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I never dreamed I could earn so much money from songwriting. The royalty cheques are great. I have just received another PRS distribution and have received another sizable royalty payment. My compositions are beginning to deliver some serious money thanks to you at The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers. I never dreamed that I would earn this kind of money from my compositions, I am so suitably amazed! Richard Hinsley, Nottingham, England


I very much appreciate the copyright service. Just assigning copyright from my play which is registered with your copyright service to a West End producer so very timely. Thanks. Duncan Hopper, Brighton, England


This really is very helpful information on copyright ownership, and certainly makes any future working exchanges and/or co writing partnerships much easier to structure. Once again, the Guild has provided clear, useful information on copyright. Many thanks for your time and your quick response, I look forward to copyrighting my songs and submitting my work for your assessment
Jonathan Pennington-Twist, Edinburgh, Scotland


Thank you for going to so much trouble on our behalf of our music publishing company. Hopefully the publication in your next magazine will produce some favourable response. Campbell Connelly & Co Ltd, Music Publishing Company (Established 1925), London, England


Just to say a big thank you for putting an ad in this quarters Songwriting & Composing magazine for me to find a lyricist. The response has been terrific. Within two days eight lyricists had contacted me and I'm still getting emails from lyricists wanting a composer to work with. I've now teamed up with a lyricist who contacted me who has a lot of lyrics for me to work on. Pete Lidzy, Kidderminster, England


I would just like to thank you for your speedy and detailed reply! It was very helpful and I have used the information to help me in negotiating the music publishing contract I have been offered. I really appreciated the help when it was most neededMary Hall, St Helens, England


Thank you so much for your assessments of my songs and kind comments made. It truly is appreciated after so much work time and money has been invested to have people such as yourselves take the time to listen and give your advice. It is my opinion that The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers is the best resource and helpful organisation for songwriters anywhere in the World. Shaun Catlin, Tucson, Arizona, America


Thank you for the review on our companies in the Songwriting and Composing magazine. We have been contacted by many Guild members and have signed David Cook from Humberside in England. Some of his songs are to be released on record here in America.
Betty Jane Music Publishing/CER Records, Michigan, United States of America


Thank you for a splendid bit of coverage in Songwriting and Composing magazine. Oddly enough, this very morning before I read the magazine, someone called me from Basle in Switzerland to say he had seen it and to congratulate me. So it just goes to show how it gets around and how useful  The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers magazine is. Jane Dorner - songwriter, London, England


I have recently signed a contract for eleven songs with a music publisher through contacts from the Guild. Thanks to everyone at the Guild of International Songwriters & Composers, of which I am proud to be a member, and for all the help I have received as a Songwriter.
Anthony Evans, Mid Glamorgan, Wales


I have just received my very first royalty payment for my music. This was very exciting and I just wanted to write and thank you and everyone else involved in helping to make this possible. Jo Spilios, Oxford, England


Many thanks for your excellent care and attention - much appreciated, and a very good reason for Guild membership. I will be sending out my first demo etc Monday March 12th and as promised will keep you informed Robin Grimmond, Dundee, Scotland


 Thanks for the info. Replies have started to come in. And thank you for giving me all the tools I need to proceed in a businesslike manner. The two quarterlies that I received are invaluable. They are so filled with everything we lyricists need. And as I mentioned before, I have looked for an organization like yours for many years, never thinking I would ever find one. Thanks for being there for us. We really need you.  
Michael Morris, Canada


 I am a member of the Guild and I received the 2nd Quarter 2010 Songwriting and Composing Magazine from you today. I wish to thank you so much for the member profile article you have published about me in the magazine. The Guild has put together a very comprehensive article with photograph. It is so much appreciated and means a lot to me. Thanks for all that, for the promotion and pointing people towards my website, songs and music. Fran Raya, Prestwich, Manchester, England


