The music business can seem complicated and intimidating, but you don’t have to do this on your own. Let professional organizations worry about the technical aspects so you can enjoy working on your next hit! Here are some powerful organizations and resources that will benefit your career as a musician in Nashville.
HOME is a fully-equipped professional production and content creation facility for artists, producers, entrepreneurs, and anyone serious about learning and growing in the music industry. Here musicians can meet, collaborate, share, and learn with others who have similar goals. If you want 24/7 access to the studios, you can also buy a membership that allows just that! You will have the chance to build incredible relationships with others in the studio, use state-of-the-art technology, and produce some of the best music you can!
Nashville Songwriters Association International is an organization that provides a space for songwriters to meet, and learn, and you don’t even have to be in Nashville to join! There are chapters throughout the United States and beyond. They exist to advocate for, educate, encourage, and serve songwriters, and they have multiple instructional events throughout the year you can view on their website!
As an artist or songwriter, you will need someone on your side to help you collect the royalties your music generates! Royalty collection can mean the difference between being a full-time artist and having to juggle several side-hustles, so you want someone you can trust to work alongside you! ASCAP is a performing rights organization (PRO) of good repute, funded and led by music industry professionals. Reach out to them for help with all your performance royalty needs.
Exploration Group, LLC
Between protecting your legal rights across the globe, helping with song catalog management, and more, the Exploration Group offers vital services to songwriters. They “clean metadata, resolve ownership conflicts, and return unclaimed royalties to you from around the world.” Exploration also provides a free educational ebook to help you make informed decisions in the contracts and deals you accept. They are a songwriter’s best friend!
This revolutionary new networking platform built for songwriters, artists, and producers was created by the team at Full Circle Music so that you can co-write, meet, and learn from musicians across the country! Regardless of whether or not you live in Nashville, visit the Songchasers website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about joining.
The Mechanical Licensing Collective
Named the official mechanical licensing service by the U.S. Copyright Service, the MLC is your go-to organization for collecting royalties on streaming and download platforms. They make the process easy (and free!), so nothing should hinder you from protecting your mechanical royalty rights.
Global Songwriters Connection
The GSC provides mentorship for singers, songwriters, and artists to get them the knowledge, connections, and support they need to succeed in the industry. The GSC works with individual clients to outline what steps they need to take to move forward in their career.
Hopefully this list gives you an idea of some organizations that can provide the help you’ve been seeking for your music career! The more you educate yourself on the industry and surround yourself with great resources and authorities in the music business, the better!