My Personal Mission as a Musician and Songwriter

"For many years, I have been guided in my work as a songwriter advocate and community arts activist by the belief that music is the most powerful tool available to build community across individual differences and provide expression for people's unique personal experiences. Good songs lead to emotional movement in the writer and listener. They don't stop where the song ends, but give meaning to others, and often join people together across individual differences. From retreats at Woodsong and Seasong that I began in 2000, to spearheading songwriting activities in the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2006 - 2014, to my current non-profit organization, I have enjoyed the challenge of finding ways to to empower people to write songs and find ways to use music to join people together.

Most recently, I founded the 501c-3 nonprofit, ScreenDoor Songwriter Alliance, the mission of which is to create intimate listening venues for songwriters, create musical projects that build community, and create educational programs  in high risk populations such as foster kids and seniors.  

As songwriters, our most important tool is not rhyme or meter, but empathy - with oneself and others. This is the same tool that allows us to come together and build community across lines of individual differences." --Louisa Branscomb

Current Projects 

ScreenDoor Songwriter Alliance

ScreenDoor Songwriter Alliance has sponsored the Southport Songwriter Festival since 2013. We have showcased over 150 songwriters, sponsored numerous workshops, and sold out our week long festival both years.
ScreenDoor Songwriter Alliance/Southport Songwriter Festival (FB)


Louisa has been assisting children with the art of songwriting over the last two decades. Currently, Louisa works with foster children using songwriting as a healing art through the ScreenDoor Project, Kidswrite. 


The Howard Family

The Howard Family is a multi-racial family of young children, once considered high risk, who were adopted and are now brothers. The Howards have become emblematic of the work of Louisa with children and with ScreenDoor's performances and events. They perform original songs written with Louisa for other community based organizations and at age 9 - 12 are as professional and dedicated as any seasoned performers at delivering original songs about positive social change, and just plain fun.

Louisa Branscomb and Friends of Distinction

Louisa's band Louisa Branscomb and Friends of Distinction is available with partial donation of time and sponsorship by ScreenDoor for events that promote positive social action and change. 


Louisa conducts workshops in festivals, arts venues, and at her retreats in Southport and North Georgia. A central aspect is to build songwriter community for mutual support, professional benefit, and development of songwriter community through which music can be used for personal expression and to build greater geographic community.

Songwriter Central

Songwriter Central is a public blog dedicated to daily messages of inspiration and craft for anyone interested in songwriting or creative expression. 


To Donate to our Mission with a Tax Deductible gift, hit the PAYPAL button and designate your gift to ScreenDoor. You will receive a W-2 for your gift, along with priority notice about all our events and workshops.

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