NSAI and CMT/ Partner for 4th Annual Song Contest

Posted in News on August 13, 2003
The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has announced the launch of the 4th Annual CMT/ NSAI Song Contest. Co-sponsored by BMI, the song contest provides the best avenue for emerging songwriters to open doors to industry contacts and have their song pitched to record labels and publishers. Last year's Grand Prize Winner, Tracey Naples ("Love Me Til the Lonely's Gone") has signed a label deal with DreamWorks Records.

Tracey Naples

This year's Grand Prize Winner will receive an invitation to perform on CMT's Most Wanted Live stage during Fan Fair, plus a trip to Nashville, guaranteed appointments with publishers and record labels, a mentoring session with an award-winning professional songwriter, an invitation to perform at the Bluebird Caf� during NSAI's Tin Pan South, and an appearance on a WSM radio program. NSAI will produce a professional demo of the winning song and pitch it to publishers and A&R record label executives for one year. Five Finalists will also receive a professional demo and song pitching for a year.

Prizes will be awarded to a Grand Prize Winner, five Finalists, 10 Runners-Up and 40 Honorable Mentions. The Grand Prize Winner wins a Taylor Guitars model 214, an AKG C-3000B studio condenser microphone, a one-year supply of Elixir Strings, a one-year tuition, and a Music City Pitch Kit nylon bag designed for songwriters. Five Finalists win a Big Baby Taylor Guitar, an AKG D 880 performance microphone, and a six-month tuition. Both the Grand Prize Winner and Five Finalists also receive MasterWriter songwriter software, one-year pro membership, free registration to NSAI Songwriter's Symposium or Song Camp 101 or 102, and a one-year NSAI membership.

The contest is open to all genres of music and all songs entered receive a judging report. Songs will be judged based on lyrics, melody and composition by music industry executives, professional songwriters, and NSAI board members.

Songwriters entering before September 30, 2003 will receive $5 off the entry fee; they will also be entered in the Early Entry Raffle for a chance to win a Big Baby Taylor Guitar, AKG D 880 performance microphone, MasterWriter songwriter software, one-year tuition, and a one-year pro membership.

All entries must be postmarked by the Final Contest Deadline November 29, 2003.

The 4th Annual CMT/ NSAI Song Contest is presented by CMT and and sponsored by the following companies: AKG, Bluebird Caf�, BMI, Disc Makers, Elixir Strings, MasterWriter, Musesmuse, Music City Pitch Kit, Nashville Scene, Nashville Music Guide, Taylor Guitars, Singer Magazine,,, and WSM AM/FM.

The following music companies are participating in the 4th Annual CMT/ NSAI Song Contest: Almo/Irving Music, Big Tractor Music, Cal IV Entertainment, Capital Records, DreamWorks Records & Publishing, Lyric Street Records, Mercury Records, Sony ATV/Tree Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Nashville and Warner/Chappell Music.

All proceeds from the 4th Annual CMT/ 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.



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