Hello, I would like to say thank you so much for all your kind support you have given me each time I called you and I would also like to share with you my good news - one of my songs reached Finals in UK songwriting contest this year along with some songs I have written myself and with Christine Molloy Siddaway reaching semi-finials. I'm very happy I could have 8 out of 10 for my song 'Gone With The Wave' and thank you again for all your patience when I ask you all my questions. Nadia Cripps, songwriter, London, England


 I have just received my membership package and I wish to thank you for being so fast and efficient. Michel Boudreau. Levis QC, Canada


As a songwriter I really enjoy reading the Guilds Songwriting and Composing magazine and I look forward to receiving each issue. I would like to thank you for all your kind comments and help. Being in Canada it is great to know that I have got a direct link to you all at The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers in England. Ann Vietenheimer, Invermere, Canada


I wanted to thank The Guild for building up my confidence with previous assessments and for drawing my attention to this contest. After semi final status in the last two years, I reached Finalist position with two pieces this year and was Runner Up with another piece (+ two more semi finals & a Commended...6 pieces in all) I was very, very happy when I saw the results! Sue Holmes, Dartford, England


Thank you for your Copyright and Assessment services. I was greatly encouraged by your assessments. 
Guy Morgan, Wolverhampton, England


I just wanted to thank you very much indeed for the superb 2 page member profile on myself in the latest edition of Songwriting & Composing magazine. It was fantastic and I am grateful that you devoted so much space to me. It certainly helped to raise my profile and generate interest in my music. Aleady I have been contacted by Nightstar-radio.com with a view to adding some of my songs to their playlist. All at the Guild have done a tremndous job on my behalf, thank you so very much Charlotte Kelly, Chiswick. London. England


I have just received the demo recording of my song Rhythms are the Angels and am writing to say how very, very happy I am with your arrangement and recording of my song. I just wanted to write to say thanks a million for doing a great job. Simon Barker, Dublin, Republic of Ireland


I just wanted to thank you for the recent edition of the Guild magazine. The 3 articles on song target files, publishing contract notes and instrumentals for the media were excellent containing sound advice and useful information Andrew Trevarton, Plymouth, England, UK


I would like to thank the Guild of International Songwriters & Composers for their most valuable services and advice over the last twelve months and I look forward with enthusiasm to the next twelve! Ian Moffatt, Brechin, Scotland


Thank you very much indeed for ensuring that my material has been registered for copyright protection, thank you also for returning my material so promptly and for the most helpful and encouraging comments and suggestions. I am now following up the contacts you have given me. My thanks once again. Michael Camps, Solihull, England


I would like to say a big thank you to all of those at the Guild of International Songwriters & Composers for their help and advice throughout the year. The quarterly Songwriting and Composing magazine is a great help, with many useful contacts. I would also like to thank the Guild of International Songwriters & Composers for their efforts in producing my demos-not only was the service fast and efficient but the quality of production and arrangements are second to none. Steven Tanner, Kent, England


Thank you for your advice and help. The person has now retracted their claim and we have decided to scrap the arrangement and go back to the original. I can't believe the vultures that there are out there, and to think I was actually doing something to get this person some credibility considering I was able to get the song airplay on BBC Radio Folk Club and his name mentioned for performing the song. But I have learnt a very poignant lesson that there are people who will try anything to get one over you. Thanks again for all your help
Martin Delaney Belfast. N. Ireland


I have just received my certificate along with the magazines and lots of information in my membership pack. Thank you very much for your very good services. Burhan Omer Ozturk, Turkey


Thank you! I have already found a songwriting collaborator and I think your system is a brilliant way to collaborate and contact people. It is the only service I would use, I did not expect to find things so easy. Steven Sangster, Cleveland, England


Let me first say thanks for the great services provided by The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers. I wish I had discovered you ages ago!  Nigel Goodwin, West Midlands, England


Thank you for your assessment of the two songs I sent you. I found the assessment to be of immense help to me. Peter Ruane, Lancashire, England


