The Uniting Church's National Assembly (Australia) this year launched a new songwriting initiative called Songs That Unite. It's aims are twofold: to enable the widespread discovery original songs by local songwriters, and to offer platform for songwriters to offer their work for wider use.
So far there are 13 songwriters registered on the site with 95 songs available for purchase.
Songs are reviewed by an assessment team before being offered in several forms which can be purchased separately, or as a pack for around A$5. Formats include a lyrics sheet, backing track and music score, and while some songs include a vocal recording to give an idea of how the song sounds, these are not available for sale.
Songwriters receive royalties, and can register with a copyright agency. It is important to note that songwriters are linked to copyright organisations, so if you intend to use a song for worship, your faith community must hold the specific licence.
Don't sit on this news. If you know someone who has songs to offer, or indeed if you have songs of your own, consider this as a possible avenue for your work. As always, comments most welcome. Read more here