Since 1992 I’ve been a member of a global songwriting organisation based in Adelaide called SCALA (which stands for Songwriters, Composers and Lyricists Association). Its goal since its incorporation in 1987 has been to “encourage original music of any style and genre no matter where you are in the world.”
Now, with the retirement of SCALA’s founder and inaugural President Robert Childs OAM on March 15th the path has been made clear for me to take over the role of leading a songwriting organisation that has been so very instrumental in the shaping of the performing songwriter and professional musician that I am today.
Since I was made President-elect on January 31st I’ve been working very closely with Robert to ensure that the transition from one President to another hasn’t drastically affected the day to day business of running a songwriting organisation that has been a labour of love for Robert for the last 25 years.
Now that I’ve taken the reins fully, I’m very mindful that I’ve essentially been put in charge of Robert’s legacy and because of that, I’ll be doing my very best to make sure that the essence of SCALA, being a grassroots songwriting organisation remains intact while at the same time, have a hand in guiding SCALA into the 21st century and growing its relevance within the general songwriting and music business communities locally, nationally and globally.
This is a role in which I’m extremely humbled and at the same time very proud to be undertaking. I’m deadly serious about making SCALA work and the potential for the organisation to make a difference in the lives of all of it’s members is staggering.
I’ve got some big shoes to fill. Wish me luck and watch this space.