THE SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS & LYRICISTS (SCL) is the primary organization for professional film, television, video game, and musical theatre composers and lyricists with a distinguished 76-year history in the fine art of creating music for visual media.

Today, SCL members enjoy the camaraderie of composers and lyricists at diverse stages of their careers. Students and patron sponsors supportive of our professional work are also welcomed. In addition to our advocacy efforts on behalf of our profession, we foster a sense of community among our members by providing information on a variety of subjects, including the creative, financial, technical, and contractual aspects of writing music for film, television, video games and theatre.

The SCL actively strives for improvements in the workplace and working conditions of the musically creative, through an ongoing dialogue with experienced and acknowledged leaders of the global composer and songwriter community.

All paid memberships are annual and auto-renew by default; auto-renewal may be deactivated at any time, and a member may choose to upgrade membership levels from the Manage Account  page, at prorated rates.

Whether you are a professional composer or songwriter, or simply have aspirations in that direction, we invite you to consider membership with the Society of Composers & Lyricists. Our various membership offerings are detailed below.



Limited Memberships are for members in one of two particular categories:

  • Applicants outside the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York or Nashville, or those who are unable to attend in-person events.
  • Applicants who do not yet have the credits for Regular Memberships but who are actively working towards their film, TV, game, or musical theater credits to qualify for Regular Membership.

These membership levels do not include any voting privileges, except for Associate/Student Membership which qualifies for voting for the David Raksin Award for Emerging Talent in the SCL Awards.

If you represent an institution of higher education, please visit our Institutional Membership page for details on special offerings.


For composers, lyricists, and songwriters with the required credits. These membership levels include voting privileges for the SCL Awards and the Board of Directors.


For industry professionals involved in the film, TV, game, and musical theater industries, including music executives, music supervisors, music editors, musicians, agents, attorneys, and managers. These membership levels do not include voting privileges.


Film/TV/Streaming Composers: At least one (1) commercially released audiovisual production with a minimum of 20 minutes of cue sheet-credited original music. A festival performance does not automatically qualify as a commercial release.

Songwriters/Lyricists: At least one (1) source or featured song placed in a commercially released motion picture, television program or video game. Other forms of visual media will be considered.

Game Composers: At least one (1) commercially released game with a minimum of 20 minutes of credited original music.

Musical Theater Composers/Lyricists: At least one (1) professional, fully staged Actors Equity Association production at an Equity-based and approved regional theatre in the U.S., including productions off-Broadway and Broadway. Composer/lyricist must have received compensation and had a professional run in front of a paying audience.

Music creators for commercials, trailers, theme parks or other platforms where music accompanies visual media are welcome to apply for membership and will be considered on a case by case basis.

The SCL reserves the right to revise member privileges or requirements at any time.

No portion of membership dues is used for political lobbying.