|The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has announced the launch of the 3rd Annual CMT/CMT.com NSAI Song Contest. Co-sponsored by BMI, the CMT/CMT.com NSAI Song Contest provides an avenue for aspiring songwriters to make industry contacts and have their songs pitched to record labels and publishers.|
CMT will again provide the Grand Prize Winner with a network appearance on CMT. Along with the CMT network appearance, the winner will also receive a three-day trip to Nashville, an appearance on a WSM-FM radio program, a live Bluebird Caf� performance, a mentoring session with an award-winning songwriter, song pitching of the winning song to publishers and record labels for one year, and a professionally produced demo, among other prizes.
Steve Casey and Dan McNeil of Ottawa, Canada, wrote last year’s winning song, “Shiver You Up"; the song was placed on hold immediately by a Nashville publisher and garnered strong interest from two top country artists.
Entrants submitting songs to the contest before Sept. 30, 2002 will receive $5 off the entry fee, and will be entered into a raffle for a Big Baby Taylor Guitar and an AKG C 900 microphone. All entrants will receive a judging report for every song submitted for the contest. The final deadline for contest submissions is November 30, 2002.
The 3rd Annual CMT/CMT.com NSAI Song Contest is presented by: CMT and CMT.com and sponsored by the following companies: AKG Microphones, BMI, Disc Makers, Heartwoodes, LIVE 95, Lyricist Software, MARS Music, Music City Pitch Kit, RhymeWIZARD, and Taylor Guitars.
The following music companies are participating in the 3rd Annual CMT/CMT.com NSAI Song Contest: Almo/Irving Music, Big Tractor Music, Cal IV Entertainment, Curb Music Publishing, DreamWorks Records & Publishing, EMI Music Publishing, Murrah Music Corporation, Nashville Music Guide, Performing Songwriter, Sony/ATV Tree Music Publishing, Still Working Music, Universal Music Publishing Nashville, Warner/Chappell Music.
All proceeds from the 3rd Annual CMT/CMT.com NSAI Song Contest will benefit NSAI's legislative efforts to protect the rights of songwriters. NSAI is the world's largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization.