Dallas Songwriters Association

A nonprofit organization

The songwriter group originated within the Texas Music Association in the early 1980's. This group of writers met together the first Monday of every month to critique one another's writing, share information and promote the craft of songwriting. In 1987, the Dallas Songwriters Association was formally established, and in 1990, the Association became a separate entity from the Texas Music Association as a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to providing information about the craft and business of songwriting.

Published or unpublished, with cuts or without, no matter what style of music, our membership includes writers of all ages. We strive to learn from one another and encourage each other to stretch our musical and creative boundaries. We also encourage each other to achieve our goals as songwriters, while creating community awareness.

Monthly Meetings which feature guest speakers from all fields of the music industry and critique sessions to give honest, creative, and helpful advice on improving writing style and technique. Showcases and Open Mics designed to promote, not only our songwriters as writers, but performers as well which feature artists performing original songs from all musical styles and cultural backgrounds. Periodically other various functions are sponsored or co-sponsored by DSA. Seminars and Workshops throughout the year which feature faculty from major educational institutions, respected industry businesses, and aware winning songwriters. Songwriters Notes, a newsletter which features local, national, and international information valuable to songwriters. Song & Lyric Contests which provide an opportunity to award prizes and scholarships to songwriters. Social interaction and networking with other arts related organizations and industry professionals. Many of these activities have been sponsored or co-sponsored by local and national music industry businesses.

Our Needs

DSA needs:
Funds to support the after school songwriting program for teens.
Funds for our Hall of Fame Program which honors songwriters from the North Texas Area.
Funds to maintain our website
Fund to secure teachers for our workshops
Public Relations


Enhance the personal growth and professionalism of our members through the following means:

Provide practical guidance on common standards and expectations within the music industry.

Sharpen required competencies for excelling in the songwriting profession.

Serve as a forum for networking among peers and with industry experts to generate career opportunities.

Serve as a nonpolitical advocate for songwriters and performers in liaison with peer organizations throughout the country.

Organization Data


Organization name

Dallas Songwriters Association

Tax id (EIN)




Arts, Culture & Humanities, Community Improvement, Education - Career Prep

Operating Budget

Less than $100,000

Counties Served



3630 Harry Hines #20
Dallas, TX 75219