Non-profit organization serving songwriters and composers worldwide

aka Songsalive!   |   Sherman Oaks, CA   |
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EIN: 54-2095318


Songsalive! is the largest international non-profit membership organization and social community for songwriters and composers, since 1997. Songsalive! is run by volunteer songwriters for songwriters and is dedicated to nurturing, support, education and promotion of songwriters and composers worldwide.

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Ms. Gilli Moon (nee Aliotti)

Main address

5748 Tobias Ave

Sherman Oaks, CA 91411 USA

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Subject area info


Education services

Business and industry

Population served info


Artists and performers

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Professional Societies, Associations (Y03)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Continued membership growth is important to us, but we serve songwriters who struggle financially to contribute to a membership organization.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


Open to all songwriters, composers, musicians, singers and music lovers, this is your chance to develop your songwriting in a supportive and intimate environment, meet invaluable music industry experts, network with fellow members, and be part of your local songwriters community.

Come to regular Songsalive! song critique workshops and develop collaborations, meet industry guests, showcase and gain feedback for your songs and music in a professional and supportive environment. The Songsalive! workshops are open to all songwriters and music composers of all levels and music genres (preference is given to Pro members for critique, and we encourage everyone to join Songsalive! to maximize your opportunities with us).

The first half is solely dedicated to an in-the-round critique workshop where writers present one song each - either on tape, CD (sometimes iPod) or live - with feedback and critique given by a guest speaker or the Songsalive! moderator (who in-turn allows some comments from attendees also).

The second half is dedicated to an Music Industry educational and informative discussion/talk, often with a guest speaker, and plenty of time to talk and network. Our guest speakers represent all facets of the industry from A&R, publishers, successful producers, CD production and distribution execs and, of course, writers and composer who share their ideas, tips & techniques on all aspects of the songwriting craft.

Some topics include song structure, song production, lyric writing, finding inspiration, songs and the media, promoting your music online, how to tour, how to get songs in film and television, performing at your best.

Our workshops are designed for songwriters and composers (from budding to professional) who have written songs, or are in the songwriting stage, who want to further their craft, gain feedback on their music, and potentially get their songs out to the world. However, we also have singers, musicians, and non music types who attend as it's a great networking opportunity (singers looking for songwriters, or musicians looking for songs, as examples).

The goals of the workshop are about:
1) the SONG and making it the best it can be
2) providing a community for our members to gather, network, collaborate and learn.

Population(s) Served

Featuring talented songwriters from around the globe, the Songsalive! Showcases are the best industry secret, a great happening all around the world.

very cozy, intimate and acoustic environment.
media and music industry representatives often drop by to check out the latest talent.
conducted globally.
quality entertainment songwriter performances.

Anyone can attend our showcases and we encourage you to come listen to our musical gems.​

Locations: Songsalive! hosts various showcases in various capital cities around the world.

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Songsalive! conducts Songsalive! Songcamps in interesting locations bringing songwriters together for an intensive co-writing session, critique segment and performance. We also conduct various seminars, workshops, weekend retreats and seminars to educate, support, promote and expose songwriters and their songs. Impactful, educational and result driven session that includes songwriting critiques followed by intensive, fast, co-writing sessions with songwriters you've never met.

Result: brand new, fabulous songs
new songwriting relationships
learning the art of positive cooperation and co-writing

Songsalive! conducts an all-day (or half day), high powered, focused songwriting camp where songwriters and composers can gain valuable feedback on their music and collaborate in co-writing with other writers under the guidance of special Songsalive! songwriter mentors.

Songsalive! presents a critique workshop in the first half with a lunch break, followed by an intensive co-writing session where songwriters are split into groups under the guidance of mentors. They are then asked to write a song in a short time period (from 1-3 hours). The Songsalive! Songcamp has been designed after many journeys, learnings and collective thought by Songsalive! president, Gilli Moon.

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Songsalive! SongCollab is an opportunity for Pro Members to work/collaborate with other Songsalive! members from different nations on new song ideas and music projects.

Songsalive! continues to offer programs focused on songwriters and composers who tour overseas or wish to pursue their music careers abroad (we effectively become their “door stop to the world”), offering support, resources, contacts, music industry networking opportunities, performance and touring, co-writing, collaborations and learning workshops.

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Songsalive! Song Critique helps from the ideas stage - working out the songs and the demo - right through to finished "radio-friendly" master - who to send to and how. We help with lyrics, rhyming schemes, song structure, melody, production, and where to pitch, promote and release your song! We accept songs of ALL GENRES, plus instrumentals, plus lyrics only submissions.