Thank you very much for the time and expertise you devoted to helping me on the phone this morning and last Friday in respect to the publishing agreements I had received. You certainly confirmed my feelings that I should not sign the song under the terms and conditions of the contract the publisher had sent to me. (I would not risk my family finances on that clause 9 for a Garth Brookes single, let alone a debut album cut! Now is that middle-aged or what!) You opened my eyes to a lot of pitfalls and opportunities which had not remotely occurred to me. In going back over what you said, I managed to evolve a tactful and professional response to the contract offer and negotiate without entirely shutting the door on further discussion. Thanks again, it feels very good to have The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers in my corner. 
Paul Carne, Cambridge, England


Thank you for calling me at home this evening. I very much appreciated you taking your time to talk with me - I am a complete unknown, even the bottom rung of the tallest ladder does not appear on any horizon - and just like so many other songwriters, wondering where our songwriting will take us - so it came as a surprise to receive your call and have a chat - it really felt good. Adrian Green, Derby, England


The whole format of The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers is so much higher than another songwriting organisation I have been with. The Guild offers plenty of help and well-written information. Lesley Deacon, London, England


Firstly, let me say how amazing it was to talk to you today at great length-not just once, but twice! You are a mine of very useful information and I am very grateful that the Guild exists for novices like me. Richard O'Connor , London, England


Thank you for your efficient and prompt reply, this is certainly excellent service! Being a new member and from a foreign country, I am very impressed with your excellent services.  Loretta Rajkumar, Durban, South Africa


Having been a member of The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers for many years I must write to thank you for the continued excellent services you provide to Guild members. The Songwriting and Composing magazines are great. Without your help I may never have been published or received money through royalty distributions from PRS and my publisher. Since being published my songs have been played in the UK on BBC television and radio, independent television, broadcast and performed also in Japan, France and Barbados. Now that is amazing! No-one makes it alone, it is our achievement, all thanks to The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers. Dave Cherrett, Poole, England


I would like to say a big thanks to The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers for the introductory newsmag which you sent to me, as I had contacted another songwriting organisation and never received any reply from them. I am amazed at how much help and assistance you give to newcomers. I was almost on the verge of giving up after four years of lyric songwriting. Graham Byrne, Dundee, Scotland


I very much value the Copyright, intellectual property rights and Assessment services you provide and in trying to improve my own work. All the hard work that you do for songwriters everywhere is appreciated, especially for would-be songwriters such as myself.
Chris Wilkinson, Watford, England


As a songwriter I had a very profitable day on the phone last week, phoning music publishing companies. When I mentioned The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers each one was friendly and enthusiastic. On one call I forgot to mention the Guild and got a very sad, almost rude, response. Obviously, The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers is very well respected and I am proud to be a member. Thanks again and congratulations on your reputation. Arthur Connett, Manchester, England


Many, many thanks for such a speedy response, I'm amazed and delighted with the experience of my first use of the information service

Philippa Hale, Christchurch, Dorset, England


I am very happy songwriter after reading your information and free newsmag, which I have found very helpful in assisting me to make the decision to become a member of The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers. I have had information from other sources but found yours to be the most responsible.  Tito Stewart, London, England


The information and advice The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers offers is invaluable to people like me who know nothing about the complexities of the music business but who enjoy writing songs. Norma Murphy, Hampshire, England


I would like to take this opportunity to praise The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers for all of its good work, services and the friendly telephone manner, which gives me a lot of confidence.  Pamela Agbahor, London, England


I was surprised and delighted to have a songwriters Members Profile in the latest issue of Songwriting and Composing magazine and I am writing to you with my thanks. It is appropriate in any event that you should hear my praise for the Guild, which maintains high standards and fulfils its promises to its members. I was massively encouraged by your comments on my songs and am particularly appreciative of The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers valuable advice and support, which is clearly backed by much experience. Oliver Braithwaite, Oxford, England


Thanks to the Guild of International Songwriters & Composers for all your efforts. 
Eddie Blackstone, Country Recording Artiste, Bristol, England


