SAA grew from the BMI Contemporary Songwriter Workshop founded by Samantha Cox, Assistant VP/Writer-Publisher Relations at Broadcast Music, Inc.; Charlie Feldman, Vice President/Writer-Publisher Relations at BMI; and instructor Billy Seidman in 2000. 

Historically, music publishers took on the job of training promising composers to hone their talents within a bull pen of superstar, mid-level, and developing writers, all learning and growing from each other's experience.

As that model became a thing of the past, a new one relevant to today's music scene was needed. Some 14 years later, the BMI Contemporary Songwriter Workshop is still going strong. Demand has grown faster than the workshop could accommodate, and that's why the Song Arts Academy was launched. Here's an overview of our programs:

The Songwriters Workshop Intesive is based on the BMI Model, and is designed to teach those who want to write better songs a new vocabulary for how to listen to them. To achieve this, we use a unique critiquing system, giving writers definitive insight into what drives a song and what emotion is literally at its heart. By learning this critiquing system and the songcraft/decision-making process of the world's greatest songwriters, workshop participants quickly see new directions in which to take their ideas and apply them to their own songs.

The Basic offers a weekly writing assignment designed to "Grow your Ears" and sensitivity. After 4-5 weeks, you'll understand organically so much more about how the songs you love are constructed, and how to construct your own.

The Advanced Writers Forum is for working music pros and graduates of the Basic. It's a forum for continued growth, for networking, collaborating with peers, for road testing songs before recording them, and for finding resources from attorneys, producers, collaborators, musicians, studios, and others. The Forum includes visits from industry wigs, stimulating assignments, and a live show to play songs written during the course.

Both the Workshop Intensive and the Advanced Writers Forum run five weeks, meeting 2 1/2 hours each week. The cost is $275.00 for the course. Apply Here. The current schedule of classes is on our home page, click here. All classes fill up super fast so act now to secure your spot and qualify for the discount.

SAA also offers Vocal and Performance Training, Contemporary Music Producing and Arranging, and Master Classes in Music for Advertising. Click here for schedules and details about these classes.

The SAA Scholarship/mentor program is called Friends of SAA. Friends listen to writers' music and review lyrics, pictures, profiles and links posted on our site. If they like what they hear, Friends can choose to make a sponsorship donation. Writers wanting to be considered, Click here. Tell us about yourself and your music, and perhaps one of our Friends will dig your music and vibe with the support of an SAA scholarship donation.

Thanks for getting acquainted with SAA; we look forward to hearing any thoughts or comments about our programs, staff, or any questions.

Wishing you great success in your writing and careers, and remember: Aim high and have fun!


Billy Seidman - Founder