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Songsalive!, the largest internationally based non-profit organization supporting, promoting and educating songwriters and composers, has created CD Samplers since 1997 as a platform to showcase songwriters and their songs to the world. Every year, our CD Samplers have attracted songwriters from the four corners of the globe.

*It's all about the songwriter and the song*

exposure of great songwriting talent and songs to the world's music markets.
a way for songwriters and the music industry to connect directly with no middleman.
a unique promotion of independent songwriters seeking placement of their songs, rather than 'artists' seeking fame.

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Pitch your songs to films, TV shows and artists looking for songs.

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As part of our non-profit mission, we are an educational organization. Here you can increase your learning of the craft and business of songwriting, and maximize your career.

Read Articles about songwriting and the music business.
Absorb our latest news on our Blog, with a digest of informative reading and opportunities.
Learn from the Masters through Songsalive! Songcraft videos and one on one mentoring sessions.
Get a song critique or album review and learn the secrets of creating that "hit" song or album.
Get personal support and consultancy, and steer your career in the right direction.
Attend a Workshop in your area and receive feedback on your songs, plus meet industry guests (see Events)
Downloads (Tools and Docs) - Need co-writing agreements, music licensing, publishing, recording contracts or any legal agreements related to your music business? Then find them here

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There are several ways to connect with other members through our community.

1. Create a LIVE CHAT - invite another member to join you into the chat room and have a live chat. Check it out.

2. Discuss various topics in the SONGCHAT discussions. Check it out.

3. Join the "SONGCOLLAB" Group for those who want to collaborate on writing songs with others. Check it out

4. CONNECT WITH MEMBERS directly. Visit other members' profiles and send messages or comment on their profile. This is a great way to meet other songwriters whether in your area or globally. Go to the Members page to get started

5. Find members in your local area: FIND A CHAPTER - Join the Chapter Group online and discover what EVENTS are taking place in your local community.

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The CHOSEN RECIPIENT (1) of the 2015 Songsalive! Songwriter Of The Year Award will be selected carefully by a handful of judges and team, and WILL BE ANNOUNCED at our End of Year Holiday Party Los Angeles. See our events page for more info. We hope you can attend the night and hear who will have been chosen.

We base this prestigious award on this criteria:

Has hit songs - timely and strong radio friendly songs that are ready for the world's music markets or has been deemed as world-class.

Can provide a track record of career successes with one's music but not necessarily commercial success.

Shows exemplary talent and commitment to ones art of writing songs.

Shows a long standing drive and commitment to one's own business career.

Exemplary member of Songsalive! who shows commitment to our community and programs over time. (Yes you must be a Pro Member of Songsalive! Check your membership status at or email [email protected])

Shown commitment and dedication to the broader songwriting community at large and offers something beyond just oneself.

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Since 1997, Songsalive! is the largest international non-profit membership organization and social community for songwriters and composers. We are dedicated to the nurturing, support, education and promotion of songwriters and composers worldwide. Songsalive! Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization under the terms of Section 501 (c) (3) of the US Internal Revenue Code, in the USA, run by volunteer songwriters (plus a few important people), for songwriters.

For Songwriters: Your Membership provides important songwriting craft and business programs and services that are often lacked in the music business, and definitely not all in one place. We have it all here, for you, and we've been doing it for over 16 years. As a pro member, you have access to all our programs, as well as from our partners at immense discounts. Songsalive! provides an amazing list opportunities for serious songwriters and composers who are dedicated to their careers.

For Singers and Artists: Your Membership provides same access as above, but you can find the songs and songwriters you're looking for, collaborate with others, and gain valuable music business advice and information.

For Music Industry: Your Membership provides you unparalleled access to over 4,000 members and their songs around the word, plus access to advertising, promotion and connection to over 25,000 through our social community and lists.

We are a non-profit charity organization and your membership is tax deductible!

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Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Aim: Songsalive! is an organization, acting non-profit, dedicated to the nurturing, support, promotion, exposure and education of songwriters and composers to the world's music markets. We coin it 'GIVE LIFE TO SONG'.
Mission: Encourage and foster all genres of original music and song expression within our songwriters' communities, in order to support and promote songwriters and composers worldwide, through critique workshops, showcases, events, educational seminars, conferences, and programs with continued development, annual reviews and expansion.

