The Society of Composers & Lyricists has voted to join the Music Creators of North America, alongside the Songwriters Guild of America, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, the Songwriters Association of Canada and la Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec.
The SCL will now be party to the Fair Trade Music agreement which was signed at the recent World Creators Conference in Washington DC by the MCNA, ECSA (European Composer and Songwriters Alliance), CIAM (International Council of Creators of Music), PACSA (Pan African Composers and Songwriters Alliance) and ALCAM (Alliance of Latin American Creators of Music) creating a network of independent alliances. This association will also give the SCL a voice at CISAC (International Confederation of Authors and Composers) the leading worldwide network of authors' societies.
"There are many issues on the horizon that will directly affect music creators, not the least of which is the impending rewriting of the US Copyright Act, the threat of direct licensing and the implementation of the Global Repertoire Database," said SCL President Ashley Irwin. "As the premier organization representing music creators in film, TV and other visual media in the USA, the SCL looks forward to joining with the other members of the MCNA and the larger network of music creators in confronting the licensing and legislative issues as they continue to impact our community".