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HISTORY OF THE GUILD

History of The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers

By John Smith posted July 20, 2016

The Guild of International Songwriters and Composers traces its origins back to 1938 when it was originally a society of members founded by a number of songwriter musicians in order to assist each other with the development of their songwriting and musicianship. It formerly retained a private membership and had a policy of non-expansion into commercial realms, which it retained until the death of its founder in April 1986. Original membership was only available to a limited number of applicants and entry was by recommendation by an existing member then being seconded by another member.


The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers structure and policies were changed in 1986 to meet the criteria of todays demanding needs of songwriters, composers, lyricists, musicians, performing songwriters and artistes within the music industry.


The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers membership is open to all songwriters, composers, lyricists, poets, musicians, performing songwriters, artistes, producers, managers, music industry personnel, recording studio owners, film and video producers, in fact any person connected with the music industry and wishing to progress within the music industry - from the beginner to the amateur to the semi-professional through to the professional - with all members being treated equally, no matter at what level they are working.


The Guild of International Songwriters and Composers is recognised as an established music industry organisation of respect for many years, and we pride ourselves in being able to help our members in the many aspects of the music industry and pursuit of members songwriting and composing ambitions.


The Guild of International Songwriters and Composers being an established, recognised music industry organisation of longeveity and repute, will give you, as a songwriting member, confidence in knowing that your songwriting, composing, musical and performing requirements relating to the services as outlined within this website will be given when you require our support, help, assistance and information on matters relating to the music industry.

How to join or renew your membership

PLEASE NOTE: IMPORTANT

The Guild of International Songwriters and Composers is a UK based international songwriting organisation with members in many countries throughout the world. The Guild is NOT associated with any other songwriting organisations, based in the UK or elsewhere, which may try to imitate the Guild by offering information and services to songwriters, composers, lyricists, performing songwriters and music industry personnel, etc. The Guild of International Songwriters and Composers has published Songwriting and Composing Magazine quarterly since 1986 and throughout each year the magazine contains reviews, profiles and information on record companies, music publishers, management companies, artistes, Guild members profiles, song contests, publishing and recording opportunities, contact names and addresses of music publishers, record companies, copyright protection, etc, along with the Topics News and Songsearch section, outlining artistes and companies looking for new songs, instrumental library music, musical works and artistes to work with.


The Guild of International Songwriters and Composers is the ONLY songwriting organisation operating from offices in England in the the UK offering the services on an international basis as outlined within this website. 

The music industry is full of sharks so, providing you do not part with any money or sign any contracts unless you are entirely satisfied with whom you are dealing, then you cannot be ripped off. As a Guild member you will have access to an long established organisation and to all the services the Guild offers.


It is in the interest of all songwriters and composers to be aware of any implications which may exist when dealing with any company or person using an accommodation address and telephone number (where they do not actually exist or operate from), or hiding behind the anonymity of an Internet website where direct contact cannot be made.


The Guild of International Songwriters and Composers exists to give professional services and advice, as outlined in this web site, and any Guild publications, and endeavours to assist and safeguard its members in all aspects of the music industry.


The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers is a UK based international songwriting music industry organisation for songwriters, composers, lyricists and performers.


How to join or renew your membership

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