About Songsalive!

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.     
 - Johann Goethe (1749-1832)

Songsalive!® is the largest international non-profit membership organization and social community for songwriters and composers, since 1997. Songsalive! is a is a grassroots, philanthropic, volunteer managed charity organization run by songwriters for songwriters and is dedicated to nurturing, support, education and promotion of songwriters and composers worldwide. Through our grassroots international efforts, we’ve put a stamp on what “global community” truly is and it’s the type of community that is definitely needed in this ever changing music business where songwriting can be a very isolating experience and career.

We provide a "home", a family, for songwriters and composers through our programs, resources, community and support, all focused on the art and business of songwriting. It acts as an epicenter, a heart of the international songwriting community and music markets, bridging the gaps, tapping songwriters into the pulse of the business and at the same time giving them and their music the support they deserve. Through Songsalive!, songs and songwriters can be accessed by the whole world and when the hunt is on, Songsalive! is a one-stop song shop!

Songsalive! gives life to songs, provides opportunities for collaboration, creates awareness about original music, promotes and educates through an amazing network of programs providing access between songwriters and music business professionals. Publishing companies, record companies, venues, managers, producers, schools, the wider media and music associations are always teaming up with us to create the chain of support and networking.

We run our own programs, support, and events for songwriters and composers, and also act as an umbrella, or a link in the chain, for songwriters to know and find out other events, resources and support centers for them, globally.

Our Mission is to "Encourage and foster all genres of original music and song expression within our songwriters' communities, in order to support and promote songwriters and composers worldwide, through critique workshops, showcases, events, educational seminars, conferences, and programs with continued development, annual reviews and expansion." (See our constitution here)

Songsalive! is a fully Incorporated Non-Profit Company - 501)c)3 Public Benefit Educational Charity; and California State and USA Federal Tax Non Exempt Status. Songsalive! is a Registered Trademark


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Our Programs

Our Programs start with the core songwriting Critique Workshops (featuring special music industry guest speakers); and performance Showcases (to provide a platform of members' original music to be heard); We also provide Songcamps (co-writing retreats); Songcollab (providing opportunities for songwriters from different nations to colloborate and network); and Songstudio (educational workshops on recording plus access to studios & producers).

More programs include Songcraft,  Online Song critiques; CD Sampler compilations Get Promoted and Songsalive! Songwriter Of The Year Award.

Read about all our Programs here


Co-founded by Gilli Moon and Roxanne Kiely, Songsalive! was officially launched on June 4, 1997 in Sydney, Australia, as a voluntary not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the nurturing, support, promotion and exposure of Australian songwriters to the world’s music markets. Since its beginnings, Songsalive! has been run by songwriters for songwriters, acting as an epicenter, a heart, of the songwriting business in Australia and bridges the gaps between national and international songwriting opportunities.

The success of the organization in Australia led Gilli Moon to take the Songsalive! concept to the United States in 1999 where she built an International volunteer team and resulting in a string of chapters through the U.S.A (LA, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Phoenix, Austin, Canada (Calgary, Vancouver) and Europe (Amsterdam, London). Meanwhile, Roxanne Kiely continued to lead the Australian chapters.

One of the driving events behind Songsalive!'s International success was Gilli Moon's Songsalive! Expo in 2002, (co-produced with Jimi Yamagishi and Paul Lawrence Moyer) at UCLA, Los Angeles, attracting 1000 songwriters and music industry representatives together over a packed 2 day weekend of songwriting panels, workshops, exhibitions, showcases and a songcamp.

In 2007, Gilli was invited to speak by Koda to a group of elite songwriters and songwriting clubs in Denmark, from which inspired a chapter in Scandinavia; as well as her motivational speaking at music conferences (she is also an artist, songwriter, author and speaker), brought new Chapter start up interest from even further global reaches: Papua New Guinea, Toronto CA and South Africa (currently in development).

In May 2011, Songsalive! Australia, a new autonomous organization, under Roxanne Kiely's and Stephen Kiely's direction was created, to cater exclusively to the Australian market. Songsalive! will continue to cater to the benefit of Australian songwriters traveling or wishing to pursue their music careers abroad, through specialized programs we can offer them but are encouraged to join the new Songsalive! Australia for regional support.

Songsalive! continues to be overseen by Gilli Moon as President, based in Los Angeles CA, and Mary Lemanski, Director of Operations, based in Chicago IL; plus our hard working volunteer team spread across the USA, Canada and Europe. See our Team here.


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