I wish to say how pleased I am with the response to my listing in the Collaborators section of The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers magazine. I have had several replies which I am most pleased with and am now working in collaboration with other songwriters. Thank you also for the list of instrumental music publishers you sent to me.  Craig Tollis, London, England


I am just writing to thank the Guild for their kind words concerning my last recordings. It has been accepted by www.mp3.com under their DAM (Digitally Automated Music) system, which means that it is being advertised for sale as a CD in its own right on their site. I am already accumulating royalties-all thanks to The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers. I could never, never, ever have achieved what I have without your help. I am truly indebted to you. Anna Hartley, Bristol, England


May I congratulate you on the service you provide to members of The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers. After years of wondering how to break through into the music industry you have provided me with the very guidance I have been looking for. Many thanks indeed. 
James McQueen, Liverpool, England


I have been a member of The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers for three years now and could not be more satisfied with the excellent service.  William Gibson, Leeds, England


Thank you again for your comments on two more songs I sent you last week for the Song Assessment service. I must compliment you on your fast turnaround. Lee Cave-Berry, Cambridge, England


Thank you for reviewing the previous cassette I sent you through your Song Assessment service, your comments were very useful.
John Evans, Warrington, England


I think the songwriting Assessment is an excellent service.  John Streatfield (Media Consultant), Rye, England


I would like to thank you for sending my copyright documents, which arrived safe and sound, and for the help that you have given me over the phone. John Carson, Glasgow, Scotland


As a new member I would like to thank you very much for the excellent songwriting and other information sent to me recently. 
Alan Carpenter, Tenby, Wales


Thank you and the team at The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers for everything that has been done for me and for your assessment of my songs. Please carry on the good work! Alan Jones, Munster, Germany


I am writing to say how pleased I am with The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers Songwriting and Composing magazine. I have read it about six times in two days! Brendan Howe, Ennerskillen, Northern Ireland


I have just had four of my songs accepted by a music publisher, for music publishing, which is terrific news! It was your advice never give up, keep sending your songs to every publisher and you will achieve success in the end, which I feel was a major contributor to my success, because I kept sending my songs to every music publisher and this is the result of heeding your advice. I will always be grateful to The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers for the services and the advice and support it offers. Your encouragement is so important for the aspiring songwriter/composer. Oliver Armstrong, Lisburn, Northern Ireland


Thank you for getting me involved in the publishing world of my music and for the royalty cheques I am now receiving.
James McGrath, South Shields, England


May I once again thank you all at The Guild of international Songwriters & Composers for your invaluable advice and comments regarding my work, which have assisted me in gaining a profusion of publishing deals. Your services have helped turn a hopeful amateur with no direction into a focused professional songwriter on the verge of success. Many, many thanks. Mark Allington, Belper, England


I have now signed a three-year exclusive songwriting deal with a major international music publisher. I wanted to thank you all at The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers for your help and advice and especially for all the long phone calls.
Clare Storey, London, England


It is always a nice surprise to receive my royalty cheques! Thanks very much for all your help and support. 
Simon Hipps, Prestwich, England


I would like to thank you all at The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers for your help in getting me some very good songwriting collaborators to work with. Your service to people such as myself with little finances is invaluable. People in my position cannot afford to pay people to put music to lyrics but through the Guild and your magazines we meet people who are happy to collaborate on a songwriting partnership and charge nothing. Everyone who I have met through The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers are very honest people.  
Helen Cooper, Kingston, England


I have pleasure in returning my membership renewal for another year of continued membership with The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers. I would like to say that I have gained some good information from my membership with the Guild and am happy to continue being a part of it. Tone Jarvis, London, England


May I thank you at The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers for all the help I have been given over the years. The Guild really is an excellent songwriting organisation for. John Black, Edinburgh, Scotland


Sincere thanks for all the help received through the Guild and for an exceptionally enjoyable time writing my songs and instrumental themes. The success I have achieved since joing The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers and signing my music publishing deals is unbelievable! Barbara Mulree, Co Down, Northern Ireland


