Music Related Associations N-Z

Nashville Songwriters Association International

15 Music Square West
Nashville, TN, 37203, (615)256-3354
A not-for-profit trade association dedicated to both professional and aspiring songwriters in all fields of music. International membership of 4,600 Sponsors educational seminars and publishes information to support and protect members.

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

3402 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA, 90405, (310) 392-3777
Membership requires proof of involvement with previously released records. Members select winners of the Grammy awards in over forty creative and technical categories.

National Academy of Songwriters

6381 Hollywood Boulevard - Suite 780
Hollywood, CA, 9008, (213) 463-7178, (213) 463-2146,
Managing Director: Daniel A. Kirkpatrick
Year Founded: 1974
Members: 3 million
A non-profit organization acting as a resource base for songwriters, putting them in contact with publishing companies and the industry. Offers educational workshops and printed materials. Offers legal help and collaborator matching services to help songwriters enter the industry.

National Association of College Broadcasters

71 George St.
Providence, RI, 02912-1824, (401) 863-2225
NACB provides its member stations with national and regional conferences, a trade magazine and a network of student-produced, radio and television programs.
Publication: College Broadcaster & NACB Newsletter

National Association of Music Merchants

5790 Armada Dr.
Carlsbad, CA, 9200, (619) 438-800
President: Larry R. Linkin
Members: 6.5 million
Members are musical instrument stores and their suppliers.

National Association of Negro Musicians

237 East 115th Street
Chicago, IL, 60628, (312) 779-1325
Executive Secretary: Ona B. Campbell
Year Founded: 1919
Members: 2.5 million
Promotes the advancement of all types of music.

National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians

8 Ardith Drive
Normal, IL, 61761, Fax (773) 452-4257
Executive Director: Chuck Hagler
Year Founded: 1976
Members: 1.5 million
Promotes technical integrity in the craft. Surveys tools and procedures to improve work quality. Makes available emergency repair of band instruments. Provides placement services.

National Assoc. of Recording Merchandisers

9 Eves Dr. Suite 120
Marlton, NJ, 08053, (609) 596-2221
NARM members are retailers, rack jobbers, one stops, independent distributors, independent record labels, and major labels and distributors of recorded entertainment products, including music and video. NARM sponsors annual promotions in support of various televised awards shows such as the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, the Soul Train Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, and the Country Music Association Awards. NARM hosts a large annual convention, various conferences and conducts research projects.

National Association of School Music Dealers

4020 McEwen Suite 105
Dallas, TX, 75244 (972)233-9107 Ex204
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11250 Roger Beacon Drive - Suite 21
Reston, VA, 22090, (703) 437-0700BR>

John Stroube

Executive Administrator
National Band Association
Box 5032
Shipping other than US mail: 2609 W. 4th St.
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Phone: (601) 297-8168
Fax: (601) 266-6185
NBA website:
Sponsors clinics and other educational functions for band directors.

National Federation of Music Clubs

1336 North Delaware
Indianapolis, IN, 46202, (317) 638-400
Executive Secretary: Melinda Ullrich
Members: 500million
Dedicated to finding and fostering young musical talent, promoting and encouraging the performance of American music.

National Jazz Service Organization

P.O. Box 50152
409 7th Street N.W. Suite 2
Washington, DC, 2004-001
Established in 1985, NJSO has become "the nation's leading source" of information and services in the jazz field. A database of jazz artists, presenters, festivals, record companies, radio stations, managers and booking agents. A team of consultants assist in problem solving and overcoming hurdles related to jazz efforts.

National Music Publishers' Association, Inc.;

711 Third Ave. 8th Floor
New York, NY, 1007, (212) 370-5330
Represents more than 12,00 publishing companies of all music types. NMPA owns the Harry Fox Agency.

National Opera Association

6805 Tennyson Dr.
McLean, VA, 22107, (703)790-3393
(708) 491-7575, (708) 491-5260
Executive Dir: Arvid Knutsen
Year Founded: 1955
Members: 350
To advance the appreciation, composition and production of opera.

Opera America

1156 15th St. Suite 810
Washington, DC, 2005
(202) 293-4466, Fax (202) 393-0735
CEO: Marc A. Scorca
Year Founded: 1970
Members: 1.5 million
Represents 123 professional opera companies, as well as some 1,200 individuals and affilliate members. Its goal is to promote the growth and expansion of the operatic art form.

Percussive Arts Society

P.O. Box 25
Lawton, OK, 73502, (405) 353-1455
A non-profit service organization. Its purpose is educational, promoting drums and percussion through a network of performers, students, enthusiasts and members. 600 members in 42 countries, 50 chapters in the United States and 16 chapters abroad.
Publication: Percussive Notes & Percussion News

Piano Technicians Guild

3930 Washington St.
Kansas City, MO, 64111, (816) 753-7747
Executive Director: David Hanzlick
Year Founded: 1958
Members: 3.5 million
Conducts technical institutes at conventions and seminars. Promotes public education in piano care. Bestows awards.

Recording Industry Association of America, Inc.

