The Songwriters Guild of America, LA
The SGA will look over a single song contract and let you know what you are signing before you sign it. The Guild has lower rates for all Guild members on all SGA classes. Plus there are free events that are available to SGA members only (ASK-A-PRO, networking parties, etc.). Their main purpose is to collect mechanical royalties for it's members under the basic Royalties Collection Plan.
Ventura County Songwriters Association
The Ventura County Songwriters Association's mission is to help aspiring songwriters find the help they need through other resources throughout the county and the southland.
Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)
Established in 1967, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriter’s trade organization dedicated to serving songwriters of all genres of music. We are your advocate and we help you meet your dreams. For serious, aspiring songwriters, NSAI operates workshops in over 100 cities throughout the U.S. and three other countries to help you further your craft and understanding of the music business. Throughout the year, NSAI presents several educational retreats, from our Songwriter’s Symposium including small group song evaluations with Music Row publishers, to our Song Camps program featuring one-on-one evaluations with award-winning, professional songwriters. What’s more, our unique Song Evaluation Service provides NSAI members the opportunity to send in songs for verbal critiques from professional, published songwriters – a service unparalleled in feedback and value! For professional songwriters, NSAI serves as your advocate to protect your pocketbook. In recent months, we have successfully argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court keeping an additional 20 years on the term of your copyrights and we have helped to stop a compulsory license bill saving millions in songwriter royalties. Presently, NSAI is working to change antiquated tax laws that unfairly impact songwriter’s income. In addition, through NSAI’s ongoing ProSeries events, we provide information ranging from health insurance for songwriters to recapturing your copyrights; plus, we create song pitching and networking opportunities by regularly hosting A&R staffs of record labels. "It all begins with a song.
SONGMAKERS is a Southern California organization of singers and musicians devoted to the enjoyment and support of traditional and contemporary folk and other forms of homemade and acoustic music.
Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) - Orange County Chapter
The Orange County chapter is made up of extremely nice people who have become friends and support each other. There is a lot of collaboration and when one person excels in a specific area, they help the others. Our focus is to help our group grow to be the best writers they can be. We would love nothing more than for each person to reach their goals. Watch out Nashville, you are going to see some great songwriters coming out of Orange County, California! Orange County area songwriters meet on select Sundays at Woodbridge High School.
As a successful singer-songwriter, Barnette has had songs recorded by and / or written with some of Nashville’s hottest writers and artists, including:
Shelby Lynn – Grammy Award winning artist
John Berry – CMA Award winning artist
CBS Television Movie-of-the-Week
“Another Pair of Aces,” starring Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson
Some of the top hit songwriters Barnette has written with are:
Larry Butler - "Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song"
John Ford Coley- "Nights Are Forever Without You"
Jimbeau Hinson – “Party Crowd”
John Ims – “She’s In Love With The Boy”
Paul Jefferson- "Close As I Get To Loving You"
Casey Kelly- "Still"
Jim McBride – “Chattahoochie”
Jerry Vandiver – “For A Little While”
David Vincent Williams – “I’m Movin’ On”
Kim Williams – “Ain’t Going Down Til The Sun Comes Up”
Barnette also lends his expertise…
Moderator and guest speaker for the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), Nashville Thursday Night Seminar
Active in NSAI’s Adopt-a-Shop Program, mentoring workshops throughout the country, Teacher for the Songwriter’s Guild of America (SGA).
Judge for The John Lennon Songwriting Contest and New Aspiring Songwriter’s Contest
Michael Allen gives monthly workshops to held at the SGA Hollywood office which emphasizes basic songwriting techniques.