Founded in 1979, WCS has grown into one of the most active music associations in the USA, offering more than 20 events per month. Whether your goal is personal expression or to make a living in the music industry, knowing how to write, or recognize a well crafted song is key to your success.
At WCS, members establish important relationships, both professionally and personally, that enhance and accelerate their development. Music ceases to be a solitary pursuit and becomes a shared endeavor through the focus, feedback, collaboration, contacts/networking and support that WCS provides.
To Foster Creativity, Build Community and Provide Opportunity for Music
Career Development through Education and Connection.
Board of Directors
Poppy Nichols, Executive Director of West Coast Songwriters, handles the day to day workings of the organization. She took the helm of WCS directly before the pandemic, immediately having to pivot the organization’s events into an Online format. These events include our annual Music Conference and our normally live monthly events. She has done this with great success. Her ability to find and motivate a supportive volunteer team to handle the different aspects needed are a great credit to her.
Many of you had the opportunity to get to know Poppy, as the energetic and dedicated volunteer for WCS over many years. Most notably, Poppy and her wonderful family managed all of the catering and food service for WCS Annual conferences and managing the WCS Davis Chapter. Poppy’s gifts as a natural leader and roll up your sleeves contributor; her ability to drive a complex arts-related project from idea to NYC production; her respect and concern for songwriters and artists as a community; and her demonstrated ability to get things done have been impossible to overlook. They are the core elements of Poppy's DNA and the right personality to head up WCS.
As an independent Project Manager for two musicals, "Zuccotti Park" and "Rumpelstiltskin the Game of the Name" Poppy has both demonstrated and advanced her strong entrepreneurial and leadership skills bringing two very different musicals to life in multiple major markets during the past several years. She thrives in an environment that lends itself to collaboration, creating new ideas and fostering a strong sense of community.
Executive Director Emeritus
Ian Crombie, Executive Director Emeritus had been an integral part of the growth of West Coast Songwriters (WCS) since 1988. With his leadership WCS grew to one of the most active songwriter associations in the United States with over fifteen events per month up and down the West Coast. In 2008 Music Connection Magazine named Crombie as one of the Top 50 Innovators, iconoclasts, Groundbreakers and Guiding Lights of the Year.
Ian built a strong community of musicians, songwriters, producers and song pluggers who continued to work together in an informal, creative and unique style which includes song competitions, workshops, seminars and the yearly highlight, WCS's "Up Close and Personal" Annual Music Conference.
Crombie served a number of years on the Board of the Recording Academy and was part of the Grammy Education Committee. He taught songwriting from elementary to college level, helping students to collect their ideas and turn them into meaningful songs.
Ian is also an accomplished songwriter. He made his first record in 1967, in Birmingham England (when 4 track machines were king). He toured the UK with various bands and performed in the San Francisco Bay Area with his band Nudge Club before taking on the position at West Coast Songwriters. His songs have been placed in TV and Film, including songs on ITV in England, Touched by an Angel, Promised Land, Interface, General Hospital, Powder Park, Access Hollywood and Another World. In addition, Ian produced and licensed music for the Oscar winning film As Good As it Gets. He produced a number of acts including D'Viniti, an Oakland based rap group and artists and songs for the Kids Rock record. As a songwriter he cowrote a dozen songs with Irish Artist, Nicole Maguire with one song, "Hummingbird" being included on Nicole's "Wishing Well" record.
Ian retired as Executive Director in January of 2020 taking the title of Executive Directive Emeritus.
Music Photographer, Promoter, Interviewer, Emcee
Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tina feels very fortunate to have access to an abundance of live music and musicians. In 2011, her passion for live music was reignited as she enthusiastically began using her amateur photography & videography skills to document performances at local venues around the Bay Area. Soon after, at the request of some local musicians, she began to combine those skills, along with her natural eye for graphic arts to create promotional material for gig posters, CD jacket designs, video promos and digital art for single releases and Grammy consideration promos for artists such as 11 time Grammy winner Tony Lindsay, John Lee Hooker Jr., and Blues great Chris Cain.
Since then, her photographs have been used in national and international music publications, and she has the honor of being a photographer for Tower of Power.
She has expanded her involvement with the local music scene to include interviews of local & international musicians and emcee appearances.
Tina is passionate about creating awareness and promoting the local music scene via social media with her personal pages as well as her “Tina Time LIVE” livestream promos, and in 2015 she created the Facebook page “FIND MY GEAR CALIFORNIA” (1400+ members) to provide a centralized place for musicians to post about lost or stolen musical gear. Many of her photos are featured on her “Photo by Tina Abbaszadeh” FB page and earlier this year during the pandemic she collaborated with a friend on “TNT Collaborations” to jumpstart the opportunities for LIVE music gigs in outdoor settings while venues slowly reopened. She is also an admin on the social media pages for several touring musicians, band pages and local venues.
Tina created the promo poster for the 2020 Fundraiser for the West Coast Songwriters Association and was asked to be the emcee for the live streamed event.
Tina stays open to ways of using her varied skills to expand her reach within (and for) the San Francisco Bay Area music scene and beyond.