JOIN OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP

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.

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LIMITED MEMBERSHIPS

For applicants outside the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles or New York, or for students 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.

REGULAR MEMBERSHIPS

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

SPONSOR MEMBERSHIPS

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.

REQUIRED CREDITS FOR REGULAR MEMBERSHIPS

Film Composers: One (1) motion picture credit (unreleased films count) or four (4) "additional music by" credits or 20 minutes of cue sheet credit from any number of films. May be combined with TV credits for total minutes.

Television Composers: One (1) episode or TV movie credit on free to air or subscription TV (pilots count) or 20 minutes of cue sheet credit from any number of shows. May be combined with motion picture credits for total minutes.

Songwriters/Lyricists: One (1) source or featured song placed in a motion picture, television program or video game.

Game Composers: An aggregate of 30 minutes of original music composed for any number of released titles. Only games that contain recorded music will be considered for eligibility.

Musical Theater Composers/Lyricists: At least 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.

Commercial and trailer composers with appropriate credits are welcome to apply for membership.

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

No portion of membership dues is used for political lobbying.