Objectives:\n\n* To provide a worldwide community, a home, a family, for songwriters and composers around the world to co-create, collaborate, network, workshop ideas, develop finished recorded and published product, and feel supported, promoted, nurtured and educated.\n\n* Provide opportunities for original music and songs to be heard by industry representatives, including record and publishing companies, producers, music supervisors, other songwriters, other interested music personnel and the general public.\n\n* Create a learning environment (education) for songwriters to develop their writing, encourage writing collaborations and create improvisation sessions.\n\n* To be a ‘one stop song shop’ (central source)for music industry representatives to find a song or songwriter/artist.\n\n* To foster interaction between songwriters and composers of different nations to collaborate an create opportunities. Through our program Songcollab, focused on songwriters and composers who tour overseas or wish to pursue their music careers abroad (we effectively become their “door stop to the world”), Songsalive! offers support, resources, contacts, music industry networking opportunities, performance and touring, co-writing, collaborations and learning workshops, as follows:\n\n- To provide a network for songwriters and composers of difference nations, create a door stop for overseas writers in the United States, and encourage cross-collaboration. - Create space and opportunities for traveling songwriters and composers to write with writers of other nations. \n\n- Provide a platform for songwriters and composers of different nations to perform abroad for music industry representatives and the public, in a supportive environment.\n\n- Provide a global online presence for songwriters and composers of different nations through our website, whereby they can network and find collaborations with other songwriters and composers from other nations and with each other, in the International environment.\n\n - Represent songwriters' and composers' songs from different nations to the broader International music industry and music conferences on their behalf where they would otherwise not have this opportunity in their own county.\n\n - Help songwriters from different nations launch music albums and create Tours in foreign territories through special Songsalive! media promotions

THROUGH\n\n1. LIVE EVENTS - various activities and resources including songwriting workshops, live performance showcases, festivals and exhibitions, and networking events.\n\n2. PROGRAMS - Showcases, Songcamps, Songwriting Workshops, Songcraft, CD Samplers, SongShare, Songshop, Marketplace, and educational courses and events we offer our members for purpose of education, support and promotion\n\n3. EDUCATION - through workshops, seminars, select Songsalive! programs, and inviting industry guests to speak; Backstage Portal for members to read articles and find educational resources and partners.\n\n4. SUPPORT AND COMMUNITY - a central support office and satellite worldwide chapters for songwriters, the music industry and the public to receive support and information; The Connect Network: a member only area of forums, a member directory and resources for members to interact; social networks that provide online collaboration and discussion.\n\n5. NEWS & RESOURCES - A Backstage Portal for members to find information, resources and learning as well as Discount Partners that offer resources, products and learning; Songnotes!, our magazine, our online blogs, and our social networks: all providing everything they need to know about what’s happening in the music industry for original music, and promotes their product and services.

Songsalive! is dedicated to advancing and supporting songwriters and composers worldwide. \n\nWe are the ONLY completely volunteer-run, international (world-wide) non-profit organization for songwriters and composers, serving the songwriting community for over 20 years. We survive purely on memberships, donations, events and love. The fact that we've accomplished this through volunteers and philanthropic spirit, against all the for-profit commercial music businesses, is astounding. \n\nWe've created a social network for songwriters online and recently a mobile app. No other songwriters organization has done this.\n\nWe've survived: 20 years, in the tough music business.\n\nNext, we look to expand our reach with the mobile app, create more on-the-go opportunities and programs, and get into the virtual event space so everyone around the world can partake in our events.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback



Assets info

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2021

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $0
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $6,977
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $6,977
Program Services $1,059
Administration $1,088
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $5,801


Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2021

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $0
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $9,000


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Ms. Gilli Moon (nee Aliotti)

Gilli Moon is an Australian singer, songwriter, recording artist, pianist, actor, producer, author, painter, motivator, entrepreneur, visionary and empowering community builder. Gilli Moon is the quintessential renaissance woman, with a ceaseless contribution to the creative and artist community at large. gilli moon is somethin' else. So unique, you'll fall in love with all 5 feet of this tiny, but GRAND singer-songwriter, gilli moon. She has a lot to say, inspires many indie artists around the world with her story and rise in the music biz with her own label, creating this beautiful non-profit songwriters organization, and her effervescence. Don't miss her in your life. Enjoy the journey with her and thousands of other songwriters.

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Board of directors
as of 03/12/2023
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Board chair

Gillian Aliotti


Term: 1997 -

Jeff Walker

Jessica Akintunde

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/8/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/07/2021

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.