The ISA - The International Songwriters Association started life in Limerick City, Ireland, in October 1967, with members in just one country - Ireland. In October 2007, it had members in more than sixty countries worldwide.
The first publication, NSM or New Songwriters Monthly (soon after re-named The Songwriter) was published in October 1967 and continued to be published in printed format until 2007, when all ISA publicarions went online only.
The International Songwriters Association's website went online for the first time in 1998, and at 3.54pm on the 18th October 2016 (our 49th birthday), while totally sober, we used StatCounter to take a snapshot of those songwriters viewing the site at that very moment. Then we went back to devouring the cake. It has been alleged that one or two people may have even had a second glass of wine, but given our abstemiousness, that is quite clearly fiction.
Pictured below are Jim Liddane, who founded both the International Songwriters Association and Songwriter Magazine as well as co-founding one of Ireland's first commercial radio stations, and Anna Sinden, the ISA's original Director of Membership.
Contributing Editors have included such award-winning writers as Harvey Rachlin (USA), author of such books as 'The Songwriter's Handbook' and 'The Encyclopedia of the Music Business', Larry Wayne Clark (Canada) whose songs have been recorded by such country stars as Chris Young, Lee Greenwood and The Statler Brothers, Patricia Knapton (UK), author of 'From My Heart To Yours' and 'Promise' as well as the musical 'Bella', and Sheridan Morley (UK), whose many books include the best-sellers 'A Talent To Amuse: A Biography of Noël Coward', 'Other Side Of The Moon: The Life Of David Niven' and 'Odd Man Out: The Life of James Mason' as well as a biography of his father, actor Robert Morley, titled 'Robert My Father'.
From left: Jim Liddane (Controller Of Programs, Company Secretary and Co-Founder of Radio Limerick One Ltd and Chairman & CEO of the International Songwriters Association); His Honour Judge Seamus Henchy of the Supreme Court (Chairman Independent Radio & Televison Commission): Jim Wallace (Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Radio Limerick One Ltd): and Paul Appleby (Secretary-General of IRTC The Independent Radio & Televison Commission). Pictured at the awarding of the first Commercial Radio Licence for the Limerick area.
The ISA flagship The Songwriter (originally called New Songwriters Monthly) was founded in 1967 with Jim Liddane as its first editor. Early contributors included John Cosgrove, Gerald Mahlowe, Jim Birmingham and Bill Miller. Since 1967, it has interviewed more than 300 professional songwriters, and published hundreds of articles on such subjects as copyright, royalties, promotion, song structures, contracts, music publishing, song contests, recording techniques, online presence etc. Songwriter Update (monthly) and Songwriter Newsflash (occasional), along with Songwriter Yearbook complete the International Songwriters Association catalogue, while the book Selling Your Songs by Jim Liddane, and Directory Of Recording Stars are also ISA publications.
Jim Liddane, who founded both the International Songwriters Association and Songwriter Magazine.writes....
"When the International Songwriters Association was founded, one of our ambitions was to locate and interview as many of the world's legendary songwriters as we could, and in particular those non-performing writers who had penned some of world's best loved tunes, but whose own lives and indeed songwriting careers, remained a total mystery to the general public.
Since then, we have managed to meet with and interview quite literally hundreds of tunesmiths, many of whom had never been spoken to before by any other publication or any other organisation.
In doing so, we have been privileged to talk with some of the wonderful people whom we have admired for so long and to keep their stories and achievements alive, and in their own words".
Below is just a tiny selection of the people who have been profiled by the International Songwriters Association over the years, either as songwriters or as songwriter-publishers.
Gene Pitney, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sonny Curtis and Barry Mason
Andrew Gold, Bill Anderson, Bill Martin and Bill Whelan
Billy Joel, Boudleaux Bryant, Bruce Welch and Chris deBurgh
Doc Pomus, Don McLean, Don Wayne and Allan Rich
Eddie Rabbitt, George Harrison, Gordon Lightfoot and Hal David
Hal Shaper, Hank Cochran, Harlan Howard and Jack Clement
Janis Ian, Jerry Leiber, John D Loudermilk and Buck Ram
Johnny Marks, Julie Gold, Kris Kristofferson and Larry Henley
Lionel Bart, Marijohn Wilkin, Merle Kilgore and Mike Batt
Mitch Murray, Tom Paxton, Tony Hatch and Vivian Ellis
Mort Shuman, Norman Petty, Reg Presley and Les Reed
Neil Diamond, Mel Tillis, Chip Taylor and Richard Addrisi
Stephen Schwartz, Jerry Reed, Ron Miller and Tom T Hall
Dallas Frazier, Dickey Lee, Keith Stegall and Roger Murrah
Wayland Holyfield, Allen Reynolds, Roger Hodgson and Roger Cook
And many, many more......
ISA • International Songwriters Association (1967)