Estelle Axton was the co-founder, with her brother Jim Stewart, of Stax Records. Born a Tennessee native, Axton was also the founder of the Memphis Songwriters Association in 1973. The Memphis Songwriters Association was formed in order to foster the education and advancement of local area songwriters. There was a focus on the development of the songwriting craft with the intentions of producing commercially viable songs and improving performance skills. MSA has consecutively maintained membership for over 40 years. Estelle's formation of the Memphis Songwriters Association led to the motivation of many local songwriters and singer/songwriters publishing their original material. Some of these songs and artists met with great success. Unfortunately, historical records are fragmented and scarce, however, a number of MSA alumni could still tell the stories.
The Memphis Songwriters Association could be the country's longest running songwriter's association, as we still actively hold meetings, songwriter workshops, open mics, song critiques and singer/songwriter showcase events.