The 10th annual NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT, will kick off August 1 and run through October 31, with this year’s Grand Prize winner receiving a mentoring session with Jewel.
The nationwide competition will result in one Grand Prize Winner and one CMT Listeners’ Choice Winner. Professional songwriters, publishers and others from the industry will select the finalists and the Grand Prize Winner, and the finalists’ songs will be posted online for fan voting from January 20 through February 26, 2010. Last year there were more than 94,000 votes for the CMT Listeners’ Choice.
In addition to the mentoring session with Jewel, prizes include a single-song professional demo, tickets to the 2011 CMT Music Awards, a private tour of CMT’s studios, a performance at the legendary Bluebird Café, meetings with major music publishers and a one-year membership to NSAI, just to name a few.
“By offering meetings with major publishers, we don’t just get aspiring songwriters’ feet in the door; we rip the door off its hinges and create an opportunity for them to build relationships with top-notch songwriters, publishers and music industry executives that would normally take years to establish. As we celebrate our 10th Anniversary, we hope to continue that trend and build upon NSAI’s legacy of educating, promoting and protecting songwriters in all genres,” says NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison.
All genres of music are encouraged. The entry fees are $35 for NSAI members, and $45 for non-members, per song submitted. Proceeds benefit the NSAI Legislative Fund to protect the rights of songwriters. Details at www.nsai.cmt.com.