Columbus Songwriters Association has expanded over the years, but we’ve kept firm in our goals and vision for the opportunities we provide songwriters in Central, Ohio.

2013 Goal: 2020 (Current)
Songwriter Showcase 11 Events 11 Events
Finale Showcase 1 Event 1 Event
Community Events 2 Events 8 Events (The Parlor)
Paid Gigs 10 400
Workshops 2 1
Members 50 400
Volunteers 21 6
Collaboration 10 Partners 23 Partners
Financials Break Even Sustainable
Music Industry Network 10 Experts 56 Experts
Board of Directors 3 Members 6 Members


CSA expanded our partner network to launch new opportunities for songwriters in Central, Ohio. We worked with the The New Albany Classic to create a new songwriting opportunity for our members, sent a caravan of songwriters to perform alongside hit songwriters in the The Power of Music Festival (in Bentonville Arkansas), presented an official panel at SXSW (Austin), and received new support from Donatos and The Greater Columbus Arts Council to present our monthly showcases. CSA also inspired the launch of a new songwriting group, the Ozark Regional Songwriters Association, and was recognized as an example of music community during major conferences like SXSW, Canadian Music Week in Toronto, World Music Expo (WOMEX), Warsaw Music Export, and the Katowice Music Summit in Poland.


CSA expanded our showcases into Brothers Drake Meadery. We also increased our global network through involvement in conferences through The United Nations (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network. We worked locally on events with Donatos, Pint & Vinyl, and other organizations to create new songwriting gigs for songwriters. We also contributed to programmatic efforts with the Columbus Music Commission, worked with I’ll Fly Away Foundation, and presented a music technology discussion at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Our Founder began tinkering on a street performance technology called “Lamp Amp” and launching a private event space called “The Parlor.”


CSA brought in hit songwriter Brent Baxter to lead a songwriting workshop, prior to the Finale Showcase. We began collaborating with the Gahanna Arts Council and Hilliard Tourism Department to consider how downtown songwriters could engage in the suburbs. We partnered with House By House West on a house concert series at The Parlor in Downtown Columbus. We helped to bring in Maxwell Hughes from The Lumineers and began a grant process to support music education in school systems.