John Braheny, 74, who helped launch the careers of several singer-songwriters and wrote

The Craft and Business of Songwriting

, died Saturday, Jan. 19, in Los Angeles.

Along with partner Len Chandler, Mr. Braheny was the co-founder and director of the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase (LASS), a nonprofit that mentored new writers and writer-artists from 1971 to 1996, including Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, Janis Ian, Warren Zevon, Karla Bonoff, Stephen Bishop, Wendy Waldman, and Diane Warren.

Mr. Braheny served on the board of governors of the Los Angeles chapter of the recording academy. He was past president of the California Copyright Conference and served on the board of directors of the National Academy of Songwriters, and the Songwriters Guild of America.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnn; one son, Michael Toth; a brother; a sister; and a grandson. - PRNewswire