I think you are doing a great job at The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers. I always look forward to receiving the Guilds Songwriting and Composing magazine and I have made some good songwriting friends through the Guild. You provide an invaluable service. 
Robert Browning, Hayes, England


Thank you for your guidance. Without being a member of The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers, I would have done nothing. Thank you for helping me to improve my songs. Kay Sole, Towcester, England


I find that you all at The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers seem to be a better organised organisation than others I have joined. I am looking forward to a long relationship and to spread the word. Steve Massey, New South Wales, Australia


I would like to mention that I have been offered a music publishing deal thanks to you all at The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers. Thanks also for the brilliant demo recorded by SCAMP Studios, who you recommended. Thank you for your excellent and prompt services. 
Tony Beeching, Telford, England


I am absolutely delighted with the demo you made for me of my song. My compliments to the vocalist and instrumentalists for nice touches and a confident rendition.  Martin Heath, London, England


Having only recently joined The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers. I should just like to say that when I spoke to you last week regarding which music publishing companies to send my material to, I found you polite, friendly and interested. Genuinely refreshing, keep it up! Bill Gordon, Merseyside, England


I take this opportunity to thank you for not only your useful services but answers to my queries. Jack Tait, Isle of Wight, England


Many thanks for your last songwriting assessment, I do learn a little bit more with every one of them. Haydn Williams, Swansea, Wales


On a general note, I would like to congratulate everyone in The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers for the Songwriting and Composing magazine, which is full of useful advice and information and for providing all the services that you do all for a very low annual fee. 
Mark Allcorn, Horam, England


We find The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers Copyright/intellectual property rights and Assessment services very useful and we are extremely grateful that services like these exist.  Diane and Joseph Wharton, Merseyside, England


I would like to say thank The Guild for the Songwriting and Composing magazine which you publish and to say how helpful I have found all the other songwriting literature you sent with my membership pack. It is like coming out of the darkness into the light. 
Neville Wall, Bridlington, England


I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I am to have discovered such a wonderful organisation as The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers. At last, somebody who understands. David Cotterill, Birmingham, England


I am writing to thank you for all the advice and help which you give with my songwriting. The excellent news is that through your help I have now got a music publisher. Richard Richardson, Keswick, England


Thanks once again for the swift response with the song assessment and copyrighting/intellectual property rights. I feel that the assessments are again fair and highlight my strengths and weaknesses accurately and consistently. Seve Holse, Walsall, England


May I take this opportunity to say how very satisfied I am with the services of The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers. Another songwriting organisation in comparison is hopeless. I am, therefore, no longer a member of this other songwriting organisation for that very reason. Peter Glyde, Swadlincote, England.


Thanks to the quality of the demo made through the Guild I have just secured a music publishing / recording deal. 
Ray Corrigan, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England


The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers Copyright Service and the Copyright, intellectual property rights and Trademarks information which you sent to me has proven to be of extreme benefit in adequately safeguarding a copyright to my compositions and thus safeguarding my material from a possible threat later on in my compositional career. Nathaniel Rodriques, Sutton, England


I found the membership package very helpful and the services The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers offers are fantastic. It is great to have the knowledge that songwriters  interests are being looked after. Jane Besser, Cambridge, England


I have been contacted by a music publisher and he has agreed to take my songs on board. I am very excited about this and cannot thank you all at the Guild enough.  Anne Jamieson, Middlesex, England


I feel I should write and share my joy, which at the moment knows no bounds, with you and to also thank you for giving me a professional start and for your invaluable time. I have now secured a music publishing deal-all thanks to being a member of The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers. Lola Akideinde, Letchworth, England


It has been the best thing I have done in becoming a member of The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers. It has given me the push to keep songwriting and promoting my works.  Andy Meads, Kettering, England