1330 Connecticut Ave. NW Suite 300
Washington, DC, 2006, (202) 775-0101
Promotes the mutual interests of recording companies, manufacturers and distributors, as well as the betterment of the music industry through government relations, intellectual property protection, anti-piracy activities, research and public relations. RIAA members create, market and distribute approximately 90 percent of all legitimate sound recordings produced and sold in the United States. The association is the official certification agency for gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards. It also sponsors an annual Cultural Award dinner, recognizing a person or organization that has made a distinct contribution to the industry.

Rhythm and Blues Foundation

14th and Constitution Ave. NW
Room 4603, MRC 657
Washington, DC, 20560, (202) 357-1654
Fosters wider recognition, financial support and historic and cultural preservation of rhythm and blues music through various grants and programs.

Rhythm and Blues Rock and Roll Society

P.O. Box 1949
New Haven, CT, 06510, (203) 924-1079
Director: William J. Nolan
Year Founded: 1974
Members: 52.5 million
The society's 50,00 members are record collectors, disc jockeys, record dealers, performing artists and others dedicated to the preservation and promotion of rhythm and blues music. Sponsors benefit concerts and festivals to help amateur talent. Encourages employment of minorities in music-related jobs in production of educational radio, TV shows and films.
Publication: Newsletter & Bulletin

Screen Actors Guild

5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 9006
(213) 954-1600 (213) 547-6864
Develops and enforces wages and working conditions for professional screen performers (including singers and voice-over artists).
Publication: Screen Actors Guild Call Sheet (quarterly)


55 Music Square East
Nashville, TN, 37203
(615) 320-005, (800 826-9996
Represents composers, songwriters and music publishers. SESAC licenses, collects fees, and distributes royalties for the public performance of its affiliates' works.

Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States

2550 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 9007, (213) 388-0476
A non-profit organization interested in the composition and performance of fine arts electro-acoustic music.
Publication: Journal of SEAMUS

Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)

41 Valleybrook Dr.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada
M3B 2S6, (416) 445-8700
600boul. de Maisonneuve ouest
Suite 500
Montreal, Quebec H3A 3J2
(514) 844-8377
Fax (514) 849-8446

1201 West Pender St.
Suite 400
Vancouver B.C. V6E 2V2
(604) 669-5569
Fax (604) 688-1142

8704-51 Avenue
Suite 104
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5E8
(403) 468-0905
Fax (403) 468-1058

45 Alderney Dr.
Suite 802
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 2N6
(902) 464-700
Fax (902) 464-9696
Licenses the broadcast and public appearance of music in Canada. Collects license fees from music users and distributes performance royalties to its members and foreign copyright owners, based upon the performances of their works in Canada. Equivalent to ASCAP, BMI and SESAC in the United States.

Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS)

Executive Director: Paul Christensen
P.O. Box 822643
Dallas, TX 75382
(800) 771-7727
Fax: (214) 722-1442
SPARS, is a nonprofit professional trade organization that unites the manufacturers of audio recording equipment and services with users. SPARS membership includes prominent recording studios, individual engineers and producers, production houses, postproduction facilities, manufacturers of professional audio recording equipment, schools, colleges, studio designers, leasing companies and persons who serve the audio recording industry. The goal of SPARS is to promote worldwide communication among all those who make and use professional equipment, to foster high-quality educational programs for future engineers and producers, to promote specialized industry services among the membership and promote well-being of the recording industry as a whole. Its programs include but are not limited to placing interns, business conferences, educational seminars, regional meetings, networking and counseling.

Songwriters Guild of America

15 Harbor Blvd.
Weehawken, NJ, 07087-6732, (201) 867-7630
New York:
276 5th Ave. Suite 306
New York, NY 1000
1222 16th Ave. S. Ste. 25
Nashville, TN, 37212, Fax (615)329-2623
Association of 4,500 songwriters. Helps educate members and represents them in dealings with publishers and record companies. TSG provides copyright services and sample contracts.
Publication: AGAC News (semi-annually, free)

Songwriters' Guild Foundation

276 Fifth Avenue - Suite 306
New York, NY, 1001
Director: George Wurzbach
A voluntary songwriters' association run by and for songwriters. Our President and Board members spend considerable time and energy talking to the media, lobbying, negotiating and coordinating with other industry groups, and raising the funds needed to get the songwriters message through. True to history, the Guild maintains its efforts to advance, promote and benefit the profession of songwriting.

Southwestern Musican Texas Music Association

P.O. Box 49469
Austin, TX, 49469, (512) 452-0710
(512) 451-9213, Editor: Robert Floyd
Year Founded: 1920
Members: 8.5 million
Serves the music educators of Texas by providing AAT credit at region workshops; annual convention in February attracts 15,00 participants; sponsors all-state band orchestra and choir competitions in Texas high schools.

Tubist Universal Brotherhood Association

University of Kansas Department of Music
Lawrence, KS, 66045, (913) 864-3174

United States Copyright Office

Library of Congress
Washington, DC, 20559
(202) 477-0700 (202) 707-9100
Provides blank copyright forms of all types. Provides booklets explaining copyright topics. Current fee for each copyright submission is $20.