy of Songwriters and the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase have merged, with the united group keeping the NAS name. NAS acquires from LASS the monthly Songwriter's Musepaper, which ...
  3. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (4 September 1999). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 62–.
  4. ^ The National 'Academy'of Songwriters and the Songwriters Guild of America Join Forces!, archived article.