Why Become a Member?

Many of our members will tell you of the educational and networking benefits of S.A.C. affiliation. From workshops to seminars to demo critiques, the Songwriters Association of Canada continues to offer many opportunities for aspiring songwriters to hone their craft and learn from the best talent in the country.

From a networking perspective, S.A.C. membership allows songwriters from coast to coast to converge, share their experiences and talent, and even swap gear. Our website is expanding to allow writers to converse and co-write from Vancouver to St. John's. Our expanding web services will allow writers to stream music, share photos, post events and classifieds... in short, to really share with their community.

S.A.C. is not just as an educational and networking organization for its members; we also represent Canadian songwriters when dealing with government, music publishers, music users (ie. film, television, radio) and the general public and addressing issues that are affecting our present and future rights.

No one can dispute the importance of songs in our daily lives. Whether driving, shopping, working out, or dining out, music accompanies people during almost every activity. More and more, technologies like MP3 players allow people to travel with their whole music collection, anywhere they go.

The socio-economic impact of this can't be overstated. By coming together as a united national voice, songwriters can better protect and preserve our interests in the present climate of rapidly changing world of new technologies and emerging digital rights laws.

Canada is sorely lagging behind other first world nations in its intellectual property rights. This means songwriters are not being protected or remunerated here at home to the extent they are in the U.S., Britain or Germany. This lack of progress as compared to other leading nations' digital rights legislation (which covers issues like internet downloading and file swapping) requires that songwriters be at the table as Ottawa moves forward to correct this situation. The S.A.C. is the only national association dedicated exclusively to representing the views and interests of songwriters, and continues to advance our unique perspective on such matters.

Whether you are a creator of music, or you simply wish to show your respect, appreciation, and support for songs and their creators, we invite you to join the S.A.C.