Sat, Aug 2, 2014
Message from Barton Herbison, Executive Director
Message from Barton Herbison, Executive Director
Over the past eight years, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has conducted more than 1,800 sit-down appointments in Washington, D.C. with members of Congress and their staffs. Our legislative presence is unequaled by any other songwriters organization. And, while we are proud of the “Nashville” in our name, we have become a national voice for songwriters.

In fact, we were founded as an activist organization. Forty songwriters got together in 1967 and formed NSAI because they knew their profession needed a voice. Their first issue and goal was to get songwriters’ names placed on records, and they got the job done.  NSAI continues to work for songwriters’ rights, taking on the opposition in issues crucial to the profession.

Although NSAI is based in Nashville, our issues are national and international. We are the largest not-for-profit member trade association for songwriters in the world.

Barton Herbison
Executive Director
National Voice In Congress
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Advocacy History
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NSAI Overview
The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world's largest not-for-profit trade association dedicated to the service of professional and amateur songwriters in all genres of music.
Support NSAI Through Our Legislative Fund

As a not-for-profit association, NSAI can legally conduct lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C., on behalf of our members. Our copyright protection and songwriter advocacy efforts are extensive and include the Songwriters Capital Gains Tax Equity Act, legislation spearheaded by NSAI. The tax correction, which went into effect in 2007, allows songwriters to keep as much as 30% more of the money generated through a catalogue sale by allowing writers to claim the Capital Gains tax rate on that sale.

In 2008, NSAI was involved in the testimony in Washington, D.C., before the Copyright Royalty Board, and we continue to sit down with members of Congress as they work to update copyright laws for the Digital Age.

These efforts are supported in part by funds raised during the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival and at legislative fundraising shows throughout the year. But we need your help to continue this essential work to protect the songwriters, the authors and composers who make the music possible. (For more about our lobbying efforts, please see our Legislative Page. Please note: donations to not-for-profit organizations such as NSAI are not tax deductible.)

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