Thank you to you and your staff at The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers for the fantastic demo tapes I received of my songs. The production, presentation and professionalism of the package surpassed all my expectations, impressing not only myself, my wife and my mum-in-law but most importantly my teenage CD-buying daughter and young son, who thought I was playing a Stereophonics tape. Please extend my thanks to your wonderful musicians and studio staff for putting me on the right road for that elusive music publishing deal. 
Peter Morgan, Milton Keynes, England


I would like to take this opportunity to comment on the excellent nature of The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers Songwriting and Composing magazine and to the high quality information and songwriting advice that it contains. I have secured a music publishing deal. Well done and keep up the good work! John Crewdson, Bradford, England


Many, many thanks to the Guild for making me feel I am not writing in a vacuum! I just wish I was ten years younger and had perfect pitch! 
Rachel Hannah, Malvern, England


I would like to take this moment to say thank you. Without The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers help I would not have had a chance for someone to turn my lyrics into a song. Thank you once again. Steven Wright, Hitchin, England


Your Assessment service at the Guild is invaluable, it is so good to be able to have the advice of true pros. So thank you, you are doing a marvellous job.  Sharon Dexter, Birmingham, England


I would like to say what a wonderful job The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers are doing. I just wish there were more people like you out there in the music business. Life would be much easier for us songwriters. Wendy Alamouti, London, England


Having received my membership pack, I write to tell you how happy I am with all the services the Guild offers. As a songwriter I will be using the Assessment and Copyright/intellectual property rights registration services straight away. 
Stephen Lubega Balyejjusa (Institute of Teacher Education, Kyambogo), Kampala, Uganda, Africa


We have just signed the song the Guild demoed for us to a music publishing company in Germany and it is to be released on a commercial recording. Our thanks for the demo, which enabled us to promote the song and secure this deal.
Leo McSorley, West Midlands, England.


I would like to express my sincere thanks for the two-page article about myself as a songwriter, which appeared as a Members Profile in The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers Songwriting and Composing magazine. The article has generated interest among other Guild members and the response is very much appreciated. Once again, my thanks to all at The Guild of International Songwriters and Composers. 
Alan Hammond, Scarborough, England


I would like to thank the Guild for yet another excellent song assessment. I have always had faith in my music but I never expected such a good response. Keith Brettwood, London, England


Thank you for your great organisation and the services it offers to songwriters. I find the Songwriting & Composing magazines very helpful and really interesting. It is also good to know that The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers are there when we need you. 
Warren Palmer, Middlesex, England


Dear Guild. Re: my song 'I'll Not Forget' which you recently demoed - I have played it among my friends and there are a lot of favourable comments about the girl singer performing it. Please would like to pass these compliments, along with mine, on to the girl singer and all at SCAMP for such a wonderful demo and recording. Another song of mine which you demoed is: 'When You're Round This Way Again' - which I entered in a song contest, the results of this will be announced at a 'ceremony' 19th.October 2006 - the local Press and Radio will also be there. and I have been invited to the event. I will certainly will be recommending the Guild to the other songwriters there. Regards.  Gordon Harper, Stevenage, England


Got your member pack today, quicker than expected - thanks. I have to compliment you on a very clear and succinct set of information - very nice to have - a great start. Thanks. Jon Allen Belgium


 I am writing to say its been good to Join the guild, and thank you for the magazines you sent me. They have helped me understand a lot more about song writing, after spending all my life working on live shows behind the scenes back stage ect, and writing all my life on scraps of paper and then losing them. Then came the iphone some weeks I put down 28 song poems and sometimes 7 a week, but had no idea how to progress forward. I have learnt a lot from the magaines you have sent me. Many thanks. Paul Bayliss, Birmingham, England


From what I have read so far, your organization is what I have been looking for, for over forty years, an organization that I never imagined I would ever find. You have given me all the tools I require to finally reach the goal I have been endeavoring to reach during all those years, and I can not thank you enough for your help. It will be a real pleasure to work with you. Michael Morris, Canada


Thank you very much for the information which you kindly sent me last week and also the very helpful telephone chat.
Emma Winscom Worcester, England, UK

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